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I’d like to see Rory Brennan replace the injured McCarron and leave Bradley and Brennan in reserve for later in the match if it’s still in the melting pot. Brennan is a much better option against the Dublin forwards than HP McGeary in my opinion. I can’t see Harte changing anything else except that enforced change.

That's the change I'd be making as well. We've competed better around the middle in recent games so I'd leave things as they are there. Judging on other games Hugh Pat looks most likely to come in.

It’s hard to make a convincing case for Tyrone but I’m going to try. Firstly, we are at home, the Dubs have never travelled to Ulster for a championship match and there is no way we can let ourselves be as bad again on our own home turf - there’s no Hill to exaggerate every missed pass or bad tackle. Secondly we have a few upgrades on last year, McKernan for McCrory at corner back, Hampsey to pick up Fenton in midfield (can we believe Conal McCann started there last Sumner) Frank Burns is a huge addition to our defence and our ability to break forward, the progress of Conor Meyler and Ritchie Donnelly is promising - albeit this is the acid test for them. The return of Conor McAliskey in the form he is in is an upgrade on last year and he is a reliable free taker. There are likely to be 7 changes from last years starting line up, all upgrades in my view with the option of subs like Mark Bradley to come in. So this isn’t the same old team as last year. The big loss is Cavanagh but I watched him closely last year and the Dubs targeted him a a potential weak link as he moved out the pitch. They dropped kick outs in his direction and ran at him - he was becoming a liability at that level. If Ritchie plays at the edge of the square and we can get decent ball in then that’s a positive. Thirdly Mickey Harte has proven himself to be superb when involved in replays over the years - this is as close as we get to a replay and Mickey has had 10 months to figure out how to improve with Dublin in mind. I believe he thought the tactics last year would work - they didn’t! Nobody knows that better than him. I would be very surprised to see a carbon copy repeat of last years tactics - we will go for them, try and pressurise them and see if, after 3 or 4 All Ireland’s, they really are up for another battle of Omagh. Finally, we will never have such a good opportunity to put right such a poor performance again. We have the AI champions, who annihilated is last year, at home, in Omagh, potentially,  for a place in the AI semi final - any Tyrone man / woman worth their salt should get behind this team and the players should be running through the walls in Omagh to get at the Dubs - and you just never know. Tyrone by 4.

I would agree that we have a stronger team than last year. The players that have come into the team definitely have added something. The likes of Burns, Meyler and McShane offer a lot more energy than Conall McCann, McRory and Mulgrew (who is young and may well improve). I seriously doubt if Tyrone's heads are right that we are a 12 point worse team than Dublin.

Whether we have enough to beat them only time will tell. But I hope we go out and give it everything and really pressurise the Dubs on the ball and push up on them when we can. We can't sit back like last year and watch them play the ball around us.

Kick outs are going to be a major impact on the game. We have to be prepared to go man for man on a lot of their kick outs and not give Cluxton the easy options like last year. That was criminal allowing them free men so much space around the middle. On our own kick outs they will no doubt push up on us. If that's the case we need to bring a lot of men into defence and back ourselves to win the long ball which will create space at the other end. If both these things happen there is going to be a lot of contested ball around the middle. Against Monaghan we got cleaned out with one man often getting isolated versus three or four Monaghan men. Since that we seem to have worked on getting bodies around were the kick out is going and competing for the breaks. They could well be were the game is won or lost.

If we half push up on the kick out like last year it will be game over. I'd be surprised if lessons haven't been learnt from then. If so I suspect we'll push hard on some kick outs and for others we'll not contest it and get the defence in place.

I hope our supporters show up and get behind the team instead of all this constant negativity. We have a unique opportunity to welcome the All Ireland champs to our home ground with the opportunity of securing a place in the all Ireland semi final. Really hope the players go out and perform and show this Dublin team isn't unbeatable. Some day it will be proven, let's hope we are the team to do it.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:46:32 AM »
We need to improve an awful lot but if we have any realistic ambitions of making a semi final you’d be looking to get Roscommon or Fermanagh tomorrow. No matter what if you got to the super 8s that first game against another qualifier would be critical. A win there (and draw the teams above) and you’d be facing Galway or Donegal at Home who’d hopefully be coming of the back of a loss in basically a winner takes all game.

On current form there’s no guarantee we’ll even make it past next week but if we do I think that’s the best chance we’d have. I assume we’d use omagh for the super 8s but if you’d the option I’d be more than happy to go elsewhere.

I said last week Morgan gets a hard time on here and yesterday shows it again. If he’d made mistakes like O’Neill did yesterday the usual suspects would be on with over the top criticism and telling us Mickey O’Neill doesn’t make mistakes. Morgan is better under the high ball and much quicker getting the kick outs away. Don’t want to be harsh on O’Neill either as he is still getting used to games at that level but it is worth pointing out.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:23:08 PM »
I can’t see many changes at this stage. I don’t think we’ve settled on a midfield partner for Colm Cavanagh yet. Mcclure and McNulty both struggled in the last few games. Wouldn’t rule out McCann coming in and Mattie pushing to midfield. Ideally we’d leave him in the forwards and have a bigger man in the middle as kickouts are becoming more important.

McCarron got skinned early on the last day but there wasn’t much ball sent in after that. Harte might think at this stage he’s as good as we have. It’s a pity Rory Brennan hasn’t pushed on more as he looked to have plenty of potential.

I think Morgan gets a hard time on here. Other than free kicks he’s been very reliable generally and is good under the high ball. His kickouts would be ahead of O’Neill.

GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:14:46 AM »
I’ll spend me money on the RWC next year.

No integrity left in our games anymore at inter county level.

This fiasco is about €’s, not the sport. At least rugby is a bit transparent on the money side of things.

Go and look at the ireland, New Zealand or England team sheets and the players place of birth and come back about integrity of sport.

At least the money made by the gaa will be reinvested in the sport including the redevelopment of newbridge and coaches etc.

I do believe this game should be in Kildare but the reaction is totally over the top. Kildare county board getting of lightly given they don’t have a ground fit enough to hold big games given amount they’ve spent on outside managers. The gaa have always tried to maximise attendances and to me that should always be a priority. Looking at the results home advantage isn’t as big a factor as is being made out. Croke Park is also one of the best stadiums in Europe, 45 minutes from Kildare and they’ve played there plenty so it shouldn’t be that big a disadvantage.

GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 27, 2018, 06:24:17 AM »
Wherever this game is played now the good is gone from it.

Sad days indeed for our national sports.

Rugby World Cup next year for me.

That last comment is bizarre from the point of view it is so far removed from what is being discussed. Never mind the fact that rugby in this country is so money orientated and removed from the grass roots with total focus on four professional teams.

Leinster regularly move games from their home venue to generate extra money and allow more people to see their games.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:08:34 PM »
Personally never complain about Tyrone games in croke park. Best stadium and facilities in the country. It's where the big games are all played so might as well get as many games in it as possible. If win next week would potentially have a round 4 qualifier and super 8 game there, no better preparation for them games than having a game there first.

GAA Discussion / Re: Kildare v Mayo AI Qualifier Round 3
« on: June 25, 2018, 02:57:19 PM »
Tullamore, Nowlan Park or Portlaoise the obvious alternativevenues for kildare to nominate

Would Tullamore not be further away from parts of Kildare than Croke Park? it's not exactly a huge distance from Kildare if it is being moved.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:32:06 PM »
RON has to play, opposite for McShane, very poor last day if you take the last minute point out of it.  Too lazy

Zero chance of McShane being dropped for this game after scoring the equaliser v Meath and saving our season. I'm expecting the same team with Peter Harte coming in for McCann. Ronan O'Neill to come off the bench earlier as a reward for his contribution the last day. Have seen it reported in a few media outlets that McCarron missed the Meath game with a chest infection and is expected to return to the defence. Hoping this doesn't mean the starting 15, think Hugh Pat and McKernan earned another start.

I thought Hugh Pat did well at times in the league but struggled the last day. Was well behind his man at times. If it had been McRory we'd have heard a lot more about it on here.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: June 10, 2018, 08:56:18 AM »
Some crap talked on here with boys announcing Ronan O’Neill had left. He showed composure for the goal which others lacked. I don’t think he has the fitness and athleticism to start but a good man to bring on in these kind of games.

I actually thought Richard Donnelly did ok in the first half last night. Won three or four balls kicked in acting as a decent target. I’d like to see more from Mattie though. 11 is also an important position in the team and I’m not sure Sludden has done enough from there in recent games.

I’ve a feeling an another player or two will be added to the squad in the coming days. Possibly a bit of experience at the level and you’d think he might look at an u20 or two. Donaghy took some great scores for them. Big Kennedy could be worth a look too, though he went off injured.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: June 09, 2018, 10:34:32 PM »
Definitely harsh on Colm Cavanagh given he’s only played a couple of county games this year and is trying to get back to fitness. If Tyrone get a run going he’d be the least of my worries.

Enjoyable game. Tyrone good in first half and should have been out of sight. Still missing too many chances. Performance after that was below the level needed but theee games are all about winning.

Two weeks now to get ready for next game and try to get the season going. Lot of work put in the last 6 months or more and over a number of years, might as well give it everything now and see where it takes them. Anyone hopzing they go out should never mentioning supporting Tyrone again. Utterly disrespectful to what our county is about.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:19:12 AM »
Like most other people I will be ignoring southtyronegael and his imaginary friend thebigdog from now on.

In terms of Ronan O'neill it would be a strange time to quit. He has trained now for 7/8 months and has already missed 2 starred games so surely he'd be safer seeing the season out and see how it goes. If Tyrone get a run going there will be lots of games coming up and with the injuries he is bound to get time. He has had plenty of game time the last few years but on current form doesn't deserve to start. Hopefully he puts his head down and tries to take his chance when it comes. In my opinion he can have little complaints about not starting. it would be great to see him focus on his own game instead of blaming the manager for not starting. He is worth his place on the squad and as I say I hope he sticks with it.

Any thoughts on team for the weekend?

HP McGeary
Colm C
P McNulty
K McGeary
M Donnelly

Options seriously limited in FF line, I'd be astonished to see Sludden starting but he has a great chance of getting game time. I'd say RoN will start with a quiet word in his ear to go out and prove himself after his display v Monaghan. I know it didn't really work out great last year but might we Mattie move into FF line and send more early, direct ball in?

I’d say that team won’t be far away. Mckernan might be close to starting at corner back ahead of McGeary. McNulty and Ronan O’Neill both with plenty to prove if start. You couldn’t rule out conal McCann based on previous selections but he’d be seriously lucky to start based on current year performances.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 19, 2018, 11:25:51 PM »
I’d be surprised if colm doesn’t start. I actually think the team named will line out. Though it depends how fit McCann is.

Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: May 18, 2018, 04:16:45 PM »
Eugene and art were the ones to spot seans talents and gave him his chance in 02. Sean Cavanagh made Harte!

2002... the year Sean scored the equalising last minute goal in Ulster Championship v Armagh for the Seniors but couldnt make Mickey's U21 squad. Also the year Mickey won the All-Ireland U21. Unwillingness to introduce Sean to the squad another sign of his stubbornness. Though the whole Glencull thing tops the lot. Principled man in his own words. Happy enough to set his principles aside to get McCarron back in the fold but gave scores of players the silent treatment during his tenure treating them like meat suits and training ground fodder.

Sean was still a minor in 2001 and turned down the chance to play u21 as far as I’m aware. But sure harte did a terrible job winning the all Ireland with the u21s in 2001.

There’s a lot to be said for resolving things face to face instead of through the media. Shocking way things are becoming.

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