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Mourne Rover

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Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« Reply #31110 on: January 25, 2019, 10:59:54 PM »
Smurfy is as positive as ever about our prospects but the reality is that we have a capable new manager who has been dealing with a fair amount of upheaval in his squad and has named a team to do a specific job in our opening game against what should be serious promotion rivals.

While almost half the side have never previously started a league or championship match and a few others are in unusual positions, did we really expect a settled and familiar line-up ?

O'Hare and O'Hagan will probably appear at some stage, and it would not be a surprise if Harrison is added to the bench, but we have plenty of pace and fitness by all accounts will not be a problem.

We will pretty clearly be keeping plenty of players behind the ball, and the question is whether we can build up enough scores against  decent opposition at this level. It's a new season under the Saturday night lights so bring it on.






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« Reply #31111 on: January 26, 2019, 06:35:15 AM »
No Iím being a realist. No negativity at all just saying as I feel. Itís not the strongest of teams.

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« Reply #31112 on: January 26, 2019, 07:01:34 AM »
Where is Liam Devlin from, Clann Na Banna? What age is he?

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« Reply #31113 on: January 26, 2019, 07:31:13 AM »
I don't think it is unfair to suggest the team named is experimental. Il be at the game more in hope than expectation, but with a new manager you have to give them time to find their feet.
Derry went down a similar path last year and paid a heavy price, hopefully as the league progresses we get the likes of Mooney, Harrisson and the lads who are suspended back on the starting 15.

 I would just be concerned that a couple of early losses can create it's own pressures especially when there are only 7 league games.

Hopefully we get something from tonight's game but I think it might be a bridge too far playing so many inexperienced lads together, I'd gladly be proved wrong.

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« Reply #31114 on: January 26, 2019, 10:58:41 AM »
From a Laois perspective, we're missing a few key players due to injury, and we're trying out a number of new faces. It's not the strongest possible Laois 15. However, by all accounts the mood in the camp is high and everyone is rowing in behind the setup this year after a promising 2018. I expect a 50/50 match.

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« Reply #31115 on: January 26, 2019, 05:43:45 PM »
Where is Liam Devlin from, Clann Na Banna? What age is he?

Liam is from Banbridge yes - big tall lad and can certainly get about - certainly wouldnt be shy putting himself into a tackle.

I believe he has featured in the league before for us

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« Reply #31116 on: January 26, 2019, 08:24:53 PM »
Dissapointing 2nd half. Kingston looks to have totally changed the game.

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« Reply #31117 on: January 26, 2019, 09:16:00 PM »
Very poor second half , the lack of a major physical presence especially in the middle third is causing us problems, our midfield was getting cleaned out in the second half but Havern and Devlin were taken off, surely Donnelly would be better in midfield rather than full back, a bad start!!

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« Reply #31118 on: January 26, 2019, 09:33:14 PM »
Poor second half. Laois had a great bench Down looked to be struggling. Donal O Hare looks sharp.

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« Reply #31119 on: January 26, 2019, 09:51:10 PM »
Hard luck Down, still plenty of matches to get going. Laois were very strong today in 2nd half and Donie was on fire. I can see ye beating most of the teams in Div . 3; the 2nd half just really clicked for us with the introduction of Donie Kingston and Colm Begley. Best of luck for the rest of the league, ye are nice supporters.

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« Reply #31120 on: January 26, 2019, 10:05:51 PM »
A steep learning curve for many players tonight. Laois put on 6'6'' Donie Kingston and a few others much the same size, in comparison look who we were putting on. Good wee players but that's exactly what they are, wee. We really lack size and it cost us tonight.

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« Reply #31121 on: January 26, 2019, 10:51:44 PM »
It was a disappointing night as we were in such a strong position at half time and the defeat means we may have to win all of our remaining six matches if we are to get promoted. The Laois manager made some crucial tactical and personnel switches during the break, and they were physically stronger than us in some key areas.

However, the game probably turned on a ludicrous decision when Francis was plainly pulled down in front of the main stand, the referee allowed play to continue and the goal gave Laois a huge lift.

Our defence struggled in the second half, particularly after Donnelly was injured, and, apart from O'Hare, our substitutions did not really work. The new faces only made a limited impact and we can expect a fair number of changes for what will be a must win trip to Sligo next week.

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« Reply #31122 on: January 26, 2019, 11:27:23 PM »
It was a disappointing night as we were in such a strong position at half time and the defeat means we may have to win all of our remaining six matches if we are to get promoted. The Laois manager made some crucial tactical and personnel switches during the break, and they were physically stronger than us in some key areas.

However, the game probably turned on a ludicrous decision when Francis was plainly pulled down in front of the main stand, the referee allowed play to continue and the goal gave Laois a huge lift.

Our defence struggled in the second half, particularly after Donnelly was injured, and, apart from O'Hare, our substitutions did not really work. The new faces only made a limited impact and we can expect a fair number of changes for what will be a must win trip to Sligo next week.

what was the craic with the mark JJ took in the second half? ref blew him up for overcarrying even though he had caught the ball clean and was standing still. they went up the field and scored from the resulting free kick. it would have put us 3 up but changed it to a 1 point game. We were poor though, kick out strategy seemed to be hoof a 50/50 ball to the same area each time and pray to win a breaking ball. Donal Ohare was the only man who looked like a proper county man when he eventually came on. A lot of players missing for various reasons but it should have been pencilled in as a must win game if promotion was a realistic target.

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Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« Reply #31123 on: January 26, 2019, 11:32:48 PM »
The ref blew a Laois man up for overcarrying after that as well when he was standing expecting a mark to be given. Anyone know why they werenít?

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« Reply #31124 on: January 27, 2019, 12:07:04 AM »
Jerome called a mark for a catch from a free kick which is not permitted. He also had a bad miss at the same end but produced a brilliant first half. If we have Darren O'Hagan, McKernan and Ryan Johnston back next week, with probably Mooney, McKibben and O'Hare coming in and maybe Harrison and McArdle available, we will hopefully get our season up and running.