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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2019, 10:07:15 PM »
Plenty of lads dropped off our panel over the last two years as Andy upped the standards required in terms of fitness and commitment. Plenty of lads walked away, most famously Paddy OíRourke who was vocal about how it was pointless but we seem to be going in the right direction now in Andyís third year. Takes time for these things to work out.

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2019, 01:34:36 PM »
https://soundcloud.com/lmfmradio/sunday-sport-meath-v-offaly-preview

Preview of the game from a Meath perspective.

We played Kerry in the challenge game at the weekend. 3-18 to 0-16 to Kerry. Not sure if the line ups but pretty sure there were 1st choice players on both sides from the list of scorers Iíve seen.
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2019, 07:55:35 PM »
https://soundcloud.com/lmfmradio/sunday-sport-meath-v-offaly-preview

Preview of the game from a Meath perspective.

We played Kerry in the challenge game at the weekend. 3-18 to 0-16 to Kerry. Not sure if the line ups but pretty sure there were 1st choice players on both sides from the list of scorers Iíve seen.

Was talking to someone connected with the Meath camp and they were a bit surprised at how much of a clear gap in quality there was between themselves and Kerry.
The vibe I got was that expectations in the camp had gotten a slight bit ahead of where Meath are after the league campaign and the main thing the Meath squad took away from the game was that they need to stay in Division 1 long-term if they want to make any serious progress.
On Kerry's chances of Sam they said the big thing is getting enough ball to their forwards.
Kerry had Clifford, Geaney and JOD on the pitch at the same time for a long stretch and they were in serious form - JOD especially.
However they reckoned that teams will seriously target Kerry around the midfield area to cut off supply like Mayo did in the league final.

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2019, 12:16:02 AM »
https://soundcloud.com/lmfmradio/sunday-sport-meath-v-offaly-preview

Preview of the game from a Meath perspective.

We played Kerry in the challenge game at the weekend. 3-18 to 0-16 to Kerry. Not sure if the line ups but pretty sure there were 1st choice players on both sides from the list of scorers Iíve seen.

Was talking to someone connected with the Meath camp and they were a bit surprised at how much of a clear gap in quality there was between themselves and Kerry.
The vibe I got was that expectations in the camp had gotten a slight bit ahead of where Meath are after the league campaign and the main thing the Meath squad took away from the game was that they need to stay in Division 1 long-term if they want to make any serious progress.
On Kerry's chances of Sam they said the big thing is getting enough ball to their forwards.
Kerry had Clifford, Geaney and JOD on the pitch at the same time for a long stretch and they were in serious form - JOD especially.
However they reckoned that teams will seriously target Kerry around the midfield area to cut off supply like Mayo did in the league final.
From what i seen of Meath in the league final they still have major issues in defence and that Kerry forward line will score for fun against any disorganized defence.

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2019, 01:44:57 PM »
Yeah I donít know how anyone might think weíve closed the gap that significantly with the top 3 teams. I think our defense is ok though they do have shakey periods but our forward line arenít going to trouble the top teams enough to beat them. Looking at Div 1 itís hard to see us pick up many points without a bit more talent coming into the squad. Still think reaching a Leinster final is achievable but I donít see it as inevitable at all. The experts on the RTE website have nearly all tipped us to reach the last 8. Iím definitely not that confident but we could do it with a favorable draw.
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2019, 02:11:21 PM »
Meath seem to be on the right path which is great to see. A few more years of progress and it could get interesting. 
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2019, 03:49:02 PM »
1. Paddy Dunican (Shamrocks)
2. Declan Hogan (Tullamore)
3.Eoin Rigney (Rhode)
4. David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
5. Cian Donohue (St Brigid's)
6. Johnny Moloney (Tullamore)
7. Niall Darby (Rhode)
8. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
9. Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)
10. Shane Horan (Kilmacud Crokes)
11. Anton Sullivan (Rhode)
12. Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert)
13. Bernard Allen (Tubber)
14. Niall McNamee (Rhode)
15. Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)

Iíve a feeling that thereíll be one change to that team.

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #22 on: May 09, 2019, 06:13:26 PM »
1. Paddy Dunican (Shamrocks)
2. Declan Hogan (Tullamore)
3.Eoin Rigney (Rhode)
4. David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
5. Cian Donohue (St Brigid's)
6. Johnny Moloney (Tullamore)
7. Niall Darby (Rhode)
8. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
9. Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)
10. Shane Horan (Kilmacud Crokes)
11. Anton Sullivan (Rhode)
12. Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert)
13. Bernard Allen (Tubber)
14. Niall McNamee (Rhode)
15. Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)

Iíve a feeling that thereíll be one change to that team.

Is that Offaly's strongest available side, any injuries or better players left on the bench?

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #23 on: May 09, 2019, 08:44:35 PM »
1. Paddy Dunican (Shamrocks)
2. Declan Hogan (Tullamore)
3.Eoin Rigney (Rhode)
4. David Dempsey (Ballycommon)
5. Cian Donohue (St Brigid's)
6. Johnny Moloney (Tullamore)
7. Niall Darby (Rhode)
8. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
9. Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)
10. Shane Horan (Kilmacud Crokes)
11. Anton Sullivan (Rhode)
12. Cathal Mangan (Kilclonfert)
13. Bernard Allen (Tubber)
14. Niall McNamee (Rhode)
15. Ruairi McNamee (Rhode)

Iíve a feeling that thereíll be one change to that team.

Is that Offaly's strongest available side, any injuries or better players left on the bench?
In terms of whatís in there, more or less the strongest. Joey OíConnor is struggling with an injury, while I feel that Paul McConway should be in defence, with Mangan taken out. Iíd like to see Peter Cunningham at centre forward.

In terms of footballers in the county, probably not. I know of a good few players asked in that either dropped out, due to work commitments, or whatever, or just would not go in.
That being said, itís not a bad side at all. As strong as we could hope for, I suppose.

McConway and OíConnor would be the best players on the bench, both defenders, although Joey can bomb forward. Whether heís even fit or not, I donít know.
Shane Tierney in the forwards, I suppose. In reality heís just too small and not really up to it physically. I can imagine a Meath lad giving him a nice welcome if he arrives onto the pitch.

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2019, 10:47:17 AM »
Mad the way the mindset of a Gaelic football supporter works , there was a time I despised Meath but now I'd love to see the back knocking lumps out of Dublin ,perhaps it's a gra for tradition or just aul nostalgic rubbish I dunno . Best of luck to both teams , be interesting to see if maughan is learning as he goes along too .
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2019, 10:55:22 AM »
Maughan learning :o :o
Sure he's known it all for about 30 years!
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2019, 02:38:34 PM »
Meath:

Andrew Colgan;

Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher;
James McEntee, Donal Keogan, Gavin McCoy;

Bryan Menton, Shane McEntee;

Cillian O'Sullivan, Bryan McMahon, Ben Brennan,
Barry Dardis, Michael Newman, Thomas O'Reilly.

Same as the league final. Iíd have liked to see Graham Reilly start but I guess weíll keep him in reserve as weíve been doing in the league. I guess Pauric Harnan still isnít fit enough yet either hence McCoy getting the nod.
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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #27 on: May 11, 2019, 06:17:16 PM »
May the best team win

The Leinster championship is interesting at least until the end of May

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #28 on: May 12, 2019, 04:16:48 PM »
Meath for the super 8 ::)

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Re: Clash of the Titans - Meath vs Offaly May 12th
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2019, 04:23:14 PM »


RT…

57 mins

Meath 0-11 Offaly 0-13

At last MIckey Newman breaks Meath's second half duck, landing a point from play on 56 minutes and then following up with a free one minute later.
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