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Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling 2023
« on: March 25, 2023, 09:00:57 PM »
There are hurling clubs in galway that won't field m underage football teams after the age of 13 so lads can concentrate on hurling
That's the sort of stupidity you have to deal with in gaa circles

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: March 25, 2023, 08:57:58 PM »
Doesn't help other premier league clubs actually wrote to the premier league asking that everton be investigated

If Chelsea and Man can get away with what they were at then Everton are guilty of buying some absolutely crap players and paying wages that are/were way too high

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: March 18, 2023, 08:04:52 PM »
Well done young Simms

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: March 12, 2023, 08:21:02 PM »
Watch England go after sexton next weekend. They will make it ultra physical

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: March 11, 2023, 07:29:31 PM »
1-0 wins are great

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: March 03, 2023, 05:23:57 PM »

“Statistically they will go in. When you are not scoring it will come your way as a striker because you come to a point where you will score goals and all we do as a team is increase the chances, the expectancy and the volume coming quicker,” said Dyche ahead of the trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

“There are only so many things you can try in football and usually if you look at the stats and facts, even in the modern game a lot of goals are scored from set-pieces, a lot of goals are scored from crossing positions, simply entries into the box, hitting the target a lot.

“You have to look at the basic principles first and then you look at the details. The basic principles have to be adhered to."
Spain and Germany have proved that without a proven goal scorer or two you will come unstuck
Toffees are no different and need Calvert lewin on the pitch

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: March 02, 2023, 12:33:53 PM »

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: February 26, 2023, 07:53:56 AM »
Very quiet in here the last day or two
Probably be quiet tonight also …..

Lack of a number 9 is going to relegate them. Zero threat up front

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: February 19, 2023, 10:37:16 PM »
Very quiet in here the last day or two

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: February 11, 2023, 03:16:43 PM »
Barnes ignoring so much stuff. He's a terrible ref

France sealing off the breakdown not letting Ireland compete
Pinged Ireland for not rolling away when player had both his legs held so he couldn't move

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: February 04, 2023, 10:32:56 PM »
I reckon if today was last day of the season Everton fans would happily be relegated if it meant Liverpool lost.. what a strange bunch of fans.
The PEDs aren't working this season then

General discussion / Re: The official Everton FC Supporters thread
« on: February 04, 2023, 04:46:45 PM »
I never felt more like singing the blues...

General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: January 24, 2023, 04:15:05 PM »
Looks like some sort of publicity campaign

General discussion / Re: Teachers get it handy!
« on: January 23, 2023, 08:49:54 PM »
This is a case of two people with mental health issues meeting and the fall out being splashed all over the media.

Yeah - this is definitely the students fault  ::)
Parents to blame.
Surely there is something taught in the bible about acceptance of others and tolerance?

Maybe only some versions of that work of fiction have that section

Hurling Discussion / Re: Club hurling championships 2022
« on: January 23, 2023, 05:01:23 PM »
While Dunloy are receiving praise for their display yesterday, their negative tactics contributed to their defeat.

The withdrawal of the corner forwards into the middle third was obviously designed to reduce the Ballyhale threat and in the first half it appeared to be working to an extent as there was 2 points in it at half time, which should have been a point due to a very scorable chance down the right which went wide.

However, a lot of ball into one or two forwards was swallowed up by the Ballyhale back line and it was a case of robbing Peter to play Paul.  In order to play that game you would need a big hoor of a full forward in the Colin Fennelly mode which Dunloy didn’t have.
One thing I did notice was that Dunloy missed a lot of their picks, possibly due to the heavily sanded pitch and as a result Colin Fennelly picked the Dunloy full back line’s pocket to set up the goal to put Ballyhale into the lead which they never lost. a ball which should have been cleared 20 seconds previously.

Dunloy were certainly not overawed by their illustrious opponents and Ballyhale knew they were in a game. However as mentioned by manfromdelmonte a lot of aimless balls into a one man FF line was never going to yield scores and in the second half several Dunloy poc outs went down the left wing which were closed down by Ballyhale.

Obvious that Ballyhale were aware of the threat posed by the likes of Keelan Molloy and closed off the running game especially in the second half when Ballyhale reinforced their half back line leaving it difficult for the Dunloy runners to attack, a tactic employed by Slaughtneil in the Ulster final a couple of years ago and by Loughgiel in the Antrim semi final a few years prior to that, where Dunloy had no answer on both occasions.

With 10 minutes left I felt that Dunloy needed to change their set up and go man on man because they were never going to get past the Ballyhale half back line. That never happened.

Definitely one that got away. I reckon Mickey McShane in Slaughtneil is chomping at the bit for a crack at Dunloy next season should Dunloy get out of Antrim which isn’t a given depending on what Loughgiel bring to the table.

Plenty of the younger Loughgiel contingent on the Antrim panel this year which looks good for them as part of their rebuild. Cushendall, I’m still not sure about and its about time that Rossa and the Johnnies stepped up to the mark in the SHC, because let’s face it neither of those clubs are going to do much in the football championship

Hard to argue there and I'm sure the game plan was exactly that, contain Ballyhale's scoring threat and last 5/10 minutes push up, man for man if they were still in it. Ballyhale though tagged over 4 or 5 unanswered points in minutes to stretch it to 6 points then 7

Dunloy achieved two targets this year, getting to Croke Park and beating S'Neil, and when the dust settles and they look at it they will realise that its been a good year, some players were not fully fit some players were missing completely, so they have something to work on for the new season.

It should though ignite the other Antrim clubs who'll see it as a missed opportunity for them and a chance to get back there.

The road to Croker starts today for all the clubs up and down the country

Dunloy, historically play the two man FF line, but with the two lads centrally located, waiting to use the space out wide to sprint onto the ball, but for some reason yesterday when they did hit those spaces it was a Shamrocks lads sprinting out to it on their own. Hard to see from the TV why that was the case, but somewhere along the way tactics went awry.
Maybe it was Ballyhale pressure out the field, who knows!
Plenty of video analysis done by club teams
The Dunloy game plan would have been well dissected

I was impressed with the battling for ground possession and the flicks and blocking of Dunloy. It kept them competitive throughout the game.

Also the pitch is a disgrace. In better condition for primary school games than AI finals.
It was even worse for the junior/intermediate finals last week

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