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Happy to get the result. Better teams than that Kildare side have been turned over by Longford in their own back yard down the years. It's the first time in a while that this group of players have dug out a result so that is encouraging. It would have been interesting to see whether the heads would have dropped if Longford had shown a bit more composure on either of those goal chances in the first half.

The standard of football wasn't hectic although it was a fairly tense game and there were some nice scores. Paul Cribbin and Neil Flynn kept us in it at times. Agree with the comments above regarding the respective benches. Healy and Slattery were busy and got on a lot of ball while Feely produced two moments of real quality in his ten minutes on the field.

We will probably need a favourable draw on Monday to go much further.

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Any good parking advice?

Stay on the bypass but for God sake don't go beyant the Red Cow roundabout (the Longford version at the Red Cow filling station). As soon as you see the cars parked turn it for home and park it. No more than 10 mins walk. If you get stuck in the gripe the 4 wheels will help you get out.

Thoul diff-lock is a mighty invention.

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I noticed that the Meath players have the jersey with Devenish Nutrition plastered across the front. Mick Lyons would have horsed fellas aside eating just Taytos. Is this nutrition fad getting in the way of pure bacon and cabbage fag an bealach, of the style Meath used to be known for ?

Devenish Nutrition make animal feed.

So itís what the Kildare players are on..?

We're still loyal to Pitman-Moore.

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I cannot remember when Longford last beat Kildare in anything 'serious' other than the O'Byrne Cup.

1967 in a Leinster QF replay in Croke Park but Carlow hadn't beaten Kildare since 1953 so maybe its the year for these records to go.

We haven't met that often in championship football since. Kildare won in Athy in 1973 and in Longford the following year. Some man called Tompkins kicked 2-3 in Tullamore in 1983. Twenty year gap then to our next meeting in Mullingar in 2003 (David Lyons still has nightmares featuring Niall Sheridan I reckon). Then the last meeting three years ago in the qualifiers in the rain in Mullingar.

Feely's injury weakens our hand at midfield. Brophy is not as big of a loss given his indifferent form this year. Keith Cribbin had a fine game in Derry in his absence. I think O'Neill will start Johnny Byrne in place of Feely. Neil Flynn has to start for his frees alone. Niall Kelly will possibly the one to drop out: Donnellan, P Kelly, D Hyland, O'Grady, Murray, Doyle, Byrne, Moolick, Conway, K Flynn, P Cribbin, K Cribbin, Slattery, D Flynn, N Flynn.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry V Kildare - Owenbeg, Sat 9th June 3pm
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:04:59 AM »
Referee appointment was 'dodgy' - McErlain

Derry manager Damian McErlain was left frustrated with the appointment of Dublin-based referee David Coldrick after his side's defeat to Kildare.

The Oak County fell to a 2-22 to 2-14 defeat and had Mark Lynch sent off late in the game.

McErlain criticised the decision to appoint Coldrick after a series of decision went against his team.


https://www.bbc.com/sport/northern-ireland/44427439?ns_linkname=northern_ireland&ns_campaign=the_bbc_championship&ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=facebook

 ???

If Kildare is "an extension of Dublin" then should we not be getting all those juicy Games Development grants and Sports Council funding?

I expect the Dubs favourite Brazilian resident will be on the case shortly.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry V Kildare - Owenbeg, Sat 9th June 3pm
« on: June 09, 2018, 08:38:03 PM »
That Carlow game needs to be a watershed moment and hopefully today is the first step on the road back. We still have huge shortcomings as a team, particularly in our defending, but the attitude and mindset was unrecognisable from the last day. I just donít know why it takes being the laughing stock of the country for the last fortnight to light a fire under these lads. We need to see that physicality and crankiness from Kildare everyday.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry V Kildare - Owenbeg, Sat 9th June 3pm
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:07:45 PM »
Yeah I can't remember the mood ever being as low. There's no belief whatsoever in this group of players.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Derry V Kildare - Owenbeg, Sat 9th June 3pm
« on: June 06, 2018, 11:35:31 AM »


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Gone travelling, nearly certain he is underage next year though.

He's not.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Laois v Carlow
« on: May 31, 2018, 05:00:13 PM »
Poacher was seemingly an absolute c**k on the sideline against us. Kildare are too nice, didn't know how to deal with him. I don't suspect Laois will have the same problem.

He was an absolute disgrace. More fool our lads for not putting manners on him.

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Cian O'Neill is Moorefield. He's not a mercenary blow in.

However he is living in Cork.

Rumours are that he will have some sort of role with Munster Rugby next year.

Has he attended many Kildare club game the last few years when living in Cork? He must be getting good traveling expensives out of this Kildare senior gig.

You do know Roli Sweeney is his main selector, who actually still played senior club championship last year. Cian was at a lot of games. Kildare have the best players available bar a couple of young lads.

That's the really depressing thing. Apart from Ben McCormack (and maybe Eoin O'Flaherty and Ollie Lyons), the most talented players are on the panel. They were all available for selection on Sunday with the exception of Neil Flynn. There are a few like Shea Ryan, Conor Hartley and Ryan Houlihan who might improve the panel but they would hardly be nailed on starters. Paul Mescal is unlikely to ever play football.

Maybe there are a few out there who might not be as talented but are mentally tougher and more resiliant? James Murray springs immediately to mind. Are Matt Kelly and Jamie Flynn up to it Dinny?

The best performers in the first round of the county championship included Paudie O'Neill and Johnny Doyle. Moorefield will be the team to beat again and they are backboned by players like Daryl Flynn, David Whyte and Roli. For all the talk of young talent in the county, a lot of them haven't kicked on since minor level. Luke Flynn is on and off the senior panel as is Mark Sherry. McMonagle isn't even guaranteed a start for Clogherinkoe. Wayne Fitzpatrick doesn't appear to be on the radar either.

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Glad I am still in Holland.

Congrats to Carlow .

On and off the pitch we have severe problems. We have a county board obsessed with making money as directed to them by Croke Board. They are now taking on infrastructure project badly needed but they can't afford.

A change in manager would give an uplift, biased as I am Glen Ryan would instill some belief & change the identity of a Kildare footballer. They play without emotion. Zero emotional energy in them.

Yesterday should be seen as a watershed moment but with the current landscape of Leinster football there might not be the will.

Anyway roll on the qualifiers.

This x1000000000.

Aughrim 1990 was a watershed moment. Yesterday needs to be the same. That's the worst I've ever sat through anyway and by a long way.

An axe needs to be taken to that team and start again afresh. I've never seen a group that is as mentally fragile and that's saying something as a Kildare supporter.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Westmeath manager has stepped down??
« on: May 22, 2018, 04:39:40 PM »
Losing the O'Byrne Cup final has hit them hard.
Grown men weeping openly in the streets.

And nare a bihatimber to comfort them.

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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: May 01, 2018, 05:45:20 PM »
Mendelssohn drawn in 14. Not ideal.

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General discussion / Re: The Horse racing thread
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:16:45 PM »
Nice ending for Katie Walsh. Great career.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4EuwkgDI50

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