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That explains so much.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:37:49 PM »
I see Kevin Walsh was somewhat non committal about his future.

Angling for more funds/control.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:53:38 PM »
Ah the Tyrone lads can at least enjoy ''Up for the Match''. They'll drag in Charlie for to talk about that Red Card he did not walk off the field for. And Brush Shields will talk about how great the Hill was in the seventies!

You will also have the concerted media ambush the week before the game! Former Dublin players will be out in force to blacken a decent Player threat from Tyrone. The Northern Brand of football will be vilified!

In fairness Tyrone’s brand of football is already the most vilified in living memory. You can get much blacker than pitch black. Reckon it’s a job for Dublin Joe or Gough.

Having seen them first hand this year you must know that it's nonsense that they are a poor brand of football.

You actually think Tyrone have a good brand of football? What? I know you can be cross-eyed when it comes to your own county but this is more than a bit silly. Owning what you are is the first step..

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: August 13, 2018, 06:10:25 PM »
I don’t know what Kerin has done to even be 12/1. A foul machine.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:51:26 PM »
Ah the Tyrone lads can at least enjoy ''Up for the Match''. They'll drag in Charlie for to talk about that Red Card he did not walk off the field for. And Brush Shields will talk about how great the Hill was in the seventies!

You will also have the concerted media ambush the week before the game! Former Dublin players will be out in force to blacken a decent Player threat from Tyrone. The Northern Brand of football will be vilified!

In fairness Tyrone’s brand of football is already the most vilified in living memory. You can get much blacker than pitch black. Reckon it’s a job for Dublin Joe or Gough.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Tyrone 2018 All Ireland Final
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:51:38 PM »
Tyrone rightfully the best of the rest but they are only a few points closer to Dublin at full tilt than Galway were. Likely to be the most straightforward of Dublin’s AI finals in this sequence.

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GAA Discussion / Re: AI minor football championship
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:49:30 AM »
The only teams to beat Roscommon this year are the AI finalists.

Good point well made

You don’t need to tell me what I already know.

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GAA Discussion / Re: DUBLIN V REST OF IRELAND
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:28:41 AM »
Beggan is better than Cluxton.

It’s only this year that that isn’t an outlandish statement. I’d still take Cluxton’s experience over Beggan every time.

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GAA Discussion / Re: AI minor football championship
« on: August 12, 2018, 11:13:41 PM »
The only teams to beat Roscommon this year are the AI finalists.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:36:59 PM »
Sludden was not at the races today I didn’t think
His 1-2 from play in a low scoring game today was a huge contribution.

Clifford doesn’t deserve an All-Star. YPotY.
Check out his Super 8s stats on his own dedicated thread.  Howard of Dublin could win the YPOTY before him.

Clifford played in the far weaker of the two groups and on a team that won a single match of three. Distant losers in the AIQFs rarely net many All-Stars no matter what their stats are. If he gets one it’s just the usual Kerry-Dublin-Mayo bias at work.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Football All Stars 2018
« on: August 12, 2018, 07:09:18 PM »
Clifford doesn’t deserve an All-Star. YPotY.

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RIP Seafoid.

The greatest that there ever was. No one has a chance. No one else will be remembered.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kevin McStay
« on: August 11, 2018, 01:02:26 PM »
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For all of the talk about the top four counties in the league having made the All-Ireland semi-finals, I suspect that it’s coincidence as much as a reflection of the four definitive, best teams in the country.

All are there on merit after the Super 8s but ask yourself, would Jim Gavin and Dublin have felt relieved if Mayo and Kerry had qualified for the last four instead of any of the teams who actually did? I’m not convinced.

In terms of the quarter-final rounds though you have to acknowledge that Dublin and Galway qualified with a match to spare and Tyrone look the most improved team whereas Monaghan probably picked up most momentum over the three rounds of the Super 8s.

My first thoughts on Saturday’s semi-final, and having faced both teams this season, are that I’d like to fly a flag for Galway who have got some very rough treatment since losing at home to Monaghan.

Overall they have had their best summer and perhaps best team since 2001. They lost a competitive league final to Dublin after being unbeaten in the regulation matches, recaptured the Connacht title and reached a first All-Ireland semi-final in 17 years.

They play a Dublin team at a different point in their development, at the top of the cycle heading for four-in-a-row while Kevin Walsh is effectively just two years into his project with the defensive system.

When you change styles, you’re always on trial with your supporters. It’s fine as long as you’re winning but as soon as you lose a major match playing defensively – and last week was only their second defeat all year – it can be a difficult week or two afterwards.

Of course it wasn’t just any match and it meant that they’re the only semi-finalist coming in with a loss of momentum.


Their current lull in my view relates to three key players – Damien Comer and Johnny Heaney, whose form has dipped maybe as a result of the efforts in the league – and Paul Conroy, who picked up a dreadful injury and has been a very good utility player in the middle third.


Touching distance

The net effect is that they’re not scoring enough and that’s a difficulty for the weekend, as they will need everyone to step up in terms of scoring.

The depth of Dublin’s resources were on show last week, as we discovered, but that was well known. They’re definitely looking for this last 20 minutes that everyone’s talking about – Tyrone especially in the last week.

Galway should have a real go at Dublin’s kick-outs, aggressive man-to-man on the Dublin kick-out and ‘cheating’ off your man to see if you can cover just a bit more than him. It’s hugely demanding physically but also mentally because of the concentration levels required.

You can’t even celebrate a score because the restarts come so quickly that you can’t spare even seconds. You can do it on your own scores but won’t be able to do it on both wides and scores – it’s just too demanding.

That’s why teams press on set plays because you have time to push up on the defence before the kick-out. Defences have become so aware of this that the guy picking up the free taker gets as far away from him as possible.

The big target has to be to be within touching distance going into the end phase.

Dublin will stick to their process. Their hard work and ability to execute skills is second nature and you can’t see them not being in a fourth successive All-Ireland final.

The prevailing weather played a role when Monaghan beat Tyrone earlier in the season and may again on Sunday. Our group in Roscommon has always used Monaghan as a reference point: population, club profile et cetera and how they have positioned themselves as a top county.

At this stage they are six to eight years in development so they have learned staggering amounts from things like their quarter-final defeats. Even this year, the recovery from the Fermanagh defeat to reaching a first All-Ireland semi-final since the 1980s has been fantastic. Every year they have improved incrementally.

Mature team

Malachy O’Rourke has added dimensions tactically and in recent years, players like Ryan McAnespie and Niall Kearns, but they are also a very mature team with the majority playing well and making big contributions.

Although Conor McManus is the best forward in all of Ireland and recognised as such they are not a team of stars and have excellent players who don’t get a lot of attention. Karl O’Connell is someone we’d always focus on if playing them; he has blistering pace, coming off the shoulder on a straight line and a really competitive attitude.

They’re also grizzled oul’ gauchos at this stage and comfortable with who they are. I expect they’ll defend the ‘D’ as zealously as they can, given that Tyrone don’t pose a long-distance threat.

I still think Mickey Harte’s team are more likely challengers for Dublin. Their five or six key players have a high level of fitness: Mattie Donnelly, Colm Cavanagh, Pádraig Hampsey, Peter Harte and Conor Meyler would have been another before he got injured.

They’ve huge energy and big tanks and, similar to Monaghan, they’re very comfortable with their system. Add in the timely return of Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan in recent weeks and they’re different gravy in terms of ability. They have been subs in recent games only because they were recovering from injury.


People have spoken a lot about the scoring threat off the Tyrone bench but you look for other things as well – assists and steals and tackles and subs that don’t turn over the ball. Bradley and Brennan tick all the boxes.

There won’t be much to separate the teams. I think there’ll be more scores in Tyrone, which will get them home, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Monaghan did it – and what a story that would be.

You’re welcome, Cunny.

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Today is a bit of a non-event and I have incredible reservations about how they have created this machine but this is such a wonderful group of footballers in Dublin. They play the sport with a smoothness that I’ve never seen before. Literally the best that has ever played the sport.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kevin McStay
« on: August 11, 2018, 12:38:11 PM »
Found something to fill in the time till 21st October ;D

https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/kevin-mcstay-galway-will-push-dublin-but-not-quite-far-enough-1.3592358?mode=amp

(Expecting a Syfattack any second now)

Ros should have beaten Galway. Doesn’t bode well for Galway or it says we have more potential than we showed in the Super 8s.

I'd wager it's the former

Could you repeat that, I can’t hear you from way back in Round 3 of the Qualifiers..

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