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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Cork 13 July 2019
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:05:46 AM »
Dublin scored 5-18 on a day when they supposedly didnt have a great performance

Who or when the hell has any team scored 5-18 in an All Ireland Quarter Final?!

Its crazy and the juggernaut seems almost impossible to stop

A team needs to get ahead of Dublin and stay ahead. They have to be mentally put under pressure to have any chance against them. The pace and fitness levels are unprecedented. Like there are players on EVERY line of the pitch driving and bursting past players, punching holes everywhere. How do you stop it?

Maybe Kerry or Donegal have the firepower to do it but it would take everything to go right and Dublin to be missfiring...hard to see at this stage! I was at the 2014 Semi where Donegal did it. Atmosphere was electric with the 2 Magees bullying O Gara and B Brogan and Ryan McHugh flying. The Dubs fans must miss an atmosphere like that, a contest. A contest is needed or else what is the point

Cork have improved bigtime. They didnt stop and i hope they give Tyrone a game....could be a cracker. Hurley is a beast. The Vikiing and Loughrey were impressive too

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GAA Discussion / Re: own point question
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:38:16 PM »
Why on earth would it be a 45?

Its a point to the kicker, not an own point

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:44:23 PM »

Honestly my favourite team to watch now

Pace everywhere and classy, classy scores.

How they ltakled so well and so hard and lost I do not know
Yes Armagh missed chances and made wrong decisions. But Deegan influences the outcome of games in a way few other refs do, with the exception perhaps of Joe McQullian.

You lost the game cos Mr "everybody look at me" John Cena decided to shoot when he should have been passing.
Is he buckin your daughter or sister or something?
I remember joe canning doing it a few years back
thought It was funny then
Great to see a young talent celebrating scoring goals on his debut season. That Armagh front 8 are a joy to behold in person. Hope Clarke & co stay about for next season and beyond.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 11:22:49 AM »
Listened to McGeeney's radio interview on BBC, I know it was in the aftermath of a defeat in a game his team should have won, but I was left wondering if he's about to depart Armagh.  I hope not, he has the team on an upward curve, the key is keeping that panel together now, no defections next year please!

I hope McGeeney stays...the intensity of Armagh was immense, his stamp was all over it

They could and should get promoted if they stick together and play like that

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:01:03 AM »
A few thoughts after that...
Very entertaining to watch. The big crowd made for a great atmosphere. I saw Conor Cox of Roscommon at the game and Stephen Rochford was on the pitch at the end.

Our match ups were wrong at the start. Harrison wasn't strong enough for Rian O'Neill and Higgins was getting a bit of a roasting from Grugan. Horan was proactive with this in fairness, putting Keegan back on O'Neill and moving Keith to half back. I feel that's the only position for Keith these days. Keegan a big loss but Stephen Coen did quite well defensively as a replacement. Boyle had his best game in ages.

We were well beaten in midfield. Don't want to bring the debate up again but Clarke's long kickouts are a lottery at best. In fact, they probably favour the opposition. I know he ran down a few blind alleys but Mikey Murray will be a quality player in time. Has a great side step.

Fionn McDonagh had a great opening but took too much out of the ball in the 2nd half. Surprised Andy got hooked so early after setting up the goal but McLoughlin made a big difference in the 2nd half. You'd wonder how the last 2 management teams deemed Darren Coen surplus to requirements...

A lot of people giving out about the ref but Armagh got 2 very soft frees towards the end of the game. The Armagh #7 was harassing Loftus on all 3 of his frees in the 1st half. He was the reason the scuffle broke out at half time. Delighted he got caught for tripping McLoughlin to bring that free forward in the 2nd half.

Hard to know where we'll go from here with all the injuries. Hopefully we avoid Galway in the draw.

Armagh got a few soft scorable frees alright but it wasn't those type of decisions that were the issue.

I felt all game long Deegan would blow for a Mayo free 3 or 4 seconds before he blew for an Armagh one. In the first half he blew up Burns for overcarrying when he had barely taken his 4 steps and then dropped the ball once he got surround, in contrast he allowed Mayo players loads of time to play the ball when they became bottled up.

Armagh have been quite indisciplined in recent years, their tackling has left a lot to be desired but I though they were superb in both those aspects yesterday and did loads of good work with tackling and turnovers only for Deegan to wrongly blow for a Mayo free. The ball then went up the other end of the pitch and he was far more lenient with what he would let go.

There weren't any big decisions that really went against either side but he was refereeing both sides under different rules which is the most frustrating aspect for the players.

Agreed.  Because of Armagh's reputation of giving away easy frees due to indiscipline, bad tackling, refs. now feel that they have to blow an Armagh foul much easier .... absolute joke and was on view for all to see in MacHale Park last night.

]Deegan needs called out on these decisions, there was just something not right with his performance last night.

Anyway, if Armagh had taken their second half goal chances, and other missed opportunities, they'd have won it very handy irrespective of the ref.

Totally agree

I am neutral but have a soft spot for Mayo. Have loved watching them  and especially Andy Moran, who is class personified. I feet they were best placed to challenge Dublin so wanted them in the Super 8s....but when the game started and those decisions did i actually thought there was something fishy about it...it was that bad. Like even at 1 stage Deegan blew for a square ball on ONeill...the ball was only kicked towards him and he wasnt in the square. That incident with Burns.....but the move forward frees are the same as giving a team a point. All teams are at thst holding etc....it was purely being selective and akin to just deciding "Mayo will win this"

Sticks in the craw of the neutral. That Armagh team has serious pace and play lovely football. The move for the goal, Clarkes scores, his goal attempt (no other keeper in the country wouldve saved it....class from D Clarke), Campbells scores, Grugans and ONeills,the interplay were like heroin...as good as youll see in our game. Mayos best moves were Morans ball for the goal and Coens class scores. Other than that they were poor to watch. Good ball for McLoughlins point (from another non free btw) but i think his goal was lucky...fair play he took on Donaghy but i actually think his right footed shot was just slapping his leg at it and may have even been a point attempt.

Gutted for Armagh. Hate that Clarke is away to London and may not Be back next year. He was such a loss last year. I thougnt he was ok in the 1st half, winning ball but couldnt get shot off...that happens. The pace and workrate of Hall and Nugent alied to the class of Clarke, ONeill and Campbell....leaves Armagh with  as good a forward line as there is anywhere

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:27:34 AM »
I really hope that Armagh team sticks together. Clarke has to stay. They could challeenge seriously for an Ulster zTitle next year i think. Great to watch.

Serious amount of turnovers...workrate immense. They were better than Mayo today, rode by the ref. Gutted

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GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:20:39 AM »
Huge regrets from Armagh.

Combination of missed chances and some poor decision making. Deegan was certainly worth 4 or 5 points to Mayo, he was much quicker to blow for frees for Mayo, seemed to consistently give Mayo players 3 or 4 more seconds to release the ball than Armagh. Why does Grimley not take the frees for Armagh? He's far better more reliable at them than O'Neill.

Big win for Mayo though, should make the Super 8s now. They really flagged near the end though and the mounting injuries are a huge cause of concern for them.

Deegan (and most referees) do this! The higher up the food chain, the easier the frees.

Totally agree. Robbed Armagh.

Armagh much easier on the eye, gutted for them
Coen good for Mayo
Cant believe Moran was taken off

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:41:05 AM »
Was at Aghagallon v L Dhearg last night, I could go off on a rant and say this and that and feed the trolls and upset MR2 but all I will say is that PH who was allegedly suspended by his own committee on advice of CCC due to numerous complaints in the past, should not have been allowed back period!

His connections to the LD club via family and chair of refs committee from the club he should never have been appointed (spectators opinions not mine) throughout the game. That's the local clubs argument no doubt.

I really do hope this game is on video, players and managers reacted and that's their problem but if they look at the video and the refs performance in relation to decision making then I would say they would have to hold their hands up!  Refs have a duty of care like everyone and last night was an example to all in relation to complete ignorance of this and created such a volatile situation which could have turned really serious but for a few level headed people on both sides.

Pity big AMcC (eyes and ears top accessor) wasn't at this oh that's right he doesn't go to LD games he just reports on everyone else .

What went down?

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General discussion / Re: Love Island
« on: June 25, 2019, 12:47:18 AM »
Maura handled that well. Shes some craic

Class, stupid TV

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:20:56 PM »
Perhaps Loughery is one of the few antrim footballers to do what is necessary is get the physique of a modern intercounty player.   All these spoofers and apologists on here denying whats right in front of them - there is NO excuse why antrim's footballers do not have the physique of a div 1 footballer. None whatsoever. Anyone saying different is someone used to taking the easy road through life.  Its feckin hard and takes sacrifices - thats why antrim arent at it.   Antrim dont appear (happy to be proved wrong) to have the talent / ability of a div 1 team but they should at least have the physicality.  Fecks sake there is enough information available to do it.   

Antrim's problem appears to be attitude, exacerbated by pisspoor  managers and 'quick fix' supporters and county admins.

Loughrey was a freak athlete by our standards prior to he even doing the weights and bulking up. His commitment was 2nd to none prior to be going to Cork to get married. He was our best player bar none...breaking the gain line, punching holes in the opposition backline and laying off to the scorers. Massive loss

We could do with a top manager to get the buy in from all players. Clare have got to Div 2. They stayed there for a year and have improved. If they can we can..we have to aim high and stop being negative. We got there 10 yrs ago, beat Meath but went down.
In our biggest games in the qualifiers around then we had our captain etc not play due to pre booked holidays. That didnt help us kicking on
We need serious buy in if we are to have any chance. We can do it

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:11:33 PM »
Actually, Lisbon is lovely

Had conversation with someone the other day about Lisbon, was interested in going and he said it was worse than Barcelona for pickpockets!
We have been in Lisbon twice over the last few years and never  had any issues ourselves but have heard  of some of the popular tourist trams being rife with pickpockets

I suppose they are on all the big cites!



You need to organise yourself on the presumption that pickpockets are about, especially in summer. In winter it is easier when wearing a jacket.

If youre on the packed tram without your wallet in your front pocket and your hand in it you deserve to be pickpocket!

I found no issue there...class city

Get the yellow tram round the city at 8am...avoid the queues

What i would say is...go to Bruges. Done every european city nearly....for a relaxing chilled time its the best

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Anyone applying for tickets to euro 2020? The games in Dublin should be good craic if we're involved or if there are half decent teams

How do you apply?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football qualifier route 2019
« on: June 09, 2019, 01:04:29 AM »
They were both reasonably late on though. Good win. Hoping for a decent draw.

Please god

Super 8s here we come!

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Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: June 09, 2019, 12:46:02 AM »
Delighted

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General discussion / Re: Holidays
« on: May 31, 2019, 07:34:30 PM »
If you are looking for a quick get away with or without the kids, I would recommend Bluebell Lane

https://bluebell-lane.com/

Bruges sounds like what you're looking for

Budapest class too.

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