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Project Dublin - a great success - 3 Like(s)

Replying To GeniusGerry:  "At least we had Cork to compete with. Dublin could play in Leinster blindfolded and still win at a canter. It's far more predictable than any easy path Kerry may have enjoyed in the past.

My advice would be to enjoy the success rather than worrying about how Kerry won their 37 All Irelands. We'll be looking over our shoulders soon enough by the looks of it."
Kerry used to only get a decent game at the quarter final stage of the championships (provincial final) when they were dominant in the 70's and 80's same applies to Dublin now.
uibhfhaili1986 , 27/03/2017 at 05:15

National League 2017 - 3 Like(s)
Think it was a point gained rather than a point lost yesterday, going 21 minutes in the second half without scoring was worrying but finding a way to get back into the game shows the resolve this team has. McCarron was a different class again and although mansy hasn't hit top form yet, if he does we will be a dangerous outfit this year.

Can we beat the Dubs? Most people wouldn't give us a chance and understandably so, but a shoot-out in Clones with a league final at stake why not go for it? We should have beaten them in Croke Park in the league last year and now we have home advantage so lets try and end that unbeaten run and let the country sit back and take notice.

Grand job there was no customs between here and Ballyshannon, looks like it'll be the Green Scene for another while!
Monaghansclown , 27/03/2017 at 08:53

County u-21 football team for 2017 - 2 Like(s)
Well done to all concerned , a much improved , much more consistent performance. it was good to see that the team relished the physical nature of the encounter and didn't step back an inch. think its a very positive sign that the bench is so strong, they look to have strong options to bring on if needed from 16 to 24, which it didnt appear could be said for Mayo on Saturday.
i thought Liam Kelly, Cillian McDaid till he went off, Peter Cooke and Paul Mannion were all excellent on the day. Michael Daly did really well also considering the battering he was taking.
The only negative/unusual note to me was the team picture - 15 only ? if the full squad good enough for the Dublin and Kilkenny seniors then surely our lads should be shown the same respect.

Good luck to them all next Saturday in Sligo.. Gaillimh Abu
juniorblegend , 26/03/2017 at 23:01

National League 2017 - 2 Like(s)
Didnt get to the game yesterday,by all accounts it was a sluggish performance but we didnt lose and thats a bonus as Donegal have given Cavan and Tyrone a hiding already this season so we got the close's to them...............

The League has been brilliant for us,we have blooded some new faces and seem to be more direct and this has helped us be comfortable in this division which is all we wanted.

We have stayed up with our best forward Conor McManus yet to get going which sends out a clear message to all who think we are a one man team, specially the very noisy Neighbours.........

Sunday is a massive test against the best team in the counrty who are starting to rev up now and get ready for the will be a good test one which i hope we go flat out to win.

Only worry is Mansy's form...............but form is temporary, Sunday would be a great day for him to let loose..........

Great to be back HOME in Clones there will be a massive crowd for this winner takes all clash.............we can win this if we perform.
hardcore , 27/03/2017 at 14:39

Div 1 permutations. - 2 Like(s)
unbelievable the amount of posters who are on these forums who can't get their heads around simple match or how head to head works.

I wonder as these the same people who think they actually know the rules of the game and spend their time screaming at refs and opposition players. I mean if you can't fathom how the league positions work , I'm sure you can't fathom the rules of the game.
s goldrick , 27/03/2017 at 14:44

Clare Senior Hurlers 2017 - 2 Like(s)

Replying To brianboru:  "I was absolutely disgusted with the officiating in to-days Clare Waterford encounter..It s seems when a ref from a football county is officiating at a hurling game"some things always go wrong.It is sad when the attendance have to give a derisive cheer when the ref. finally gives a correct decision,and that happened so often at this game.Clearly the ref. cost Clare he game,The GAA officials should really be ashamed of themselves for not appointing referees to important games.For that matter competent referees should be appointed to all games. Think of the poor players who practice long hours all week and then have their hopes destroyed by the idiotic decisions of an incompetent ref.I don't like it. No sir I dont like it at all!!!!!"
Absolute rubbish. Forget about the referee, Clare had enough to win the game today and didnt. They were the better team and didnt win. They are the only ones to blame.

Focusing on the refs performance does nothing to address the fact that we should have closed out the game.

Mentioning the fact that the ref is from a football county is juvenile behavior. Change the tune, its childish and boring.
LohansRedHelmet , 27/03/2017 at 03:00

Project Dublin - a great success - 2 Like(s)

Replying To arock:  "[quote=KYTotalFootball:  "[quote=GreenandRed:  "[quote=KYTotalFootball:  "[quote=suckvalleypaddy:  "[quote=KYTotalFootball:  "They have raised the standards and SLOWED Kerry from getting to Sam # 40.

Any why was this a matter of national concern?

We have earned our success organically, certainly got F all help from Croke Park and HQ that is for sure. Are you suggesting if it was a level playing field we would win every year or what? I'm not sure......"
But I stated a fact not an opinion....Dublin have slowed down Kerry's path to Sam get over it"]So does stopping Kerry* justify creating a monopoly and destroying a vibrant and exciting Leinster Championship????

*I don't even agree with the stopping Kerry, its actually Mayo who have been denied of AI success to a far greater extent by the funding injection from both GAA & the Government. Mayo have been stronger than we have since Horan took over Donegal similar level to ourselvespossibly a bit stronger,

If there is any doubt or question as to the impact of all the money - just look at what Dublin won (in both codes and all grades) in the preceding 25-30 years and the period since 2005 and you have your answer"]Dublin's dominance hasn't a thing to do with us not being good enough to win an All Ireland for more than 65 years."]I'm not talking about the previous 5 years not 65. And without a shadow of a doubt Mayo have been the best of the rest and would have multiple AI's in that period if there wasn't such a Monster in existence


You cant look at that link and possibly for one second tell me that there is a fair playing field. They have enough natural advantages already (sponsorship, population, closeness of jobs and universites, Home games etc) without making the advantages even greater and more apparent"]That graphic is recycled by people who simply have no clue what they are looking at. Games development funding meaning GPOs are people employed partly by the GAA and partly by local clubs these people promote and develop the games without them their is no future. Population means everything with that graphic Dublin has one third of the entire population in the country proportionally that is how GPOs are distributed. The harsh truth is Dublin self funds, they have a ramshackle ground, invest it in teams and players not infrastructure nit like or daft country cousins. BTW Dublin are entitled to a cut if their own cake, and Dublin players are as impirtant as every other player. Investing in primary school kuds - which is what really that graphic is about tells you the GAA is investing in the games are you suggesting Dublin shouldnt have GPOs? Because we dont get for nothing we cough half the cost."]That graphic was put together by Ewan McKenna.

He's messing up his figures on this.

Dublin's funding for GDO is paid directly to them. All other counties GDOs are provided for by their provincial council.

It's always quoted as Dublin receives 47% of games development money. They don't. They receive roughly 20%. Given the population, particularly the young population, that just is not disproportionate.
Whammo86 , 27/03/2017 at 06:23

Here Guinness.. - 2 Like(s)
Credit where it is due but in reality the one thing Dublin need to do to be on a par with other great counties is the 4 All-Ireland's in a row. After that maybe go for the 5 in a row. As it stands, their tally of 4 All-Ireland's in 6 years is extremely impressive, however being caught on the hop by Mayo in 2012 & Donegal in 2014 and also the collapse in the drawn game v Mayo last year when Mayo neutralised Cluxton's kick outs, points to questions that still need to be answered.

I'd still rank Dublin's achievements below those of say the Kilkenny hurlers from 2006-2012 (a 4 in a row, 6 out of 7) .

The frightening thing though is the quality of player Dublin are producing along with the lack of fear these players have. Their physical conditioning is first class. To say that's down to money or facilities is wrong. It is down to the tone being set at the top - these players all look after themselves and know if they don't their place is gone. Their ability to work as individuals or as part of a well drilled team makes it hard to see them being beaten. Well done to Jim Gavin & his Management team there for setting & maintaining these levels. This Dublin team has the potential to go on and break other records and could potentially be the first 5 in a row side.

For now, well done on the record, they play some great football.
slayer , 27/03/2017 at 10:18

National League 2017 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To DNS16:  "Thanks Monaghanglory, appreciate it. All the best next weekend lads, see yis up there"
Your best bet would be to go by the M3 cavan. You'll avoid all the Monaghan traffic
TheCloneZone , 27/03/2017 at 11:56

Division 2 2017 - 1 Like(s)
Traditionally Kildare dont beat Galway. That's certainly not going to change Sunday with promotion already secured. Sundays a day for squad players to get a full 70 mins and trying out positional changes/tactics etc. A lot of lads put in a big shift this league and will be rested for when it matters to Kildare and not Meath. We'll have a real cut off Galway in the league final.
derfil1 , 27/03/2017 at 12:29

Mayo 2017 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "Am I right in thinking if Cavan beat Roscommon next week and Donegal beat Mayo, Mayo go down on the head to head record.

Big game next week."
Correct. Mayo need at least a draw to be safe assuming Cavan win. Maybe the Rossies might surprise us
yew_tree , 26/03/2017 at 21:38

NFL Division 1 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To IrishGael3:  "Have to agree out of tyrones forward 6 there's about 2 decent footballers and the best one was black carded after 20 mins. Brutal to watch the possession they had and no one could take a shot and when they did it was a miss. Mickey Harte has to take responsibility for selection and preparation - also he has Aidan McCrory playing week after week - my friends up in tyrone tell me he's an average club player at best so why is he starting games - is he from same club as MH?"
I have been saying it for years there are certain players on this Tyrone team who can do no wrong as far as management are concerned. We are going backwards Tyrone county board criticised for not granting another year right call it's time to change. McKenna cups are not what's needed, it's a game plan which suits the best players we have not a game plan to accommodate certain players. As a season ticket holder I don't appreciate paying money to watch Mark Bradley as corner back we will no doubt have the usual he deserves to leave when he decides , sorry no one is bigger than Tyrone football if you keep sending a team out to do the same things which haven't worked before then it's time to try something different
rahillyman , 26/03/2017 at 21:41

Division 4 2017 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To Jack_Sparrow:  "I agree with the tone of your post but you are assuming that Westmeath would not have got at least a draw against a full Wexford team as regards Carlow being in the mix next week. Still agree with your overall point."
And I agree westmeath would have undoubtedly gone up but at least Carlow would have had a chance. Cheers - and good luck in div 3
leitrim4sam , 26/03/2017 at 21:42

Project Dublin - a great success - 1 Like(s)

Replying To cuttothebone:  "A Biffo having a pop at Meath and Kildare?? Jesus wept.. Self reflect much?"
Stop being so sensitive.

Both Meath and Kildare have been terrible for the last few years and have massively underachieved. Both counties are almost completely football counties and have fallen away completely as legitimate contenders despite having big populations that most other counties in Leinster don't have.
uibhfhaili1986 , 26/03/2017 at 21:44

Galway vs Kildare - 1 Like(s)
Double header with the hurlers next Sunday in Pearse Stadium. Galway v Kildare at 2 and the hurlers on at 4.
mon , 27/03/2017 at 12:38

Clare v Meath - 1 Like(s)
My team..

7.Shane McEntee
10.James McEntee

Biggy needs a rest his performance yesterday doesn't warrant a starting place next week!! He can come off the bench!
grahamc9897 , 27/03/2017 at 12:41

Clare v Meath - 1 Like(s)

Replying To royaldunne:  "Would agree with that, while there is little hope of Kildare winning we must select our best team as if they will win. In that case biggy is a must."
Andy mcentee is on off the ball tonight. Worth a listen.
anfearbeag , 27/03/2017 at 20:07

Project Dublin - a great success - 1 Like(s)
How the F does money make a team better someone please explain that to me??? Give me a million euros, a Lamborghini, the top coaches (whoever they are) a girlfriend like Cian O Sullivan's and I would still never get near being an inter county footballer.

Yes in soccer money helps cause you can buy the best players but in Gaa you get what's born in your county. No doubt our population is an advantage but after that I don't agree with the money excuse. Don't forget players like Cluxton Brogan Connolly Flynn Andrews O Sullivan have been on the end of serious hidings from Tyrone and Kerry in the pass.
clondalkindub , 26/03/2017 at 21:58

Football League Predictions 2017: - 1 Like(s)
Peculiar that there isn't an actual thread for the NFL considering a lot of posters give it serious credence. Anyhow, a very interesting weekend to come with the way the table stands. A great result, I thought, for Monaghan in Donegal, it shows they are well up for it, and with a home game V Dublin to see who goes to the final will surely bring out the best in them and their supporters, a semi-final so to speak.
I'm not missing this one, should be a huge crowd and there is something to play for. I might have a look at Monaghan's odds for this one. The different scenarios that could come into play, with Dublin, Donegal, Monaghan and Tyrone all with chances of reaching the final. If Donegal and Monaghan win, they will contest the final, If Monaghan and Mayo win, Dublin will play Monaghan and Tyrone will have to win and hope both Donegal and Mayo lose. Could be a super Sunday.
realdub , 26/03/2017 at 22:00

Division One 2017 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To rossy15:  "Well considering mcstay sacrificed the league to ensure wed beat leitrim and get to a connacht final! Then being competitive in a connacht final and getting to a qtr final is an absolute must for him now
I don't see us getting to a qtr final and listening to mcstay interview last night I feel he is changing his tune of we don't. Get to a qtr final he fall on his sword and go !"
So beat leitrim and be competitive in a connacht final, go into round 4 of qualifiers maybe like last year meet Clare and hopefully bet them and mcstay has met his goal for the year to get to 1/4 final. win two games against division 3/4 teams and that's a good year
billythekid69 , 26/03/2017 at 22:04