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That's great...thanks men. I'd rather have the 4pm throw in, it allows u to get an activity in that morning...

Surely it doesn't take that long with Mrs. Illdecide ;) ;D

 ;D Easy you...i like to take my time.

I was referring to a cycle ride ;)

That's great...thanks men. I'd rather have the 4pm throw in, it allows u to get an activity in that morning...

Sorry for repeating myself here but didn't get a reply...

Is Armagh game v Cavan a neutral venue (Clones) and has there been a time given for thrown in yet?

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 20, 2019, 01:06:03 PM »
Has a venue and time been confirmed for cavan game?

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:24:58 PM »
A curate's egg of a performance.  Firstly, well done to all involved in the win. To win in the Ulster Championship has been a very big psychological hurdle for this group but an important thing was that there were 4-5 who have not played or played very little in Ulster so the baggage was not there and they had some freedom to play.  Also, beating Down in Newry is always a good result and given that they hadn't been beaten in 63 years in championship makes it even better.

The positives are there.  Some good defenders but still a bit below level as a unit.  Thought Kennedy out in a very good shift for a newbie and Morgan did well when he came in.    In MF Burns did well and I think he will compliment Niall Grimley very well when he gets back fully fit.  Vernon is not the man for MF anymore but may be useful on the square as some have suggested as there is a serious lack of strength back there.

Up front Nugent impressed on his debut and he has a good opportunity now to establish himself.  Clarke played better than he has for a while which makes his refusal to play for his club even more frustrating.  I have major reservations about this whole scenario and it seems to be being brushed under the carpet to an extent.  The notion that a player can openly refuse to play for his club and then play for the county is unsettling.  I recall during my playing days when we were going for an All Ireland and the Armagh management at the time threatened to have Oisin, the Twins and Paul Hearty suspended from the club scene as they wouldn't play National League.  We were playing in an Ulster Final the week after a National league game,  back when there were games pre-Christmas.  This notion of the county outweighing the club is something I find unfair and really it sends a bad message that a lad can play for the county and not play for the club.  It won't happen but questions should be raised as this open action of refusing to play for your club while playing for the county is wrong and goes against the ethos of the game in my opinion.

Anyway,  the performance of Rian was outstanding and he certainly has it all.  If Grimley, Murnin and Oisin O'Neill can get back fit I think between them there is a central spine from MF forward that can be devastating if properly utilized.  The pure talent these lads have is exceptional and if the right players are played round them then they can do anything in my opinion.  If I was picking the team from MF forward and all were fit I would play Grimley and Burns in MF, a half forward line of Clarke, O O'Neill and Nugent and a FF line triangle of 2 targets in Rian and Murnin with Soupy floating either side of them.  Soupy and Jamie could interchange from HF to FF lines. 

As you will see Grugan is not in the team and to be honest this brings me to my negatives.  I thought he was poor and has been poor for some time.  He is captain and it is not suiting him.  He is not a big game player and certainly not a leader.  I actually thought that was one of the big concerns yesterday in terms of leadership and calmness at key times.  The game should have been won in normal time.  Down were a busted flush with 14 men (rightly so,  clear red card), and with a keeper gone for a black card.  The game management was poor and the experienced players like Grugan, Donaghy, Forker, etc should have been taking control of the game at different times and calming the whole thing down.  Lying down, cramp etc, break up momentum.  This didn't happen.  Some of the football was kamikaze and the OG goal summed that up.  Leadership is needed.  There is no disputing the drive and desire but there needs to be a bit more cuteness.

As alluded to already there is an issue at the FB and GK position in my opinion.  I have suggested Vernon at FB but that is just a sticky plaster.  Blaine Hughes is a decent keeper but he is a weak link as he has limited presence.  I have heard a story about an outfield player was approached to play goals and he subsequently removed himself from the panel.  This player would have a significant better presence that Hughes so maybe that was the thinking.  Long term there needs to be a bit of clever thinking about this position.

Management made decent substitutions but also made a few head scratchers.  Also the whole McGeeney incident with McKernan was embarrassing and out of line for his part. As a manager you need to have a bit of coolness and leadership and in that one incident this was lacking.  If the rules are applied he could be looking at 12 weeks in the stand.

Finally,  and not to piss on people's chips,  but this is  a very poor Down team.  They couldn't get out of Division 3.  We played against 14 men for 40 minutes,  we were 5 points up with time almost up and drew and we were 4 up with time up in ET and conceded poorly again. This will not do against Cavan, whom I thought looked excellent on Saturday night. 

Some good some bad but the key thing is a win.  Confidence and momentum can hopefully build.

Heard a similar rumour about a big FF in our club being approached to play GK but he refused.  I passed it off as bullsh*t but maybe there was a little truth to it after all.

I was amazed that the team that was named was actually the team that started to be honest.  Surely our strongest team includes Morgan, Shields and Soup (Grimley and Murnin too but i'll give them a bye ball with injuries).  Real problems in the full back line and it's something that will have to be addressed very quickly.  How Donaghy retreats to the line instead of closing O'Hare down for the 2nd goal I will never know. Nobody seemed to read the flight of the ball for the 3rd.  I'd be disappointed at club level with those goals fs.

Yip, v true indeed. The lad declined KMcG's offer for to be reserve goal keeper for 2 reasons...1) he's deadly in front of goal and 2) he wanted to complete his degree and get his career up and running firstly before committing to County Football

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:13:06 PM »
I really hope Celtic can win the cup on Saturday, for making history and for a lot of players who will be moving on and will not wear the hoops again. I also hope we win it for Neil Lennon as he's got an awful lot of unwarranted grunts from people who don't want him at the club and can't give a reason for it, in fact someone on here actually said he brings baggage ::).
This Celtic team has been regressing for a while now and the fact that we're still going for a treble treble is quite remarkable tbh, BR knew Celtic needed a big rebuilding exercise  and i'm sure knowing this and following the coin too made an easy decision for him to go. Neil Lennon took over this team and got them over the line and i'm thankful for that.

Whoever is the new manager is it'll be a tough baptism of fire for them coming in to hit the ground running, Celtic will be busy in the transfer window and hitting the CL qualifiers so soon with new signings and a new manager will be tougher than previous years...
Dunno why but still have a we feeling this Bayo lad with be a good signing (but then again i thought Eboue Kouassi was going to be a

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:57:04 AM »
I'm not a fan of KMcG TBH but don't think there was much in that incident yesterday to warrant any bans, I know he shouldn't have done it and he barely moved McKernan and to be fair to McKernan he just brushed on past...a nothing moment. I know you wouldn't see Micky Harte doing stupid stuff like that but hey...

When Down got a man sent off i was just hoping KMcG would have had the balls to throw an extra man up front (this would have forced Down to go long with their kick outs rather than letting them have possession every time from their own kick outs) and go for it instead of having another sweeper ::), the game was decent entertainment but not the best of quality but a win is a win and we'll take it. Cavan will be big favourites to beat Armagh and rightly so but i'd much rather face Cavan than Monaghan TBH.

Agreed Rory G was very poor yesterday along with E Rafferty, Vernon and A Forker was just ok (I'd imagine the 3rd minute yellow card curtailed him a bit) but to end on a positive there was 6-7 lads who played well...J Clarke, S Campbell, J Burns, R O'Neill, Morgan, Nugent & Murnin when he came on...
KMcG has some thinking to do for 2 weeks time as a few lads there who were benched yesterday played a lot better than the starters, M Shields done well when introduced and Ben Crealey too although I think Ben looks a bit light but really benefited yesterday that most of the players looked fecked in extra time and he'd a lot of energy around the middle. Assuming Murnin has no reaction to yesterday then he'll be in contention for 2 weeks time and if not starting be at least good for a full 35 mins, I believe O O'Neill is almost fit too...Jasus a win against Cavan and them lads getting more time to get fit from their injuries would leave us in a lot better shape...An ulster final leaves us to win one game to get into the Super 8's (a f*ck i'm getting carried away

Where is Cavan match in 2 weeks?
Did Sheridan get a bad injury yesterday?

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 16, 2019, 10:39:54 PM »
Team named

1. Blaine Hughes
2. Patrick Burns
3. Aaron McKay
4. Paul Hughes
5. Ryan Kennedy
6. Brendan Donaghy
7. Aidan Forker
8. Charlie Vernon
9. Jarlath Og Burns
10. Aidan Nugent
11. Ethan Rafferty
12. Jemar Hall
13. Rory Grugan
14. Rian OíNeill
15. Jamie Clarke

Whether thatís the team that takes to the field on Sunday remains to be seen
Jeez thatís not a great side
No Campbell, Morgan, Sheridan, grimley
As I said Downs to lose

That's 4 big game players out for us, considering Down's mid field are sh1te then we've just decided to give them a fair shout at it...

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 16, 2019, 08:05:50 PM »
Celtic manager Neil Lennon says he is in a "strong position" to remain in the post even if they fail to secure the treble treble.

Lennon replaced Brendan Rodgers until the end of the season in February and is one win away from a clean sweep of domestic trophies for the third successive season.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is the latest to be linked with the role.

"There's no evidence to suggest I can't take the job on," Lennon said.

"I've been here since 2000 as a player, coach or manager and in that time, Celtic have won 14 league titles and I've played a part in 10 of them, so I think I know how to win titles here. That gets overlooked."

Celtic, who won the League Cup in December and sealed an eight successive Premiership title this month, face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on 25 May.

"If we win the Scottish Cup, that'll be my seventh cup," Lennon said. "Any time we lost the league that I've been involved in, it was on the last day of the season. Any time we've won the league, we've skooshed it."

Celtic's Christie cannot remember Ball clash
Cup final tribute to McNeill and Chalmers
A former Celtic captain and coach, Lennon returned to the club for a second stint as manager when Rodgers left for Leicester City.

"I never said I wanted [the manager's job] long term," Lennon added. "My contract here expires at the end of May and after the cup final I'll sit down with whoever, and that's always been the case.

"Nothing has changed, despite all the speculation whether I'm getting the job, whether it's Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho, Slaven Bilic or whoever.

"As far as I'm aware, the club aren't speaking to anybody until after the final. I'm in a strong position anyway.

"I've got the big one out the way and now the cup is very, very important. Not for me, but for the players."

'What more can the players do?'
Celtic suffered a limp 2-0 defeat by Rangers in the final Old Firm derby of the season on Sunday, but Lennon is adamant criticism of the team has been excessive.

"In modern football, there's a furore after one game," he said. "You just have to keep a lid on it and keep calm.

"We played with the handbrake on on Sunday. No question, we deserved to lose the game, but it's not terminal by any means.

"They've won two trophies out of two and they've got the possibility of winning the third one for the third year in a row. What more can the players do? Really, sit back and think about it.

"For some reason there's been a bit of negativity around the place, whether it be the expectation level of this team or unrealistic expectation at times from the supporters.

"All these people criticising, whether it be me, the board, or the players, take a step back and go, 'you know what, this is pretty special, pretty special'."

Lennon confirmed left-back Kieran Tierney and winger James Forrest will be rested for Sunday's league visit of Hearts, while highly-rated 16-year-old Karamoko Dembele could make his first-team debut.

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:32:30 PM »
Holy f**k, not one person coming on shouting for their team believing their team will pump their rivals...Both sets of supporters are so

I was cautious but feck it, lets go to Newry and (see how i didn't say Down as that old argument most of it's actually in Armagh :)) beat these hoors into submission...C'mon Armagh.

Yeah! Letís lick kick some arse!! :D

Yeah BC, that would be awesome :P

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 15, 2019, 11:29:07 PM »
Is there a curtain raiser?

Down v Tyrone minor, I think. Hard to know who to cheer for there.

Jasus what a conundrum...I hope Down get beat but then Tyrone get thrown out for fielding GOD and they don't reinstate Down as no one likes them so just give someone a bye in the next round

GAA Discussion / Re: Down v Armagh (Park Esler 16:00) 19/05/2019
« on: May 14, 2019, 11:26:21 PM »
Holy f**k, not one person coming on shouting for their team believing their team will pump their rivals...Both sets of supporters are so

I was cautious but feck it, lets go to Newry and (see how i didn't say Down as that old argument most of it's actually in Armagh :)) beat these hoors into submission...C'mon Armagh.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 13, 2019, 10:54:21 PM »
In the mini-league since Neil Lennon took over as temporary manager of Celtic, the club have played 10 Premiership games, winning six, drawing three and losing one.

A 60% success rate has been good enough to get them over the line for an eighth successive title, but is it a sufficiently compelling stat to get Lennon the job on a permanent basis?

It's inconceivable that in the wake of Brendan Rodgers' abrupt exit major shareholder Dermot Desmond hasn't been looking around Europe for another Rodgers-type figure to ease Celtic away from an improving neighbour. He did it before with the audacious move for the former Liverpool manager and nobody should completely discount his ability to do it again with another big name.

Chris Hughton is no Jose Mourinho in the glamour stakes, but when he was sacked by Brighton on Monday two things sprung to mind, One: football management is cruel. Two: is Hughton an option for Celtic?

The 53-cap former Republic of Ireland international has an impressive CV. A former coach at Spurs, where he spent 13 years as a player, he got Newcastle promoted to the Premier League as manager, took Birmingham into the Europa League group stages in his next job (after Alex McLeish had won the League Cup with them), got Norwich into 11th in the Premier League and got Brighton promoted to the Premier League and then kept them there the past two seasons.

As the Celtic hierarchy ponder their next move - Lennon or otherwise - Hughton's availability is an interesting, and unexpected, development.

Celtic display 'unacceptable' - Lennon
Congerton exits Celtic to join Rodgers
When assessing Lennon's chances of keeping the job there are a host of things to consider. He took over when the club was head-wrecked by Rodgers' departure, the former manager still swearing love and loyalty as he sped out of Lennoxtown to head for Leicester without even telling his players that he wasn't coming back.

Lennon was there for Celtic when they needed him. That was fortuitous for both parties. He was out of work at the time. He calmed things with a late win over Hearts just a day after taking over. He was serenaded by the support as a proper Celtic man as opposed to the other fella who upped and left.

Gerrard's Rangers making an impression
This is not Lennon's squad, that's another factor. He hasn't had a proper chance to put his stamp on things in terms of personnel. He hasn't had a pre-season to bed in his philosophy of playing the game. Celtic were eight points ahead at the top when he got the job and when they beat Rangers 2-1 at Parkhead at the end of March they went 13 points ahead.

The league was well and truly over at that stage. The pressure was off. The edge went. In the subsequent weeks Celtic drew 0-0 at home with Livingston, 0-0 away at Hibs and lost 2-0 away at Rangers on Sunday. Seven points dropped and the gap that was once 13 points is now six points. From his 10 league games in charge, Celtic have 21 points. Rangers have 23. The mini-battle has been won by Steven Gerrard. Rangers look like a threat again.

Steven Gerrard and Neil Lennon
Will Gerrard and Lennon be in opposition next season?
But that's too simplistic. Celtic eased up, probably subconsciously, because they knew they could. Rangers only came on a sustained winning run when the league was already beyond them. The twin psychologies here can't be ignored. When Celtic really had to grind out the wins they did it in a way that Rangers could not.

Of course, even that is not straightforward. Just because Rangers didn't have the discipline and mental strength to take the title chase to the wire this season that's not to say that they won't learn from their errors and be stronger next season.

Gerrard will be encouraged but won't be fooled by the narrowing margin at the top. He'll know that Rangers have a way to go before they assume the demeanour of champions. In terms of their football they're advancing, no question. Sunday's dominant performance was their best in many years. If they can somehow keep Ryan Kent for another season then things could get very interesting.

The Jon Flanagan incident - his elbow into the face of Scott Brown that should have resulted in a red card rather than a yellow - showed that they still have composure issues, though. For all the chat about the need to keep their discipline following their plot loss at Celtic Park, Flanagan couldn't do it and was lucky to escape.

Monday jury: Should Jon Flanagan's yellow have been a red?
Had he walked that would have been Rangers' 13th red of the season. As Scott Brown said afterwards it probably wouldn't have made any difference to the outcome - Rangers were just too good and Celtic too passive - but that little moment highlighted the work that Gerrard has ahead of him. Sometimes Rangers are their own worst enemy. Gerrard can fix that, though. He benched one of his best performers, and chief hot-head, Alfredo Morelos on Sunday. That's the kind of message that sooner or later tends to hit home with ill-disciplined players.

Celtic shouldn't be complacent about the threat from Ibrox. Belittling their rivals for they myriad woes over the years has been a sport unto itself for the Celtic fans, but nothing lasts forever. There was a time when they looked in the rear-view and there wasn't a trace back there. Now if they look they can see Rangers coming. They'd be wise to press on the accelerator.

Lennon has finished off the league and, barring a big upset, will win the Scottish Cup later in the month. Is that enough? And if not Lennon, then who? That's the issue surely occupying the minds of Desmond, chief executive Peter Lawwell and the Celtic board.

Bloated squad for Celtic boss to deal with
If they weren't talking to others then Lennon would surely have been given the job by now. As custodians of the club they are duty bound to explore all avenues, to investigate the possibilities of landing another Rodgers. They have Lennon if they want him, but can they do better? Behind closed doors there must be a world of chat taking place.

Given that Celtic are favourites to secure a third-successive treble it might be odd to talk about the major work that needs to be done on their squad, but it's true, a reset is needed. The squad is bloated, imbalanced and costly.

Their reserve goalkeepers - Dorus de Vries and Craig Gordon - have a combined age of 74. They have a centre-back, Dedryck Boyata, who is almost certain to leave. Another centre-back, Filip Benkovic, is only on loan from Leicester. They have two further centre-backs on their books in Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry who will struggle to get another game. Compper remains a human temple of poor thinking in the transfer market.

Oliver Burke
Oliver Burke has scored four goals since joining Celtic on loan from West Brom in January
On Sunday they had three right-backs in their match-day squad - Mikael Lustig, Jeremy Toljan and Anthony Ralston - and yet had a natural winger, Jonny Hayes, playing left-back in Kieran Tierney's absence. Emilio Izaguirre, when fit, is the other option. Izaguirre is 33, his best days well behind him.

They have loan players who are moving out and loan players moving back in. Celtic have too many players doing not enough to pay their way. None of this is costing them trophies, but it's costing them serious amounts of money that could be utilised a whole lot better.

Somebody is going to have to streamline the operation, inject more quality, lose some passengers and build up a head of steam again. Celtic don't just need to reinvigorate themselves because Rangers appear to be improving, they need to do it in order to avert the dangers of drift. In the relative blink of an eye they'll be playing Champions League qualifiers. In the appointment of a permanent manager, they don't have a lot of time to waste.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 12, 2019, 04:24:07 PM »
TBH i just dunno what to think, it's too easy to say Celtic have one eye on the cup final as that's not acceptable either playing them'uns. Looking back now Lennon has been proven right not to play the players on loan up until today when it was force on him with injuries as they're brutal. Burke & Toljan are really poor. Rogic when on top form is good but by Jasus when he's poor (which seems more often than not) he's pure dung.

K Tierney
J Forrest
R Christie
L Griffiths

Missing these four players today was massive but a club like Celtic should have a squad to handle this as majority of teams have players missing most of the time. S Brown is almost finished and there are another few who are just not good enough for Celtic...None of this is Neil Lennon's fault as it's the team he has inherited ( a lot of you are forgetting this).
No matter who is the new manager they'll have their work cut out for them in the summer as major reinvestment is needed, Sevco have been lucky too this year as Kent is a great player they've got on loan from Liverpool and if they can keep him for another year it'll be a great piece of business. Slippy G will def be an asset for them getting loan players from Liverpool and the like.

Next year will be very interesting indeed and if the Celtic Board don't see the signs and react by major investment during the summer then they deserve all they get coming to them...

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