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tbrick18

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Re: McKenna Cup 2023
« Reply #6990 on: January 22, 2023, 08:34:25 AM »
To those basing their assessment of the season to come on the McKenna cup, last year's winners were Monaghan who just about stayed in Div1 afterwards, won one game in ulster and we're knocked our in the 1st round of the qualifiers.

I don't think anyone is getting carried away with winning the mckenna cup as such.
For me the exciting thing was how the young players were integrated and the fact they they were to fore in most games. We also have tried changing our shape and are kicking the ball more. All of this should mean we are not as reliant on small core of players and also that we can adjust to account for injuries or opponent.
That's all positive.

Of course none of that guarantees promotion or an extended championship, but it looks like we are well prepared for the challenge. We still need to work on how we cope with that press on our kickout and on how to win high ball in the middle third but I don't think we're the only team in that position.

One final note on Tyrone, they played an ultra defensive style too with 14 men behind the ball a lot of the time. Their keeper playing out the field a fair bit too, but they still struggled when derry attacked at pace. That could still be a fitness issue at this time of year or it could be that the defensive strategy doesn't suit those players. Maybe they need to play more on the front foot.

I did laugh at one point though when tyrone supporters behind us were talking about how hard derry were to watch with the defensive style when Tyrone were playing the exact same way. Lol

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Re: McKenna Cup 2023
« Reply #6991 on: January 22, 2023, 10:45:03 AM »
I remember when Tyrone were playing like that a few years back.  It's turgid stuff and Tyrone were sweeping all before them in ulster but doing nothing in croke Park.  Had to change and struggled a bit more in ulster but were able to win an all ireland on the back of it.  Interesting to see if derrys style works against the big teams in croke Park.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2023
« Reply #6992 on: January 22, 2023, 11:49:19 AM »
I don't think we'll be thinking as far ahead as croke Park.
We'll be aiming for promotion to div 1 and first round of the championship.

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Re: McKenna Cup 2023
« Reply #6993 on: January 22, 2023, 03:52:18 PM »
I remember when Tyrone were playing like that a few years back.  It's turgid stuff and Tyrone were sweeping all before them in ulster but doing nothing in croke Park.  Had to change and struggled a bit more in ulster but were able to win an all ireland on the back of it.  Interesting to see if derrys style works against the big teams in croke Park.

We definitely mixed it up last night with alot more early ball in and it worked well overall.
Overall Derry's style differs very little to every other county in the country.