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2019 Qualifiers

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Fair play to the lads on a solid win over Carlow yesterday. Tyrone in Pearse Park is a massive challenge, but those are the sorts of games that Summer championship is made for. Thank Christ we didn't beat Kildare and have to suffer an utter humiliation yesterday. Qualifiers is our space.

arcadia (Longford) - Posts: 75 - 10/06/2019 13:32:24    2192869

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Replying To arcadia:  "Fair play to the lads on a solid win over Carlow yesterday. Tyrone in Pearse Park is a massive challenge, but those are the sorts of games that Summer championship is made for. Thank Christ we didn't beat Kildare and have to suffer an utter humiliation yesterday. Qualifiers is our space."
Kildare game was double edge sword alright. Its a pity that all the players we have are not available for various reasons. I honestly think, when all make themselves available and play , we're a div 2 team. We had most of them there last year, beat meath and should've beat kildare. Meath are now leinster finalists.

Was expecting a tougher game yesterday, considering the aforementioned, but tbh, carlow were disappointing. Going forward, hope they can get things on track again. Feel for their supporters.

I think great credit has to be given to the lads that are turning out for their county. A good achievement to stay in div 3, when u consider the run mullinalaghta went on. Its great experience and game time, for the panel going forward into 2020.

Think tyrone in pearse park is a no pressure game. It has the potential to be a banana skin for them and is normally a type of game that longford players would be rubbing their hands together for.

Again, this banana skin wouldve been alot larger,having the 5 or 6 other lads available, but in fairness, these current lads deserve our support. It has a "derry/mayo" feel to it so ya never know!!!

Longfordbaz (Longford) - Posts: 133 - 10/06/2019 20:52:04    2193204

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i think we have a great chance against Tyrone, they are obviously reeling after a disappointing Donegal defeat. My money is on a closer game than some of the 'experts' think

flavinisbetterthannerney (Longford) - Posts: 13 - 12/06/2019 19:38:20    2194117

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It has been quite some time since I was down in Pearce Park. I can remember you have a stand that wraps around the bottom of the ground then right up one side just wondering has the stand been upgraded and how many does it hold. Looking forward to a trip down should be a good game. Hopefully Tyrone have their bad game out the way we will need to ramp the intensity levels and hard running up big time to come away with a win in Longford.

TyroneUltra (Tyrone) - Posts: 298 - 13/06/2019 10:14:17    2194267

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100% Longford have a shot here. If it is the same Longford aggression and intensity that sent Meath packing last year anyway. From the first 10 minutes of that game I knew Meath were in serious trouble. In saying that Meath have improved immensely since. Tyrone are good, but they wont be firing hot on this one. They'll be hurting after the Donegal game and to be frank, the new attacking game plan they're operating didn't work at all for them vs. Donegal so theres a strong possibility they'll step back from it a bit and go into their shell where they're comfortable and they'll likely be lethargic and rusty as a result when they attack. If Longford can live with the Tyrone team and start strong early on, they have a chance. It might only get them within 3/4 points.

Young_gael (Meath) - Posts: 184 - 14/06/2019 17:08:22    2194933

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Replying To Young_gael:  "100% Longford have a shot here. If it is the same Longford aggression and intensity that sent Meath packing last year anyway. From the first 10 minutes of that game I knew Meath were in serious trouble. In saying that Meath have improved immensely since. Tyrone are good, but they wont be firing hot on this one. They'll be hurting after the Donegal game and to be frank, the new attacking game plan they're operating didn't work at all for them vs. Donegal so theres a strong possibility they'll step back from it a bit and go into their shell where they're comfortable and they'll likely be lethargic and rusty as a result when they attack. If Longford can live with the Tyrone team and start strong early on, they have a chance. It might only get them within 3/4 points."
If it was the team from last yr young_gael id give us a shout. We're missing 5/6 starters for one reason or another.

Im conscious not to discredit the lads that have put in the effort, have parked their egos at the dressing room door and did their best for the blue and gold all yr. Unfortunately the lads missing are starters and not just panel members, which is a big hit for a playing population of ours.

Ur analysis is correct imo, in that if we start well and are there or there abouts, with 5 to 10minutes remaining, we're in with a shout. In fairness the lads playing now, are some young lads brought in by davis,and this yr has been great, experience wise, for them, when you take into account that the mullinalaghta lads were missing for the league. If all the best footballers in the county, make themselves available next yr, 2020 could be a good yr, as they're a division 2 team imo, with everyone available.

Great yr for meath, and best of luck in leinster final. Id say ur man royaldunne and furlong are posting great stuff atm. In fairness, all very knowledgeable gaelic football supporters. Enjoyed the craic on your forum last yr!!!

Longfordbaz (Longford) - Posts: 133 - 15/06/2019 19:46:58    2195373

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Another season over, another set of Qualifiers where Longford are neither going forward or backwards. This was our 19th year playing in the Qualifiers. To date our exit points were... R1 = 5, R2 = 10, R3 = 3, R4 = 1. We are a solid "2-games in Qualifiers" team, and are tricky but very much in different league to the Tyrones of the world (we never stood a chance at the weekend and the score at the end hid the reality of that). Progress is now measured by upsets rather than form. We have a knack for that, but you can't build a future on it. When you have not got past Round 2 in 80% of the attempts over 19 years it is time for a review of where we are here. The record in Leinster Cship this century is best not mentioned as it is one of the worst in the game, so while I opine about the qualifiers, they have saved us from a century of oblivion. So where are we and where do we go now? League-wise we are a solid top-half of Division 3 outfit with realistic ambitions to wander into Division 2 where we might hold our own in some games over intermittent periods where we shuffle between those two divisions. Championship-wise, we are stuck in a loop of hoping to both succeed and fail in the Leinster championship so we don't suffer a Dublin inflicted indignity (which we were close to this season but avoided thankfully by being beaten by Kildare). All in all that is not a sustainable environment for growing the game. Times are a changing and we either change with them or find that kids just don't fancy growing up to give considerable amounts of their time to exit at Round 2 of Qualifiers each year or playing Russian roulette within a Leinster Championship in which they simply cannot compete for various reasons, and must operate in fear of a Dublin humiliation. Grow or die seems to be the mantra in the wake of this years Leinster final, so where do we grow from here?

arcadia (Longford) - Posts: 75 - 27/06/2019 12:28:09    2201666

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