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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: Today at 12:16:45 PM »
Agree with Seanie on the tactics aspect.

He set the team up differently last night possibly down to the opposition or even down to the lads missing and it worked a treat. We'll find out a bit more about Ole before the end of the season, if he can keep impressing tactically then he'll get the job.

Lukaku again very disappointing, his touch was woeful and is showing no signs of improvement; Can't imagine he's happy playing second fiddle to Rashford either, I'm sure there'll be interest in him this summer if he wants to move especially amongst the Italian clubs.

Once again no luck with the draw. 

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: Today at 10:32:43 AM »
Damien Comer is out for the entirety of the league for a Galway due to surgery on his ankle.
That is in the months recovery timeframe you'd imagine, will he be even right for the start of the championship? Not an injury you'd want to be rushing back from.

I imagine he'll be fit alright for championship but he won't have any football done whatsoever. Whether that means he'll be nice and fresh or badly lacking match sharpness who knows?

Seems like they thought his injury would heal without surgery at first but now they have to go back and get it done.

There's 4 months to the Connacht final, think its unlikely we see the best of Comer by the middle of June if at all this summer.

He's admitted himself he suffered a lot with injuries and had the tendency to do too much work in the gym to compensate and with the type of injury he's reported to have its going to be difficult to get back to where he was last summer.

GAA Discussion / Re: Club Championships Jan-Mar 2019
« on: Today at 10:26:23 AM »
I tihnk I make it 14 out of the 15 starters for Corofin on Saturday have played either FBD, League or Championship for Galway with Dylan McHugh who played in an All Ireland U21 final the only player not to do so. There's another few on the bench too, such a strong panel which only Crokes can match.

Gavin Burke looked good when he came on, he's Ian's younger brother. Think he's got got 2 more years left at U20 level for Galway.
Could be wrong but I donít remember Jason Leonard or Martin Farragher playing FBD for Galway?

I thought Leonard played against Mayo in the FBD this year? Perhaps he was an unused sub likewise thought Martin Farragher had played FBD a few years ago.

They've some panel though when you look at that bench and it show no signs of letting up; There's been plenty of Corofin lads who've impressed playing underage for Galway in recent years. I forget his name now but the corner forward who played in last years minor final has a lot of talent, very light but was kicking scores from either feet effortlessly.

GAA Discussion / Re: Club Championships Jan-Mar 2019
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:21:04 AM »
I tihnk I make it 14 out of the 15 starters for Corofin on Saturday have played either FBD, League or Championship for Galway with Dylan McHugh who played in an All Ireland U21 final the only player not to do so. There's another few on the bench too, such a strong panel which only Crokes can match.

Gavin Burke looked good when he came on, he's Ian's younger brother. Think he's got got 2 more years left at U20 level for Galway.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:05:45 PM »
I expect a loss on Saturday   , with a defeat to Tyrone the following week highly likely , relegation would then be on the cards. I expect a very poor show in the championship ,  with a few depressing retirements at the end of the season the likes we'll never see again . It will be a dull dark gloomy period over the next two years . You'd have to think if Dublin win 7/8 in a row the county game itself might die altogether too.

You don't have to ask Mystic Meg what's ahead for Mayo. Championship wise a lot will depend on a lucky draw for how far we progress.  Mayo not qualifying for the Super 8 last year was a financial disaster for Corporate GAA. So Corporate GAA will do their best to make sure they are there this year.

The game is dead for all teams outside division One, and that's being nice to Cavan and Roscommon. It's even being nice to the other 5! Dublin roll on and we are told we need them to be big and powerful for the GAA to prosper financially. Problem is they need opponents and they don't have any. Dublin fans are getting bored. We are all getting bored. Great hopes of the last couple of years like, Mayo, Tyrone, Kerry and Monaghan, Donegal have come up short and are coming up shorter each year. Kerry because of tradition look like the best bet to topple the Dubs in the future and that in it own way is as depressing as total Dublin domination.

There is a lot more to championship football than just winning the All Ireland. Sport as in life can be about the journey not just the destination and i don't think some Mayo supporters appreciate the journey they have been on since Horan became manager the first time. Now park your dead talk and focus on the topic of the thread which is Div 1 league football.
why do you think the Mayo support has held up as well as it has if we idnt appreciate the journey . don't pay any attention to the moanbags on here from mayo some have ben predicting the end of the world since  horan came last time if not before.
some of mayo best matches have been ones they  ended up losing im thinking of Kerry in limerick  in particular and they lost  no glory or honour  and won a lot of fans in the process.
I would rather mayo lose with their dignity intact rather than go down the route of galway and try and bore every one to death despite possibly having the best set of forwards in the county
Not disputing we aren't the most exciting to watch at times but don't tell me you would give a flying f**k if Mayo won the AI playing similarly.

Galway went the Fancy Dan way for the guts of 15 years and had some really embarrassing years.  Many awful results went under the radar because they happened in obscure grounds in the backdoor.

It may be muck to watch, but Galway have got more big game experience in the last 3 years than they got in the 10 years before that. I suppose the issue is when do you come out of this shell?

I think its highly unlikely Galway change from last year, Kevin Walsh will be confident of beating everyone apart from Dublin playing this way. Galway did apply more pressure to Cluxton's kickout in the first half of the semi last year then they had done in the previous matches but Galway were out on their feet in the 2nd half.

We'll see what happens throughout the summer but I'm very confident that the panel is a lot stronger than last year, whether thats enough to go further I haven't a clue.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 14, 2019, 03:38:32 PM »
What was MacKenna getting at the other day with his tweet about Lee Keegan? He deleted it the next day.
What was the tweet?

Something like he wants to interview him more than anybody else.

In one way but he was certainly alluding to something, he always does. Look at some of the replies to his tweet that he 'liked' and convinced of that given he's deleted it.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 14, 2019, 03:35:44 PM »
There was no plan B. When PSG were really going for it 10 minutes either side of the goals you could see he was troubled as what to do. I will put this down to lack of squad depth.
McManaman made the point that once Martial & Lingarrd went off PSG knew there as no pace to get in behide them which allowed them to attack in numbers.
In Fairness the whole PSG team really put in a shift, great balance in their team and looked like they had a point to prove.
Utd have done well in climbing back up the table so losing to PSG who have been gunning for the Champions League for the past number of years aint that big a deal at the moment IMO.
The injuires are the big concearn for the upcomming english domestic league & cup ties.

He's not been with the group long enough to properly implement a plan b.

United need PSG to not perform like they did and a bit if luck to get through especially when you consider how well PSG played. Losing 2 players through injury before half time and then the referee's failure to send off their centre half twice was clearly very unlucky.

GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry's crown under pressure?
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:49:25 PM »
Dublin have currently won 26 games in a row . The most that Kerry group managed was 19.

When Dublin pick up Sam this year they will be probably have won 34 games in a row. The equivalent of 8 AIs for Kerry in the 70s/80s.

They currently have only lost 2 games in 36 matches. That is the greatest legacy of all time.

Hard to compare era's though and nothing Kerry could about the structure of the championship.

Apart from Mayo the Dubs have little or no competition during this era. Kerry have been poor, no great side from Ulster, Galway just starting to put a team together and Cork & Meath at at their lowest ebb in a very long time.

I'm too young to comment on the level of competition had apart form the great Offaly side who stopped the 5 in a row.

General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:24:54 PM »
The rule is a farce anyway, once you've played for a country you shouldn't be able to switch allegiances. I'm sure West Ham put a lot of pressure on him too which wouldn't have happened at clubs like United or Liverpool.

I'm second generation Irish, born in Manchester and lived in the City all my life and it would have been as easy decision for me to make; I've had an irrational dislike of the England football team since I was a kid and its nothing to do with my parents either. There'll be plenty out there like me and probably just as many who'd play for England given the chance, not everyone will have had the same upbringing I've had.

Just think the biggest disappointment is that he's pulled on the green jersey and then turned his back on it, its a real kick in the teeth. I'd say his dad will be gutted judging by what I heard.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 14, 2019, 12:12:36 PM »
Lads, United are not that far away at all. Get rid of Young, maybe Matic, and add a bit of depth around the squad for midfield and the wide positions. 11 on 11, United have a very decent team.

Amen.. There's always a hysterical overreaction both good and bad to United performances

The only worry I'd have is that Solskjaers promising start will seduce the owners into thinking that major investment isn't needed.

That's the silver lining on last night's painful cloud. It's clear investment is needed.

And you're right - terrible overreaction to last night but that's the world we live in. Several of the players are adequate squad players but United need a few more top players as starters to compliment hwat's there already. The squad is big but there are too many "squad players" and not enough top line players. Makes rotation almost impossible, or extremely risky.

Agree with all the above, United just need a bit more quality in a few more areas but aren't a million miles away from the top teams. PSG have been knocking on the door for several years too and accumulated a lot of experience through many painful defeats.

Sanchez looks finished but its going to be difficult to get rid of him given his wages; Lukaku won't be happy playing second fiddle to Rashford, I think he'll look for a move this summer judging by the type of character I think he has.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:19:18 PM »
What was MacKenna getting at the other day with his tweet about Lee Keegan? He deleted it the next day.

Whilst we're on about Mayo I read the other day that there charging $25000 for a table of 10 at a fundraiser in the states!! If they can sell all those tables for that amount then you'd have to take your hat off to them. I can't understand their county board though, they've a huge diaspora which is probably bigger than anyone elses that they could take more advantage off. Their lack of a commercial manager is baffling, they should have been taking advantage of this team since 2012.

GAA Discussion / Re: John Morrison RIP
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:04:55 PM »
I was reminded yesterday that John came over to Manchester to do a coaching course probably over 15 years ago, can't remember much apart from what a character John was.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:18:21 AM »
United very naive thats what disappoints me most. You could see what PSG were at that form early on, they wanted to slow down the game and had no interest in attacking in the first half and were doing their upmost to get United players booked. Clearly PSG are a better side but United had the quality to cause them problems over both legs, losing both Martial & Lingard in the first half was a huge blow given Sanchez looks finished at this level. I thought Rashford should have gone right wing after half an hour and he should hvae brought Pogba over to the right too given the left back and left centre back were both booked, United were getting no joy at all so he needed to change it.

Once again we concede at a set piece, beyond a joke at this stage and not the first time Matic has fallen asleep. Not for the first time in Europe we've been shafted by a ref, would have been a very different game if he'd done his job properly and sent their centre half off; He had two opportunities to do it.

PSG look good thought, didn't think they'd be so pragmatic; Reminded so much of the Juve side of the 90's.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:08:19 PM »
I can't understand this craic of thinking Dublin are out of the running to win the league , do ye not think they are capable of winning all their remaining games ? Personally I think they will win it out and in style too.

I expect them to win all their remaining games, whether thats enough to get them to a league final I don't know.

I'm surprised at the ex Kerry players the last few days, cute Kerry hoorism appears to have disappeared and they've got a bit carried away. Then there's the media, in the last 3 weeks they've got carried away with Monaghan, Mayo and now Kerry. I've not seen anything from anyone to suggest they could get within a few scores of Dublin, Kerry in particular conceded 2 goals against Dublin; Peter Keane will certainly be alarmed at how easy both goals were.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2019 Dubs again?
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:57:40 AM »
What did the Galway posters make of Antaine O'Laoi? I thought he played well, certainly is too light but certainly has the pace and skillset to trouble a good defender. Cunnigham is very frustrating but its too be expected given he's played very little football for 5 years; No problem in winning the ball but its hard to know whats going to happen when he gets it, scored a good point against the wind with his weaker foot and should have scored a goal but lacked composure. Just think its might be another year to two before we see the best of him.

John Daly looks the part although he's got work to do on his strength but thats to be expected given he's still u21. Wynne is mobile enough but is just not a good enough defender of good enough on the ball to be playing. O'Donnell looks like he's coming to the end, pace wise he's never been quick but looks to have slowed down from last year; Duane isn't that quick either but has overtaken O'Donnell if it was up to me. Cooke looked shattered after 5 minutes, thankfully he has no game mid week.

Delighted to get the result, really didn't see it coming with all the lads missing. Galway certainly hit more than any other team in div 1 with injuries and then there's the Corofin lads missing too.

Galway excellent against the wind but woeful with it, thats got to change. That first 15 minutes was dreadful stuff, appalling to watch.

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