The McGees are fairly average footballers. . . how would either of them fared in Keith Higgins' position on Saturday?? They'd have been off before half time. The system means that the forwards they are marking have no space and when they get the ball the McGee's can just pummel them until they overcarry or drop the ball.
They are highly effective at what they do but they are limited footballers.
FFS must be a lot of very average footballers about so, if Higgins is the benchmark.
How many footballers in the country can man-mark like Higgins?
Lacey could, before switching to centre back. Not many others.
I wouldn't swap Neil McGee for any other full back.
The day of the individual man-marker is gone and has been replaced by 'the defensive system' and there were NO average footballers playing in the AI semi's last weekend. Jim McG has organised a bunch of player to produce a 'professional performance' rotating from defence to attack in about 8 secs to create goal and point scoring opportunies. The Final will be fascinating and I doubt if the 'referee' will be as easy on Kerry as C O'R was in their game against Mayo. Donegal should shade it with their mental intensity frustrating Kerry's only attacking option of playing direct diagonal ball into Donaghy and O'Donaghue. They also have to eliminate the 'hard work' of the tireless Donagha Walsh. That said Ryan McHugh will also have to be man - marked who does Mike Sheehy think will do that job for the Kingdom - I think he has been outstanding this year. Will be a fantastic conest.
Kerry will be well prepared and are far better setup then us. They'll not fear them and in 2012 only for a lucky goal Kerry probably would have beaten them.
To beat Donegal you need to shut down their runners from the back - Mc Glynn being one, Lacey the other and Magee likes the old charge too.
I liken to what Tyrone used to do with Ricey and a few others. step across them , run across their line etc but whatever you do the points these lads get and runs they make are game changers. We were desperately naive on that score. I suspect the likes of Donncha Walsh, Maher and Johnny Buckley will be a hell of a lot effective in stopping them then we ever were.