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We'll really see what this Tyrone management are made of.  Derry nailed every tactic that was deployed and we were kept outside shooting range for most of the game. What is plan c, d, e and how quickly can the team adapt? McShane needs to deliver. Discipline needs to be better. Make Armagh do the fouling. This is the business end of the season and Armagh may be a bit greener than Tyrone (at this stage) so Tyrone to shade it.

Mc Shane will be right.
He has been seen at the pool practising his diving..

McShane hasn't delivered since he was given a package to stop him from going to Australia.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: May 23, 2022, 02:43:41 PM »
Yet more English PL hype which we are fed through the media we consume. They are both very good sides of their own era, City being the more consistent over a longer period. But they are both also greater than the sum of their parts and are heavily dependent on 2 of the greatest managers of the last generation. The minute either Pep or Klopp leaves (Klopp especially since Liverpool can't match the finances of City) both clubs will drop back again. City will be like Dublin though where their vast resources ensure that they are still competing for titles in the aftermath.

Certainly in European terms, neither side would be seen as among the greatest of this generation like the Real Madrids or Barcelonas of the last 15 years. Both of those sides were laced with superstar generational talents whereas City and Liverpool have very few truly world class players.       

Next season it is hard to look beyond City and Liverpool again though. On paper the signing of Haaland probably makes City favourites but you don't know how that will work out either. Football is fickle and things can change quickly. Give it another 2 or 3 years and Newcastle will be challenging for titles whilst Man United are only a decent manager away from turning it around given the size of the club. Chelsea I am not so sure about, I think they may drop off a bit next season as they are losing a few key defenders.   

Brilliant draw for Tyrone. No long journey. Just a nip over the bridge to our beloved neighbours.
Armagh won't want this.

You're wrong there, it's the ideal draw for Armagh as well.

I can see why Tyrone might be happy enough but it's Tyrone arrogance to simply think that Armagh are afraid of facing them too.   

GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: May 23, 2022, 10:27:27 AM »
Odds on the four matches

Armagh 7/4 Tyrone 4/7
Clare 11/8 Meath 8/11
Cork 2/5 Louth 5/2
Mayo 4/11 Monaghan 11/4

Would have expected Clare to be favourites to beat Meath in Ennis. I think Cork and Mayo should both get through although I'm reluctant to completely write Monaghan off as they always seem to pull out a result when you least expect it and it could be one last dance for a lot of their players. Armagh and Tyrone I wouldn't predict just yet only that the referee will have a massive job on his hands.

It's probably the game both counties needed. Another run through the qualifiers beating weaker sides only to stumble at the first decent opposition would have proved nothing for Armagh. Tyrone meanwhile looked to have clocked out this season between indiscipline, players walking out and others just lacking in motivation for various reasons. This game should awaken them for their slumber. For the losers it could be a long winter but for the winners it could kickstart their season. Should be some atmosphere in Armagh for this match.   

GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: May 23, 2022, 09:15:10 AM »
Happy enough with that draw tbh. We arenít going to win an AI so we might as well face off against one of the better sides sooner rather than later and the fact that we have them in the athletic Grounds gives us a decent chance. Win and it sets us up nicely to make the quarter finals.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: May 23, 2022, 12:29:06 AM »
Could be deflating for them heading into the CL final next week and with a few injuries against a much fresher Real side I think they could find it difficult to win in Paris. Madrid just donít lose CL finals.

About as deflating as season 2018/19 when they also lost the league title to City by 1 point and then went on to win the champions league.

The last European Cup Liverpool v Real Madrid final played in Paris was won by Liverpool. Real Madrid are only in this final because of a right c**k up by Man City i doubt Klopp will over think things like Pep.

The last time they played in the final it was against SpursÖjust about the ideal opponent in a final, theyíre not exactly comparable to a Real Madrid, Barca or Munich.

Plus I donít see any relevance a match played 41 years ago has to this years final.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: May 22, 2022, 09:13:09 PM »
I doubt Liverpool really expected to win the League before today but thatís bound to hurt given that it looked like they just needed to score a goal in the last 20 minutes before Man City went goal crazy.

Could be deflating for them heading into the CL final next week and with a few injuries against a much fresher Real side I think they could find it difficult to win in Paris. Madrid just donít lose CL finals.

Leeds staying up was a bit of a surprise and I donít think we will see Burnley playing top flight football again anytime soon. If Forest get promoted the division will be full of traditional clubs next season. United at least avoided sinking to the conference league, Ten Haag has a huge job on his hands next season.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: May 21, 2022, 10:31:35 PM »
As much as Sky try to hype up the title race I expect that Man City will win comfortably tomorrow. Spurs only need a draw against the worst team in the League to get fourth and Burnley only need to better Leeds result which I expect they will do to send Leeds down.

The only change I foresee is that Palace could get a result against United meaning that a West Han win would send United into the ECL instead of EL.

At the risk of repeating myself:

A border poll, when it happens, will be the most seismic political event of our lifetimes. Nobody will be able to escape partaking in the debate once the referendum is called - least of all a political party. I don't think it's credible to think that a party will willingly sideline itself from involvement in the hottest political event in it's existence. If it is foolish enough to try sitting on the fence then it will be lambasted from every side, not just from one. In Britain, Labour tried to ride two horses at once with the Brexit referendum and made an embarrassment of themselves. For now, Alliance can sit on the fence today and insist that they are not concerned with hypothetical constitutional arrangements when the health/cost of living crises etc are what people want dealt with; which is well and good, but once a border poll is called then that excuse goes out the window. A referendum campaign when it happens, will be all people will be talking about and in such a climate, Alliance will be unable to pretend otherwise. Naomi Long already stated before at Fťile and Phobail that in the event of a border poll, the party will campaign. She just wouldn't be drawn on what side they will campaign on.


She's also said on twitter a number of times, that Alliance will take a side in the event of a referendum:

Alliance and anyone who votes for them are unionists and for the status quo

they always have been  ::)

not a chance do they promote a UI

an independent north maybe  ;)

If this is true as you suggest (and I don't believe it is) then there is currently no justification for calling a border poll anytime soon.

General discussion / Re: The Offical Glasgow Celtic thread
« on: May 18, 2022, 12:29:11 PM »
Was going to ask the question, would Celtic fans prefer to have won the league this year or be in Seville?

It's a no brainer. I don't like Rangers but you have to admit that the accomplishment in winning the Europa League would far outweigh winning a 2 team SPL race. And it's not even close. 

GAA Discussion / Re: Tailteann Cup 2022
« on: May 18, 2022, 09:43:01 AM »
What do you think of the Trophy? Looks a bit like the English FA Cup!

The irony of Barry O'Hagan being photographed with the trophy! Someone within the GAA must have had a word but fair play to him anyway, at least he had the humility to row back on his initial comments which were probably said in the heat of the moment straight after a defeat. I think if teams can get over the initial disappointment of losing in their provincial championship and win their first or second matches they will begin to see this as a worthwhile prize but a lot will depend on the promotion given by the GAA and within the media.   

GAA Discussion / Re: Tailteann Cup 2022
« on: May 14, 2022, 12:28:41 PM »
Cavan making all the right noises about this competition. Ray Galligan saying that Cavan need to stick together and win it. Faulkner saying he wants more silverware in a Cavan jersey. Even recently departed Mackey saying Cavan need to take it seriously and use it to keep the squad united. I still think their stomach for it won't be revealed until they find themselves in a tough contest. The general consensus of Cavan being able to walk this is just way off the mark. Fermanagh, Westmeath, Tipperary have all played this Cavan side in tight games and will have absolutely no doubt they can turn us over on any given day.

It seems that the semi finals and final are both televised, both on TV and final will be on AISF day. I think that's a good prize for the players, don't think anyone in the Tailteann Cup will turn up their nose at that.

It is the best passageway back to Sam Maguire for any of these counties. Summer football, silverware and TV exposure. Down would appear to have already turned up their nose at it judging by O'Hagans comments however.

General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 13, 2022, 12:18:11 PM »
Let them riot and burn down their own areas and stop their own bus services. The fight isn't with catholics, its with the British government that brought in the protocol, any deviation away from that should be pulled by the media and questions by those encouraging it and those running it

Oh and its handy that its coming into marching season too :D
Iím sure theyíll find some way to blame the Catholics.

If the media allow it, and at the end of the day they are controlled by in large by the government to a degree, they could spin it that way..

While it was great to see Alliance do well it would have served the Nationalists voters better had more nationalist/republican MLA's been voted in but both sets SF/SDLP have no real love for each other, which is strange because at the core of their political views is a UI...

Been saying that a long time, the nastiness against fellow nationalists(both ways) baffles me. SF pushed Allliance over SDLP to get full control over nationalist community, difficult times ahead now for Alliance I think

Did they? I don't recall SF pushing anybody but themselves.

General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 12, 2022, 07:30:47 PM »
In something of a shock, Emma Little Pengelly co-opted in Lagan Valley. Laughable, she she said not long ago she was leaving politics behind to go back to the law.

Pigs in a trough come to mind.

Would you not make more as a barrister ?

Depends on how much work you get.

Sammy shown up yet again as the plonker he is. Not normally in any way remarkable but Neale Richmond on the other side is hardly what anyone might describe as an intellectual heavyweight.

Itís not about the money for these power junkies! Sheíd make good money as a political pundit or writing a column in the Telegraph or any other rag thatíll have her.

Yes itís all about power and influence with these people. The husband is a senior civil servant and I doubt if ELP has practiced as a barrister for a considerable period so I wouldnít think she intends returning. There are a lot of wealthy people in the DUP and a lot of it is about self preservation with them.

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