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« Reply #20805 on: April 29, 2021, 03:45:40 PM »
Yeah - very strong club and have done some improving the last 10-15 years.

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« Reply #20806 on: April 29, 2021, 03:58:53 PM »
we haVe had st brides and st endas really advance in last ten years - would Lisburn have a chance of doing same? plenty of nationalists there now and ground is getting better any time i see it

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« Reply #20807 on: April 29, 2021, 08:37:31 PM »
I'd put Aghagallon on that list too. A top six team ATM and with a good age profile and from what I hear dozens of promising juveniles going through their conveyor

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« Reply #20808 on: April 29, 2021, 09:50:48 PM »
had their populaTion increased ? or just hard work?

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« Reply #20809 on: April 29, 2021, 10:51:48 PM »
Been very strong in juvenile level in recent years winning lots of underage leagues in SW. Only need to be bringing two or three each year now to have strong panel of seniors.

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« Reply #20810 on: April 30, 2021, 08:34:02 AM »
yeah aghagallon have a good few underage teams and seem to be benefiting from their lads playing a good level of schools football. be interesting to see how them, st.endas and rossa do in the next few years as they seem to heave very young panels. though saying that if the same teams dont step up and make a county final atleast in the next ten years or atleast have a couple of years where they take a few scalps of the top 4, you could see alot of the promising youth maybe not come to fruition. no coincidence that, that creggan team hadnt been in a county final in 50 odd years then after their closely contested first one, they are back 2 years later in another one. alot to be said when you are in contention!

BS has portglenone much coming through the ranks? i see the county minor captain was a clubman of your own but to be honest i havnt heard much on portglenone underage. another team thats in the mix at senior level but could probably do with youth coming into that panel on a yearly basis. LD likewise

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« Reply #20811 on: April 30, 2021, 08:51:33 AM »
Tradition is a big factor in teams making finals and winning them, in the past 22 years bar Lamhs win there has been 2 clubs winning it...

22 years, its a long stretch.. before that St Paul's with a couple, Rossa with one and the Johnnies with a few.

Talk of teams coming through and making the breakthrough is just talk, would be great for Antrim football if there was 6/7 teams at a level were they will knock out a fav in the first round
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« Reply #20812 on: April 30, 2021, 09:12:37 AM »
The difference now though is there actually look like there are more teams capable of winning it. Cargin will drop off in the next few years as the like of Mick McCann, Crozier, Tomas McCann and a few others will eventually age and they won't have replacements as good. I still expect Cargin to likely win it but they will drop off and I don't think St Galls will be in a position to take over from that.

Creggan look like they could be a team who may miss out with that as they have a good crop now but just not quite as good as Cargin. It depends how long they hold out. It will be interesting to see how Aghagallon and even teams like Portglenone step up. Realistically still your contenders would seem to be St Johns, LD, Cargin, Creggan and then it depends whether Aghagallon and Portglenone can push on. I honestly think there should be more in St Johns than there is. I don't know if it's being a dual club or what that maybe focuses their attention less. They arguably should have won the hurling in the last number of years but may end up with neither. Now with Dunloy on the up I think football is their best chance for a senior title as Dunloy a good bit better.

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« Reply #20813 on: April 30, 2021, 09:17:55 AM »
In belfasT LD puzzle me . Not strong juveniles compared to Rossa st Paulís Sarsfields etc and yet far better at senior....

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« Reply #20814 on: April 30, 2021, 09:29:27 AM »
LD have been in that top bracket of competing teams for several years but for how long more? Several of their central players coming to a natural end imminently and the same quality not coming through to replace. I see them being overtaken by some of the clubs mentioned above

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« Reply #20815 on: April 30, 2021, 09:35:00 AM »
To say that Cargin will drop off due to not having the conveyer belt coming through is a strange thought process considering they have won x2  minor championships in a row and were not remotely challenged last  year until the final. They are starting to blood these young minor players already and is likely we will see a passing of the guard in terms of 1-15 in jerseys, however old timers like the McCanns, Crozier, Scullion etc will be on the bench to give guidance and that 10 mins of experience when needed in big games

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« Reply #20816 on: April 30, 2021, 09:43:47 AM »
In belfasT LD puzzle me . Not strong juveniles compared to Rossa st Paulís Sarsfields etc and yet far better at senior....

Sure they still have a load of boys who won the ulster minor club so that would surely constitute strong plus they have older hands like Micko and PC hanging round.

Apart from the big guy at FF CD they are still young and will take a few years to get to the same standard I think. Could be wrong mind... Don't get me wrong I don't mean drop off entirely I mean drop off in terms of not being as dominant. The big guy who's name escapes me (ginger haired guy) is one of the best talents I've ever seen in antrim tbh. (Since Mick McCann)

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« Reply #20817 on: April 30, 2021, 09:44:41 AM »
The difference now though is there actually look like there are more teams capable of winning it. Cargin will drop off in the next few years as the like of Mick McCann, Crozier, Tomas McCann and a few others will eventually age and they won't have replacements as good. I still expect Cargin to likely win it but they will drop off and I don't think St Galls will be in a position to take over from that.

Creggan look like they could be a team who may miss out with that as they have a good crop now but just not quite as good as Cargin. It depends how long they hold out. It will be interesting to see how Aghagallon and even teams like Portglenone step up. Realistically still your contenders would seem to be St Johns, LD, Cargin, Creggan and then it depends whether Aghagallon and Portglenone can push on. I honestly think there should be more in St Johns than there is. I don't know if it's being a dual club or what that maybe focuses their attention less. They arguably should have won the hurling in the last number of years but may end up with neither. Now with Dunloy on the up I think football is their best chance for a senior title as Dunloy a good bit better.
Hard to see Cargin dropping off anytime soon, have been in contention for the last 35 years or so. Even if we didn't produce players to the exact high quality of those named we tend to integrate 2-3 young players a year onto the senior team, with two most recent minor championships this will number will only rise.
The hurling effects St Johns no doubt, but the depth of quality not there for me. Cargin and Creggan will battle it out for a place in the final and whoever wins will be strong favourites to go on and win it.

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« Reply #20818 on: April 30, 2021, 12:14:05 PM »
In belfasT LD puzzle me . Not strong juveniles compared to Rossa st Paulís Sarsfields etc and yet far better at senior....

Sure they still have a load of boys who won the ulster minor club so that would surely constitute strong plus they have older hands like Micko and PC hanging round.

Apart from the big guy at FF CD they are still young and will take a few years to get to the same standard I think. Could be wrong mind... Don't get me wrong I don't mean drop off entirely I mean drop off in terms of not being as dominant. The big guy who's name escapes me (ginger haired guy) is one of the best talents I've ever seen in antrim tbh. (Since Mick McCann)

Pat Shivers is the guy you're talking about id imagine
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« Reply #20819 on: April 30, 2021, 07:05:14 PM »
Couldnít mind his name. Great talent. Kobo, crozier, McCanns etc wonít be replace overnight still but shivers a good one.