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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: Today at 07:11:38 PM »

On a separate note, I notice Cathal McShane won MotM for the ranch on Wednesday evening. He was named at FF.  I wonder did he play there for most of the game and would he be an option up front for us? Perhaps with Bradley playing off him?

I don't know, he's young and has plenty to improve on yet. He has all the attributes to be fantastic player, big, strong, fit, mobile and can kick off either foot but his decision making is extremely erratic and when at inter county level, when ball would be lobbed in on him at the edge of the square with three of four guys converging on him in a congested space I think it will only exasperate that.

He's a talented player but very raw right now. Certainly might be worth a try as we need to unearth a target man type player in the full forward line, Cavanagh performs much better out the pitch.

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General discussion / Re: Martin Mc Guinness
« on: Today at 07:01:21 PM »
http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/martin-mcguinness-record-in-executive-cant-exorcise-the-ghosts-of-the-past-35321466.html

Great article that accurately outlines how McGuiness is and will be viewed outside hard nationalist circles (and SF AGMs, I guess) in the six counties.

The rush to lionise the nationalist answer to Ian Paisley here just because he's gone shows a serious lack of perspective. Like Paisley, he took the north deeper down the rabbit hole. Everyone would have been better off without both.
I can only surmise that those on here who are being disingenuous with their views on McGuinness, fall into two categories, they either are 40 and under in age or live in the south. Anyone of my generation and older will only too readily remember what it was like growing up in the Protestant state. I could what about all day on nationalist grievances, my experience in work and on the streets and the actions of our fellow countrymen. But I won't. Martin McGuinness got embroiled in the troubles and the IRA because of his experiences. The history is there go read it. In fact those of you who want to objectively view the northern state and the cause of the troubles should go read Bonfires on the Hillsides by James Kelly. The best history of the North to be written. I personally could never pick up arms, but many like McGuinness did so out of frustration and a sense injustice. Am I condoning the atrocities ... absolutely not, but they need to be viewed in context. The SDLP and John Hume great man as he is could not have delivered the GFA or the peace process with out the IRA's actions, Unionists simply would not have moved, if you believe otherwise then you are a fool. There was much done on both sides and we thankfully have moved beyond that. You don't have to like Martin mcGuinness to acknowledge his contribution in delivering the North to where we are now. He has continuously stretched himself and nationalism in attempts to reach accommodation with political unionism only to be thwarted by intransigence. Unlike some he has never denied his past or sought to hide behind red hats or shotgun licences.

Great post.

Some times you've just got to stand up for yourself.

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General discussion / Re: Martin Mc Guinness
« on: Today at 12:18:22 AM »
Pop shots from your chair, Martin McGuinness will go down in history as a game changer and a man of peace. If only you had 5 minutes in his presence. Thank you Martin on behalf of my children on turning this place around. I myself have become disillusioned with Sinn fein 2.0 but McGuinness always had peace for this land on his agenda.

People have short memories if they think this latest scandal is on a par with the past. The simple truth is the protestant state for a  Protestant people is no more. Thank God.

McGuiness will go down as Paisley did. A firebrand with blood on his hands who saw some modicum of sense as the light was already waning on his political life. Paisley at least left a stable government behind - McGuiness basically stuck a needle in the bouncing castle and ran off.

It really is amusing to see how SF figures are regarded in nationalist circles in the north versus how the rest of Ireland (catholic/secular Ireland) have a very different view of them because they're not burdened by the person being on 'their side'.

John Hume is a great man; in no objective viewing is Martin McGuinness.

For balance sake, John Hume backed internment back in the 70s.

A spell under British rule in 1970 Occupied Ulster would have done you the world of good.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 19, 2017, 08:32:42 PM »
With the injuries, I wonder if Mickey will keep an extended squad on past the McKenna Cup?

If we keep the same size squad as last year, it would definitely mean a place is open for 2 of the new faces to make the cut given McAliskey will be gone for the year and Tierney opted off. You also have the other factor that the likes of Loughran and Cassidy have had injuries interfere with their audition, so to speak.

I wonder if McHugh will be kept on now given the injury to McAliskey. O'Neill is now our only real right footed scoring forward in the squad.

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GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2017
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:48:36 PM »
Anybody know who has qualified?

I'm predicting:

Armagh v Monaghan
Tyrone v Fermanagh

Derry can possibly topple Fermanagh (or would it be Armagh) but unlikely as their game hasn't finished yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: McKenna Cup 2017
« on: January 18, 2017, 09:41:56 PM »
The dream is still alive.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 18, 2017, 06:16:39 PM »
Total scored / Total conceded = scoring average Fuzzman.

What if the opposition don't score?

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:31:05 PM »
1 – Niall Morgan – Éadan na dTorc (54)
2 – Pádraig Hampsey – Oileán a’Ghuail (10)
3 – Justin McMahon – An Omaigh (102)
4 – Cathal McCarron – An Droim Mór (88)
5 – Ronan McNabb – An Droim Mhór (51)
6 – Tiernan McCann – Coill an Chlochair (45)
7 – Jonathan Monroe – An Charraig Mhór (14)
8 – Matthew Donnelly – Trí Leac (82)
9 – Padraig McNulty – Dún Geanainn (32)
10 – Declan McClure – Cluain Eo (2)
11 – Ronan O’Neill – An Omaigh (56)
12 – Niall McKenna – Domhnach Mór (41)
13 – Darren McCurry – Éadan na dTorc (63)
14 – Cahir McCullagh – An Caisleán Glas (2)
15 – Ronan McHugh – Achadh Uí Aráin (2)
16 – Mickey O’Neill – Cluain Eo (19)
17 – Lee Brennan – Trí Leac (9)
18 – Colm Cavanagh – An Mhaigh (124)
19 – Sean Cavanagh – An Mhaigh (225)
20 – Peter Harte – Aireagal Chiaráin (106)
21 – Niall Sludden – An Droim Mhór (19)


The three defenders called into the panel this year all seem to be injured at the minute.

Ruairi Mullan left the panel I believe, Michael Cassidy got injured against Cavan, Harry Loughran hasn't featured at all, what is the nature of his injury?
Conor Clarke and David Mulgrew also havent featured, what is the nature of their absences?

Mullan went off injured in the O'Fiach game against Armagh. Did he leave the panel after that?

Clarke also went off injured in the same game and hasn't played since.

Loughran was with the squad Sunday but was not togged so presumably he is carrying an injury.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:25:47 PM »
1 – Niall Morgan – Éadan na dTorc (54)
2 – Pádraig Hampsey – Oileán a’Ghuail (10)
3 – Justin McMahon – An Omaigh (102)
4 – Cathal McCarron – An Droim Mór (88)
5 – Ronan McNabb – An Droim Mhór (51)
6 – Tiernan McCann – Coill an Chlochair (45)
7 – Jonathan Monroe – An Charraig Mhór (14)
8 – Matthew Donnelly – Trí Leac (82)
9 – Padraig McNulty – Dún Geanainn (32)
10 – Declan McClure – Cluain Eo (2)
11 – Ronan O’Neill – An Omaigh (56)
12 – Niall McKenna – Domhnach Mór (41)
13 – Darren McCurry – Éadan na dTorc (63)
14 – Cahir McCullagh – An Caisleán Glas (2)
15 – Ronan McHugh – Achadh Uí Aráin (2)
16 – Mickey O’Neill – Cluain Eo (19)
17 – Lee Brennan – Trí Leac (9)
18 – Colm Cavanagh – An Mhaigh (124)
19 – Sean Cavanagh – An Mhaigh (225)
20 – Peter Harte – Aireagal Chiaráin (106)
21 – Niall Sludden – An Droim Mhór (19)


The three defenders called into the panel this year all seem to be injured at the minute.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 17, 2017, 06:19:51 PM »
I would be suprised if East Tyrone and In Hiding were actually Shea McGuigan and Kyle Coney.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:46:34 PM »
Wasn't at the game but the full forward line seemed to give a good return.

Hope McKenna gets a few more games in at FF.

Seemed like there was quite a few of the u21s involved today.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 13, 2017, 07:35:19 AM »
you mean guys like sean cavanagh, mattie donnelly, kyle coney, conan grugan?

No I don't.

Coney and Grugan couldn't cut it. Donnelly and Cavanagh do their best work further out the field.
You're some piece of work. Without doubt a legend in your own mind as to your knowledge of football. I almost feel honoured to read your stuff

And what do you dispute in what I said?

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:48:09 PM »
you mean guys like sean cavanagh, mattie donnelly, kyle coney, conan grugan?

No I don't.

Coney and Grugan couldn't cut it. Donnelly and Cavanagh do their best work further out the field.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:22:59 PM »
if most of the top counties have taller athletic players now would they not find it difficult to mark a smaller , nimble forward like bradley? if the right kind of low ball was delivered would it not in theory give the small forward and advantage?

How do you deliver low ball through a wall of men encamped in front of the full back line?

That is why modern football has rendered the speedy, skilful corner forwards near obsolete. The premier inside forwards in the game today are the guys like McManus, Geaney, McBrearty etc.

Even Kerry had the 2014 POTY hovering around his own half back line for a lot of the AI final. You look at the damage O'Donoghue can do when teams play open football against him, he took Tyrone for 3 goals in a league game down in Killarney. He destroyed Dublin in the 2013 AI final and did the same in the 2014 AI semis against Mayo, so what did teams do with them, they dropped bodies back, they stopped the supply of ball into him and he has failed to make an impact since.

Football has changed, we can't play the type of ball Bradley, Brennan et all would thrive upon because the opposition are not going to allow these lads the time and space they crave. You have two options with mass defence these days, that's keep ball and wait patiently for the opening to come or to play the ball over the top. If you're going playing it over the top you need forwards who can win it anyway and can also play. We have the forwards who can play but we don't have those aggressive, rangy guys like McManus, McBrearty, Donaghy, Murphy, Andrews, Mannion, Geaney who can win it anyway and who can take their chances.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: January 12, 2017, 10:52:13 PM »
The football we're playing at the minute is suited to the players we have.

The team as a whole lacks physicality when you compare it to Dublin, Mayo and Kerry. Every serious team will crowd their defence with numbers. The two factors lacking with Tyrone at the minute is:
a) a reliable free taker
b) a top rate ball winner in the full forward line.

The likes of McCurry, Brennan, Bradley and O'Neill are all lovely footballers but I don't they're particularly great ball winners, especially in the air.

It's about getting the balance right, McAliskey is a big loss as he was a guy who could combine the inside and roving roll quite well, he had a great engine on him, good aggression and some class too. Bradley is a classy player but I'm unsure how effective a guy of his stature can be in the modern game when played in the full forward line. I think the reason he has been used out the pitch so far is that it allows him to get on the ball. Maybe he'll be given his chance this year in there to see how he gets on but I would have doubts, he has to be one of the smallest players playing county football at the minute.
Are cormac costello or paul mannion big physical men ?
If mark Bradley was playing for dublin he wouldn't be spending most of his time in the half back line

Mannion is over 6ft.
Costello is not small either.

Bradley is about 5ft6 or 5ft7. I can't think of a shorter county player about at the minute, he's a fantastic player but I'd have doubts whether he can be effective inside in the modern game. One way to find out though.

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