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Second impressions versus Monaghan

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22 scores looks good on paper. Anyone there to see it? Were we that good or were Monaghan that poor?

hermann (Derry) - Posts: 170 - 23/01/2011 18:29:51    852193

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i was there. derry played well but monaghan were poor. it was close at half time(8-7) but derry blitzed them in the first 5 mins of the second half, scoring 4 quick unanswered points and went on from there. monaghan had a fair few first teamers missing so wouldnt read too much into it but another big point scoring win is pleasing. great games from decky mullan, dermy mcbride, brian mccallion and of course paddy bradley. roll on the semis!!!

doireciaran (Derry) - Posts: 85 - 23/01/2011 18:38:08    852201

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First half was quite competitive - I thought it was a good deal more physical than the first two matches. As said already, Derry blew Monaghan away with a burst of scoring at the start of the second half. With all the players they had missing, Monaghan never had enough quality in their forwards to get back into the match, although in fairness they didn't give up trying. What have been encouraging so far, amongst other things, are the increased pace and work-rate of the team as a whole - from where I was sitting, I heard Brennan shouting a number of times, 'Move, Derry, move!' The ball is getting into the forwards a lot quicker than in previous years, or else is being carried forward by men running at full pace straight at the opposition. Quicker ball is giving Paddy Bradley and Conleth Gilligan in particular the chance to show their skills. All very encouraging so far, plenty of excellent football being played by Derry and there seems to be a good attitude and spirit developing.

doiregael2 (Derry) - Posts: 334 - 23/01/2011 21:49:29    852350

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Its hard to take anything from the match against Monaghan as Monaghan were totally unrecognisable from any Monaghan team ive seen play.
Dick Clerkin and Finlay the only Monaghan players i knew.
Thought Paddy Bradley, Conleth Gilligan, Barry McGoldrick and Bryan McCallion were the standout players on the day.

bosch (Derry) - Posts: 873 - 24/01/2011 08:22:07    852359

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havent seen Derry play yet this year, looking forward to see them on saturday night

doire abu (Derry) - Posts: 540 - 24/01/2011 18:32:04    852859

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Why Not Doire abu???????

kingpuck71 (Derry) - Posts: 673 - 24/01/2011 19:04:31    852895

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im lazy!

doire abu (Derry) - Posts: 540 - 24/01/2011 19:11:56    852908

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How will they go against Antrim? because of work and family commitments I have not been to a game yet but am hoping to see a few league games. Should i dare hope for a better year?

derryman (Derry) - Posts: 3246 - 24/01/2011 20:18:43    852977

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same boat as Doire Abu! I havnt been near HQ yet in 2011! Damn Coursework and family... I already booked being there on Saturday Night so there will need to be a bomb at the bottom of my street to stop me going to Celtic Park on saturday! Long time no see..

Orlaith (Derry) - Posts: 4282 - 25/01/2011 16:45:17    853540

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Havent seen them myself. Ive heard from a few insiders that some of the results were very flattering, but from reading the reports there seems to be some positives. Mickey Drumm seems to be in good form as does the keeper Devlin, young(?) McCallion and old Gilligan.

Its too early in the year to say anything. The big marker for me as to how Derry may fair this year is how they will play against Kildare in the league. A point to prove for the boys there, and a win will no diubt be a big boost mentally.

Derry_ledd (Derry) - Posts: 2093 - 25/01/2011 17:05:22    853556

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Looking forward to that one too, Derry. If Kildare can get the campaign off to a good start with an away win against Antrim it will be a big boost ahead of the Derry game in Newbridge 2 weeks later. Though I imagine both teams will be very different from the sides that lined out in the qualifiers in Celtic Park. McGeeney has tried out 7 or 8 new ex minor players so far in the O'Byrne Cup and all have done well.

lilywhite1 (Kildare) - Posts: 2960 - 27/01/2011 13:03:34    854846

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Any word of Collie Devlin for this team?
I didnt notice him at the match at all so i assume he isnt part of the panel?
I stand to be corrected...

bosch (Derry) - Posts: 873 - 27/01/2011 15:22:47    854981

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Brennan called Collie Devlin asked him about returning around November and he declined, i think he just wants to knuckle down with his club and get his fitness up due to the server injuries he has had over the last two years. Which is a shame he would have been a great option.

brolly_4_pres (Derry) - Posts: 356 - 27/01/2011 17:22:43    855100

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Does CO'Boyle still play for Derry?

Orlaith (Derry) - Posts: 4282 - 27/01/2011 18:28:25    855172

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Had wondered about Collie Devlin - he looked very sharp in the county final, himself and Conleth Gilligan missed nothing that day, off fairly limited supply as well. Is Caolan O'Boyle not playing for one of the colleges?

doiregael2 (Derry) - Posts: 334 - 27/01/2011 19:21:41    855236

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C O'Boyle played for UUJ during the Mckenna cup but will be back in oakleaf colours during the league, we have around 9 players playing for uni's the likes of Joe O'Kane, Joe Diver the two kielts all will be back for the county plus the likes of Skinner who's ban is up soon.

brolly_4_pres (Derry) - Posts: 356 - 27/01/2011 21:30:31    855437

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