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General discussion / Re: The Late Late show
« on: September 07, 2019, 12:31:49 AM »

Drowned out a bit by the orchestra though

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: August 31, 2019, 12:56:48 AM »
Good player, a servent of 17 years to the cause is to my admired. I am being genuine here, in his prime, would he make the Dublin team in the 6 forwards? Or Kerry or Tyrone forward 6 of the noughties?

Seeing that his prime was probably two years ago when named footballer of the year and scored 3-24 from play that summer the short answer would be yes.

In his supposed prime 2 years ago the idiot manager brought him off in the last 10 with the game in the balance v Dublin

Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
« on: August 28, 2019, 10:27:34 AM »
I just think an outside manager with charisma like Baker might bring all together and get a bit of a buzz again behind the county team

How people wanted Baker out after our achievements was beyond me. Granted we had some cracking players with drive and bite at that stage, our half back line in particular had pace and drive, something that has been sorely lacking before and since

To be honest it is totally flat at the moment and whether that has anything to do with the management I don't know.

Agree there is no point to change for change shake but if anyone worthwhile wants to breath life and charisma into us I'd be all for it now, not next year

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:10:52 AM »
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin


Shouldn't be let retire

I think the last game he started was against Armagh. Given the impact role since then for a reason and why he's decided to retire (mileage on the clock)

My point about him having to start v Dublin was that there is no point bringing on your goal getter or goal or score maker after the game is gone and your 12 points down. He HAD to start

Very very poor by Horan

Him and Star Donaghey best players to watch for me in recent years... Love a ball winner from ball kicked in early... Electric atmosphere, the football we all love

GAA Discussion / Re: Retirements
« on: August 27, 2019, 12:07:50 AM »
He shouldn't retire. He should've started v Dublin


Shouldn't be let retire

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Donegal, Elverys McHale Park, Aug 03, 6pm
« on: August 04, 2019, 01:47:06 PM »
Terrible night for Donegal - but their generally young squad should learn plenty from tonight. Lads like Brennan, Langan etc who were ripping it up in Ulster really struggled with the pace and intensity from Mayo.
As for Mayo the show rolls on - as expected a team full of character with  guts in bucketfuls, some great individual performances - but still let a vastly inferior Donegal team on the night, nearly claw  their way back into the game. Durcan was simply immense - and how he wasnít MOTM is beyond me.
It is shambolic that they will have 6days to prepare themselves to face Dublin - as another week would surely have set up another massive struggle between the 2.
If the curtain falls for a lot of this great team next week, Iíve no doubt it will be with the same hard nosed belligerence that has typified their efforts over the last 7yrs.
Every Mayo person should be detouring via Knock tonight - one big Novena for a Tyrone win tomorrow!

Who was motm?

Andy Moran for me. Class personified. Slippery, ball magnet, crafty eel

Any tickets anywhere for this?? Need 2!

General discussion / Re: Portrush gets the Open
« on: July 20, 2019, 08:12:16 AM »
did his usual rory impression today, no pressure on, fire a load of birdies until he needs one at the last, pressure back on, choke  ;)


GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Cork 13 July 2019
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:05:46 AM »
Dublin scored 5-18 on a day when they supposedly didnt have a great performance

Who or when the hell has any team scored 5-18 in an All Ireland Quarter Final?!

Its crazy and the juggernaut seems almost impossible to stop

A team needs to get ahead of Dublin and stay ahead. They have to be mentally put under pressure to have any chance against them. The pace and fitness levels are unprecedented. Like there are players on EVERY line of the pitch driving and bursting past players, punching holes everywhere. How do you stop it?

Maybe Kerry or Donegal have the firepower to do it but it would take everything to go right and Dublin to be missfiring...hard to see at this stage! I was at the 2014 Semi where Donegal did it. Atmosphere was electric with the 2 Magees bullying O Gara and B Brogan and Ryan McHugh flying. The Dubs fans must miss an atmosphere like that, a contest. A contest is needed or else what is the point

Cork have improved bigtime. They didnt stop and i hope they give Tyrone a game....could be a cracker. Hurley is a beast. The Vikiing and Loughrey were impressive too

GAA Discussion / Re: own point question
« on: July 08, 2019, 11:38:16 PM »
Why on earth would it be a 45?

Its a point to the kicker, not an own point

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: July 01, 2019, 03:44:23 PM »

Honestly my favourite team to watch now

Pace everywhere and classy, classy scores.

How they ltakled so well and so hard and lost I do not know
Yes Armagh missed chances and made wrong decisions. But Deegan influences the outcome of games in a way few other refs do, with the exception perhaps of Joe McQullian.

You lost the game cos Mr "everybody look at me" John Cena decided to shoot when he should have been passing.
Is he buckin your daughter or sister or something?
I remember joe canning doing it a few years back
thought It was funny then
Great to see a young talent celebrating scoring goals on his debut season. That Armagh front 8 are a joy to behold in person. Hope Clarke & co stay about for next season and beyond.

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 11:22:49 AM »
Listened to McGeeney's radio interview on BBC, I know it was in the aftermath of a defeat in a game his team should have won, but I was left wondering if he's about to depart Armagh.  I hope not, he has the team on an upward curve, the key is keeping that panel together now, no defections next year please!

I hope McGeeney stays...the intensity of Armagh was immense, his stamp was all over it

They could and should get promoted if they stick together and play like that

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:01:03 AM »
A few thoughts after that...
Very entertaining to watch. The big crowd made for a great atmosphere. I saw Conor Cox of Roscommon at the game and Stephen Rochford was on the pitch at the end.

Our match ups were wrong at the start. Harrison wasn't strong enough for Rian O'Neill and Higgins was getting a bit of a roasting from Grugan. Horan was proactive with this in fairness, putting Keegan back on O'Neill and moving Keith to half back. I feel that's the only position for Keith these days. Keegan a big loss but Stephen Coen did quite well defensively as a replacement. Boyle had his best game in ages.

We were well beaten in midfield. Don't want to bring the debate up again but Clarke's long kickouts are a lottery at best. In fact, they probably favour the opposition. I know he ran down a few blind alleys but Mikey Murray will be a quality player in time. Has a great side step.

Fionn McDonagh had a great opening but took too much out of the ball in the 2nd half. Surprised Andy got hooked so early after setting up the goal but McLoughlin made a big difference in the 2nd half. You'd wonder how the last 2 management teams deemed Darren Coen surplus to requirements...

A lot of people giving out about the ref but Armagh got 2 very soft frees towards the end of the game. The Armagh #7 was harassing Loftus on all 3 of his frees in the 1st half. He was the reason the scuffle broke out at half time. Delighted he got caught for tripping McLoughlin to bring that free forward in the 2nd half.

Hard to know where we'll go from here with all the injuries. Hopefully we avoid Galway in the draw.

Armagh got a few soft scorable frees alright but it wasn't those type of decisions that were the issue.

I felt all game long Deegan would blow for a Mayo free 3 or 4 seconds before he blew for an Armagh one. In the first half he blew up Burns for overcarrying when he had barely taken his 4 steps and then dropped the ball once he got surround, in contrast he allowed Mayo players loads of time to play the ball when they became bottled up.

Armagh have been quite indisciplined in recent years, their tackling has left a lot to be desired but I though they were superb in both those aspects yesterday and did loads of good work with tackling and turnovers only for Deegan to wrongly blow for a Mayo free. The ball then went up the other end of the pitch and he was far more lenient with what he would let go.

There weren't any big decisions that really went against either side but he was refereeing both sides under different rules which is the most frustrating aspect for the players.

Agreed.  Because of Armagh's reputation of giving away easy frees due to indiscipline, bad tackling, refs. now feel that they have to blow an Armagh foul much easier .... absolute joke and was on view for all to see in MacHale Park last night.

]Deegan needs called out on these decisions, there was just something not right with his performance last night.

Anyway, if Armagh had taken their second half goal chances, and other missed opportunities, they'd have won it very handy irrespective of the ref.

Totally agree

I am neutral but have a soft spot for Mayo. Have loved watching them  and especially Andy Moran, who is class personified. I feet they were best placed to challenge Dublin so wanted them in the Super 8s....but when the game started and those decisions did i actually thought there was something fishy about was that bad. Like even at 1 stage Deegan blew for a square ball on ONeill...the ball was only kicked towards him and he wasnt in the square. That incident with Burns.....but the move forward frees are the same as giving a team a point. All teams are at thst holding was purely being selective and akin to just deciding "Mayo will win this"

Sticks in the craw of the neutral. That Armagh team has serious pace and play lovely football. The move for the goal, Clarkes scores, his goal attempt (no other keeper in the country wouldve saved it....class from D Clarke), Campbells scores, Grugans and ONeills,the interplay were like good as youll see in our game. Mayos best moves were Morans ball for the goal and Coens class scores. Other than that they were poor to watch. Good ball for McLoughlins point (from another non free btw) but i think his goal was lucky...fair play he took on Donaghy but i actually think his right footed shot was just slapping his leg at it and may have even been a point attempt.

Gutted for Armagh. Hate that Clarke is away to London and may not Be back next year. He was such a loss last year. I thougnt he was ok in the 1st half, winning ball but couldnt get shot off...that happens. The pace and workrate of Hall and Nugent alied to the class of Clarke, ONeill and Campbell....leaves Armagh with  as good a forward line as there is anywhere

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:27:34 AM »
I really hope that Armagh team sticks together. Clarke has to stay. They could challeenge seriously for an Ulster zTitle next year i think. Great to watch.

Serious amount of turnovers...workrate immense. They were better than Mayo today, rode by the ref. Gutted

GAA Discussion / Re: Mayo v Armagh- Round 3 Qualifier
« on: June 30, 2019, 01:20:39 AM »
Huge regrets from Armagh.

Combination of missed chances and some poor decision making. Deegan was certainly worth 4 or 5 points to Mayo, he was much quicker to blow for frees for Mayo, seemed to consistently give Mayo players 3 or 4 more seconds to release the ball than Armagh. Why does Grimley not take the frees for Armagh? He's far better more reliable at them than O'Neill.

Big win for Mayo though, should make the Super 8s now. They really flagged near the end though and the mounting injuries are a huge cause of concern for them.

Deegan (and most referees) do this! The higher up the food chain, the easier the frees.

Totally agree. Robbed Armagh.

Armagh much easier on the eye, gutted for them
Coen good for Mayo
Cant believe Moran was taken off

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