Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 18 Like(s)
David Clifford is a teenager in Kerry. David gets up at 5:00 O clock every morning to walk the five miles every morning to get water, picking up fire wood along the way. David carefully balances the water on his head and fire wood on his knees to bring home so Mammy can have a nice cup of tea and a bit of toast (no avocado).
After Mammy has had her toast, )without avocado). David goes out to the fields, David runs for miles to catch mountain goats for milk for his whole family, David likes how they sometimes put the crown on the goat. Winters are harsh in Kerry, and David often has to have his hood up on on his holey jacket. While he is growing into Daddy's wellies nicely. David often wishes that Mammy liked cornflakes instead of tea and toast (without avocado ) for her breakfast.
David then goes to school, David is very tired by now, but the hole in the roof often keeps him awake and the rain helps him keep a perfect quiff, because the wet look is in around Killarney.
David walks the 20 miles home from school every day, often having to be careful of the Paddywhacker buses that pass him by. David is sometimes splashed by these buses as they drive by and looks up to see Dublin people drinking Champagne and designer coddle int their heated seats. David would like to taste coddle just once. David sometimes wishes he was from Dublin too.
David used to walk home from school with his favorite friends, Mark and Steffen, they arent there anymore and he sometimes sees them at the Christmas nativity play and Goat crown day in the summer, they have big red faces and look bigger and stronger, David thinks they may have moved from Toast (no avocado) to cornflakes for their breakfasts.
Davids favorite colors are green and yellow, he remembers seeing a big shining milking jug one time when he was very small. David though of how much milk he put into that if he could catch a goat. When David has his homework done, David climbs three mountains and 100 miles to play football with his friends. The manager told him if he plays very well he can get the big shiny goat milk jug. David likes this and will play very very hard. David is beginning to grow into Daddys boots. Davids favorite part of football is the oranges they get after training, it helps David on the return journey up and down mountains.
David curls up at night in a corner of the room, sometimes there is an ember from the coal in the fire, he can keep warm for a little bit. David will be up again in three hours, to get the water and firewood for Mammys team and toast again (no avocado). David often dreams of Bernard Brogan, David wishes he can play football like Bernard. David believes that Bernard does not have to play football with a beach ball and has boots that fit him.
If you would like to help to help David grow into his boots, please send a minimum of 1 mill euro to Kerry GAA, in donation, 7 mill if dealing in tax payers money. You can also but a chicken dinner from 2000 euro a plate. Please contact The Plaza New York for more details. Please help us provide cornflakes or avocado for David and his toast.
This has been an appeal from Kerry GAA.
* Played to Eva Cassidys fields of gold.
TheUsername (National) - 02/06/2019 14:19:18
Posters Crossing The Line - 13 Like(s)
Shocking to be fair, I hope the poster sees the error of their ways.
I'll say prayer for them then grab my pitch fork. :D
TheUsername (National) - 04/06/2019 22:54:50
Dublin V Roscommon - 12 Like(s)
Well now an eventful day the far side of the Shannon all in.
Just in the door an absolute blizzard between Kinnegad and Maynooth and a good hours tail back through the toll and another hour the far side given the snowy condititions, a couple of tips I saw on the road hopefully everyone gets back safely. All grand considering the wash out we got before and during the game that had poler bears reaching for their under armor base layers.
As you can probably guess the game was played in very poor, wet conditions with a fair nip and sodden pitch. Hyde is looking well these days, it's one of my favourate county away grounds fair play to the Roscommon county board.
On to the game itself, Dublin made some late changes with young lads like, McGowen, O Connor, Basquel coming into replace the more established players. The master came in for young Comerford. Young Gavin continued in the middle. While we lost Jack early on so Robbie McDaid played the majority of the game. So a fair bit of youth and inexperience to complement some established lads.
Roscommon look a different animal this year, gone is the niceness and open expansive stuff. A team with real edge, fight and bite to match. The played a hybrid system overall at times the blanket and at times a pocession based game waiting for their opening and high pressing.
Dublin stormed out of the blocks early on taking over some straight forward points and shortly scored a goal that had an inevitable feel of a rout in the first 25 mins or so. The game got tough then and every ball was contested fiercely, there were tackles flying in that you would proud of playing Rugby and the ref let some mad stuff go in my opinion. In the last quarter Roscommon bullied Dublin in my opinion who had taken their eye of the ball, were rattled and Roscommon went on to get a goal and wipe away the point deficit to go in all square deservedly at half time. Deservedly so in my opinion, though the ref lost control of the game and anything was going, at that stage. But Roscommon used a brilliant tactic on the Dublin defense the flooded and had a decoy on Cian Sullivan that let them have a man over on Dublin's marking system, making total hay in the last quarter of the first half.
Roscommon had the better of the start of the second and went two up in third quarter with Dublin hitting bad wides. As we hit the 50 mun mark, something really unusual happened. Roscommon started to play keep ball and hold pocession, go down injured etc. It was weird because the momentum was with them and had the opposite effect of inviting Dublin on to them and handing the, the innitive. Dublin duly obliged and even with the most ridiculous wide count I have seen from Dublin in many a year, they got the couple of points to draw level, that brought back Dublin's composure, in the next phase we got what looked like a fortuitous goal and it was normal service resumed of just shooting out the lights. The game descended into a bit of farce then of lads just taking lumps. Overall glad to be leaving with two points, no suspensions and hopefully what looks like just a minor injury for Jack.
Was the worst referee performance I think I've seen in a long time, Dublin got mangled in the first half and couldn't buy a free, while every minor call went Roscommons way. That really effected the game as a footballing spectacle as it dawned on both sides that anything could go and was more like Rugby then football. Then the whole thing went full circle in the second half, I thought he clearly favored Dublin, the cynic in me wondered did he get tap on the shoulder about his performance at half time. Anyway he didn't help the game for ethier side.
Roscommon are a different outfit this year, tough as teak, with huge edge and massively physical and competitive. I suspect the days of give me quarter finals without lumps are a thing of the past and any team playing them should be prepared for rigour and lumps. They played some nice stuff as well as they always have. But this is a new Roscommon, with edge.
As for Dublin, wasn't vintage but hard fought. Some young lads playing and being blooded left us a bit soft. Positives for me were Davey Byrne again, proper defender. Daren Gavin had a shaky opening 15 mins, but was great in the other three quarters, could be a super midfielder, but a way to go yet, but getting better and better per week. Cian after the wobbles had a good game. Fenton was Fenton, class. But he must have hit at least 5 wides. Thought McDaid looked good in spells.
Thought Cooper had a tough day at the office, Paddy Andrews endevoured but left his shooting boots at home and was a bit indulgent at times. Costello had one of those anonymous games, as did the rest of the forwards first half, bar King Con.
All in all, delighted to get the far side of Leixlip with two points, no serious injuries and no suspensions via a tough day in the office, but a stretch in the legs and ongoing blooding so all good.
Hope everyone got home safely.
Next up Tyrone in Croker on Paddy's weekend, spectacle!
TheUsername (National) - 03/03/2019 20:31:40
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 11 Like(s)
If you read back over all my posts a chara, you will see that 1) i mention more then once i was posting about GDF and 2) acknowledging that Dublin dwarf most counties on commercial and fundraising. You will actually find quite a detailed post about it and how it enables fundraising at club level.
I will pull you up on a few details though, while GDF does fluctuate it tends to marginally, Monaghan will always do well and will Leitrim to their scale because they are being supplemented for a handicap in a lack of population, for them to be competitive, i dont have problem with that investment. Its a very similar payment structure particularly for Monagahn and Leitrim year on year. In many ways they are like Dublin, exceptional cases when it comes to funding due to population, while our population is big and requires more funding, yours is small and requires more funding. Its economies of scale really. In actual fact this is the first year since 2012 Dublin GDF hasnt been cut.
The examples you pick arent particularly apt, Longford, Loais wont be generally comparative to Monaghan as im not sure you aware, these counties are given an extra 500k over the next few years on top of their annual GDF, in order for them to compete in Leinster with Dublin. In essence what the GAA are trying to do, is bring the counties up to a comparative level in relation to their context.
I agree with you wholly on commercial and fundraising revenue, Dublin are a beast and will only get bigger and better, no county will ever compete with it. In many ways the GDF is a straw horse as none of it goes toward the inter county set up, the inter county set up if funded by commercial and fundraising with change left over. I've no issue there really. In fact i think this could be improved and will be in the future. i was having a debate earlier on the the differences in equality and equity, its fascinating how it could apply to the GAA on a communal level.
I think you would be surprised just how well other counties do commercially/fundraising, you use an unfortunate example of Mayo, who are second to Dublin by 100k of Dublins 1.4 mill annually. mayo pull in 1.3 in commercial and fundraising, that is really good. As for attracting multinational companies, i dont think Dublin are alone, i think Kerry group are something like being in the top 10 biggest companies in the world and are certainly compatible to AIG. Sometimes being Irish, doesnt always necessarily mean we have to small and parochial, though seems esteemed somehow in traditional GAA. Arent Monaghan, sponsored by Investec, they are a South African company and provide banking, asset management and financial products in the Irish market. Sound like anyone elses sponsors?
I can sympathise with the sprit you are trying to post with, but you are posting in narrative all you are doing is throwing accusations around without producing and evidence or source, ultimately your just venting and why should we believe what you are saying when there is nothing to back it up, just because you are saying it? I've given, figures, ive given analysis, ive posted sources. All you are really saying is this cant be true. Why should i believe you?
I wholly acknowledge funding is both cumulative, capital, GDF and Commercial/fundraising. Ive said i dont know how many times we have the best enabling sponsorship. Ive given breakdown of figures from the GAA audited accounts.
Im not really sure what your saying, i just dont know there is very little to back it up, bar trust me this is my opinion.
TheUsername (National) - 29/05/2019 17:45:03
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 10 Like(s)
Actually if you had your Dublin hat on, we are often accused of two advantages of money and population. The funny thing with the registered player to finance argument, is one discounts the other. If you want to prove Dublin are over funded, you have to cut the population to 39k. If you want to prove population is advantage then, you have to use my analysis of population to per head of 1.345mill to GDF. One discounts the other really, its funny really.
TheUsername (National) - 29/05/2019 11:40:18
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 9 Like(s)
There's five minor wins, and there's no need to be afraid
Cluxton retires, we let in light and banish shade
And in our world of plenty of goosoons, we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world
Its Kerry's time.........................
TheUsername (National) - 02/06/2019 16:57:05
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 9 Like(s)
Thanks for that post a chara, i was finding it a bit hard to find a salient peice of the points you are trying to make. So GDF can be acknowledged and put to bed.
I dont actually disagree with anything you posted and you will find i acknowledge the enabling factor of commercial revenue, Dublin are a behemoth commercially in the waters it swims in, historically we have been remedial in that regard given our massive potential and its only now we are beginning to realise it. I've said a few times on here i actually think we could do better but suspect we will grow into that. Commercial revenue runs the Dublin team, i would totally acknowledge that and i would also acknowledge we have more then anyone else and always will. I only see that gap getting bigger personally. My issue is the narrative, speaking about GDF and the grassroots and acerbating that influences the senior team.
I would also advise that what commercial revenue enables is the Dublin clubs the ability to fundraise without the county board interfering, its developed the game hugely in Dublin both North and South.
I can understand why other counties look on with envy and perhaps enmity. That said you have to consider the scale of Dublin and the logistics to make it happen? I wonder can the model be learned from and used elsewhere on a smaller scale?
Perhaps in time the GAA may need to look and the financial hybrid model is has, its communal funding and private funding, while we are seeing the advent of players trying to take money out of their profile of the game commercially, testimonials, punditry, books etc. Perhaps the GAA need to decide whether it want sto remain a communal organisation, a decentralized one were counties look after themselves privately and what to do about players cashing in on their profiles. They are all broad and soul searching questions in my opinion. It would be hard to shut the barn door for every county with money rolling in and contracts signed, the GAA themselves have their own core sponsors and commercial revenue.
Is it impossible for other counties to adapt, you mention Mayo again, they raise 500k odd through commercial sponsorship, the same again through caride maigh eo and the rest in fundraising - so its not impossible.
Again i think counties may be slowly trying to emulate Dublin, ive seen many counties put adverts out there for commercial mangers or fundraisers in the last 12 months in particular, its clearly an area counties are looking to cultivate.
To be fair i think you raise some very good points and as we have got to the bottom of it are opinion are more in congruence, ive said all along in this thread that our commercial revenue is a hige enabling factor for the work we do with our senior team.
Wouldn't be a huge fan of Clones of myself, no offense intended as i know many are, in my defense its usually the depths of winter when im there, i would much prefer Breffni if im being honest. I think its due a bit of remedial work to the tune of 400k odd in the coming time.
As you say, there is a huge expat population in Dublin, that generations of will probably benefit Dublin and with increased profile of Gaelic games, when this great team ends we will regress somewhat, but wont be away for long. Certainly for once in our history we are cultivating many of our natural advantages.
TheUsername (National) - 30/05/2019 15:34:51
Kerry V Dublin - 9 Like(s)
That's genetics for you!
TheUsername (National) - 17/02/2019 16:44:09
MONEY - 9 Like(s)
Ah now we are getting to the nub of it, youve gone full Ewan you should never go full full Ewan. The lad posts on here and on everywhere else and has lost an awful lot of credibility, without being able to back up his "facts" and his words about Jim Gavin.
I have already said its none of my business how Mayo want to conduct their funding, what i do think they face an active choice either to pick and facilitate players playing away, that up to Mayo and how they want to spend their budget. 500 k is a lot and i would be curious of the breakdown, is it Taxi's, is it Group Taransport, is it mileage? Is that a good use of funds, is it better to have a training camp in Dublin, is it better to rotate training camps, moving themanagement team as opposed to the players etc etc.
There are numerous options in terms of managing that fund and figure likely for the betterment of grassroots GAA in Mayo, i know clubs there pay a huge supplement to the county board. Its interesting that foreign wing of fundraising is withholding funds to the county based to the lack of corporate governance and accountability. With a figure like half a million being spent on transport its not good enough to say ah sure we live miles away from home and thats the way it is, so we need to spend half a million. Its a ridiculously stupidly high figure, that seems to lack corporate governance, accoutability or transparceny, you wourself cant tell me exactly what its used on.Still tyhere is an internal allegation in Mayo around corporate governance and transparency, there is obviously a problem in Mayo with that. But that internal business.
If you do you not see the problem with spending 1.1 mill, on transport and food and saying poor us, if you dont think that is a problem or the only solution is to pay it again because lads have to move out of Mayo, then you deserve to pay through the nose. massively poor corporate governance. That s before you even look at it as the best way to prepare a team.
Yes i still think Mayo are stupid for spending 1.1 million on food and transport.
You seem to be justifying it, but cant say what the situation is with taxis, group travel, mileage, training camps in Dublin etc,m how is that 1.1 mill broken down? If you dont know it about your own county why should anyone believe you when you paint allegation as "facts" about another county i.e. Dublin.
TheUsername (National) - 30/09/2019 18:02:20
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 9 Like(s)
Its reported in many media media outlets that it act as a strategic part of Kerry center of excellence, are you telling us Kerry GAA dont use it all?
The campus at Curran recied numerous grants 1 mill from Central funds, 1 mill from the Munster Council and Kerry group gave 1 mill as well.
If we are going to have a debate anout the influence of ISC grants, Cumlitive funding and the impact of sponsorship, lets at least be genuine. The tidy sums above are equivalent of a decade of Dublins GDF. I think its a loose definition to call 2000 euro a plate dinners in the Plaza in New York as fundraising.
Haha i must of missed those debunking posts, im not great at responding to posters who generally right in crayon or who i consider trolls admittedly.
Im not trying to win hearts and minds, someone will stick to narrative, because it helps to mitigate the uncomfortable thought that they have fallen short of the mark really. I dont mind the allegations of money really, it helps the auro around Dublin. I just dont believe its factual and am giving the context as to why.
TheUsername (National) - 30/05/2019 11:23:07
Dublin Stars Pocketing €6,000 For Promotional Gigs - 8 Like(s)
I'm not opposed to the mindset this creates, to be honest, 17 mill in games development money, multi millions in sponsorships and perks, all games at home, now traveling to training, world class facilities, players retiring to focus on their sporting careers.
Come and play us, the fear or belief in these facets create another advantage, a lot of teams are beaten before they leave the dressing room believing these facets, whether they be true or not, they've rolled over in their heads and best the knee in their minds before they put on their county shirt. Read the match thread for tomorrow's game, Kildare are beaten before they even get to the ground.
These articles just add to the aura and pepuatute the fear and undermines teams playing against us, keep them rolling.
TheUsername (National) - 08/06/2019 21:51:26
The Dubs, The Monies & The Prejudices - 8 Like(s)
I wouldn't disagree, with much of that Gerry.
We always have hardcore support in the region, of 25-30k and a stadium fitting in around that number is fitting so i dont think we would need anything of the scale of PUC as regional stadium, something like Nowlan Park would be ideal for us and was bear pit when we there there. Id like to see it developed i suspect the DCB would as well for the reasons i mentioned. But realistically i doubt its going to happen for the same reasons i mentioned.
I would be of the persuasion at looking at capital projects as long term projects, all capital projects are massively expensive but need to be built with 100 years and future proofing in mind and eventually pay for themselves (i believe PUC will many times over eventually) and payment/debt/capital should be very well planned to state the obvious.
You are right when you say the cost of a site and building in Dublin would be more expensive, but it does have its benefits as well that other counties would struggle to cultivate given its location and access to population that can be cultivated. The selling cost of the Parnell park site in Donnycarney would fetch a pretty penny and Dublin could develop things like, corporate facilities and amenities, entertainment events and other commercial revenues that others counties would struggle with if they were to develop a multi purpose ground. Thats before looking at the revenue streams from the playing side, i would be pretty confident in striking a funding model for that. Its hypothetical though, as i doubt it will happen for the reasons i mentioned. So we will contue to be Goldilocks in between a stadium to big and to small.
I think we are moving into a phase now of capital expenditure now we have the games development structure in place, the Spawell site will be developed as a COE and a small ground like Abbotstown. Apparently we will look to build other COE's in the county, which seems ambitious.
The senior footballers use Croker and that is high profile, but to be honest Parnell Park has been used far more frequently this summer, we have had two sell out Leinster games in Hurling there. The U20 are there next Tues and the woman in both codes will be there to. So while the senior footballers will use Croke Park, Dublin are maintaining Parnell Park similarly to any other county maintaining a ground.
TheUsername (National) - 03/07/2019 15:47:54
Leinster - Now A Hurling Province? - 8 Like(s)
To be fair a team outside of Leinster hasnt won a football All Ireland since 2014.
TheUsername (National) - 26/03/2018 12:39:32
Stephen Cluxton 100 - 8 Like(s)
The mark of a truly great player is to be loved and admired by their own county and to be begrudged and villifed elsewhere, they bring pain everywhere except their own home.
Id be worried, if everyone was sending warm and fuzzies our direction.
Its ultimately unimportant, hes the biggest fish is the biggest pond and he wont ever have to argue about his greatness or buy a pint for that matter. ;)
TheUsername (National) - 06/06/2019 14:25:56
David Gough To Referee The Final - 8 Like(s)
Find the whole thing a bit disturbing to be honest, i think its a poor reflection on people finding out where someone works, lives and then puts them under scrutiny in the national media, i mean this man has family and a right to privacy etc. How easy would it be for a disgruntled supporter to find out where he or his family lives given the public information thats been put out there and been whipped up by some in the media. beyond a game of football for me. Its just wrong. This is an ammeter guy after is all.
I will say this, though, Kerry have gathered a reputation for cynical stuff given their poor defense and their disciplinary record isnt one to be admired, i think if any county needs a strong ref and objective ref its Dublin.
Additionally the perceived pressure, many of the Kerry lads work, study and live in Dublin will they not be subject to the same pressure not to try their best in their chosen filed for fear of having to live in the county going forward, of course not.
The mans from Meath, not a county well know for their deep affection of the Dubs, i can imagine the reaction on here if a Kerry rival was adversary was given the job, it would be victim this victim that.
Anyway as per my first paragraph its a debate that doesn't deserve oxygen, i find the whole thing particularity sad and pitiful to be honest.
Some should be ashamed of themselves.
Best of luck on the big day Mr Gough, i genuinely hope you remain safe, both after the game from projectiles programmes given the protagonists and after.
TheUsername (National) - 14/08/2019 13:27:14
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 8 Like(s)
Case in point, they tried it more and better then most, we've beaten them in 4 of the years of the six we've one the All Ireland.
To be honest the only time I've seen in work is against Tyrone in the league this year, completely bullied us, to be fair to them they owed us more then one.
TheUsername (National) - 28/05/2019 23:50:04
The Dubs, The Monies & The Prejudices - 8 Like(s)
And here we get to it, lads just wanting to have a go at Dublin or its people.
This debate definitely isn't about bitterness jealousy! ;)
The Box room mafia have spoken. :D
TheUsername (National) - 30/06/2019 11:33:56
Dublin V Louth - What A Farce - 8 Like(s)
Whoah horsey, ok if your granted on the games development money, let's put that to bed, I don't blame you given the Monaghan figures.
I'm a bit lost on the point you are trying to argue, but I'll perservere. The DCB publish their audited accounts. Now we're you are making a mistake is confusing sponsorship with GAA money. GAA fund grass roots through GDF. Sponsorship and commercial revenue runs the senior teams. That's the model the GAA use. Sponsorship and commercial revenue is up to the county boards and a private matter. What you are essentialy saying is your annoyed because Dublin are more attractive, marketable and desirable to sponsor then everyone else. Someone has to earn the most and it's Dublin. Why not though? We have the best players, they are great models, there is a massive market in Dublin. This is competive sport and someone will be on top. I actually think we could do better commercially, but there is a real sense of the communal system in the DCB at present.
You haven't produced any evidence or figures, that's the article improvident in the link in my previous post, you just went and found it in the paper. Why not run off and give us figures of the country cumilitive funding. Do cork get more cumulative funding then Dublin for the last 15 years as they spent over 100 mill on a new stadium, the grants given to Kerry for IT Tralee and Curran's last year equate to Dublin GDF for a decade. I'd like you to go and prove your point on Dublin comparatively with every other county, don't forget the bail out for McHale, redevelopment of Hyde, dare I mention Clones!
On a point of note, I have ties in Mayo, in fact I'm fairly close with a few club chairman, a criticism I often here is the demands of the county board on clubs. Many don't think it's fair and I know many have stepped down with enmity. I say this because I asked the question of a DCB rep as to why Dublin's fundraising figures were so low, I like you was outraged, truth is and what i was told was that the DCB don't fundraise, as they have agreed with the clubs to leave the field open that any fundraising they do is kept by the club. This works in Dublin, it's why we say other counties need to look at what we do here. That fundraising has seen facilities improve, GDO and allows clubs to fund coaches. That's were good players become great. Contrast that what happens elsewhere, with kickbacks to the county board through lottos gates etc.
I've no idea what other counties sponsorship is, do you want to tell us the the figures?
I would ask the question though, why are Dublin happy to allow theirs in the public domain and other counties don't? Hmmm..
TheUsername (National) - 29/05/2019 22:47:09
Dublin Vs Kerry Replay - 8 Like(s)
And five in a row,
And five in a row,
Crying cockles and mussels,
And five in a row.
TheUsername (National) - 14/09/2019 20:54:33
Meath V Dublin Leinster Final. - 8 Like(s)
Well now, Leinster has come and gone and the records keep falling. Dublin pulled of a 9 in a row provincial for the first time ever yesterday and go 32 games unbeaten in championship football. But we will take the inevitable licks in the media, with our usual cheeky grin and the broad shoulders of champions of Ireland.
For all the talk of financial advantages, avocado on your toast and designer coddle,the real goldmine yesterday was in the poncho production business. Many Dubs would have swapped their games development millions next year for an iluminous bin bag, as the heavens opened up on the greatest side ever in the game.
Not to be disheartened a good crowd of 47k braved the mean streets of Drumcondra and a bit of buzz on the streets of the capital that I havent seen at this stage in a few years, maybe 2017 vs Kildare. Prematch pints mercifully sorted in the hazy warm threatening weather with due consideration given by mother nature who you would suspect is a blue and we got off light pre game.
Dublin started, with pretty much the same team as the last day, with Jamsey going into midfield from the half back line. MDM dropping out and Jonny Small on hard as nails duty.
Meath set up as had been advertised before the game and no real surprises.
The game started with Dublin playing a bit of a rope a dope, content on just mixing it about and seeing how Meath were setting up. To be honest that lasted for about 25 mins of the first half and i had to check my watch to see if the time was right, as it seemed to be about 25th or 30th minute before any type of contest could be discerned. Dublin were taking over points here and there, but nothing to write home about and Meath seemed contend to be hitting anything bar between the posts and pitching the tent behind the Dublin 45 meter line.
I think Meath have taken unfair criticism from yesterdays game. They came with a tactical game plan to try and crack the Dublin code. This involved going man to man and man marking a few danger men, Keoghan on Kilkenny in particular and take their chances on the 50/50 of winning their personal battles. Defensively they implemented the Eamon Fitzmaurice high press that won Kerry the league final in 2017. Thirdly offensively they had a game plan of holding possession when they had it and play it around in front of the Dublin defensive system, to try and expend energy and wait for an opening. Essentially what Dublin do to everyone else and what Roscommon have also been doing recently to great success.
Sadly for Meath it didn't work, they didn't win enough of the 50/50 battles, they struggled with sticking or twisting on their man markers as once Dublin had worked it out, they would move their man markers around creating gaps. The high press limited us breaking at pace in the first half and beginning of the second, but Dublin were composed and got their transitions through in the main and were content to just tack on scores and continue to circle and wait for signs of fatigue, that inevitably came. Lastly what killed Meath really was a lack of purposeful progressive play when they had a lot of pocesssion behind the 45 min line and most of their offensive play and possession was there. When they passed the 45 meter line the Dublin defensive snare bit, which led to a fair bit of turnover being won by our defenders or Meath being pressurized into taking mad shots. A lot is being said about Meaths low scoring, but the Dublin defensive system was terrific. And was a big take home plus for me.
So the first half labored on and was a very weird game, it was kind of like the Mayo semi final in 2012, you kind of wondered had the match started at half time. At one stage it looked like Dublin would turn the screw in the first half but for the post to deny Mannion for a penalty making it a forgone conclusion, wasnt to be however. Other notable events were a massively anxiety provoking injury to Jamsey. If Jamsey doesnt get up after a knock you know hes injured. One of Dublins most important players and hopefully hes ok for three weeks time, he is simply massive Dublin and i would be less confident of our chances this year without him. From a Meath point of view i thought their defense was excellent in the first half.
The heavens opened in the second half with most Dubs wishing they had brought their long boats. Second half Dublin looked in no mood to be hanging around or to pick up further lumps, Dublin started to break the high press at will, move the ball forward for a point in two or three phases and content not to bring the ball into contact and hit some long range scores. As these accumulated Meath physically and psychologically gave up the ghost as Dublin made hay during the third and last quarter and the meath game plan was sprung. The bench was emptied and a Con goal ending any lingering hope for Meath and it was all about if you could get you name on the score sheet.
From a Dublin point of view, many pleasing aspects. Con O Callaghan is having a brilliant season, he is turning into such a top player despite his tender years, he has very few weakness, brilliant fielder, so strong, so intellgent, so tactically aware in play making and so clinical scoring, physically he is being so strong and powerful. He is having his best year for me and turning into one of the best players in Ireland, really very few flaws to his game. Mannion was terrffic maybe a bit eager at times, but really leads from the front. Super Brian 1, put in a top quality performance. Deano was sprung from the bench with a point to prove to get his place back from Cormac, he duely played excellently and hit four points, made a few more and played a brilliant pass in for Cons goal. There is a dog fight in those forward positions at the moment. Jack as well was brilliant just cut through the Meath lines at will yesterday making a mockery of marking and tackles.
Most pleasing aspect for me was our defensive performance we really repelled Meath and 4 scores, less from play, tells its own story. Ive never seen anything like the competition in the defense this year. Davey Byrne, Micky Fitz and Philly started and all three i thought were excellent, less a wobble from Davey in the second half. But serious competition is coming as Rory continues to look brilliant in his cameos, Jonny Copper approaching fitness for the business end and Murch and Eric Lowdness options for a shirt as well. Despite the winter narrative i dont think we have had better options and competition in our full back lines in any of years of winning.
In critique we were sloppy at times, we looked content to allow Meath to run themsleves ragged and simply contain them and try and punish if we could. It was a second gear performance for much of the game, happy to play roe a dope, and up the tempo for a bit to put the game to bed, then conserve energy. Thought we were sloppy at times, Howard looked a bit of it to me, Scully to tried some Hollywood stuff at times that didnt come off, but was always on the move.
The Jamesy injury is massively worrying, hopefully it will prove minor, i had ear marked him for midfield going into the S8's and we look a bit light there now with MDM, Young Gavin (who wasnt in the math day squad yesterday), Howard or maybe even Cian in with a shout if Jamsey has a bad injury, hopefully not though.
I wouldn't be to disheartened if i was Meath, despite the eternal optimism and sentiment of last week, it was always going to be a job to beat Dublin. Yesterday was a free hit for them and i thought they were good at the back in the main and were caught by executing a plan that just didnt work or was worked out, but no shame in that as thats what Dublin do, they are a thinking team. Think they will go again and have a good shot of making the S8s depending on the draw in the next round. McEntee is no fool and he looked furious after the game, well during it too to be honest. Thats good you need high standards to be held to.
Next us for us, we will take our inevitable licks in the media for beating everyone out the gate, with a smile, a bit of coddle and look to our own. We need to see how Jamsey is and take it from there in the next few weeks. All good so far though, the competition in the squad is as fierce as i can ever remember it and we will take progress from there after we nurse a few sore heads from our celebrations.
We move on, next up S8's , Roscommon, Cork, Cavan or the teams that beat them in qualifiers, cant wait.
TheUsername (National) - 24/06/2019 15:20:06