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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2017/18
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:53:20 PM »
guardiola charged by the FA for wearing a political ribbon. it'll be interesting to see what he does now, back down or stick by his political beliefs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43174407

This is a strange one, its taken them long enough to make a decision on it.

I'll never know how he managed to avoid a ban for his antics against Soton earlier on in the season.

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 2
« on: February 23, 2018, 04:28:05 PM »
I did say "Bit of a shock"

I think Cork look limited enough in terms of scoring players - their half-forward line is made up of a lad who looks a midfielder or nothing - Deane, and White who is also more suited to either midfield or centre-back and Flahive who looks a more natural wing-back. If the three lads in Cork's full-forward line aren't firing I can see Cork struggling for scores from elsewhere.

Would have to agree, don't think Hurley is as good as his brother either. Deane isn't good enough, not a Cork county footballer.

Cork will continue to be inconsistent, with the injuries to the likes of Hurley & Powter and with the Nemo lads missing they'll loose games between now and the end of the season.

Kerry going for their 6th munster title in a row this summer and its hard not to see them emulate their great team of the late 70's early 80's by winning 8 in a row. Cork football is at a very low ebb.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:24:15 PM »
Mourinho built a great team at Porto on relatively limited resources. In all his subsequent appointments, he has demanded and been given the opportunity to bring in highly paid players for huge fees rather than develop home grown talent. His approach is no longer working and the groans in the background at  Old Trafford are likely to steadily increase.

McTominay would disagree, got no complaints about his use of the younger players. He's been good with Gomes and some of the other really promising youngsters like Chong. There isn't a top manager about who would turn down the opportunity to spend big money, their all the same.

The groans will soon disappear should United have a successful end to the season

What qualifies as a successful season now for United?

Win the FA Cup and performances in league and europe improve, United have to start showing signs their capable of going close on winning the league next season.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:15:02 PM »
Mourinho built a great team at Porto on relatively limited resources. In all his subsequent appointments, he has demanded and been given the opportunity to bring in highly paid players for huge fees rather than develop home grown talent. His approach is no longer working and the groans in the background at  Old Trafford are likely to steadily increase.

McTominay would disagree, got no complaints about his use of the younger players. He's been good with Gomes and some of the other really promising youngsters like Chong. There isn't a top manager about who would turn down the opportunity to spend big money, their all the same.

The groans will soon disappear should United have a successful end to the season

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:01:43 PM »
It hasn't been like this all season, there's been some poor performance against the smaller clubs but there's been plenty of times United have been good to watch which is been ignored.

Mourinho though will always be cautious against the top teams which I have no problem with.

United are just not very cohesive though but if he can fix that then we might have a great end to the season.

The back 4 still can't be trusted, both fullbacks are 30 + wingers and Shaw hasn't returned to his form prior the injury. As for the centre halfs, its non stop injuries with Bailly, Jones & Rojo.

Win the FA CUP and improve our league performances and I'll be happy with the end of the season.




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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:28:09 PM »
No surprises with that last night. Exactly what was expected. More of the same rubbish. Sometimes you have to be pragmatic and play conservatively but this was Sevilla, not Barcelona or Bayern or Real and this type of rubbish is now unfortunately the norm. 0-0 away in the first leg is a terribly dangerous score and especially for a team that score very few goals against decent opposition. I still think United will go through but with the players United have and the money that has been spent they should be taking out the likes of Sevilla. Contrast United's tactics to those of Spurs and Liverpool who I don't believe have better squads. The bottom line is Mourinho is not a Manchester United manager and never will be. He's a scrubber.

Delighted at the emergence of McTominay. He looks a real player and last night was probably the most pressure situation he was in and he has no problems.

I think United will go through but it could be a hairy evening.

Aye,
    but he's a stopper, a tackler and all that. The type of player Josie likes. He's not the most creative soul with the ball at his feet.


I think he's more than that to be honest. Maroon Manc will fill us on more on this but McTominay was a small midfield schemer like a Modric and suddenly grew 5 or 6 inches in a year. The technical ability is there.

Correction - he grew 10 inches in 2 years. From 5'6" to 6'4".

I've seen very little of him, always seem to be injured when I watching or when he wasn't playing and he wasn't one you'd be watching. I think it could be a few years before we see how good he can be, he's technically very good but we haven't seen much of him on the ball yet bar the odd moment where he breaks out of conservatism.

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I've seen McMahon interviewed twice on the TV, he may well have an interesting story to tell but he's hardly oozing charisma, the opposite is the reality.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 22, 2018, 08:55:38 AM »
RTE panel seemed way OTT given a 0-0 away from home. I get that Mourinho teams aren't that exciting to watch but they made it sound like United were about 16th in the league.

The overreaction as usual is way over the top everywhere. United were average and dull to watch but its a good result, I'd have taken that before the game and they've a really good record at home.

United aren't paying well, there's too many players out of form mainly Pogba. Sevilla had one great chance and that come because of crap defending from Smalling, didn't react to his man drifting in behind him. Valencia has regressed this season too, United are going to need a new right back next season.

There's no shortage of big games coming up but the time to judge Mourinho is at the end of the season.


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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:44:14 PM »
Would liked to have seen Molloy & Dylan Wall get their chance for Galway but its unlikely to happen now with the Kildare game just a week after club final. I know Molloy gets most of the attention but I like the look of Wall whenever I've seen him play.

Think Molloy could have made the Galway team this year but is probably unlikely to now given Corofin's long run. Can't see him being parachuted in to play Mayo with no league appearances behind him. Maybe later in the Summer he'll get a chance.

Galway likely team v Mayo in May?

R Lavelle/Power

D Kyne,  S A O Ceallaigh , E Kerin

L Silke; G Bradshaw G O’Donnell

T Flynn, P Conroy

J Heaney S Walsh; M Daly,

I Burke D Comer, S Armstrong/E Brannigan

I won't be the only one fuming if Flynn starts ahead of Cooke. Brannigan will start too, always seems to play well against Mayo.


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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: February 21, 2018, 04:43:58 PM »
Would liked to have seen Molloy & Dylan Wall get their chance for Galway but its unlikely to happen now with the Kildare game just a week after club final. I know Molloy gets most of the attention but I like the look of Wall whenever I've seen him play.


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Is Higgins staying with the hurlers for the whole league campaign or does nobody know whats going on?

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:24:02 AM »
Did McGurk play for Monaghan last Sunday against Kerry? I know he was involved in the first 2 league games.

I was delighted to see him get a chance back home after been playing in Lancashire the last 3 or 4 years, always looked like he was capable of stepping up to this level.

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2017/18
« on: February 20, 2018, 02:35:50 PM »
If every tackle like that was a red card games would finish 8 or 9 aside

Ah no. He was even above the ball, studs up. That's reckless, and it's hard to complain about a red. It may have been a generous yellow, but hardly a shocker of a decision.

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That sort of tackle has been a red for the last decade, if he makes proper contact with the defender there's a good chance he'd be seriously injured.

Spoke to a few blues this morning, none of them have any issue with the sending off.

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What games are televised this Sunday?

Kilkenny v Tipp live followed by deferred coverage of Kerry v Galway and Cork v Waterford in the hurling

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Hurling live again this Sunday on tg4, hurling has taken preference over football every time this year so far.

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