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Replying To Viking66:  "We were poor enough. Set up was alot better though. Whelan made some difference at the back, he was injured the last day, he's our best player at this grade. We didn't look like conceding a goal. Lads kept carrying into traffic and getting turned over, or made bad loopy handpasses that were easy intercepted. Workrate needs to be upped, the inside forwards need to make more runs out into space, still not sure Roche is ideal at 11, although he was excellent at the frees . Its a problem this year we don't have as many forwards as we did the last 2 years. Tackling needs to improve also, as does tracking runners. Several times our lads didn't bother running after their man when he passed them. Molloy and Wickham did OK for 2 backs playing inside forwards, Cillian Byrne was maybe wasted a little at wing forward."
Molloy was playing as a third midfielder most of the game, Wickham wing-forward. Rowley was centre-forward with SImon Roche and Cillian Byrne inside initially. Byrne moved out when Cathal Parker was taken out of the game, with Luke Murphy playing at wing-forward and Wickham moving inside.
Parker was very influential and a big loss, came on having passed a HIA (the ref gave a throw ball having stopped the game for the high hit he got!!!)
Whelan was outstanding at centre-back, in his first start at any level following a cruciate injury, really impressive. ben Asple was missed at corner-back, although Furlong did well in his place. Cian O Tuama not at his best, he was on a good hurler though.
All in all, it was just enough to get second place on a slightly better score diference. -13 to Laois's -16. The biggest issue is how little goal threat the team is offering, their goalie hadn't a save to make. SImon Roche made a number of good runs, got 2 points from quick low balls from Conor O'Toole into the corner. He also made a good run and catch in the lst play, with the ref blowing up as he prepared to shoot from 30 yards, the last of many strange decisions. Luke Murphy caught two or three great balls, but his shooting was less impessive.
Our next game is 8 May. Westmeath play Carlow and the winner plays Dublin and we play the winner of that. The team could do with a game against someone in between.

wendellgee (Wexford) - Posts: 22 - 13/04/2024 17:00:51    2537673

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