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Laois / Re: Laois senior football memories
« on: March 26, 2020, 02:02:21 AM »
Byron (courtwood), Higgins (st Josephs), Timmons (Graigue), Healy (Portlaoise), Rooney(Clonaslee), Lalor (Heath), McMahon (Ballyroan), maher (stradbally), Clancy (Timahoe), ross (Kilcruise), Hughie (Port), Lowry (Killeshin), Leo Turley (O Dempseys), O Carroll (Crettyard), Beano (Killeen)

Laois / Re: Laois - Bits & Pieces
« on: March 13, 2020, 09:23:16 PM »
Anybody have any footage of the 2003 semi v Dublin

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: March 07, 2020, 12:15:21 AM »
Second year in a row steamrolled, no real answer to the pace, power and athleticism they had. Got a good start but once they got into their system and destroyed our kickouts it was going to take something very special to win it.  Turnovers and kickouts were key, very sloppy in possession and kick passing and the insistence of soloing into contact were the main issues. This could have possibly been  because of having no full forward line to be a focal point for ball. Some of the ball in at times was awful. There seemed to be a lack of moment for the kickouts and then bizarrely a decision to keep putting them into the same area where we were often out numbered and losing them. We needed a lot to go right and a lot of our stronger players to perform but they had their homework done on them.

Another tough night as Dublin win their 6th title in the last 7 years

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: March 02, 2020, 02:01:20 PM »
What’s really concerning is the guys from last year 20 team who are already slipping down the pecking order. Some like Kinsella, Tyrrell and Whelan are on the panel but not getting any game time. Others such as Eoin Dunne, McCormack, Doran and Seamus Lacey seems to be discarded.

You’d like to think that a really good junior set up would bear benefits. Let the lads train away with their clubs but play regular games with a junior team.

If it only unearthed one good player for the seniors, it would be worth it. And there are numerous lads out there. Now, I’m not saying there are a whole load of brilliant inter county players out there just waiting to be discovered but who knows?

I could name 10 lads who could be as good as or better than some of our current starting team. Again, it has to be qualified. Some just may not want to commit. And that’s fine. It’s not for everyone.

I really like Aaron Dowling of The Rock. He is suffering badly by not getting to play a decent level of club football. Hitchcock of Park Ratheniska is another. Kevin Byrne of Ballylinan I like a lot. Both of the Murphy brothers from Emo are excellent. Aston had a great year last year for Killeshin. Hatch Finlay. I would give Adam Campion another chance. O’Halloran of Courtwood was one of the best full backs in both the senior and divisional championships last year. And Bolger of Graigue as a goalie. Makings of a decent team there.

I was thought we should have entered the junior championship. There was enough interest in the divisional games to put a team together to keep players involved and hopefully develop a few who wouldn't have the option of colleges football. Their is a huge jump from the u20 to senior at present, it was noticeable that Kildare won it two years ago and their best player Jimmy Hyland was only a sub yesterday and very few others have even made a championship appearance. Any I saw this year in the Sigerson are not going to make it either. We had a decent enough group last year and hopefully some thing can be done to bring them along.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: February 23, 2020, 08:27:14 PM »
we got out with the points, I don't know how but we got them. Clare will be kicking themselves as they had enough chances to not only draw it but also to win it.

we started with a number of changes from the programme and got a great start. Evan was on fire and the team was moving well. this probably went on for about 25 minutes when we were well on top and kicked some great scores. the goal came after evan got in behind his marker and somehow failed to score, it was a good save but he should have finished it. murphy followed in bravely and scrambled it in. their keeper had to go off injured and the replacement immediately kicked it to murphy who popped it over the bar. we were sailing and they had lots of problems with our kickout press. for a number of reasons we seemed to go completely out of the game for large periods to the end. I thought their were a few reasons which disrupted the team, piggott getting the head injury which left him off the field for a while, Collins and Timmons clashing, which Timmons appeared to come worse off and certainly played at times like he wasn't 100 percent. numerous bookings, JOL in particular which left him unable to really tackle with such a fussy ref. they forced us long on the kickouts and we couldn't win a ball their for long periods until lillis finally came into it in the end. cahir's injury was one of those where you hope its not as bad it looks, it was a ball down the line that passing him and he attempted to cut it with a slide tackle of sorts. hopefully he over extended but you would be worried, it was a pity as he was playing well.

they started like a train in the second half and got the benefit of a few soft frees. we really couldn't kick it long as we couldn't win a ball in the area and they pinned us back well when we went short. there was some really sloppy passing which lead to turnovers and nothing stuck in the full forward line. at times it felt like we were kicking it off a wall as it kept coming back so quick. realistically during this period they should have got ahead. we had one brilliant move on a break out when sean byrne hit the crossbar but that attack was a rarity. the penalty looked harsh but Timmons should never have let it get that far. it lifted them but a lot of dogged defending and lillis three or four monster catches lifted the seize and got us home. after a few bad frees from evan, corbett came up and kicked the pressure 45.

corbett was very good, kickouts and composure were excellent. cahir started well, Hanrahan was good, I have seen Timmons better. paddy o Sullivan was excellent, closely followed by trevor Collins. lillis finally got into the game in the end after long quiet periods and was the pick of the midfield trio. lowry was excellent in a loose centre forward role and did huge work. ross was also very good and worked very hard. murphy and evan had moments of excellence but they both went completely out of the game after the first half. evan can be so frustrating, he is still missing frees to an extent that if corbett is to stay on the team I would have him taking them. it was another day, where he ended getting distracted and eventually booked which was a shame as he had the beating of his man. three big games left but a bit of breathing space.

Laois / Re: Leinster U20 Football Championship 2020
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:35:29 PM »
Laois play Meath today @ 2pm in Portlaoise.

Team is:

                                              Niall Gorman (Emo)

Michael Dowling (Portlaoise), Alex Mohan (Portarlington), Neil Keane (The Heath)
 Sean O’Flynn (Courtwood), Gary Saunders (Portlaoise), Jack Lacey (St Joseph’s)

        Barry Howlin (O’Dempsey’s), Sean Michael Corcoran (Portarlington)

Dean Brophy (St Joseph’s), Colin Slevin (Portarlington), PJ Daly (The Heath)
     Damon Larkin (Portlaoise), Ross Bolger (Killeshin), Jack Owens (Emo)

that doesn't appear to be the team??

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: January 30, 2020, 07:51:09 PM »
One change for the weekend, Brian Byrne starts instead of Collins

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: January 27, 2020, 07:56:55 PM »
Armagh calling! Taking a point off Roscommon wouldn't have been expected.  I thought you were missing a number of strong players and that things were a bit flat!

How will you do against Armagh on Saturday night? Not much love lost there and Laois is a real bogey team for us - we probably owe you at least one!!

was oisin o neill in the sigerson this year for Mary's, that's one serious player. surprised to see him listed at wing forward.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 07:29:11 PM »
real smash and grab, to be honest it didn't look likely after the penalty and Timmons black card. we had been poor for a lot of the second half but had hung in their with ross getting a few scores. Roscommon have themselves to blame trying to play down the clock instead of going for it with the extra man. Evan's goal started the comeback but also caused them to panic. He was having one of those days where he could miss a free, kick a point from the corner ,then lob one into the keeper and then kick a 45 and unforgivingly miss a one on one with the keeper. He has having a good tussle with the full back but spent as much time falling on the ground as he was standing up but probably didn't get half the frees he deserved. Maybe due to the battle he was having, was that he just let fly when the goal dropped in on him. it was some goal, a rocket. somehow we were back in the game and evan won the free on the half forward line for the second goal. After a conversation with the ref, ross took the free and screwed it in. in the middle of the bodies Lillis got it and lashed it into the corner and that was that.

We started well but missed three easy options before they scored from paly. it went toe to toe after that, we didn't commit many forward at times and kept them guessing changing our shape in the forwards. We really worked the mark well and one pre planned move saw lillis switch in, and immediately a ball was pinged into his chest and a good score from a mark. We made a lot of silly mistakes and they scored from a few. they sucked us in with the defense playing a very high line and a ball in behind saw smith score a goal. from the stand you could see it about to happen. They were far more aggressive in the second half and had the majority of possession. Their goal came from another mistake, lillis didn't hold a kick out and they broke fast through the centre, healy who had come on, was caught in two minds and didn't get the through ball and Timmons gambled on the tackle and got the black card. we didn't create a whole a lot until the last five minutes. Solid performance and good heart shown. Corbett didn't do a whole lot wrong and went on a solo run that brought him into the other half. backs in general were ok. Collins and o Flynn I thought were ok, hanrahan probably drew the short straw with their best forward. As usual the two midfielders did a lot of work, JOL got a right belt in the head and sat more in the holding role with Lillis bombing forward. He kicked some lovely scores. Byrne switched in and out of the area. Forwards were a mixed bag, Keogh got a nice score but appears very one sided, Barry handled a lot of ball and could be a good link man and murphy couldn't really get into it. Their were a number of subs with Ross kicking a few frees, it was great to see Healy back but he has a good bit to go and you would have to question his introduction. He ended up getting booked for a free and I thought he should have got to the ball for the goal but hopefully with improved fitness he will get better. Another tough game with ARMAGH NEXT WEEK.

Laois / Re: Allianz Hurling League 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 12:00:44 AM »
If Wexford had converted half their chances they would have put up
A huge score on us. It’s going to tough with the current panel but we really need a lot of our senior players like paddy Purcell and Ryan to play better than they did tonight.

Laois / Re: NFL Div 2 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:33:51 AM »
Niall Corbett; Trevor Collins, Mark Timmons, Gearoid Hanrahan; Sean O'Flynn, Robert Pigott, Patrick O'Sullivan; John O'Loughlin, Sean Byrne; Michael Keogh, Colm Murphy, Eoin Lowry; Mark Barry, Kieran Lillis, Evan O'Carroll.

Team along expected lines, not much in the way of options at present owing to unavailability and other players only coming back. interesting to see the subs to see who made the cut. Lillis will hardly stay in full forward with the new mark?? Poor Sigerson lads not getting a rest before their final.

Laois / Re: Allianz Hurling League 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:28:21 AM »
Mark Fanning; Simon Donohoe, Liam Ryan, Joe O’Connor; Damien Reck, Shaun Murphy, Paudie Foley; Kevin Foley, Jack O’Connor; Cathal Dunbar, Rory O’Connor, Aidan Nolan; Aidan Rochford, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris. Subs: James Lawlor, Shane Reck, Conor Firman, Conal Flood, Jack Cullen, Harry Kehoe, Liam Og McGovern, Andrew Shore, Seamus Casey, Gary Molloy, Michael Dwyer.

wexford not starting a few big names as well, still a very tough ask.

Laois / Re: Laois Hurling Team 00-20
« on: January 17, 2020, 07:09:36 PM »
Live now GAA.IE, Carlow IT against GMIT in the Fitzgibbon, plenty of lads playing

Laois / Re: Walsh Cup 2020
« on: January 09, 2020, 10:51:30 PM »
Tough night tonight, Dublin we’re far fitter and slicker and missed very little. The few starting changes gave us a very light and young looking team. We are all over place at times in the first half and seemed to be playing mullaney as the spare man. It wasn’t one of Ryan’s best nights as he was the cause of a few scores. Dublin went down the sides and stretched us constantly. We hit a lot of poor ball down to their spare man throughout the game and it put the backs under pressure with it coming back. We stayed in touch somewhat with Ross nabbing a few scores. A few changes at half time especially Dublin taking off thankfully eamon Dillon who caused us no end of problems and we settled. Jack Kelly went back to the full back line and Podge Delaney made a huge difference. Purcell stayed full forward and despite not doing much it allowed Ross out the field where he ran himself into the ground. Got it back close before they got the goal and then we collapsed to a succession of points.

It might be unfair to say the team is unfit but they certainly have a good bit to do before the league. Flanagan man marked their big man hetherton and had a tough night. He battled well but needs a bit more hurling but I can see him starting as he has the size. Jack Kelly was plugging holes everywhere and Delaney made a big difference. Was not a night for our forwards bar Ross and we were out muscled a lot. We certainly are going to feel the loss of mark kavanagh

Laois / Re: Walsh Cup 2020
« on: January 08, 2020, 11:08:28 PM »
A few regulars back for the Dublin game

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