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Replying To Loughduff Lad:  "Ye played very decently. Practically scored with every chance you got in the 1st half due to the very strong wind. Scored a number of 45+ metres points that floated over the bar. Cavan had to work a lot harder to get inside the 21 to get a shot away, and that seemed to take a lot out of us. It was tit for tat a lot of the way through the half, with Cavan getting to 3 point leads here and there before brought back to 2 for half time. We didn't use the wind as well in the 2nd half as ye did. It had eased up a bit, but we still worked it in a bit to be sure of the point rather than too many long range efforts. We got the lead out to 6 before you got your goal, but still kept things at arms length and saw the game out ok. Lot of goal chances for both sides. Cavan had a ball cleared off the line and hit the post, while Carlow hit the bar and had a few other chances either saved or picked up before going over the line when it might have been easier to score. Overall result was fair I thought on overall play, and ye were quite good at times."
Thanks
That's encouraging given the massive transition we are going through

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts: 622 - 28/02/2022 12:37:08    2402941

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Sounds like the footballers preformed pretty well which is a positive again. As for the hurlers they were poor. Massive turning point was the penalty miss when we were 07 to 0-5 with about 7 mins to go to half time. We missed they went straight down & brought it back to a one point game & then again we had a man sent off
I think this is turning into a serious problem for our senior hurlers. Nearly even 2nd game we are losing players to sendings off & then suspensions. It has been happening for quite a while now. The discipline is poor & cant hope to win when constantly having players sent off. Overall a poor performance after the good performance against Westmeath. We constantly inconsistent.

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 28/02/2022 14:49:30    2403000

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Replying To Canuck:  "It looks like some are now trying to squeeze the door open for a set of alternative facts. One is taking swipes at the Down manager. I hope non of it is true about Carlow players. Not proven publical yet but the balance of opinion has to be Down are not lying. Carlow will the right thing and move a past this. Good win today."
Hope you're as quick off the mark to put the boot in Waterford hurlers!

hurleronthestool (Carlow) - Posts: 5 - 28/02/2022 18:45:47    2403099

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Disappointing weekend for Carlow although glad to see the footballers competing well, seems like the new players are adapting to inter county level. Hurlers need to improve discipline and be a bit more clinical in front of goal. It's a transition year on both panels so hopefully good days ahead. Ceatharlach Abu.

Unusedsub (Carlow) - Posts: 11 - 01/03/2022 13:00:13    2403232

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Under 20 footballers had a good win against Waterford while the under 20 hurlers were beaten by Laois.
The hurlers had a really excellent performance against Westmeath but were very disappointing the last day. Hard to know what is wrong with them as they played so well against Westmeath, but if you don't have discipline as a bedrock of each performance you are going to struggle. Losing a player to a red card so early puts enormous pressure on the rest of the team and the sideline needs to buck up too in this area!
The footballers are playing better and seem to be learning from each performance. That will be key to the final few matches , can the players lift their team performance and take the right options when in possession to gain more points in the league. The younger players have had to learn fast and in difficult conditions where the pace of the matches, the hits and playing away from home have been a part of their learning experience.
Plenty more to come from all the teams thankfully and something to look forward to.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1698 - 03/03/2022 15:38:24    2403668

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Hurlers got out of jail on Sunday and still have a chance of a semi final spot if Kildare beat Westmeath in Newbridge.

Good to see Marty, Sean Murphy and Jon Nolan back. When Diarmuid gets back we will be in good place
for the MacDonagh cup.

We have to tighten up on the discipline to have any chance of progress.

carlovia (None) - Posts: 1471 - 08/03/2022 10:44:59    2404402

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Replying To carlovia:  "Hurlers got out of jail on Sunday and still have a chance of a semi final spot if Kildare beat Westmeath in Newbridge.

Good to see Marty, Sean Murphy and Jon Nolan back. When Diarmuid gets back we will be in good place
for the MacDonagh cup.

We have to tighten up on the discipline to have any chance of progress."
I agree that the hurlers got out of jail on Sunday last having had a nice lead at half time. Kildare hit a huge number of wides from frees and from play especially in the first half while our forwards found it hard to miss!
Kildare scored good goals and we missed a sitter but overall we fought for every ball and looked assured at times especially in the first half.
The lads did not panic which was great to see and event though we missed a late and close in free Chris Nolan certainly saved the day for us with his glorious line ball from an acute angle.
Discipline has been a difficulty with certain players and with just giving away simple frees and this needs to be addressed or we will have a short Summer. The same players are just going in awkward, or just in over the top and giving referees little choice but to issue a card.
Sean Murphy certainly played very well, catching a few great puck outs early on and driving at the Kildare defence and getting a few scores as well as being fouled at least twice which resulted in converted scores.
A good win and its now on to the next match!

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1698 - 08/03/2022 17:12:45    2404513

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I'm travelling down with the 2 weanlings. Where's good in the town to get the spuds in before the game?
Liatroim abú !

Mugatay (Leitrim) - Posts: 116 - 11/03/2022 16:36:32    2404964

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Replying To Mugatay:  "I'm travelling down with the 2 weanlings. Where's good in the town to get the spuds in before the game?
Liatroim abú !"
Teach Dolmain or Reddys or Carpenters.. All are very good for the few spuds!

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1698 - 11/03/2022 21:23:10    2404993

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Replying To carlowman:  "Teach Dolmain or Reddys or Carpenters.. All are very good for the few spuds!"
Teach Dolman it is being SnaG and all...
Míle buíochas Carlowman

Mugatay (Leitrim) - Posts: 116 - 12/03/2022 16:25:20    2405058

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Good first half from us but with the wind we needed to be further ahead. Thought Foley had a great first half, was always a target man & kicked some great scores. Only going in a point up was disappointing but we played some decent stuff in that half. Really struggled around the middle in 2nd half & their number 11 kicked some brilliant scores. We lost by 7 but in the 2nd half we missed at least 3 goal chances which could have changed the result. All in all Leitrim deserved the win but I wouldn't be getting carried away if I was them. Unfortunately we are at our lowest ebb for years while they seem to have all their best players available & have brought in the big name to manage them. However if we had taken our goal chances it could have been a totally different game. To hear them cheer every score & applaud all the team after the game reminded me of us 4/5 years ago when we were going well & trying for promotion. I wouldn't begrudge them promotion at all but I fear that tipps win today will see them stay in div 4 for another year. Our lads are building form a low base & all these games will stand to the young lads for next year & going forward. Would be great to see the likes of Gannon come back into the fold with his experience to help the younger lads. From the team that beat Kildare in leinster in 2018 we only have 4 players today. Massive turnover in a short time for a small county

carlo (Carlow) - Posts: 142 - 13/03/2022 17:19:24    2405194

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Very poor today, so many handling errors and misplaced passes, think we gave 6 passes to Leitrim players in the second half, a better team would have really punished our mistakes, we did get goal chances but to be fair Leitrim were well on top

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1356 - 13/03/2022 20:37:26    2405264

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Remember, the Carlow county board chose Niall Carew as senior football manager, instead of Stephen Poacher.

At least we are playing a "nice brand of football" now, while a lot of our better players either switch to hurling, or quit.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 377 - 13/03/2022 21:10:07    2405270

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I thought Carlow gave Leitrim lots of problems but overall I think we deserved the win. Let's hope yee can over turn tipp now and promotion back in our hands.

Champotime18 (Leitrim) - Posts: 328 - 14/03/2022 10:13:26    2405324

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We had a good win and ye had chances. Carlow retreated into their own half mid way through the second half and that was that.

Just a word of advice...get the ticket machine working in the local super Valu...Internet went down on my phone. Still no ticket at the ground and the machine was broke in SuperValu..sending me into the fountain in town. Merciful hour ! !
I went back to the ground and luckily your man just let me in with the 2 kids...common sense.
No cash on me and the guys under the stands threw the 2 kids a small pack of jellies each.. lovely gestures.
And so I took myself into Reddys afterwards (teach Dolmain full!) and left a few bob in the local economy. Great feed too!:-)
Good day out despite the early hiccup. Keep at it Carlow...and do us a favour against Tipp please ! !

Mugatay (Leitrim) - Posts: 116 - 14/03/2022 17:15:48    2405447

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The best team wins the game as they score more. Leitrim did just that yesterday and deserved their win.
Carlow played some great football in the first half and we looked good moving forward and we did so with purpose.
We were out of it at midfield and lost at least 3 kick outs to line balls.
When we are pressed on kick outs we are under pressure.
Good to see we created goal chances and that's important.
Players tried hard but without parity at midfield we are going to seriously struggle. Some of our young forwards are good on the ball but just lack composure when it matters.
Leitrim second goal was really well taken but how many players did he pass?
Good to see Ross Dumohy back playing. He made a difference when introduced.
But midfield needs urgent attention and our restarts is the other area in need of extra work.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1698 - 14/03/2022 21:25:47    2405475

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Replying To carlowman:  "The best team wins the game as they score more. Leitrim did just that yesterday and deserved their win.
Carlow played some great football in the first half and we looked good moving forward and we did so with purpose.
We were out of it at midfield and lost at least 3 kick outs to line balls.
When we are pressed on kick outs we are under pressure.
Good to see we created goal chances and that's important.
Players tried hard but without parity at midfield we are going to seriously struggle. Some of our young forwards are good on the ball but just lack composure when it matters.
Leitrim second goal was really well taken but how many players did he pass?
Good to see Ross Dumohy back playing. He made a difference when introduced.
But midfield needs urgent attention and our restarts is the other area in need of extra work."
22 points to 11, today. A double scores defeat. We remain second from bottom in Division Four.

Less than four years ago, we beat Kildare in a Leinster Quarter Final, by SEVEN points.

Today, they beat Monaghan, in Division One.

in the same competition, we defeated Louth by eleven points. Today, they went top of Division Three.

Remember, once again, that the Carlow county board chose Niall Carew as senior football manager, instead of Stephen Poacher.

But, shur, at least we are playing a "nice brand of football" now.

Those who were whinging a few years ago have reaped what they sowed. Well done, lads.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 377 - 20/03/2022 17:31:26    2405953

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Replying To CARPS:  "22 points to 11, today. A double scores defeat. We remain second from bottom in Division Four.

Less than four years ago, we beat Kildare in a Leinster Quarter Final, by SEVEN points.

Today, they beat Monaghan, in Division One.

in the same competition, we defeated Louth by eleven points. Today, they went top of Division Three.

Remember, once again, that the Carlow county board chose Niall Carew as senior football manager, instead of Stephen Poacher.

But, shur, at least we are playing a "nice brand of football" now.

Those who were whinging a few years ago have reaped what they sowed. Well done, lads."
@Carps, something tells me you really enjoy seeing this current Carlow team lose. Every week without fail you harp on about The Poacher era. The 2018 season is hardly a fair comparison to the current season.

It goes without saying that there are far more pieces to the puzzle for achieving success than just Management. There are only 4 players on today's panel that played v Kildare in 2018; Foley, Ruth, Morrissey and O'Brien. 4 years ago was an annomily - our most successful year since the 1940's, not only that but that teams life cycle has long since ended and now Carlow must build a new team. Niall Carew and can't magically find 25 accomplished and experienced players out of thin air, not in a county like Carlow (maybe your tipperary's or Cavan's can do that, but not a tiny dual county like Carlow). Furthermore, they are trying their best and don't go out to lose. So when your on here taking cheap shots why not instead strive to offer some constructive criticism? Anyway I won't waste anymore energy addressing your bitter contribution.

Today was a game of two halves, Tipperary sat back with 15 men behind the ball and we're very difficult to break down. Going in at halftime behind by 3 was harsh as we definitely had the lion's share of possession and came close to scoring the opening goal with a Darragh Foley shot that was arguably a foot block? Some of the reffing went against us but that wasn't the reason why we lost this one. Our fitness and discipline need to be improved, again we racked up the yellow cards, one red card, we gave away a penalty, discipline is a concerning area we don't seem to be improving in. I think the turning point today's game was when Conor Doyle went off injured he was having a good game fighting for dirty ball etc and things went south once he went off. To be fair Tipp in Semple stadium was never going to be an easy game especially considering they were playing to secure promotion, but on the other hand Waterford drew with them so they aren't on Cavan's level. Either way an improved performance against Wexford would do the world of good to lift spirits and gear up for Championship.

Carlowrising (Carlow) - Posts: 63 - 20/03/2022 21:09:45    2406046

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Replying To CARPS:  "22 points to 11, today. A double scores defeat. We remain second from bottom in Division Four.

Less than four years ago, we beat Kildare in a Leinster Quarter Final, by SEVEN points.

Today, they beat Monaghan, in Division One.

in the same competition, we defeated Louth by eleven points. Today, they went top of Division Three.

Remember, once again, that the Carlow county board chose Niall Carew as senior football manager, instead of Stephen Poacher.

But, shur, at least we are playing a "nice brand of football" now.

Those who were whinging a few years ago have reaped what they sowed. Well done, lads."
There is no manager from Jim Gavin to Jack O' Connor to James Horan to Jimmy Mc Guinness that has the ability to improve Carlow's football fortunes in the slightest, as for Stephen Poucher, not a chance, no disrespect to the man who was / is a genuine sincere person but he was mythical and coincidental, so coincidentally he blended well with T O'B.

We are the continued victims of our own misfortunes, that won't change while the tail wags the dog, negative mind sets doesn't help either.

Having said all that isn't there 8 or 9 other counties in dire straits as well so who knows, etc, etc, etc.

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 2596 - 20/03/2022 21:28:33    2406053

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Replying To Carlowrising:  "@Carps, something tells me you really enjoy seeing this current Carlow team lose. Every week without fail you harp on about The Poacher era. The 2018 season is hardly a fair comparison to the current season.

It goes without saying that there are far more pieces to the puzzle for achieving success than just Management. There are only 4 players on today's panel that played v Kildare in 2018; Foley, Ruth, Morrissey and O'Brien. 4 years ago was an annomily - our most successful year since the 1940's, not only that but that teams life cycle has long since ended and now Carlow must build a new team. Niall Carew and can't magically find 25 accomplished and experienced players out of thin air, not in a county like Carlow (maybe your tipperary's or Cavan's can do that, but not a tiny dual county like Carlow). Furthermore, they are trying their best and don't go out to lose. So when your on here taking cheap shots why not instead strive to offer some constructive criticism? Anyway I won't waste anymore energy addressing your bitter contribution.

Today was a game of two halves, Tipperary sat back with 15 men behind the ball and we're very difficult to break down. Going in at halftime behind by 3 was harsh as we definitely had the lion's share of possession and came close to scoring the opening goal with a Darragh Foley shot that was arguably a foot block? Some of the reffing went against us but that wasn't the reason why we lost this one. Our fitness and discipline need to be improved, again we racked up the yellow cards, one red card, we gave away a penalty, discipline is a concerning area we don't seem to be improving in. I think the turning point today's game was when Conor Doyle went off injured he was having a good game fighting for dirty ball etc and things went south once he went off. To be fair Tipp in Semple stadium was never going to be an easy game especially considering they were playing to secure promotion, but on the other hand Waterford drew with them so they aren't on Cavan's level. Either way an improved performance against Wexford would do the world of good to lift spirits and gear up for Championship."
I take no pleasure in losing. Rather I feel someone has to point out how we have shot ourselves in the foot. These journeyman managers have consistently failed in Carlow. Where we are now is back to the Rainbow era, when essentially the same pool of players were operating at club level that Turlough and Poacher picked from.

Ask yourself why only 4 players who lined out against Kildare were available yesterday? Do you think so many of those lads would have retired if there was a proper set up? Murphy and Lawler chose football while Poacher was there. Now they are hurling. Why is that?

Meanwhile, a game of two halves that we lost by 11 points (double scores?) Where did you buy your glasses? Suggest normal lens next time, not rose tinted.

CARPS (Carlow) - Posts: 377 - 21/03/2022 08:43:16    2406080

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