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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 07, 2018, 04:01:59 PM »
What's up with David Mulgrew?

He had surgery on his shoulder

Out for long?  Mulgrew seems to have had a few shoulder problems over the past couple of years.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 04, 2018, 08:08:15 AM »
I might be alone here but I was reasonably happy last night. The first half was very enjoyable and I was glad to see Tyrone 'mix it up' with their tactics. They were content to play the hand pass but equally as content to ping it long into Brennan and McAliskey. The latter did alright but I thought Brennan was, maybe not excellent, but at least very good. He got out in front, gathered good ball in, and worked good angles for his score. He definitely justified a starting berth and I hope he gets a run of games now.

Tyrone actually played alright in the second half. However the basic skills badly let them down in terms of retaining the ball, shooting, shot selection and the less said about the 2nd goal the better.

There is some criticism about Tyrone's tactics, but they were a bit more pleasing in the eye than previous years. Dublin on numerous occasions had the full compliment behind the ball too. However when they turned it over they were much more comfortable and efficient with it's use. Whereas Tyrone probed and poked before blazing wide, Dublin picked out 2-4 smart passes and clipped over. They made it look easy at times.

I thought the ref was harsh on Tyrone too. When they missed a few chances in the second half heads dropped, which is a sign of a team lacking in confidence. However this was not helped by some of the soft frees that Dublin got. The ref didn't influence the result but he was harsher on Tyrone I thought and expedited the towel being thrown in.

Aside from Brennan, Niall Sludden and my man McShane had a decent evening. Sludden was a 'torture' when Dublin had the ball. However he needs to learn to make contact with his hands lower. A few times he went close to the head area when pushing back on contact. If I recall he got a red for that last year v Dublin and Dublin hitting the turf anytime he did this last night. It's obviously something they are watching for, and reacting to. Cathal I thought put in a good shift. Scores aside, he fielded well and used the ball efficiently. This was his 3rd full game in less than a week but he never faded from the game all that much despite this.

I am not really expecting Tyrone to beat arguably the finest team to play the game, but I do expect to be entertained and for them to put up a fight. The did most of this last night.

Reasons for optimism. Just about.

Would agree with this.

Was actually Bradley who got sent off against Dublin last year though.

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: February 03, 2018, 11:00:47 PM »
I wouldn't read too much into Kerry's win today, they still have huge problems with teams running through the middle. They shipped two goals today and had two men sent off for very cynical challenges when teams were running at them. It's a massive difference between playing with 13 men in Winter football on a boggy pitch and doing it in summer at Croke Park.

It was a good game though, Geaney absolutely destroyed Harrison and Cafferkey was hooked very early on. COC's free taking is becoming an issue for Mayo and it cost them a draw at least this evening. Surely McLoughlin or O'Shea should be fit to hit those close range frees on the right hand side?

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:49:38 PM »
at least we were watchable but dublin won this game at a canter with half a team. good to see brennan get a go.

Half a team?

Which likely starters were they missing?

Connolly, O'Callaghan, O'Sullivan?

McCaffrey will have a job getting up to speed for Championship this year.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:48:36 PM »
We went 27 minutes without a point in the second half despite creating nearly three times as many scoring chances as Dublin.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:45:33 PM »
The thing that annoys me most is at any time any of our fullback line could end up as the furthest man up the field and either lose it or put it wide.

We seem to rush the kick. There were a number of times in the second half where we just took the shots on when the wrong player was on the ball or it wasn't on. We need to be more patient in that regard and wait for the opportunity to present itself.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:30:45 PM »
The second half would seem to be pretty misleading. We created more chances than Dublin did but we were extremely wasteful. McAliskey spurning a great goal chance to level there.

McLaughlin has had a very solid debut.

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GAA Discussion / Re: 2018 NFL Division 1
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:27:20 PM »
14 man Dublin beat Tyrone by 6 points in Omagh.

I would laugh at how people think somehow Dublin wouldn't have it easy if they played in the Ulster championship except it's just not funny anymore. A Dublin team back training 3 weeks.

The only team to beat Dublin in Championship under Jim Gavin are an Ulster side.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:24:35 PM »
The two Donnellys have played very well.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:20:16 PM »
Some really poor misses at the start of the second half.

Dublin were much more efficient in front of the posts.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 10:07:55 PM »
Without Colm Cavanagh sweeping we look really bad under the high ball, the first goal came from high ball launched in on the edge of the square and McManamon also hit the ball as a result of a long ball launched in.

We played some really nice football in that first half. Brennan and McAliskey were very sharp.

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Congratulations to the Moy.

Great way for Sean Cavanagh to finish up at Croke Park.

Well done to the moy? What's the craic with getting eirsports in the north? Can I download the app and stream it on my tablet? Do I need to have sky?

Premier Sports up north.

Do they look to tie you in for a year ?

Not sure, I'd imagine you can probably sign up on a monthly basis.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:26:44 PM »
Looks to have been a very disappointing second half.

The positive would be that Brennan seemed to do well in the opportunity with five points and our full forward line contributed 1-9 tonight. Worth persisting with these lads for a while, I don't think we can afford to play McAliskey, Brennan and Bradley all at the same time
In the last 3 years our best football came in 2015 and that had Bradley play making with McCurry and McAliskey inside with Sean moving in and out. I don't see any reason we can't go down the same way this year.

What do you do with Sludden then?

If you play Bradley, Sludden, Brennan and McAliskey in the same forward line it would probably be the smallest forward line in the country. It will hardly cut it with the dynamic and physically imposing defences of Mayo and Dublin.

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Congratulations to the Moy.

Great way for Sean Cavanagh to finish up at Croke Park.

Well done to the moy? What's the craic with getting eirsports in the north? Can I download the app and stream it on my tablet? Do I need to have sky?

Premier Sports up north.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone County Football and Hurling
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:58:22 PM »
Looks to have been a very disappointing second half.

The positive would be that Brennan seemed to do well in the opportunity with five points and our full forward line contributed 1-9 tonight. Worth persisting with these lads for a while, I don't think we can afford to play McAliskey, Brennan and Bradley all at the same time

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