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Quote from: bannside on October 02, 2023, 01:49:04 PMNever heard anything but top notch feedback re Deeds. Was always going to make the step up from exceptional player to exceptional coach/manager.
Quote from: Estimator on September 27, 2023, 09:47:00 AMQuote from: Hoof Hearted on September 27, 2023, 09:11:18 AMCheers NENo.
what way does relegation to intermediate work then ?
Bottom in each group down ?
Bottom two are in danger.
I'm assuming it's Group A 7th v Group B 8th and vice versa.
Quote from: tbrick18 on July 05, 2023, 12:20:48 AM
I believe Toyota have stopped investing in electric car research and are instead switching to hydrogen.
Toyota were/are the leaders in hybrid so I'd say they are onto something they believe to be commercially viable.
I wouldn't touch electric with a barge pole.
Quote from: NAG1 on May 30, 2023, 10:10:30 AMQuote from: red hander on May 27, 2023, 02:25:30 PMQuote from: Keyser soze on May 26, 2023, 10:47:07 AM
If the DUP manoeuvre the British government into postponing/deferring/cancelling the prospect of a border poll it will be the greatest boost to Nationalism since Brexit.
Another strategic masterstroke by the DUP.
If that happened, then Stormont is dead.
It will never happen, it is signed into a internationally recognised framework. Just because the DUP have now realised the implication of this does not change that simply fact.
Quote from: Derry Optimist on May 28, 2023, 04:43:38 PM
Regarding yesterdays game versus Monaghan let us get the negatives out of the way first. Derry in the last two games have been well below par both in the Ulster final and yesterday. When you take into account that practically the same small panel of players have played seventeen high intensity games from the start of the McKenna Cup, through the League, the Ulster Championship and yesterday it is inevitable that the side can not always perform to the same high level.
Last year they peaked at the Ulster final. This year they peaked at the semi final stage simply because they had to play at a higher level this year earlier in order to achieve their objective of reaching Division One which they duly did.They had to go to extra time and a penalty shoot out in order to win back to back Ulster titles this year. That fact alone and the management upheaval was obviously a further physical and mental strain on the players.
So the dip in form was inevitable but when you consider their magnificent fight back from being three points down in the last minute to even go temporarily ahead shows the innate fighting spirit and resilience of this team. So all is not yet lost.
True there were other negative factors at play in last night's game. First of all the refereeing was of a very low standard..Throughout the game Derry's central players in particular were continually held off the ball when the kick outs were being taken. This was a crafty and unfair Monaghan tactic to disrupt Derry from transitioning the ball quickly to their attacking players.Secondly three diabolical decisions were given against Derry when they were in an advantageous position.They were denied a scoreable free and on two other occasions when Derry should have been awarded frees the decision incredibly went the other way.Finally Moaghan's fifth "point" was clearly wide .
On the Derry debit side three of our players gave away unnecessary frees for which we were duly punished. Our greatest faux paus, however, was to push up too far when Monaghan had possession and leave Monaghan to easily score five points from distance. Grant it they were great points but our central defensive marking which allowed Bannigan , McCarthy and company to score at will was very poor. Three players in particular were very slack and unobservant in this regard.This brings me to another couple of problems. In the modern game the top counties have good long distance dead ball kickers. Unfortunately, we only have the magnificent Shane McGuigan for the short and medium right - sided kicks and Niall Toner for the short left-sided kicks. Two long distance free kicks at least are scored in every top game.
Three of our defenders and three of our starting forwards have not been playing particularly well in their current roles. Maybe the time has come to revise and freshen up our current structure going forward. I strongly believe that the intelligent ball -winning and definite scoring prowess of Lachlan Murray has to be utilised from the beginning, that Padraig Cassidy should start and if Oisin McWilliams and Matthew Downey are going to be injured for the long term management will have to seriously consider recalling Emmett Bradley to join Ray McCarron as subs who will be called upon for meaningful substitute time.
Undoubtedly players should be given plenty of rest time in between playing matches for the rest of the season and hopefully the rehabbing Matthew and Oisin will be able to take their places on the bench very soon. That last ten minutes of inspirational play last night should be a strong signal for both management and players that they are basically on the right track but will have to take into consideration some of the points made above.