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Monaghan well set up and that little bit more streetwise to keep Kildare at arm's length here. Lilies attacking approach waaaay too slow.

Interesting read from a clearly passionate and reflective player.

Roscommon are very far from breaking through to the top table on this showing. They look like a team in croke park for the first time in 20 years, not a side hovering around the fringes like they have been for quite some time. It seems they have already reached their maximum.

Gutless stuff from Ros, once the pressure came on and the tough questions were asked they just went missing. Now lurching half heartedly at shadows while Tyrone keep them at arm's length.

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:47:49 AM »
Not surprised Matty has moved/been moved on, things seemed to unravel this year after a promising enough start and not just in a results sense, but even more so wrt the lack of clarity in direction and tactical identity of the team, as the manager tried in vain to stop the bleeding.

Fully agree it's time to get a big name in but nobody was persuaded or asked before Matty got appointed, one or the other, so I don't know if it can be different this time around. A big name surrounded by a passionate Cavan core of selectors has the potential to get something going and keep us in Division 1 though so here's hoping.

The calibre of candidate we are linked with in the coming weeks will be very telling, both in relation to the county board's insight into the problem/true scale of their ambition, and also how we are perceived beyond our own borders by managers who would likely have their ear to the ground.

A friend of mine texted me earlier and said Matty was gone, and said "he was a very positive breath of hot air". ;D

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 11:51:16 PM »
Minors got sliced by Monaghan too, shouldn'ta opened me gob.

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 04:20:04 PM »
 :o Isn't it still something to be positive about though? We ultimately won nothing with the U21s we had/have but we were knocking on the door a good many times, in fact were more or less there and yet contrived to come up short on a few occasions. Although underage success is never a guarantee of senior progress I'd rather have it than not, it's a no-brainer. Either way, I don't think Matty would be the man to manage it though.

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: July 01, 2018, 02:02:07 PM »
I think you're right Itchy. He's not taking the thing forward and appears to be in damage limitation mode. There's a good crop of youngsters coming up at the minute (hopefully they see off Monaghan today in the minor) and if McVeety and Gearoid etc. can stick around to blend them in then there's hope for the future but only if we have someone of vision and imagination at the helm, who might even inspire a few more absentees to come on board. The best Matty can achieve at the moment  - if at all - seems to be to taking us back to ultra defensiveness and making us hard to beat, but that's going to move the needle the way we want. Will the county board press eject though? Probably only if someone within the county indicates they'll step up. There's nobody outside the county would want it I think and tbh, I'd be happier for us to look within anyway.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 30, 2018, 06:45:45 PM »
Didn't turn out as horrendous as it looked like it would be at half time for Cavan, but Tyrone were the better team overall and deserved the win without a whole pile of questions being asked of them. Then again, perhaps Tyrone are only stirring themselves as much as is necessary at this stage of the year but in general they don't look like making an impression at the business end of the championship.
Well done and fair play, no complaints about the result.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 30, 2018, 05:53:00 PM »
Cavan took one or two nice scores but Jesus it's absolutely dire stuff in attack generally. Just lifeless, drab shuffling sideways and backwards, largely going through the motions. What, exactly, is the plan supposed to be? If we amble around slowly enough, Tyrone might nod off and we'll nip in for a few quick goals???

I've seen more energetic attacks by the zombies on the walking dead, who deal better with congestion to at least register the odd score.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 29, 2018, 01:49:24 PM »
I never liked the lad as he always seemed to get over exciting when playing us

Might that be due to Tyrone and not McVeety?  :P

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 29, 2018, 12:04:34 AM »
Where is the furore from the Tyrone men over these suspensions being overturned.

Sure Cavan are so chronic they can't be bothered, it's almost like an apology for foisting Matty upon us God help us all. Even the normally effusive Tyrone posters can't be arsed writing anything either, save for the usual jaded Cavan jokes here and there of course, which only further feed the wearied sense of ennui and inevitability about this game.

Tyrone will win the match in neutral, and may well reverse over the finish line with the handbrake on while Cavan spend 70 minutes inching around, trying to parallel park like Austin Powers.

GAA Discussion / Re: Cavan v Tyrone
« on: June 26, 2018, 06:38:50 AM »
The jaded, low-hanging fruit gags in the thread about Cavan people and money etc. might well be more entertaining than the football in this one.

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: June 26, 2018, 02:54:14 AM »
Jesus lads, these are grim times. That stupid optimist inside me that always pops up a few days before a championship game is whispering that nobody gave us a ghost of a chance in Division 2 yet we got promoted, so is it possible we somehow, amazingly, pull some sort of magical rainbow out of our arses against Tyrone?

Then reality bites. This sudden changing of horses in mid-stream and reversion to a blanket defence (in appearance anyway, if not effect) is very symptomatic of what I alluded to in another post - there's never been a settled look or clear plan or direction from the top so far, and things now have the appearance of us trying everything and anything in the vain hope of avoiding defeats and clinging to some sort of respectability. It's like watching an inept handyman trying to level the legs of a table and going around each one in turn and only making it worse on each go.

It has all degenerated into a very depressing state of affairs and whereas before I thought Mattie had earned himself a crack at Division 1, it's quite clear now that it has all become a farce and he should be removed before any more damage is done. The question is, if he was all that was interested when we looked a healthier proposition after Hyland, who in God's name would be interested now? We'd have to look within the county. Have the players got any more go left in them for another fresh start after so long achieving practically nothing at senior level?

Cavan / Re: Official Cavan GAA Thread
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:50:32 AM »
A lot of disquiet about the Meath ref, but at least we got Wicklow out of the way while looking like the wheels have not come off as the Donegal display hinted at.

Down are no world beaters and are on a low but they might see Cavan as a good shot at a rehabilitation of sorts, or perhaps the arse has fallen out of their season already, who can tell until we see them in the flesh? Our own team are similarly somewhat imponderable. The fact that the most informed analysis on Cavan always tends to be retrospective in nature tells you a lot about the inconsistency and volatility of our tactics and cohesion - every game seems to be "Well, we'll have to wait and see". We roll the dice again and see if our numbers come up and we live to fight another day.

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