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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #17820 on: March 27, 2019, 10:28:20 AM »
The football league is almost upon us once again and this year I foresee the most open division one league in memory. The race to the top six will be interesting with most teams quietly fancying their chances of achieving that. No one looks unbeatable at this stage and it wouldn't surprise me if four or five points separated the top half dozen positions.

Cargin, Creggan and St Galls still ahead of the rest in league & championship. More wishful thinking Bannside without any logic applied

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« Reply #17821 on: March 27, 2019, 12:18:49 PM »
I would see St Johns as one of the favourites as they have been very close in the last 2 years and still have a young side. Also LD/NE and Aghagallon will be close too - very wide open imo

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« Reply #17822 on: March 27, 2019, 02:36:14 PM »
anyone have the dates for the senior football championship?

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« Reply #17823 on: March 27, 2019, 05:26:52 PM »
It never stops with dates of games!
Anything I post is not the view of the County Board!! Nobody died in the making of this post ;-)

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« Reply #17824 on: March 27, 2019, 07:27:05 PM »
I see it as wide open between seven or eight teams all beating each other. Maybe I'll be wrong but I don't see any super forces out there the way St Galls and Cargin undeniably were a few years ago. I predict things will continue to level out even further this year....but time will tell. Atm probably about 8 clubs will fancy their chances of finishing in the top 4. That's healthy and should make for plenty of competitive action in the months ahead.

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« Reply #17825 on: March 27, 2019, 08:32:46 PM »
anyone have the dates for the senior football championship?

All fixture dates are provisionally arranged

https://antrim.gaa.ie/news/antrim-2019-fixture-calendar

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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #17826 on: March 29, 2019, 10:02:24 AM »
For what it's worth I think we will be much improved this year. A lot of posters don't see us in the top half dozen (we finished 9th in the league last year) but if we weren't top four this year I'd be disappointed.


Always love your optimism Bannside!  keep it up!

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« Reply #17827 on: March 29, 2019, 10:11:22 AM »
Straight fight between Cargin and St Galls for the league provided Cargin can keep their squad which was decimated last year (and still won the championship!) and St Galls don't have too many retirees. St Galls are slick, but can they sustain another season of it after the effort they put into last years big push. 

Creggan pounced on the stumbles of the big 2 last year but need to develop to be more than just a counter attack team to have a shot again. Last years shambolic final showed a team could conceivably play 'keep ball' against them for 15 minutes as they wont come out.

St Johns had their 'one swallow summer' in 2018, potential for top 4, no chance of top 2.
Lamhs can be top 2 or top 4, difficult to know which side will turn up. Conor Murray will be a big asset returning.
I think the bottom half are very evenly matched, the relegation battle will be fierce.

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« Reply #17828 on: March 29, 2019, 11:41:04 AM »
I notice Domhnall Nugent playing hurling for st johns so must have moved back there. I would say he's a big addition in both football and hurling for them (assuming he still plays football).

Whatever about Creggan in the county final they still won last year's league so I suspect shouldn't be discounted. They might have learnt from last year.

Be interesting to see how St Endas do. You would have to expect that at some point St Brigids with what they have coming through will make a breakthrough though I suspect a little early. A lot of Creggan's better players are round the u21 mark and they seemed to take care of them at that age group.

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« Reply #17829 on: March 29, 2019, 05:09:29 PM »
LD are no longer the title force they once were, I believe the Fermanagh man, O'Flaherty, is no longer with them, Nugent is also a big loss. C. Murray's comeback is a big plus but he may not be right for most of the league.

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« Reply #17830 on: March 29, 2019, 10:43:32 PM »
Not often I say this but thatís good fixture decision to have a big game on Saturday afternoon and the rest on Sunday giving supporters a chance to see more than one game. Good if this becomes the norm

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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #17831 on: March 30, 2019, 04:40:38 PM »
Maybe it's only to allow all the Belfast wives to hit the bottle tomorrow

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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #17832 on: March 30, 2019, 04:58:31 PM »
1 point win for ld. interesting result though only 1st league game so hard to read too much into it.

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« Reply #17833 on: March 30, 2019, 08:25:59 PM »
Was at it . Cunninghamís frees outstanding

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« Reply #17834 on: March 30, 2019, 08:43:48 PM »
Maybe it's only to allow all the Belfast wives to hit the bottle tomorrow

I assume itís because St Johns are having a big do in the Europa tonight