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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 14, 2019, 02:19:57 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.

I think most United fans would be in agreement with most or all of this. The over reaction always comes from outside and that is just the nature of being the club they are.

To be fair I thought Matic in the early stages of the game looked as sharp as he has ever done in a United shirt, he did fade though. OGS does not appear to be anyone's fool so he will be aware of the limitations of the squad and will have a plan as to who and where to strengthen. It will be up to the board to decide whether he is the man to take them forward.

I agree with most of above. I think OGS will get the job full time unless the wheels come off badly in the next 2 months. Squad wise i'd say there's 2 positions in urgent need of addressing - centre half and a right back. Upfront I think there'll be changes with Sanchez and Lukaku (and Mata) not fitting the OGS way of playing - will one or all be offloaded at a loss to reduce the wage bill and bring another in as well as maybe some youth players (next year could be too early for them). They're definitely a man short in midfield too but it depends if Fred is out or given a chance to redeem himself after a very poor start.

Even with the defeat it felt better than if we had of had Feilini and McTominay in midfield. Onwards and upwards

General discussion / Re: The SDLP
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:29:24 PM »
I would have voted SF in the past. But they have done nothing for anyone in the last few years.
If The SDLP had Claire Hanna as a leader then they may well start to make gains. Joining with FF i think is not the answer.
Sf sit back while health education etc is collapsing around them all just to get one over the DUP. Its fine for mary lou she has no family in the North. I live in Dublin now but i see with elderly parents what the outcome of this sf dup stand off is. Its time for a change from both sides.
I think the SDLP still have a few decent politicians out there but the damage done by the years of Dr Death (McDonnell) and Ritchie leaves them way back. Hanna is one and I don't think Eastwood is that bad. They have made out to be west brits by SF now and the fact that they were seen to have delivered nothing in the years they had the majority has left them on the outside.

Will SF be accused of the same in future years - Stormont as good as closed down for the foreseeable future with the Brexit issues and there is a genuine threat of a border in Ireland again. SF didn't cause that but they were in the front seat during it.

GAA Discussion / Re: New Jerseys?
« on: January 25, 2019, 04:16:31 PM »
Pin stripe jersey gone.

You can see where they have tucked/nipped the jersey at the back. There's a bit sticking out. Mustn't have made the player fit ones yet

GAA Discussion / Re: Your GAA induction/indoctrination
« on: November 23, 2018, 04:53:46 PM »
At what age did you go to your first GAA match ? 7 or 8

Who played in the match? Annaclone v St Johns I think

Do you remember anything about it ? I remember my cousin playing but not a lot else. I would of been at a few camogie matches around the time with the sister playing

Who were the main figures involved in introducing you to the GAA ? Family - prob my sister more than the rest

What was your first match in Croke Park ?  91 semi final v Kerry

Who were the first GAA players you were aware of ? County wise it would be James McCartan & Ambrose that I remember first.

Is anyone else in your family as interested in GAA as you are ? Yes

Did your indoctrination involve any bad-mouthing of soccer  or was it more ecumenical ? Not really - there was no soccer teams anywhere near us so it was never a threat

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 18, 2018, 05:04:23 PM »
Just listening to the wooly podcast and they talked about the ban handed out up here. They read out that all senior teams have been suspended - does that mean they're out of reserve championship too or a complete ban next year as in league and all? Haven't seen anything official yet.

GAA Discussion / Re: Violence in Adult Club Football
« on: October 17, 2018, 04:06:25 PM »
On reflection, the ban fro next year's championship is quite lenient. Neither team would be serious contenders, nor be expected to progress far. With the back door, it's a loss of 2-3 games at most

There was a rumour floating around at one stage they were going to get a full senior team ban from league and everything. Probably thought it wouldn't stick though

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 10, 2018, 10:37:50 AM »
On a lighter note. Congtatulations to our Minor hurlers who won the championship yesterday for the first time in our history. Now the hard bit, keeping these players together and challange for senior titles in years to come. I know it doesnt work like that, but those have to be out aspirations. Think small, stay small

Congrats to the Bredagh hurlers and importantly the coaches who've put in the hours with those lads.

As you say getting them to senior hurling is the next big trick but hopefully the U21 competition will keep their interests going over the winter months when they can drift off never to be seen again.

This only the second time a team from outside the Ards has won the MHC?

 Carryduff won it a four or five years back, don't think Liatroim managed it even though they come close and possibly should have beaten our lads in the Marshes two years ago but lost the plot at the end when cool heads were needed.
Kilclief and AnRiocht got to finals back in the day as well.

Carryduff didn't build on their win and aren't competing in underage hurling at any level but have a decent enough U12 outfit.

Bredagh are competitive all the way down and considering they won 4 feiles on the bounce and this is the only Minor they've to show for that domination they really need to blood these lads into adult hurling ASAP.
They'll be strong enough again next year as well though.

I played in MHC final for a Ballyvarley/Ballela mix loosing to Ballycran by the odd score about 15 years ago. We had an awesome team back then.

That's the problem with hurling in Down in a nutshell right there.

Every once in a while the likes of Liatroim, Ballela, Ballyvarley, CPN, Clonduff, Carrduff, Castlewellan. Shamrocks will come along with a strong underage team as good as anything in the Ards but then nothing behind it for eons to sustain a proper rip at senior hurling and then just dip in between intermediate and Junior at best.

Liatroim have a good nucleus of young hurlers in Adult hurling which got them into the Ulster Intermediate club championship but didn't field at minor or U16 at all this year, didn't turn up for an U14 championship semi-final against a very dominant Portaferry who've been putting 20 to 30 points on everyone at this grade, but not turning up doesn't set a good example to those young lads that giving up is an option.

It will be interesting to see if they play senior championship next year as they should do as Senior club hurling in the Ards is no big shakes at the minute.

From what I heard that is their plan - whether it works out or not is a different thing.

The hurling clubs outside of the Ards struggle for the same reasons as a rule - numbers. Bredagh and Carryduff don't have that issue and there seems to be some really good hurling men involved there. When I started playing junior hurling 20 odd years ago there was teams in Drumaness, Rostrevor, Darragh Cross and Downpatrick to name a few and they're all gone. Most of the clubs left depend on picking up players from neighbouring football clubs. When I played underage hurling Ballela would have had players from Annaclone and Banbridge, Ballyvarley had fellas from Tullylish and Glenn, even Liatroim had a crowd of Kilcoo lads and some from St Johns. The problem with that is holding on to them after underage level. It's like double drop out levels. It's very hard to play for 2 clubs at senior level hurling and football. I did it for a while but it takes a bit of work to keep both happy.

General discussion / Re: The Official UFC Thread
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:59:48 PM »
Agree with Syf here to a point with regards to the UFC needing names to sell fights rather than the best MMA exponents.

If all they are interested in is making money then they need to suspend/ban Khabib for as long as possible. He is and will be completely dominant in this division and no one will touch him. However we wont make the money for the company that other fighters can clearly make. He doesnt sell PPV. Its pretty simple.

McGregor is a good fighter and a great promoter and he will bring the cash to the company. It is in their interests to keep him at the top of the pile

So instead of getting the best in the sport to the front they should get the best promoters to the front.

It then is no longer a sport!

It never was a sport, it was/ is a business.

MMA isn't a sport?  You're kidding, right?

MMA is a sport - UFC is a promotion business

The thing that drives me crazy at u8 or u10 blitzes is that the manager a lot of time seem to think they must win at all cost or they will be shamed in the parish forever.  Not only do some of the kids rarely get on but the one or two dig hairy lads for that grade who can beat the whole other team or there own are given free licence to do that.  Most of the other young fellas are standing around getting cold and have gained nothing at all from coming and the good ones are getting really bad habits that is going to be hard to correct when they get older.

If every team was given a random coloured jersey at an u8 blitz and I walked in without knowing which teams where which I could almost certainly tell within 5 minutes which team was Kilcoo.  They aren't any stronger than anyone else at that grade but they are already getting the young fellas to play as a team, look up, pass, move etc.  They may even be losing matches at that grade because of this team first mentality but winning big time in the long run as all their players are involved in the game, improving and learning the correct way to play.

100% agree with this. In our club we mostly play small non competitive blitzes/games throughout the year for 8s especially but got invited to a couple of tournaments with cups at the end of the year. Needless to say normal enough fellas lost their minds on the sideline. Managers telling lads to take players out, managers not making any subs, wee lads and girls upset with not getting playing, parents losing their shit because their lad didn't play every minute and men challenging refs decisions. Don't agree with it all.

I have helped out at the hurling this year too and it's completely different.

On Kilcoo - say their U8s and they are brilliantly coached. Although our lads kept with them it was the way they played with the ball that stood out. Conor Laverty is a fantastic coach

Down / Re: Down GAA Champion 2018 Prediction Competition.
« on: October 01, 2018, 10:35:26 AM »



General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 27, 2018, 08:55:08 AM »
Problem here is that Moyes was Fergie’s choice. If you can’t trust the opinion of the club’s most successful manager, therefore greatest “football man”, who the f**k should you turn to?

Fergie worked a miracle that last year. How he won a league so commandingly with one player was astonishing. Anyone taking over was fcuked.

His second last season with United they finished on 89 points without Van Persie so it was hardly miracle work to gain the same points total the following year with a in form striker added to the squad.
But he was using an aging team at the time. A lot of class players with the clock running down. Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Giggs, Scholes, even RVP and Rooney. That's not taking away from the achievement but there wasn't a long term solution there. Signings in the last couple of seasons, apart from De Gea, didn't do much either. Moyes could of steered that ship much better though.

Down / Re: Down GAA Champion 2018 Prediction Competition.
« on: September 17, 2018, 08:59:04 AM »

Down / Re: Down GAA Champion 2018 Prediction Competition.
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:03:05 PM »

Darragh Cross


Down / Re: Down GAA Champion 2018 Prediction Competition.
« on: August 21, 2018, 01:35:44 PM »

Round 3

Preliminary Round
St Michael’s

GAA Discussion / Re: Football team of the 90s
« on: August 17, 2018, 09:02:06 AM »
Neil Collins
Kieran McKeever
Darren Fay
Tony Scullion
Paul Curran
Glenn Ryan
Sean Og DePaor
Anthony Tohill
John McDermott
Graham Geraghty
Greg Blaney
Ja Fallon
Mickey Linden
Peter Canavan
Maurice Fitzgerald

It is easier to pick a 90's team, as generally, players can be picked in their positions, or certainly in the same line that they operated in!
Neil Collins was the best keeper in Ireland in the first half of 90's - ironically John O'Leary was getting the All-Stars he probably didnt deserve, and Cluxton who has set the bar so high currently struggles to get them.
Although Derry only won Ulster/All Ireland in '93 and Ulster '98, they were consistnetly a high performing league side as well, hence 3 for them - hard to think of 2 better corner backs.
Curran was a Rolls Royce of a player, and for me deserves to be mentioned alongside O'Se, McCaffrey etc as great half backs.
Midfield picks itself.
Forwards for me also picked themselves. Giles was excellent, but not in the same class as Geraghty. Toss of a coin between Fallon/Donnellan, but for me Fallon was the consistently high performer in the 90's.
From a Down point of view Neil Collins is a great shout. Disgrace he never got an all star. The one other Down man pushing for a place that no one ever mentions is Barry Breen. He was class and if you talk to any of the Down forwards of the era they'll all name him as the player who made them tick. Saying that there was some serious footballers at centre half back in the nineties - real leaders too.

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