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Will Portaferry management be making the trip down to Gaelic Grounds, Limerick to watch the Kilmallock v Cratloe encounter?

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 12/11/2014 13:53:21    1671745


I would think they will make the long trip down to Limerick,getting a look at their opponents wont do any harm,it worked very well against the Dall with their matchups.

THE.SHAFT (Down) - Posts: 198 - 12/11/2014 20:03:59    1671845


I agree the management would benefit if they went to the game. It has worked so far don't change the good work .

swan song (None) - Posts: 451 - 16/11/2014 19:48:22    1672671


Its on TG4, think Ports could handle Kilmallock alright, but Cratloe would be a different kettle of fish if they're not totally buggered out.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 19/11/2014 11:48:20    1673305


Would agree with bricktop,Cratloe look to be a sharp outfit alright and i think they will just about squeeze past,match is on TG4 but you need to be there to get a proper look at the game,tv doesnt really give the full picture as we all know.

THE.SHAFT (Down) - Posts: 198 - 19/11/2014 17:42:22    1673432


Have to disagree lads. I think Kilmallock will beat the Cratloe. Kilmallock are playing great hurlen at this present time.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 19/11/2014 18:57:39    1673455


Kilmarnock looked good today. There might be a lesson there, don't let them go down to 14 men as they seem to raise their game.

swan song (None) - Posts: 451 - 23/11/2014 17:11:24    1674363


I've noticed on other forums that the expert opinion in the south is that Portaferry might as well stay at home , hopefully this will work as a motivating factor for the Ports (not that they will need it) i would love to see them go down there and cause an upset

skillstar93 (Antrim) - Posts: 41 - 23/11/2014 19:27:35    1674399


Facts are Kilmallock will be overwhelming favourites and Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin's charges have been amassing big score lines on the way to their third provincial title.
Portaferry have an superb defence and it will need to get better but its the forwards I worry about - Limerick hurling isnt for the faint hearted and alot of lads will need to have the game of their lives in the semi, please god its in parnell park and we can get a big crowd down to cheer them on
Its been too long for a Down team being in at this level and I hope they keep doing what theyre doing. I must say the management team have been excellent and Im sure theyve plans in place for this match, the fact the opposition wear ballygalget colours should be a big help as well - best of luck lads and hope to see you in Croker on Paddys day 2015

Tim_Burr (Down) - Posts: 460 - 24/11/2014 10:52:44    1674497


Kilmallock did look pretty impressive there yesterday in what was a very good game of club hurling. Some of the scores taken would grace Croke Park at the height of summer.

Still think Cratloe were the overall better hurling team, failed to take some of their goal chances and tired badly as the game went on.

The big, physical Limerick lads will no doubt be thinking on St Patricks day, but then again so were NaPairsigh when Loughguile put them to the sword in Parnell park.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 24/11/2014 10:54:57    1674498


Any word of the venue for the semifinal?

swan song (None) - Posts: 451 - 30/11/2014 15:06:39    1675574


I heard through a reliable source that it will be either O'Moore or O'Connor Park. If Ballyhale win it will be a doubleheader in Tullamore and if KK win Portlaoise doubleheader.

portavogielad (Down) - Posts: 446 - 01/12/2014 21:49:09    1675877


Why not Parnell Park?

Frank Mitchell (Down) - Posts: 1079 - 02/12/2014 10:40:47    1675910


Parnell Park isn't big enough to stage an All Ireland Semi Final doubleheader. It only holds 13,000. There are better options like O'Connor Park/O'Moore etc. that are bigger and better playing surfaces. Killmalock will bring a big following and so will the Leinster & Galway winners. Portaferry will bring a couple of thousand I suppose as well? These games will also attract a lot of neutrals. It's always a great weekend. Not sure where Newtownshandrum v Ballygalget was played in 06', but it wasn't Parnell?

doubletree (Dublin) - Posts: 164 - 02/12/2014 21:39:59    1676169


Portlaoise was where Ballygalget played Newtownshandrum IIRC.

Sure with the new roads in the south its as easy getting from Tullamore as it is Portlaoise.

bricktop (Down) - Posts: 2501 - 03/12/2014 12:27:45    1676257