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« Reply #17985 on: June 08, 2019, 09:26:58 PM »
gaelfast kicking in already  :D

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« Reply #17986 on: June 09, 2019, 12:22:22 AM »
Great to see that win tonight. After a shaky first quarter where we gifted them most of their scores, it was encouraging to see Antrim players driving at the Louth defence, taking men on, breaking tackles, making smart passes and working either a score or drawing a foul. In the second half when a Louth assault might have been expected, we pushed on from the throw in and grabbed control of the game.

Haven't seen as positive a performance in the Championship in a very long time, too long. And yes there were mistakes tonight for sure, around some decision making, and handling....but overall this was a brilliant performance.The desire and commitment was at times matched by skill and smart play, some of the passes into the forward line were 100% accurate and they usually led to scores. Some of our points were absolute top drawer as were the two goals.

Fair play to this squad and management. After a difficult league and heavy USFC defeat it might have been easy to drop the head and exit meekly. They have done the opposite.


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« Reply #17987 on: June 09, 2019, 12:46:02 AM »
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« Reply #17988 on: June 09, 2019, 09:27:00 AM »
Agree wholeheartedly with you Brendan. The vast majority of the football people in the county have turned their back on these lads and support even from within some of their own clubs is lukewarm to say the least. Football is mostly about pride and yesterday this group stood tall when all around were castigating them. Yesterday they did it for themselves and that's what made this victory all the sweeter.

Louth were 1/4 in the book, and finished joint top of division three, narrowly missing promotion to division two on score difference. They were at home. They were six points up after twelve minutes.
That's the mountain our men faced down, in a glorious spell turned six down to nine up in a thirty minute spell of total dominance.

We talk of the players missing, the greats from Cargin or St Galls (and they were) but I've seen them too,  on good days and bad, and don't recall them producing anything quite as memorable as yesterday.

It's only one win, that's all, nothing else. But some highly valuable pride has been restored and for that alone it would be good if the football people in the county get behind them next day out wherever that may be.

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« Reply #17989 on: June 09, 2019, 10:13:29 AM »
But it only takes a win to relight the fire Bannside.  I think people are just disillusioned with being stuck in Division 4 and having no home.  So all the greater achievement for these lads who rolled up their sleeves all winter.  And they will see the support grow quickly, thatís just the way it goes, weíre not Mayo (yet).  They won plenty of admirers in the Tyrone game and backed it up yesterday.  Lenny too.  Canít wait for Monday morning.

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« Reply #17990 on: June 09, 2019, 12:12:31 PM »
Have to congratulate Lennie Harbinson on preparing the lads for that performance. We were really well set up, breaking with composure and accurate kick passes into Ryan Murray with players breaking off his shoulder at pace had Louth scrambling throughout the 70 mins. Defensively we were excellent, Decky Lynch cut out a number of passes and when they tried to play the ball in high to the big full forward Conor Grimes (who has hurt us in the past), Johnston defended heroically. Yesterday's performance showed a style of confident, composed football which I hadn't seen from Antrim in years and it has given the squad and management a victory that they deserve. Roll on the next round #LennyHarbinsonsSaffronArmy

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« Reply #17991 on: June 09, 2019, 01:08:56 PM »
Our under 20s looked very good at times yesterday too, drawing with Cavan and finishing their league campaign unbeaten after three. Obvious progress in this sector, with half a dozen players or more marking themselves out for senior activity in the near future. Well done to Hugh and backroom team, this set up has been impressive and the panel has responded. Question.....how many McRory cup medalists are on this panel from either St Marys Mfelt (2017) or St Ronan's (2018).

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« Reply #17992 on: June 09, 2019, 07:00:28 PM »
Super result all right and these lads are to be commended for sticking at it

Strange a full set of Div 1 fixtures played today...

Naomh Eanna seem to be in free fall but big 6 looking like being same as last year in Div 1

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« Reply #17993 on: June 10, 2019, 08:33:04 AM »
Our under 20s looked very good at times yesterday too, drawing with Cavan and finishing their league campaign unbeaten after three. Obvious progress in this sector, with half a dozen players or more marking themselves out for senior activity in the near future. Well done to Hugh and backroom team, this set up has been impressive and the panel has responded. Question.....how many McRory cup medalists are on this panel from either St Marys Mfelt (2017) or St Ronan's (2018).

Totally agree with you, Antrim were by far the better team. And only for a crazy 5 minute spell straight after half time should've been out of sight

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« Reply #17994 on: June 10, 2019, 09:00:21 AM »
Kildare. Not sure how to feel about that one. Hopefully they're wounded by the dublin defeat!

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« Reply #17995 on: June 10, 2019, 09:04:30 AM »
Kildare. Not sure how to feel about that one. Hopefully they're wounded by the dublin defeat!

It could have been a lot worse
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Re: Antrim Football Thread
« Reply #17996 on: June 10, 2019, 09:11:37 AM »
Yeah. They're a lot weaker without Daniel Flynn but you would still have them as favourites. Still - nothing to lose.

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« Reply #17997 on: June 10, 2019, 11:31:14 AM »
Would expect them to be a big strong athletic team, but their shooting has always let them down, so a punchers chance.  Is there any possibility of getting them into an Antrim ground?

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« Reply #17998 on: June 10, 2019, 11:37:26 AM »
Tough enough draw but some good signs from us in the last 2 games so fingers crossed.

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« Reply #17999 on: June 10, 2019, 12:53:16 PM »
Will this be another 'away' game then