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Laois / Re: Football Club
« on: September 20, 2019, 05:20:54 PM »
Clubs like Courtwood or Emo may suit as they are basically football only clubs, they are senior teams though. Courtwood have a junior C side also.

Laois / Re: Video's
« on: September 19, 2019, 11:01:57 AM »
Is there any videos of the Leinster final win v Kildare?? I could not find any online.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:36:20 AM »
So the "crisis" is over for a few more days! Probably United's worst performance or certainly in the worst two - both of which they won. Could very easily have won all 5. Hope he starts a few of the young lads on Thursday. If it goes pear shaped then it can still be recovered later in the group.

Should have beaten Wolves and Soton, I thought United looked clueless against Palace though and really struggled against Leicester.

On a positive note I'd expect United to concede a lot less goals then last season where we conceded 54, would like to think they'll get near enough to 35 this season. Going forward we've very average, Pereira not good enough and Mata looks finished. James has been much better than I expected but he's still very much a work in progress whilst we're reliant on Pogba to turn up to have a decent season and I'm not exactly too confident thats going to happen. Given what we've seen from Matic, Lingard & Pereira I hope Fred is given a run of games as the alternatives have been very poor so far.

As for tonight I'm looking forward to seeing Greenwood & Tuanzebe start although the later isn't great in the air from what I've seen; Would like to think Gomes will play tonight too and perhaps Brandon Williams too.

I agree I would like to see Gomes get some game time soon, he is small but very skillful and tricky in and around the box so adds something new which we need. United will concede fewer goals as the defence has improved but they are crying out for a creative midfielder, an Ericksen type player who can unlock defences. United are probably not on his choice of clubs given the current state of affairs, I thought someone like Jack Grealish may suit united and Im sure he would realish the opportunity. He fits the bill in terms of he is young has a good engine and is a creative midfielder.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:11:23 PM »
Surely Wales are ready for a World Cup by now, its hard to see his loss having a huge effect. Wales are one of the favourites and this might actually help them in some ways as it will take attention off the team and expectations may be reduced. They have a nice path to a semi final and this could galvanise the squad.

From what I have seen over the past year I would have the All Blacks as favourites followed by South Africa, then slightly behind I would have England, Ireland, Wales and Australia all on the same level.

General discussion / Re: The IRISH RUGBY thread
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:10:46 PM »
Surely they are ready for a World Cup by now, its hard to see his loss having a huge effect. Wales are on of the favourites and this might actually help them in some ways as it will take attention off the team and expectations may be reduced. They have a nice path to a semi final and this could galvanise the squad.

From what I have seen over the past year I would have the All Blacks as favourites followed by South Africa, then slightly behind I would have England, Ireland, Wales and Australia all on the same level.

Laois / Re: Laois Junior Football Championship 2019
« on: September 17, 2019, 09:31:31 AM »
Just going on match reports but it did seem that Park were all hands on deck this year so if Castletown can beat them they should me more than good enough to beat O'Dempseys.

It does show the benefit of the gaels system though as Castletown had a few players who had been kicking at senior level with Mountmellick and that has really stood to them. They could win their 3rd junior title on the trot which is a great achievement.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:56:13 PM »
The international break hasn't been a help to United as they have load of injuries for tomorrows game with Martial,Pogba,Shaw out for certain and Wan Bissaka,Lingard doubtful.  Will Ole go with the likes of Young,Mata,Matic or opt for youth? i think if the former all start i would expect Leicester to grab at least a draw. They have a midfield trio in Ndidi,Tielemans,Maddison that would cause the top two in City,Liverpool problems never mind a slow Mata and Matic and their striker in good form Vardy needs no introduction.

It'll be another tough afternoon. Leicester will run them ragged.

Im not so sure about that, if Leicester sat back and tried to hit united on the break they could win, but Leicester tend to be very open which suits United. Its also a big test for Leicester as most people reckon it will be them who break into the top 6 (probably at uniteds expense) so its a big game in that regards. I agree that if United play Mata and Matic they are in big trouble as both are far too slow.

Laois / Re: Next Laois football manager
« on: September 13, 2019, 04:50:06 PM »
I have no idea about his managerial credentials, but like others I was fearing some journey man appointment like Evens or Kearns. They have gone for someone with new fresh ideas it would seem. If Im right its the same group (Fergal Byron and a few others I believe) that were tasked with finding the new manager as put forward Sugrue for the role and he turned out to be a breath of fresh air, so well done to all involved.

I know we like to put down our own county but Laois are in Div 2 after back to back promotions and have a young enough team with some decent u-20s from last year coming through also so its not the most un attractive post in the country. If Quirke can get them going we could be in for an exciting couple of years.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 09, 2019, 04:01:39 PM »
Utd have fallen back to non contenders.Just looking at our own Bobby getting his 50th league goal ,Fermino  true son of the KOP.
Sturridge chip at the weekend was worth the flights and hotel alone ,Mancs are not in our league anymore ! #YNWA

Someone likes fishing. United are still contenders technically speaking but there is no doubt they are a long way off Liverpool and City (as is everyone else) and they will struggle to make the top 4 and could conceivably not even make top 6 as the squad is continues to be rebuilt and deadwood cleared out.

I wont mind too much that Liverpool fans continue to slag off united's current malaise once their own side fail once again to win the premier league, the one prize they so desperately want.

General discussion / Re: The Late Late show
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:54:40 AM »
She has had her issues, but there are very few people who sound better live than in the studio or where the music almost gets in the way of their amazing voice.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 06, 2019, 11:02:47 AM »
Looking forward to seeing Ole getting some success.... not least so that Seanie's tiresome Mourinho obsession can perhaps be laid to rest.  ;D

Really hoping the same, however I believe he has been thrown in the deep end. I seen Gary Neville in an interview say the other day that he should be given time like Klopp. This statement is complete bulls***, Klopp was very successful at Dortmund and was one of the most sought after manager, Ole has came from a farmers league.

With James, Rashy, Martial, Pogba all playing well I think we will get back to the glory days sooner rather than later.

Exactly, Ole needs time just like Klopp, but Klopp had a proven record at Dortmund. When Fergueson came to united he had to do a major rebuilding job, what kept him in the job was the fact of what he had done in Scotland. Ole has none of that so when things are not going well (which is inevitable when rebuilding a team) he has not got the CV to back up what he is doing.

Also as much as I am not a fan of Jose, he did want to sign McGuire last season (for half the price) so he knew what was needed and united could not deliver it.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 05, 2019, 11:24:49 AM »
They tried to replace him but it was going to cost the GDP of an African nation to do so and for once Utd made the right decision and said no. And if they have to say no in the next two transfer windows then that's fine.

Recruitment has been a mess since Ferguson left remember Moyes' first window when Fellani was signed for more than his release clause on deadline day? And then they didn't get that left back who's name I can't remember also from Everton. Took the pens, had a shit haircut. That was the start of the decline, right up until JM was told to check out of the Lowery Hotel.

A line had to be drawn in the sand. Paying over the odds for shit just because they're Utd and they can does not build a successful team. Off loading bad players, on high money is good business irrespective if they're replaced.

This is true of course and it was good to see they told Dybala to do one after he demanded the world. But the fact is Man United have an unproven manager and don't have the attraction of Champion league football for the foreseeable which makes it difficult to attract the players they do need. Its a big transitional period for them while this rebuild is going on and he needs the 3 years he was given to get it done, I think he will struggle to get this as I cant see them getting top 4 this season for sure, but at least its clear he is trying to build a team that will play attractive football.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 04, 2019, 07:46:55 AM »
This 'it'll take several transfer windows to sort out the squad at United' line is a bit perplexing. What do those coming out with it actually mean? If they're on about rebuilding the squad to the point that challenging the top two for titles again is a realistic goal, then of course there's a lot of work to be done. But the immediate concern should have been with establishing the club as at least the best of the rest. And some big steps in that direction could have been made with appropriate recruitment over the course of just one transfer window, this summer.

United are short quality in midfield and attack. This was abundantly clear long before the end of last season. At least one more player should have been recruited in each of these areas. Foresight and finance should not have been issues. It has been a failure of management, at some or all levels within the club, to go into this season with such glaring squad deficiencies. Falling short of CL football again next season is now a strong prospect, which would in turn create difficulties recruiting future preferred targets, which in turn slows momentum and sees the club continue to stagnate 'two or three transfer windows' away from challenging again. United fans should be angrier about what went on this summer. The road back to the top is long, but the club could and should be further down that road by now.

'Falling short of CL football again next season is now a strong prospect,' it's more than a strong prospect it's almost a certainty in my book. Falling outside the top 6 is a strong prospect.

The reason some of us think it will take several transfer windows to sort united out is that to get the missing pieces of the puzzle we need to attract some top quality players, having champions league football would really help this and thats unlikely for next summers window. Also whatever you think of uniteds team, take a look at their bench (v Southampton it was Lingard, Rojo, Romero, Greenwood, Matic, Tuanzebe, Chong) the squad really lacks the depth needed to get top 4 IMO.

Laois / Vote for Park
« on: September 03, 2019, 03:19:00 PM »
Just seen this online and voted for Park, great work been done there, hope they win this.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: September 03, 2019, 10:52:33 AM »
Seanie here’s the wee problem.

United have a substantially weaker midfield than any of the other “big  6”, and a substantially weaker midfield than Wolves and Leicester. Possibly Everton too.

They cannot make the top 4 with that midfield unless they play 8 behind the ball and their front 3 have excellent, injury free seasons. But that style of football was the main reason for moving along Mourninho. Ole surely cannot regress into it.

United will do well to break 62/62 points this season.

I agree. I'm typically an optimist and would hope you could get a relatively decent run of lads not getting injured but that's a fairly realistic projection. I'm concerned that Fred seems to have disappeared off the radar after showing some positive signs once he got a run of games under Ole last season. Had hoped he'd kick on and become a consitent performer. If he doesn't you're relying on Matic improving greatly on last season and McTominay continuing to develop. We all know what Pogba brings.....capable of anything but not consistent and reliable and in need of players round him who cover for his errors. Herrera is a huge loss in the contect of where the team is now.

Ole won't resort to that shit Mourinho plays and it goes without saying he won't disgrace the club at every turn with idiotic comments and poor behaviour. You can see the patience won't be there from some quarters but I think any sensible appraisal would be that this is a rebuild job that will take a couple more years after this. In his first transfer window he has added what look like 3 good players and got rid of a lot of dead wood (even if some are still on the payroll). Gaps this season will be filled by young players, not overpaid mercenaries. My guess is the young lads won't do much worse that Mourinho's mercenaries. Lack of goals (Lukaku's) will be the main difference.

I dont think Herrara is that big a loss to be honest, I was at teh Milan pre season game and thought McTominay is ideal as the holding role, Fred can play that role also (Matic looks finished to me) but for all the ball they had there was no one who could thread a decent pass to link midfield and forwards. Mata is the nearest they have bit his legs are gone. I went to the game hoping to see Greenwood who most people are praising, he came on but it was Gomes another youngster who impressed me, very tricky skilful player and would love to see him get a run.

Up front also to me it seemed like they need a proper striker, most of the time Rashford and Martial picked up the ball they we out wide and ended up crossing the ball into an empty penalty area. Given how much the defence has improved with the summer signings I think those 2 positions would really knit this team together.

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