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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: November 13, 2018, 03:04:45 PM »
Genuinely what is the difference in a team that last year conceded 28 goals in total in the league and this year has conceded 21?  Was De Gea just supersonic last year and this year isn't?  In comparison,  Liverpool and City have conceded 5 each and Chelsea 8.  Obviously we have made defensive signings.  Spurs haven't though and have only conceded 10.  Have the players regressed so badly in 12 months?  After 13 games last season United had a GD of +22 and had 29 points, this year GD is -1 and 20 points.  That's a huge swing.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dia Domhnaigh 18 - 11 - 2018
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:07:51 AM »
Ballygunner v Na Piarsaigh  beo
2-00pm

Gaoth Dobhair v Crossmaglen Rangers   iarbheo (1st Half by about 5 minutes)
3-35pm-ish


Bit odd that the Ulster Council wouldn't push back the throw-in for 5/10 minutes so that the first half of the Gweedore v Cross game could be shown fully live. Not exactly ideal.

Seems a bit odd that the Munster Council donít start the Ballygunner vPiarsaigh game 15 minutes earlier so that all our game v Gweedore could be shown fully live. Not exactly ideal.

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Armagh / Re: Armagh Club football & hurling
« on: November 10, 2018, 03:09:12 PM »
Although I would agree that Cross hold the aces at the minute I still feel that next season any of Cullyhanna, Ballymacnab , Harps or Maghery could beat them. Maghery had major injuries this year. I was disappointed in Cullyhanna but in Nugent, Duffy and McQuillan, among others, they have some very good players. Nab are short on depth and would be disappointed in this season. Harps had a bad year but have good players and did get to minor final this year so will have others coming through. They might need a change in direction though either through new management or a shake up in tactics. My big hope is that teams go our believing they can win rather than throwing the towel in as they did in the past.

My only observation is that if Clarke does return, and that is never certain, then such a good additional player could turn Rangers from a team others might beat on a good day into one that was very hard to beat.

His transfer back has been complete so he will be playing for us next season

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General discussion / Re: Fionn's Caption Comp 9/11/18 - Back 2 The Backstop
« on: November 09, 2018, 01:31:29 PM »
What do you mean that you and Barnier have agreed how the ceding process will commence?

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Armagh / Re: Armagh Club football & hurling
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:01:15 AM »
By all accounts ballymacnabb had Cross beat and then they substituted their keeper?
All these Maghery men think they'd have beat Cross easy in the final and that it's coming back down the road to them again next year?




Thinking about next year, and indeed for the next few years, my fear would be a reassertion of Rangers dominance. I think Maghery were undone this year by injuries to key players, which exposed the lack of depth in their squad. However the age profile of some of their most important players suggests to me that this side will not again reach the peak of their 2017 semi-final victory over Rangers.

For St Pats, this year represented a crushing disappointment, and a personal friend who is close to the team was of the opinion that they had put everything into this year and that they are unlikely now to be able to make a title winning challenge in the near future. Certainly the manner in which they were beaten in the semi-final is bound to have left long term mental scars.

The Nab are a bit like St Pats - put a huge effort into this year, and but for Rangers unforeseen renaissance, there is a likelihood they may have snatched their Holy Grail. Now they are as far away as ever and know that they played to the absolute limit of their powers and still come up short. That will also be a big psychological blow to come back from. The Nab's issue is that they lack strength in depth in what is a twenty man game. The County Final was as loud a reinforcement of that principle as it was possible to get.

I don't believe this Rangers team are as good as previous incarnations but they have a young profile and are likely to improve over the coming years, which is ominous for the rest of us.

That's a pretty fair assessment Rufus.  I think the key for us in the future is that the players that are playing in the central areas are still quite young or indeed the majority are very young.  James Morgan is mid 20's, 2 O'Neill's and Stephen Morris in midfield are u21.  With Jamie back now next year we will have a more lethal forward line.  I have to say the idea of having him, Tony Kernan, Rian, Kyle Carragher and young Cian McConville in a forward line along with 1 from any 4-5 players is pretty exciting.  AK will be very hard to replace,  but this was said before about other great players and there wasn't that much of an issue.  There is plenty of talent coming through from underage,  you don't win repeated minors and u21s without their being talent.  This years win was crucial in that it was the young lads 'first' one on their own as such and consequently it will breed confidence.  I know what is coming through,  there are 2 more O'Neill brothers for instance, and the youngest has the potential to be the best.  He is only 13 but by the time his older brothers are established in their mid 20's he, and a great bunch of young lads of his age, will all be breaking through.  3-4 every year I reckon for the next 5-6 years will start to replace the older guard.  What will also happen then is the likes of the Kernan brothers will be looking at the management of the seniors and they will not accept anything except the very best.  Stephen is already cutting his teeth and has won a minor in his first year in the job. 

Are they as good as previous teams?  Potentially I think they are and a few wins under the belt and you could see a similar dominance that was there before.  The only real challenge at underage to the players coming through was Clann Eireann and you can already see the wheels falling off them now.  13 in a row will not happen but there's plenty going to be won

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2018
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:05:01 PM »
Jamie Clarke's transfer back to Crossmaglen has gone through will he be allowed to play in the next round of the Ulster championship?

Nope donít think so.

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Armagh / Re: Armagh Club football & hurling
« on: November 07, 2018, 06:05:02 PM »
By all accounts ballymacnabb had Cross beat and then they substituted their keeper?
All these Maghery men think they'd have beat Cross easy in the final and that it's coming back down the road to them again next year?

Well sure let them think that. Next year is next year.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 07, 2018, 11:29:12 AM »
Did Hampsey actually fire one or is above shite talk?
I seen it happening. Itís not shite talk but it wasnít Hampsey. Nasty stuff
Along with the spitting incident they had a backroom team member sent to the stand against Killyclogher for throwing a ball at a player, another backroom team member sent to stand in Armagh and then Damien OHagon threw an elderly steward to the ground causing a bit of a melee. Nasty stuff alright.

You'd need to be careful with slanderous accusations such as those because I was sitting in close proximity to that and can tell you now that is absolutely not what happened!

What happened?

I'd rather stay out of your slander case!

Just like to hear your eye witness account


That is a very serious accusation to make about Hagan. I seen that incident and it was actually Hagan who helped the steward up so your accusation he threw him to the ground is complete shite. He himself is the guts of 60 years old now too so at what stage does someone become elderly ?

Looking through your previous comments on here this could a case of typical clonoe anti Coalisland tripe.

If the rest of Tyrone havenít realised yet Monaghan are hurting badly over our senior team beating them this year. They accused a lot of Tyrone players that day of sledging. Here we have a team who went through Tyrone in the championship without one red card and one black card. All of a sudden a Monaghan ref from ten miles down the road from cross sends two Coalisland lads off inside one minute. Something fishy here.

Oh Jesus it gets better 😂. Donít forget your tin foil hat in tintown!!!

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 06, 2018, 09:38:44 PM »
Did Hampsey actually fire one or is above shite talk?
I seen it happening. Itís not shite talk but it wasnít Hampsey. Nasty stuff

Wasnít Hampsey.....he was sent off for serious dissent

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General discussion / Re: Irish Dancing
« on: November 06, 2018, 12:22:52 PM »
Once again I can only go on my experience. Festival dancing is closer to the old ways of it and thereís less trappings and a much closer connection between the dancers. My daughter is 13 now and has been at it from she was 5-6 and loves it. Like I said she has made all her best friends through it. Iím unusual as a father who goes to a lot of the festivals but honestly I have not had the negative experience that some are expressing.

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General discussion / Re: Irish Dancing
« on: November 06, 2018, 07:29:33 AM »
I regularly go with my daughter and I think itís brilliant. The festivals I go to are very well organised generally and in my opinion itís great for the girls. Itís festival and not feis so thereís no wigs and limited makeup as the dresses are more plain and stylish so that helps. Itís about the girls and not the parents in my experience and of course thereís competitiveness but a hell of a lot less than Iíve seen on the sidelines at u10 and u12 games to be honest. Itís a great social thing too and I have made great friends and my daughter has all her best friends through it. Itís also great exercise for them if they do it right. She trains 2-3 times weekly for 2 hours so gets plenty of cardio

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:57:35 PM »
Coalisland player spat at a cross official?

Yes allegedly and it wasn't just Cross people who said this to me.

Was it the incident with the physio?

Yes

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:07:09 PM »
Coalisland player spat at a cross official?

Yes allegedly and it wasn't just Cross people who said this to me.

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Tyrone / Re: Tyrone Club Football and Hurling
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:21:22 PM »
Coalisland doing some crying about pitch ref etc.
Think it's well justified to be honest , was at the game myself pitch wasn't too bad but ref wasn't great now. Out of his depth to put it nicely , thought coalisland did well to stay in the game? Big pete donnelly done that well he could have saved a PDF file on a calculator. Unlucky result if I'm honest but well done to cross good outfit.

Just as well we were playing on a different pitch. It made all the difference to be honest.

As for the ref, he sent 3 men off for double yellows which were fair enough in my opinion and a 4th for a nasty piece of abuse. Unfortunately he didnít see the player spitting on our official otherwise there would have been another deserved red card. As for the rest of his performance we scored 2 points from
frees and Coalisland scored 8, he gave them plenty as some were dubious enough. If Donnelly hadnít been on his game beteeen the sticks I reckon we would have won a lot easier. Maybe he could replace Morgan next year for the county as heís a very assured player in there.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster Club SFC 2018
« on: November 05, 2018, 03:36:02 PM »
Any word on venues for semi finals?

A double header in Omagh would be ideal

That would be ideal but the reality is that 2 senior games on a single pitch at this time of year is a lottery. 

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