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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: Today at 06:15:47 PM »
Who's laying the odds CB?

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 31, 2023, 10:17:24 PM »
Two gooduns EOC.

Derry / Re: Derry Club Football & Hurling
« on: March 31, 2023, 09:49:21 PM »
Anyone heading down on Saturday (tomorrow) interested in 2 tickets for Christy Moore 2moro night at Nat Concert Theatre please pm me. First come first served.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 31, 2023, 04:04:40 PM »
Fair enough. Thought I heard Cahir Donnellys name amongst the recent call ups. Eunan has got good competition in Cargin for a midfield jersey atm but going the right way.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 31, 2023, 03:15:57 PM »
EOC you can rest assured Donnelly and Johnston will make your starting 15, and both well equipped to go into a county senior panel and give a good account of themselves too!

Why the faux shock and bewilderment? There's probably a long list of good minors who played minor / senior the same year, never mind be included as part of a 34 man panel.

Andy saw enough to invite them in and the players are old enough to decide whether or not it's for them. Even if it is just added player development with an eye to 2024, again, what's the harm in that. What age was Paddy McBrearty when he debuted for Donegal, etc, etc.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 30, 2023, 11:04:41 PM »
Both carrying knocks and hadn't taken part in recent challenges or training sessions. They both added someything extra to the mix though when introduced.

I'm fairly certain that year group was on the wrong end of an almighty bashing in their final year of minor, by he same opposition  - one we fairly lambasted here at the time, so you have to say they restored pride in themselves in the way they refused to lie down last night.

It's bittersweet though, definitely one that got away. The video going around that saw Eoin Gough get a black card, and the resulting free that ultimately made all the difference was nothing short of scandalous.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 30, 2023, 08:04:01 PM »
Andy has called up several of the under 20 squad. Eunan Quinn, Ryan McQuillan, Cahir Donnelly and Patrick Ferris all getting the nod to join Conchuir Johnston Conall McGirr and Calum Higgins who were already on the extended squad. Good to see and none of them out of their depth as Andy continues to transition.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 30, 2023, 05:44:15 PM »
Lol Spike 😆 see how that ended!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 30, 2023, 02:16:50 PM »
According to Donegal Democrat 7 of that Donegal team last night played for their seniors at some stage during the league. Puts that excellent performance into perspective.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 30, 2023, 12:10:06 AM »
Hateful to end up losing a game we had in our grasp, but thank God for the appearance of a few genuine marquee forwards who can kick on into top senior players in due course. McQuillan and Johnston look every inch the real deals and for that we can be hopeful.

Hard luck to all involved, big shift put in by Niall Jackmans management team and players tonight who went out with swords held high.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 29, 2023, 02:46:48 PM »
Are you still in that age bracket Champ, lol....must be a photo finish!

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 29, 2023, 12:05:27 PM »
We all would live that but to get to McRory level is a reward for grade A standard consistency  from year 8 and upwards, and usually with a few grade B trophies in the cabinet. Our schools are a fair bit off that atm, but no harm in targeting these first and build some momentum.

Best of luck to our U 20 players and management who are in championship action tonight in Ballybofey. Seen this team a couple of times this year and wouldn't be surprised if we can get a result.

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 29, 2023, 10:17:38 AM »
Disagree Spike tbh, but sure it's only individual opinions. Andys opinion is the one that matters, and yes he will want to put on a good show against Armagh.

But - its a long time since we judged any manager on the championship, we all know Antrims priority is being competitive / successful in our own grade. Now that the GAA has put additional emphasis on the Tailteean Cup its a competition we should be embracing.

We want to be competitive against Armagh- but personally I would love to win the Tailltean,  I think that would give us a much bigger boost than you think and set us up really well for a proper crack at Div 3 next year.

To translate that thinking to club football and equate it to bring mentally weak it should be pointed out that before any club has aspirations of winning a senior championship it needs to navigate its way through junior , intermediate and the lower leagues to earn the right to dine in that company. We all know that's not where we are atm, so why not prioritise the competition of the grade we are at?

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 28, 2023, 10:50:35 AM »
The Tailltean Cup is our grade along with 15 other counties, and we would definitely like to be competitive in it. At the minute that's a bigger priority than throwing the whole barrel at Armagh. Andy now has time to freshen up the squad, get injured players back on the pitch and hopefully finish the year strongly. Imo...

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: March 27, 2023, 07:10:15 PM »
Indeed Natso, Offaly was another that got away. We were 8 down at HT and created three gilt edged goalscoring chances after that, but none found the net. Though some good football was played.

The highlight was taking on Down toe to toe in Pairc Esler. Saturday night under lights and we were superb at times. If nothing else we earned some respect from hardened Down supporters who knew they dodged a bullet that night with the way we went at them. That, and we really should have put more on Tipperary, we were excellent that night too, although Tipp football not in a good place atm.

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