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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kildare 29.07.2017
« on: July 17, 2017, 02:46:23 PM »
match in croke park I am hearing

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kildare 29.07.2017
« on: July 17, 2017, 12:44:13 PM »
bomber
can`t see the black card ban being over ruled, which one would they be appealing?


with regard to the lad with the broken thumb, from experience after an operation if it is damaged  again then he MAY have problems for the rest of his life( its an amatur game different if he was getting paid to play )

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Kildare 29.07.2017
« on: July 17, 2017, 08:47:22 AM »
This is the biggie for Armagh
We beat Kildare
Then the season has been a relative success
They are a serious physical side but will have a couple of players out( the captain and one of their players received a third black card yesterday)
For me Armagh can win this.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:03:27 PM »
Maybe some just want Down because they think Kildare are better than them?
That's the truth of it

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No one was saying that when Armagh were taking ulstersin the early noughties
Down won their big game against Monaghan
Donegal will grow in confidence as they are a young team as will Armagh .

On the match that is mc Kiernans second black card in 3 games
Does that impact on his next game.

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Hopefully the down men do the business today.
As an Armagh man I wish them well.
Driving home day night it was great to see the red and black flying proudly high over newry.

Half of Newry is in Armagh and it is never good to see those colours anywhere, Up Tyrone ( One day only)
Stew I live in the middle of them but am happy to give them my support today.
Never can say the same for the red hands.


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Hopefully the down men do the business today.
As an Armagh man I wish them well.
Driving home day night it was great to see the red and black flying proudly high over newry.

It does help though that I despise my Tyrone neighbours on the other side 🙃

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:54:22 PM »
Best team won
Not sure why Tipp crowd are annoyed
One point from play in second half

In the last 10 minutes when Tipp ran at armagh there was only 3 things happened, and none in Tipp's favour:

1. Cynical direct fouls were met with yellow instead of black.
2. Cynical off the ball fouls were ignored.
3. When no foul was made, the ref invented one in case an overlap formed.

Fair play to armagh for creating the lead. But the referee is the reason they protected it.
Wobbler concern yourself with tomorrow
We defended a lead
Just like down did with mc Kiernan in newry
We weren't cynical in the league and look what happened

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 14, 2017, 02:24:30 PM »
Having seen the teams
Think we are in a great position to send out a statement
For me Armagh by 4/5

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 14, 2017, 09:01:11 AM »
 (One change in Armagh team as started last Saturday
Shields in for Mc Kay ( believe he is injured).

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General discussion / Re: Mayweather v Mc Gregor
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:12:12 PM »
Joke
But hopefully the guys who spend their dough watching it enjoy it

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General discussion / Re: 11th night bonfires
« on: July 11, 2017, 11:09:12 PM »
Can't wait for Ruth Dudley Edwards to defend this cultural night and tell nationalists in the north to get back in their box.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:23:18 PM »
Think this is a step up for Armagh but funnily enough believe we have it in us to win the game with a couple to spare.
Hopefully I am right.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Tipperary 15/7/17??
« on: July 10, 2017, 09:24:20 AM »
Interesting to see how far Armagh have progressed since the league game.
Tipp seem to have moved up a few gears, can't say the same about us.

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Was covering this game as a reporter in a neutral capacity, and to be honest I felt Armagh got away with murder here. One red card, 3 black cards, 6 yellow cards and I made it 39 frees conceded, of which 3 were technical (steps, illegal handpass etc) and an incredible 36 were for physical offences.

And here's the thing - it could have been way more. The Armagh crowd went ballistic and thought that they were hard done by, it was anything but - if that game was refereed even remotely close to the rules, they'd have ended up with ten or eleven men on the field. I didn't see James Morgan's offence but Clarke didn't have a leg to stand on, and McCabe should have walked far sooner. I've never seen anything like it - the best way to describe his "performance" was he played like an offensive lineman in American Football, if Paul Sharry was a linebacker. McCabe had his back to the ball a huge amount of the time and was doing nothing only holding, pulling, dragging and blocking Sharry who was trying to make runs. He could have had five black cards of his own - it was bordering on comical.

In general Armagh's "tackling" was cat. Closed fists, obligatory (and completely needless) late hits on players who had just played the ball, rugby tackles, literally anything went. Twice Westmeath lads were running down the sideline, a fair shoulder was on, but instead, needless push in the back, followed by more bellowing from the crowd when the free was given. Madness.
Rory Grugan, Ciarán O'Hanlon and Aidan Forker are others that could have walked the line for black cards, and while there was nothing worthy of a straight red that I saw, I'd say you could have sent off four or five lads for double yellows.

The referee was strong in the early stages, albeit to some degree because of his linesman's influence, but the Armagh crowd started to get to him and he soon stopped giving out cards except where he really had to - and that was enough. Put it this way - not one player got booked for persistent fouling, and if you commit 36 personal fouls, either you rotate it perfectly or else you should have a few players getting yellow for their third offence.

The sad thing about this is that there are a lot of lads on that Armagh team that I didn't know that well as footballers, and they can play ball, much more than your average division three side. Grimley was good at midfield, Aaron McKay made a couple of crucial blocks, denying one certain goal, Campbell, Rafferty and O'Neill were real impact subs, and the Ballymacnab pair of Grugan and McParland kicked some lovely points. Conceding the kickouts didn't make sense to me as there was no doubt as to who was going to win the aerial battle, and it wasn't the home team.

Yet for all that, Armagh didn't win the game - Westmeath lost it. The final five point margin was deceptive. Westmeath missed three glorious chances for points around the 70 minute mark with the game level. They won four kickouts and failed to score, Armagh won one and O'Neill kicked a lovely point. Westmeath committed pretty much everyone forward trying to chase an equaliser and they got caught on the break twice, goal first, then the insurance point.

If any one of those three attempts went over, Westmeath would have won, because Armagh wouldn't have had the space they enjoyed at the death - and certainly I'd have backed Heslin to score that free any day. Up until that late breakaway, Westmeath had four goal chances, and took just one. Westmeath had the winning of this game, and that was on a day when only three players scored - two of them doing so once each, both capitalising from close range after a kind bounce.

The Armagh lads beside me in the press box who were doing stats were saying that they were the same against Fermanagh, but that the referee was even kinder still. It's daft stuff, and it's not going to end well.     
Lone shark
Two teams were at it.
Not neutral at all.
Westmeath were no saints

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