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Like you I think we will finish mid table. However I think there's a great opportunity to win this Sunday. Clare are not the force they were. Collins has stepped away as manager along with a few experienced guys. We should have more of a settled team as this is year 4 of this management. I was disappointed that a few of our lads didn't make more of an impression on Sigersons teams. It's always a good yardstick to measure how lads get on there playing with different players and different management's.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 23/01/2024 12:44:08    2521711

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Replying To eoinog:  "Like you I think we will finish mid table. However I think there's a great opportunity to win this Sunday. Clare are not the force they were. Collins has stepped away as manager along with a few experienced guys. We should have more of a settled team as this is year 4 of this management. I was disappointed that a few of our lads didn't make more of an impression on Sigersons teams. It's always a good yardstick to measure how lads get on there playing with different players and different management's."
Agree its a very winnable game on paper given the transition Clare seem to be going in. However it hasn't been the most kind of venues and Clare have had the upper hand in any of the few encounters we had in the last 10 years or so, so I don't think they'll be shaking in the boots either. If it was in Markievicz I'd fancy us.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 23/01/2024 15:05:27    2521732

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Div 3 has been stronger some other years no reason why Sligo can't be in the mix for promotion. A lot of the U20 players from the last two Connacht winning teams should be making their mark at senior level. Clare was held together by Collins and from their All-Ireland Quarter final team from 2022 they only have five starters remaining due to retirements and players opting out. Sligo should win this weekend by a few points to spare.

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 76 - 23/01/2024 15:22:37    2521737

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Replying To Drax_the_destroyer:  "Div 3 has been stronger some other years no reason why Sligo can't be in the mix for promotion. A lot of the U20 players from the last two Connacht winning teams should be making their mark at senior level. Clare was held together by Collins and from their All-Ireland Quarter final team from 2022 they only have five starters remaining due to retirements and players opting out. Sligo should win this weekend by a few points to spare."
The league is far more exciting than the championship for teams in lower division's like us. Last year we got well beaten at home by Laois, yet we topped the group and won the final and Laois remained in Div 4. I'm looking forward to it. 4 games at home are a huge bonus

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 23/01/2024 17:13:13    2521764

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I see our neighbours in Leitrim are restructuring their championship in 2025 to have 8 senior and 8 intermediate teams. What do posters thing of that for Sligo? Personally I think it's long overdue as a few clubs are hanging on by a thread nearly every year.

If you had such a situation you probably would end up with Easkey, Curry, Tubbercurry down in Intermediate for 2025. You'd have to relegate 5 in Intermediate and probably 5 out of Geevagh, St Johns, St Pats, Castleconnor, Bunninadden, Enniscrone, Owenmore Gaels would all be in danger. In the long run it would strengthen the Intermediate and Junior championships in particular and would result in a much stronger outfit heading into Connacht club actions. Not so sure on the senior side if it would greatly alter who are the real contenders.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 24/01/2024 10:44:20    2521858

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "I see our neighbours in Leitrim are restructuring their championship in 2025 to have 8 senior and 8 intermediate teams. What do posters thing of that for Sligo? Personally I think it's long overdue as a few clubs are hanging on by a thread nearly every year.

If you had such a situation you probably would end up with Easkey, Curry, Tubbercurry down in Intermediate for 2025. You'd have to relegate 5 in Intermediate and probably 5 out of Geevagh, St Johns, St Pats, Castleconnor, Bunninadden, Enniscrone, Owenmore Gaels would all be in danger. In the long run it would strengthen the Intermediate and Junior championships in particular and would result in a much stronger outfit heading into Connacht club actions. Not so sure on the senior side if it would greatly alter who are the real contenders."
CB restructured the leagues to be 8 teams and when it got down to 9 teams, they bottled it and now we are back to 10 teams again with the same few teams yo-yoing up and down or fighting for relegation each year. 8 team leagues would make it a much better competition. Clubs won't agree to 8 team championships. It's not that long ago since there was 16 teams in Sligo senior club championship

muscles (Sligo) - Posts: 436 - 24/01/2024 17:56:16    2521937

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Replying To muscles:  "CB restructured the leagues to be 8 teams and when it got down to 9 teams, they bottled it and now we are back to 10 teams again with the same few teams yo-yoing up and down or fighting for relegation each year. 8 team leagues would make it a much better competition. Clubs won't agree to 8 team championships. It's not that long ago since there was 16 teams in Sligo senior club championship"
The 8 team league would work well only if co players were released properly. 7 home, 7 away. But co players would have to be available for at least 7. The advantage of the 10 team set-up is that everyone gets 9 decent league games. Not sure if we could fit in 14 league games unless the spring leagues were done away with? We have a habit of always wanting to fix things that might not even be broken. Would an 8 team senior championship be much better? It would if there were 8 actual strong senior teams. The reality is that there is a few teams (3-4 max really) near the top and the rest aren't far off Intermediate standard.

ShellyGael (Sligo) - Posts: 105 - 24/01/2024 22:14:51    2521960

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Replying To ShellyGael:  "The 8 team league would work well only if co players were released properly. 7 home, 7 away. But co players would have to be available for at least 7. The advantage of the 10 team set-up is that everyone gets 9 decent league games. Not sure if we could fit in 14 league games unless the spring leagues were done away with? We have a habit of always wanting to fix things that might not even be broken. Would an 8 team senior championship be much better? It would if there were 8 actual strong senior teams. The reality is that there is a few teams (3-4 max really) near the top and the rest aren't far off Intermediate standard."
I would say there is 6 teams that are near the top or senior standard. Any of these teams can beat each other on any given day but there is a big gap then to the rest

muscles (Sligo) - Posts: 436 - 25/01/2024 09:36:51    2521992

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I actually like the system that's in place at the moment. The championship in senior and intermediate won't contain a clubs second team which hasn't happened in a few years. A Div 1 and Div 2 leagues with 9 games is very competitive. You saw this year that there was loads of possibilities for the last round or 2 of league and championship. The four teams that reached the Senior Championship semi final this year will all fancy their chances next year plus Tourlestrane and Shamrock Gaels will feel they have a point to prove.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 25/01/2024 13:48:48    2522031

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Replying To eoinog:  "I actually like the system that's in place at the moment. The championship in senior and intermediate won't contain a clubs second team which hasn't happened in a few years. A Div 1 and Div 2 leagues with 9 games is very competitive. You saw this year that there was loads of possibilities for the last round or 2 of league and championship. The four teams that reached the Senior Championship semi final this year will all fancy their chances next year plus Tourlestrane and Shamrock Gaels will feel they have a point to prove."
There was loads of possibilities in those rounds because of the farce of 3 points. I hope the county board learn from that this year and shelve it. Didn't do Shamrock Gaels any good in championship either failing to get out of the group.

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 355 - 27/01/2024 10:28:14    2522313

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Replying To Sligoman1234:  "There was loads of possibilities in those rounds because of the farce of 3 points. I hope the county board learn from that this year and shelve it. Didn't do Shamrock Gaels any good in championship either failing to get out of the group."
Definitely ditch the 3 point rule

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 27/01/2024 11:37:22    2522330

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24 hours out from the first round of league. First time in Division 3 since 2019 and no team or even panel named. What is the reasoning behind it ?

Sligobuck21 (Sligo) - Posts: 114 - 27/01/2024 13:20:27    2522359

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Anyone know if Canice Mulligan is injured or if it's because of his Sigerson commitments? Strange he's not in the 26

ShellyGael (Sligo) - Posts: 105 - 27/01/2024 19:59:01    2522469

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Replying To ShellyGael:  "Anyone know if Canice Mulligan is injured or if it's because of his Sigerson commitments? Strange he's not in the 26"
Well it's not because of Sigerson duty that Mulligan is missing because Evan Lyons is on the same Sigersons team and he will be playing tomorrow . A few surprise inclusions and also a few notable omissions. Very surprised that Keaney isn't named. He will probably go with the tried and trusted to at least start tomorrow. We should be aiming to win.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 27/01/2024 20:24:40    2522480

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When you can only score 1.05 in 70 mins of football and discipline means you are playing with only 14 players for nearly all the second half and down to 13 for the last 15 minutes you don't deserve to win. I think this is one for the players to take the blame for and I expect a reaction, but a disciplined one next week. The gap was down to the minimum very early in the second half and we playing with the wind. That's 2 points we have thrown away.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1644 - 28/01/2024 18:54:25    2522791

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Replying To eoinog:  "When you can only score 1.05 in 70 mins of football and discipline means you are playing with only 14 players for nearly all the second half and down to 13 for the last 15 minutes you don't deserve to win. I think this is one for the players to take the blame for and I expect a reaction, but a disciplined one next week. The gap was down to the minimum very early in the second half and we playing with the wind. That's 2 points we have thrown away."
Generally agreed but team selection has proven that it's harder to get out of the team than into it, for some players.

ShellyGael (Sligo) - Posts: 105 - 28/01/2024 20:22:52    2522832

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Replying To eoinog:  "When you can only score 1.05 in 70 mins of football and discipline means you are playing with only 14 players for nearly all the second half and down to 13 for the last 15 minutes you don't deserve to win. I think this is one for the players to take the blame for and I expect a reaction, but a disciplined one next week. The gap was down to the minimum very early in the second half and we playing with the wind. That's 2 points we have thrown away."
I was listening to match as couldn't attend Clare appeared to be dreadful barely crept over line Sligo down to 14 for most of second half.

I hope Sligo do well this year tiny population

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 877 - 29/01/2024 10:00:29    2522915

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I have said it before and I will say it again. Tony Mc Entee is not the manager for this bunch of players. A no nonsense motivator is needed. I would love to see the likes of Davy Fitzgerald in there. Plenty of football coaches in all county set ups including Sligo. A buck or lass with a rocket launcher would get the best out of these boys. For the life of me, why don't teams like Clare and Sligo just go man to man for a shoot out. Sligo with the wind in second half should have just went for it. Tony Mcentee has not succeeded with defence structure with these boys so might as well go with kicking and running direct at similar level sides like Clare. Clare must have been woeful yesterday at home. For the record, I really believe in this panel of players.

SligoScot (Sligo) - Posts: 18 - 29/01/2024 13:40:06    2523003

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By all accounts yesterday was very poor. McEntee himself said he was "mad" is more his emotions after the game.

Carrying into 3 players, giving away possession, very poor discipline, several frees brought forward, no punch, going nowhere with the ball.

McEntee said the pressure of Div3 maybe an issue for the players. Ball in possession a problem. " our target is to be promoted, hopefully as champions" easily said.

Most reports I got were, we looked a mess, we look like no gameplan, didn't know what to do, no structure to our attacks,

This is McEntee's 4th year and he pretty much uses the same players, should he not be mad at himself? Does the team not reflect the manager and his mistakes. We were here last year after Laois. He picked an atrocious team that day and I was angry when I saw the 26 and then starting 15 yday. 4 or 5 of the starting 15 wouldn't make the 26 if I was manager and players continue to regress within this set up.

I have always felt it was a mistake keeping McEntee on another year. I think he's very poor on team selection and tactics. I don't really see how he develops or improves players. Where is the evidence? 3 months of preparation and 3 years of developing that squad and your team produces that yday?

For me we were always far more likely to go down than up. The players and management can talk about promotion all they want but you keep picking this starting 15 and you'll get a rude awakening.

We are vunerable against Wicklow but starting Alan Mcloughlin and home advantage should see us win that one. Towey will be suspended. Hopefully Canice and Joe make the 26. Hopefully we can stay up as its like its going to be tough year for the seniors.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1629 - 29/01/2024 20:04:02    2523152

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Replying To Sligonian:  "By all accounts yesterday was very poor. McEntee himself said he was "mad" is more his emotions after the game.

Carrying into 3 players, giving away possession, very poor discipline, several frees brought forward, no punch, going nowhere with the ball.

McEntee said the pressure of Div3 maybe an issue for the players. Ball in possession a problem. " our target is to be promoted, hopefully as champions" easily said.

Most reports I got were, we looked a mess, we look like no gameplan, didn't know what to do, no structure to our attacks,

This is McEntee's 4th year and he pretty much uses the same players, should he not be mad at himself? Does the team not reflect the manager and his mistakes. We were here last year after Laois. He picked an atrocious team that day and I was angry when I saw the 26 and then starting 15 yday. 4 or 5 of the starting 15 wouldn't make the 26 if I was manager and players continue to regress within this set up.

I have always felt it was a mistake keeping McEntee on another year. I think he's very poor on team selection and tactics. I don't really see how he develops or improves players. Where is the evidence? 3 months of preparation and 3 years of developing that squad and your team produces that yday?

For me we were always far more likely to go down than up. The players and management can talk about promotion all they want but you keep picking this starting 15 and you'll get a rude awakening.

We are vunerable against Wicklow but starting Alan Mcloughlin and home advantage should see us win that one. Towey will be suspended. Hopefully Canice and Joe make the 26. Hopefully we can stay up as its like its going to be tough year for the seniors."
Sligonian, it was a slip up and poor discipline is an issue.

However your continuous rant against the manager is totally unjustified .

I expect Sligo to bounce back well on Sunday.

joeman123 (Leitrim) - Posts: 463 - 29/01/2024 20:40:18    2523159

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