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Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:52:42 AM »
a few points for debate

1. once again we failed to get above 13 scores, a consistent problem probably not helped by the lack of mobility in midfield and support play from the half forward line. failure once again to score goals when the chances presented themselves.
2. not giving evan a bit longer, meath persisted with newman who was having a similar day. donie made a big difference but should have been in full forward especially near the end, pointless having him back in his own half at times and no one ahead of him to pass to.  it was really evan or paul Kingston to go as none of the half forward were going to taken off with the game plan we use. for me boyle should have went and given evan a bit longer. Also Quigley should have been on earlier as lillis was out on his feet.
3. lack of a link man in the half forward line. we packed it with three workers and some of the passing was shocking, that was when we even attempted to pass. We had oceans of ball but played it in front of meath which suited them. we seldom seemed to want to run at them or take them on or even stretch them. we are very conservative in our approach to games. Sullivan for them played very well in that role. scully in the second game was on a different level as a link man.
4. round pegs in square holes especially in the case of both corner backs. in a perfect world both would be attacking wing backs. while the options aren't great especially with the injury to Timmons and Begley both had a difficult day, Attride in particular made numerous mistakes which is unusual for him. I couldn't understand with meath operating a sweeper that we could have tried to protect him.
5. booth, o Flynn, jol and donie tried hard. murphy did well on limited ball but the goal miss was a game changer
6. Allowing Keoghan to get on so much ball, especially from the kickouts similarly not tracking menton. it wasn't if these things hadn't been sign posted in previous meath matches.

meath were just a bit slicker today at times, especially when getting scores. it was a real struggle for us, 11 scores is a dreadful return and I can't understand how people feel it was a good performance on that return. we have loads of honest effort but the quality is not improving.  they probably are not that much better than us both but when they got a chance at goals they exploited them, conceding three goals in a championship game is always a bad day for a defence . we play a very rigid type game which is not really effective when we have to chase a game, we don't appear to have a plan b. the qualifiers are going to be tough for us as there are no easy matches, hopefully we might get a home draw.

Laois / Re: 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup
« on: June 08, 2019, 03:12:54 PM »
Canít get the stream working so listening on radio jerry. Great start

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 11:39:29 PM »
We will have to up our scoring rate, I donít think we have got over 13 points in any of the last games we have played there

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: May 29, 2019, 12:22:52 AM »
Thatís a big loss if the Timmons injury is that bad. Newman is a key man for Meath and we will need someone playing in front of him and hopefully thatís Begley. I still have my doubts about piggotts positioning at times in the centre but in fairness that was a very inexperienced back line that finished and it held firm. Meath seemed to have pressed Carlow high on the kick outs and I would expect the same with us as we struggled at times when Westmeath pressed. Brody wouldnít have the biggest boot to go over it so hopefully we can work them better.

As said above if we could get a few goals it would really rattle them. I would start the front three again as I felt sorry for Murphy with no ball coming in and James Dolan parked In front of him. It was probably tactical with the wind in mind but A lot of ball going in was poor and into the corners and with only half forwards and midfield sitting back often it was left to moments of brilliance to clip over scores. We badly miss a link man at centre forward and Benny Carroll probably would have done that role but we have to work with what we have. It will interesting to see what game plan we go with, a more cautious plan like last weekend or go after them like Offaly did.

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: May 24, 2019, 10:12:24 PM »
Thatís a strange team, must be injuries??

Laois / Re: Laois Masters
« on: May 17, 2019, 11:44:42 AM »
Nice win for the lads last night against a Westmeath team that had Martin Flanagan and alan Mangan flying. Down a good few players from the last day but had Darren Rooney at centre back and he made an awful difference. A lot of sore bodies at the end

Laois / Re: Leinster Senior Football Championship 2019
« on: May 15, 2019, 09:06:00 AM »
So the rumors are true, Benny Carroll gone from the panel as he is traveling to the states for the summer

Laois / Re: Laois Masters
« on: May 05, 2019, 10:37:59 AM »
The lads werenít bad, they got hit early by Dublinís fast start but were well in the game after that and had a far better second half. Dublin as from their Facebook page were fit. Laois Probably had a lot of square pegs in round holes but if they can get a bit better organized they have a great chance.

Laois / Re: Laois Masters
« on: April 24, 2019, 12:07:14 AM »
No idea what the story is with them as itís there first year. Saw a good bit of Kildare last year as they played their games in round towers. They were really out on their own and did a lot of their own sponsorship. Kildare had little or no ex-county players, mostly active club players. Laois donít seem to have much in the line of social media like most of the other teams have to know what they are at. The fixtures arenít kind to Laois, first game I think is against Dublin who won the all Ireland last year and I think they have mayo as well . From the Facebook page for the association dublin have been in the gym with Conor mcgregors trainer since January. Ang idea who played??

Laois / Re: Laois v Westmeath Tullamore 26th of May
« on: April 18, 2019, 09:34:16 AM »
Have we lost a player to the states??
Depression and anxiety? Sadness and melancholy?

only when I see you commenting

Laois / Re: Laois v Westmeath Tullamore 26th of May
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:23:47 PM »
Have we lost a player to the states??

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: April 08, 2019, 11:10:52 PM »
I wonder how big the panel is at the moment, going by the league programmes and what I can remember we have had 39 players involved in some form, a huge number. Probably a core 20 but a lot of room for championship bolters. Open to correction if I missed any.

Keepers- brody, Osborne sub in all games bar one when Comerford from Stradbally was listed

Full back line - finished as Timmons, Attride and Dillon. Seale played first 4 games before his injury and managed to get back to be a sub in the last two. Nerney started at full back for the first three, sub the next game and gone off the match panel since then. Campion played the first two, appeared once more as a unused sub and gone since then. Booth started for two and as a sub every other game. James Kelly sub for six games but didnít make it the last two panels.

Half backs- finished as Collins, Begley and OíFlynn. O Flynn came as a late bolter and Collins returned after injury. Piggott baring injury looks the preferred centre back choice. Scully got a foothold in the early games but is now a forward. O Sullivan came onto the panel late as cover like buggie as Crowley seems to have gone off the panel. A bit light in this area.

Midfield- is essentially four, Lillis, jol, meaney and the returned Quigley. His return has pushed back meaney and Tyrell involved in the first few but never appeared since.

Half forwards - Damien o Connor has been on and off, Lowry a bit of the same but more consistent. Boyle should be a starter. Sean Byrne started well, got injured and came back but wasnít the same. Didnít make the panel the last two games. Danny Reilly was involved early but hasnít appeared since. Benny came back late in the campaign and will push hard for the summer. Alan Farrell listed once as a sub.

Full forwards- some of them have seen action in a few positions but all are probably full forwards options. Core starters are Evan, Donie and Paul C. Ross is probably first sub, Paul
Kingston seems to have got ahead Murphy. Mark Barry is a strong possibility of a bolter. Alan Kinsella has appeared as an unused sub in a few of the later games.

Laois / Re: 2019 U20 Football Development League
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:25:12 PM »
A lot of good players on the panel, very tough draw against Kildare. Apart from the few with the seniors,Hopefully Coffey, Lacey, Whelan and slevin make the step up. I thought Saunders was underage but he is not listed in the panel

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:18:59 PM »
A fully fit and raring to go Quigley would be instrumental to Laois this summer . Realistically he's our only out and out Centre fielder. Meaney Apart

Who would you drop, jol is playing a very deep role but handling a lot of ball and Lillis is one pushing forward at times and kicking a few scores. He also the best passer of the three which will he needed if we leave Donie and Evan inside.

Laois / Re: 2019 Allianz Football League Division 3.
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:57:48 AM »
Good solid performance against Carlow, always looked in control and probably should have pushed on our superiority. Carlow started fast and aggressive and things were even enough for the most part. There stacking the wings on both sides prospered against our continued narrow defensive system and they appeared to target dillon a lot. The slowness of their attacks and the appearance that all their forward line had to offer was trying to buy frees by hook or crook exposed their limitations.

Quigleyís introduction had a huge bearing, up till then they had been very aggressive on our kick outs, pushing up. We went short a lot with jol missing but we werenít helped that poacher ran into the free area of the pitch every time we had a kick out. There is always a bit of nervousness when defenders are taking the ball static or with their back to the play. Brodyís comfort on taking the return pass took a lot of heat of their tactic, but once we could go long it forced them back. It also allowed us to press their kick outs in the knowledge that they wouldnít go long. Once their keeper put one over the side line, their goose was cooked. Another signal was when Brendan Murphy went full forward, there wasnít a hope that Timmons was going to let him to do damage.

Paul callihane might have found a spot for himself playing out in the pocket ahead of the front two. He was excellent, especially his passing. We still need to introduce a runner from the middle third to add a scoring threat, Boyle did it once or twice but long term we still need someone to be coming from deep, possibly Begley when fit. Plenty to do but we are in a nice position at present and there is a lot of potential in the u20 squad that was named.

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