Fermanagh Forum

National Football League 2019 - Division 2

(Oldest Posts First) - Go To The Latest Post


Just back from Crossmaglen .. strange ground with a superb surface but no real layout for a county ground.
Anyway we never showed up today. Armagh were more aggressive in the tackle and each 50/50 .. we played like a team that was content to stay in div 2 .. no bite no real desire. Armagh were righty playin like it was championship and did well to neutralise our runners like Corrigan and Kelm
We had zero platform in the middle third with Armagh totally dominant on our kick outs which we persisted with driving long even though we lost 2/3s of them.
Now even if we win in Navan next sub we need a favour from Kildare as I also can't see Clare taking points off Meath 2mw
That said we held Armagh to 8 points even though they had 70% possession and the Armagh goal was fortunate to put it mildly and when I saw it go in I knew it wasn't our day
Now the ref did let the borderline legal level of Armagh tackling go every time which was tough on us and showed with not one single lockable free over 70mins and I Accept that they were
More disciplined but their many hits disguised as hard tackling could all have got blown on a different day
Our luck was out but our passion was also out today and the team that wanted it a lot more than us won and deservedly so
Defeat hard to take when you play as poorly as we did though
Anyway it has still been an amazing league and certainly not over yet
I'm expecting a serious reaction next sun in Navan .. we need it

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 134 - 16/03/2019 21:38:54    2172813

Link

Cant argue with yesterdays result,Armagh the hungrier team,could certainly tell they were in a relegation scrap with their added bite. Fermanagh were very flat bar mini 10 minute spurt in first half with great points from Ryan Jones and Decky McCusker.

Second half was very poor,couldnt get hands on ball in midfield,while Corrigan,Kelm and McCusker didnt get any penetrating runs at all. Armagh were well prepared for us and as feared recognised our reliance on frees and this highlighted by none scored,we struggle to score from play. With the style of play,if Fermanagh go behind very hard to see them coming back in games(Donegal game exception,though they had 13 men which was factor)

Think have had few passengers being named in forwards(though not playing that role but not contribuitng anything at all on or off ball), this needs looked at as Sean Quigley needs help up there.

There is no doubt it has been a successful league campaign and management have maximised resources available,securing Division 2 football in 2020 was a huge target,which has been achieved.

Meath next will be another tough game, id like to see Barry Mulrone start and few others get some game time, like Tiernan Daly and Darragh McGurn before championship clash with Donegal.

macca999 (Fermanagh) - Posts: 841 - 17/03/2019 14:55:01    2173050

Link

Looking forward to our match on Sunday. I hope we draw and both get promoted.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2142 - 17/03/2019 23:35:41    2173279

Link

Replying To Jack_Goff:  "Looking forward to our match on Sunday. I hope we draw and both get promoted."
A draw will only get us promoted if Donegal DONT win .. a Donegal win means we will need to beat Meaty by 9 points or beat Meath by 3 more than Donegal winning margin over Kildare ..
Whatever we do we need to correct all the mistakes of the second half in Cross and rediscover our mojo which disappeared entirely at half time on sat

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 134 - 18/03/2019 00:38:37    2173288

Link

We were just not at the races that day. The only time we looked dangerous in that game was the last 5mins when we went route one football, we created 4 or 5 goal chances. There is nothing wrong with playing route one and leaving a few big men on the edge of the box.

The better team won no conplaints there but the ref seemed to give frees alot easier to the home side.

Watching Fermanagh is not for the pureist.

ERNEDEVIL (Fermanagh) - Posts: 37 - 18/03/2019 12:08:26    2173366

Link

Replying To ERNEDEVIL:  "We were just not at the races that day. The only time we looked dangerous in that game was the last 5mins when we went route one football, we created 4 or 5 goal chances. There is nothing wrong with playing route one and leaving a few big men on the edge of the box.

The better team won no conplaints there but the ref seemed to give frees alot easier to the home side.

Watching Fermanagh is not for the pureist."
Early in the second half Fermanagh defenders had possession of the ball near their own goal line. They had at least four opportunities to move the ball up the field but insisted on passing it sideways and backwards till an Armagh forward (Vernon,I think) nipped in to intercept and score a handy point. I felt that was a turning point and said to my friend, also an ardent Fermanagh supporter, "serves them right". I just wonder were those players making their own decisions or acting on instructions.
The long ball in (route one) needs forwards who have a 50/50 chance of catching it or, at least, breaking it down and young Clarke was fairly successful in this regard. Overall however the ability of our big men to attack a high ball, time their jump and bring it down was cruelly exposed. Armagh were able to do this at will in all areas of the pitch.
This is not a criticism. The players are giving of their best and have given us great moments in the past 12 months. Just dont mention Division 1.

fearman (Fermanagh) - Posts: 29 - 18/03/2019 21:44:50    2173527

Link

Anyway all I want is a reaction on Sunday .. to see that the Armagh match hurt and to see that Gallagher might have made notes on the last 5mins in Cross when we went long and early.. a real match broke out for the last 5 mins it was great !!

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 134 - 20/03/2019 20:24:37    2174041

Link

I wouldn't be too optimistic about getting anything from the Meath game not even 5 minutes of domination given the shambles reported from the Armagh encounter. I don't agree with macca999 when he piled on praise to Fermanagh for a good league campaign because if truth be told honestly the team had a freak run bar the Kildare game and circumstantial Donegal game, as it was luck rather than quality play that has seen them through so far. I fear for the championship and the management will have to seriously address shortcomings such as the number of wides and freetaking as well as the sometimes easy penetration of the backline. I think the return of the Corrigans, Mulrone, etc would bring some momentum to the team and add support to the likes of Ciaran Corrigan (a superb performer this season) and other fresher recruits in recent seasons. I hope all goes well on Sunday but the team must rise to the challenge unlike last Saturday.

TurnipHead. (Fermanagh) - Posts: 192 - 21/03/2019 15:12:04    2174218

Link