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Donegal V Dublin

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Yes a nice game to watch and yes pity we have no league final. Some lovely scores from both sides. Nice to see Donegal do well without Murphy. It will make it all the sweeter when he comes back. I really like McBrearty but he never seems to go for a goal. Ryan McHugh is worth diamonds and great to see McNiallias back. For Dublin Rock is nt being missed due to Costello s brilliance. Con is class as usual and Fenton is Fenton."
You're spot on regarding Paddy McB and not taking goals. He has been a notorious culprit of taking the easy option fisting over with the goal beckoning. The point made no difference or sense tonight. Himself, McGonigle and Ban need extra goal shooting drills as all guilty of blowing up big goal opportunities.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2584 - 13/06/2021 00:14:05    2350046

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Alot of positives from a Donegal perspective. Looked much better defensively despite what we conceded. To be honest I wasn't overly concerned given the players to come back in. Thought McCole done really well as did Ethan O'Donnell who is a player I always rated highly. If we can get through the championship with McMenamin and McFadden Ferry staying fit I think defensively we'll be ok. I don't actually agree with some of the opinions about been in 3rd gear etc. I actually though for the majority of the first half and first ten minutes of the second half the intensity levels were high. Having watched all the Dublin games I think in terms of intensity and performance tonight was a big step up from previous games apart from the 3rd quarter against Galway. If the teams meet again this year I see Dublin by 5 or 6 which I think is about right. Very impressed with how Dublin clinically punished Donegal with cheap turnovers. If you're going for a score and miss you need to hope the ball goes dead or can nearly guarantee a score at the other end. Hopefully any injuries picked up tonight are only minor. MacNialais especially looked to have come on a fair bit in the last couple of weeks.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2584 - 13/06/2021 00:26:25    2350049

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Replying To Soma:  "Would you be inclined to review this now? Cavan beaten by Wicklow, Fermanagh beaten by Offaly, Derry just about getting the job done against Limerick. Cork, Clare and Tipperary all have Kerry between them and a Munster championship, and we saw what Kerry done to Tyrone today. If Kerry done that to Clare people would be telling us what a farce the Munster championship is."
The difference is that Ulster continually have the most counties in Division 1. Surely you understand this.

greatpoint (USA) - Posts: 356 - 13/06/2021 01:08:01    2350055

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Nice to see Shane Carthy back in Dublin in a Dublin jersey again too after all hes been through. Surprised he didn't get the nod given his form last year.

Happy with the lads we've tried to develop ti s league, my man Sean McMahon came on leaps and bounds yesterday, best game for Dublin against serious opponents. POCB, has something if we can get it out of him, lads bouncing of him and him just breaking lines, but we need to develop him to impact games more. Even looked every inch a Dublin goalkeeper and all that proud lineage brings, when that sad day finally comes. super talent who will get better and better with experience. Dara Mullen had a tidy league, a really neat, busy and clever footballer. Tom Lahiff has shown great engine and legs to be an option.

Sadly just hasnt clicked for Collie Basquel at county, i wonder is time passing him by, hes got chances and just hasn't taken them, incredible when you think he probably the most productive and dangerous forward in Dublin Club football. Its the hardest job in football cracking the Dublin Senior full forward line.

Notable mentions for Aron Byrne and Seanie.

Dont know what to make of Paddy Small, his misses are memorable and he wouldn't get a game under Gavin, has everything, pace, power, skill, can break lines, but can be infuriating and impactful in equal measure, but then comes away with 6 points, a good return for a corner forward. We need to harness what he has and work on his composure and decision making. Scully has been mega this league and a real leader.

Jamesie, Kilkenny, Howard, Fenton are just imperious and best of their generations and eras and the King himself Con, he simply is a joy to behold - best footballer in Ireland in my opinion, he just makes the game his plaything, no matter how many men are on him in a blanket defense, hes incredible at everything, we are blessed to have him. Deano and living legend to come back too (hopefully), id feel better with John Small back as well, though i see Cian O Sullivan is back inside and Howard is brilliant in there as well, we're motoring well.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 4039 - 13/06/2021 10:26:47    2350106

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Replying To greatpoint:  "The difference is that Ulster continually have the most counties in Division 1. Surely you understand this."
That's true. People read too much into one off results. Well done to Wicklow on their fantastic result. They scored 14 times and Cavan scored 18 times. Tough luck on Cavan but I wouldn't conclude Wicklow are a better.

Kerry hammered Tyrone. Kerry are probably better than Tyrone. I think though in the last league meeting between the sides ,Tyrone won. Some of the goals Tyrone conceded were uncharacteristic from them and if you are going to concede them, you might as well do it in a league semi final. They have time to rectify their mistakes. I think they will and should they meet Kerry/Dublin later in the year I would expect a closer game. Not saying they will win but I would expect them to be far more competitive

bennybunny (Cork) - Posts: 3828 - 13/06/2021 11:03:43    2350120

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What a horrible spectacle of a game. They need the basketball hoops to replace goal posts next.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1459 - 13/06/2021 11:16:41    2350125

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "What a horrible spectacle of a game. They need the basketball hoops to replace goal posts next."
Thats the trend in the game generally. Up the field, soft score; down the field, soft score. Frees for catching the ball. A culture of disrespecting, and even being ashamed by, good defensive play.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 945 - 13/06/2021 12:53:18    2350165

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "What a horrible spectacle of a game. They need the basketball hoops to replace goal posts next."
According to some pundits who have a love fest with Dublin they play the right kind of football. It's been repeatedly shown they play a newer brand of the old puke football.

republicofcloone (Leitrim) - Posts: 368 - 13/06/2021 13:22:12    2350175

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Replying To republicofcloone:  "According to some pundits who have a love fest with Dublin they play the right kind of football. It's been repeatedly shown they play a newer brand of the old puke football."
Lol.

Sad if this is was passes for bait these days. ;D

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 4039 - 13/06/2021 14:28:12    2350195

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Replying To Soma:  "Would you be inclined to review this now? Cavan beaten by Wicklow, Fermanagh beaten by Offaly, Derry just about getting the job done against Limerick. Cork, Clare and Tipperary all have Kerry between them and a Munster championship, and we saw what Kerry done to Tyrone today. If Kerry done that to Clare people would be telling us what a farce the Munster championship is."
You say Derry just about got the job done, does that mean Dublin just about got the job done v Donegal? 4 points wins in both games. Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down and Monaghan all won vital games.

Saynothing (Tyrone) - Posts: 640 - 13/06/2021 18:34:41    2350359

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Replying To Soma:  "Would you be inclined to review this now? Cavan beaten by Wicklow, Fermanagh beaten by Offaly, Derry just about getting the job done against Limerick. Cork, Clare and Tipperary all have Kerry between them and a Munster championship, and we saw what Kerry done to Tyrone today. If Kerry done that to Clare people would be telling us what a farce the Munster championship is."
And once again Ulster will have 4 counties in Division 1 next year.

greatpoint (USA) - Posts: 356 - 13/06/2021 18:39:30    2350364

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Impressive by Dublin, probably not a 4 point game. 6 or 7 points would be a true reflection.
But without Murphy, Brenann, Eoghan Ban, Mogan, Neil Mc Gee and Paul Brennan, 6 regulars its a decent run out for us.

Was lovely to watch Langan, Odhran and Thompson play on the same field for the first 20 odd minutes. Odhran offers so much and is great on the ball.

Would like to see the two teams meet in championship later on in the year, here's hoping!

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 691 - 13/06/2021 21:36:23    2350508

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Replying To republicofcloone:  "According to some pundits who have a love fest with Dublin they play the right kind of football. It's been repeatedly shown they play a newer brand of the old puke football."
Yes, maybe, but the puke is puke is pure gold.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4668 - 13/06/2021 22:50:40    2350556

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Replying To arock:  "Yes, maybe, but the puke is puke is pure gold."
Great analysis of the Donegal v Dublin game tonight on League Sunday. Not one single word.

Tir Conaill Abu (Donegal) - Posts: 1662 - 13/06/2021 23:32:06    2350579

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Replying To greatpoint:  "The difference is that Ulster continually have the most counties in Division 1. Surely you understand this."
The standard in Leinster is poor excluding Dublin obviously. Ulster has more counties than Munster and more than Connaught. So not really a shock statistic.

NewyorkNewyork (Kildare) - Posts: 12 - 14/06/2021 00:37:28    2350600

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Replying To Tir Conaill Abu:  "Great analysis of the Donegal v Dublin game tonight on League Sunday. Not one single word."
Sean should not be a pundit, he described the brawl in the Meath Kildare match as something you'd see at almost every club match every week !! he is a joke, his bitterness towards Donegal is always evident too,
thank God the BBC is covering the Ulster Championship, we'll get great coverage and top pundits.
not sure who runs sport in RTE but they don't seem to have much of a clue, at least Pat the b***** makes some slightly interesting points at times.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 1515 - 14/06/2021 10:31:20    2350663

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Replying To NewyorkNewyork:  "The standard in Leinster is poor excluding Dublin obviously. Ulster has more counties than Munster and more than Connaught. So not really a shock statistic."
I never said it was a "shock" statistic, did you not read the context of the replies?

Regardless of the respective number in each province, 50% of the Division 1 teams being from Ulster is absolutely an overrepresentation. Next year will be the third year in a row that this will have occurred. 2014 is the only year in the past decade where Ulster did not have the most counties in Division 1.

greatpoint (USA) - Posts: 356 - 14/06/2021 12:56:16    2350737

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