Malachy's Successor - 8 Like(s)
First thing to say is that it was a group of committed players- led by the Latton man- who pushed the CB to appoint MOR. Doubtful they would have made that call themselves at the time. But now, left to their own devices they come up with Banty version 2.0
Much has been said about his achievements the last time out, as evidence of his suitability for the job now. To be fair, those should be acknowledged. He lost 2 ulsters, lost a QF in 2007 and won a Div 3 league equivalent in 05. (48 other teams have managed to lose quarter finals since.)
But it would be wrong to judge a managers record solely on the trophy haul. There were many memorable moments along the way that should be recognised. In no particular order, my favourites were:
Playing McManus as a wing back
Allowing a very young Colin Walshe to get roasted in 2010 Ulster final
Losing a qualifier to wexford scoring 6 points in total
Pushing for the the 2010 qualifier against Kildare to be played in Croke Park and then collapsing on the pitch
Getting caught cold by Fermanagh in 08
Getting relegated twice
Freezing on the line for the last 10 mins against Kerry in 07- taking off d mone, moving gollogly off t o se, taking in paul meegan
Turning a Div3 title into a homecoming festival in the Fiddlers
Bringing Kerry and Cork to Scotstown for league matches and losing every time. Then getting whipped in pairc ui rinn
Decluttering Cloghan by moving the gym equipment to Dunganny for storage
Humiliating a young goalkeeper
All part of the experience. Here we go again
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 01/09/2019 11:16:37
NFL Division 1 - 6 Like(s)
Poor game management from Horan. Ref had bottled a clear 2nd yellow for Diarmuid O'Connor prior to Flynn's dismissal, so Mayo should have been awake to the probability of the next niggly one being punished. If the timing of the incidents had occurred the other way around, it would probably have been O'Connor on the line. The strange internal logic of referees...
O'Shea could have had a straight red late on too.
Eddie the Exile (National) - 24/02/2020 13:23:56
Welcome Back Banty Army. - 6 Like(s)
I did forget about 2005. As you recall, the league in those days was 1A1B 2A2B format, meaning that winning Div 2 was equivalent to Div3 today.
Can you name all the Div3 winners since? No googling now..
The u20s this year is the best evidence we have
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 14/09/2019 11:16:19
Cavan - 6 Like(s)
Given the beating Tyrone are getting just now, Cavan will be confident enough come championship.
Eddie the Exile (National) - 12/06/2021 18:10:08
Malachy's Successor - 6 Like(s)
About as glamorous as a weekend in Treacys hotel
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 09/10/2019 20:01:11
Cavan V Monaghan - 6 Like(s)
He won by 3 points
Eddie the Exile (National) - 11/06/2017 18:12:18
A Change Of Harte - 6 Like(s)
You are right, Banty has lost all the big ones albeit not by much. But as the great man said, show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.
By the way, doing more than the lads on here is not the yardstick for measuring the value of anything
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 03/12/2020 17:28:23
Malachy's Successor - 5 Like(s)
You were warned
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 31/10/2020 20:02:29
Wexford Hurling 2017 - 5 Like(s)
'Well i remember as a young boy
The beginning of september
We were standing at the station
Waitin for a train'
Dust her down and give it a spin tonight lads, you deserve it after that.
Eddie the Exile (Wexford) - 10/06/2017 20:51:50
El Clasico 2020 Monaghan Vs Cavan - 5 Like(s)
Seamus McEnaney has now lost 72% of his first round Ulster championship matches as Monaghan manager. It is staggering the support he still gets.
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 31/10/2020 22:53:01
Cavan Vs Tyrone - 5 Like(s)
After waiting 18 years for an Ulster Final appearance, Cavan have a second Ulster Final of sorts within a couple of weeks. For Mickey Graham it is a shot at redemption after a very poor tactical showing against Donegal. Win and 2019 becomes a stellar first season for him; lose big and the year can be spun as one of relegation and a couple of hammerings when it mattered. The prevailing narrative of a Cavan team making headway would be strongly tested by a beating from Tyrone. For Mickey Harte it seems, as always, that this one could be the loss that finally ends the longest reign. In those circumstances he has always found a way to hang in.
When you look at the task facing both managers, the bigger selection problems are certainly on Graham's side. What passed for progress against Monaghan and Armagh is now not so clear cut. Old questions have returned- who can put some drive in midfield? Where does a scoring edge come from inside? How best to use McKiernan, Clarke and Mackey? It's back to a clean drawing board in many respects.
Tyrone engaged in a bit of self-delusion during the spring, convincing themselves and plenty of nodding heads in the media that kicking the ball into a converted midfielder was a tactical innovation. Queue some abject championship football against Donegal and Longford. However, they have the class and guile, and the muscle memory, to deliver a grinding style of play that exposes teams with a soft centre. Their drawing board has a blueprint that works on nights like this coming Saturday. Will it be implemented? I would guess yes.
In terms of matchups then, how does it all fit together? Starting with the Breffni rear-guard, you would have to have some sympathy for Ray Galligan the last day. His kick-outs coughed up three or four direct points, but he had no targets willing to show and the game was over before his first costly indiscretion. The mantra must be to send it long if in doubt against Tyrone, and put the onus to win it on the big names out the field.
It look pretty clear that Faulkner will take McShane at this point, however if Harte puts Mattie/Riche Donnelly up top then the sums might change for Cavan. McLoughlin's pace fell short against Brennan but he lacked the necessary Cover- Moyna again proving he is not a sweeper. All the same the Shannon Gaels man could do ok against McCurry or McAliskey. That leaves a corner spot up for grabs to mark a Donnelly most likely. A bit off-beam but I would go with Gerry Smith for the role, ahead of the volatile Killian Brady.
The bigger test for Cavan's defence will come in the shape of Tyrone's half forwards. Sludden flanked by Harte, Mattie Donnelly or Meyler has a real ring to it. Tyrone will be happy enough to let Killian Clarke sit at no 6, where Cavan have decided he works best. Open to criticism here but I don't think he has the in-game discipline and reading of the game to hold the defence together. Better on the ball than off it, if that makes sense. So I would go with a stopper- could Chris Conroy do a job possibly? Then is Ciaran Bady and young Rehill either side. Still, any combination of the Cavan line doesn't look good enough to best the strongest Tyrone trio.
Clarke would push into a defensive midfield role then, freed from the responsibility of marking Sludden. He would have to cover the runs from deep and be a better option for re-starts. Young Brady only just holds onto the no. 9 shirt. They will do well to break even on Cavanagh and Kennedy or R.Donnelly. All that means moving Cavan's most unwilling midfielder to his natural home, that is McKiernan to half forward. Don't mind the high catches in Enniskillen, they can be done from no.11 too. Freed from the work he doesn't want to do, he can get on with making the runs that might hurt Tyrone. Frank Burns or Kieran McGeary will be busier as a result. Flanking McKiernan for me would be Moynagh and Niall Murray, or if unfit Stephen Murray who was a lone bright spark in attack the last day. That combination would look to have more potential to press a Tyrone half back line that wants to work on the counter.
Finally, the one line where teams can get at Tyrone is full back but that also happens to be where Cavan are weakest. Not convinced on HP McGeary and McNamee can be exposed by mobility. However if Hampsey is fully fit and starts he looks a great match for McVeety. McKernan in the team would bolster the quality in there for Tyrone also. Cavan need options in beside McVeety, and based on what's left it would be Caomhin Reilly and Madden who really needs to shake himself up (otherwise it's T. Galligan at 14). Again Mackey plays the impact role- proven one of the best around for this. Graham may need to move earlier than he would like and should do so if the need arises.
In summary, Tyrones half forwards offer a huge threat. Cavan's HB line requires surgery but done right it will strengthen midfield against the running game. Cavan need to free McKiernan and get runners at wing forward. Madden or Reilly must step up and spread the danger to the Tyrone defence. At this remove a Cavan win is certainly not a write off and they have proven very capable in some tight contests this year. However, there are too many loose threads on the Cavan side so I would go with Harte and Co. prevailing by 4 points plus.
Eddie the Exile (National) - 04/07/2019 20:51:47
Kerry V Dublin - 4 Like(s)
Dublin by 10 points or more
Eddie the Exile (National) - 11/08/2019 17:45:56
NFL 2021 - 4 Like(s)
The broadband is in overdrive in Drumnaveil tonight
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 22/05/2021 20:08:02
The Next MAJOR Change In The GAA Will Be... - 4 Like(s)
Saw an article recently highlighting the steep decline of club rugby attendances in New Zealand. They are down to something like 10,000 per game, for the top professional club competition in the world. The technical quality of rugby is better than ever but people just seem to care less.
The reasons proposed
1) Game days have become too expensive.
2) Pay per view TV deals have led fans to choose one over the other (not paying twice for the same game)
3) TV dictates match times which may not suit younger families
4) Lack of attachment to amalgamated 'super teams' in the pro era. Fans are now consumers not supporters, with frivolous entertainment at half time etc. failing to make up for the drift in supporter's sense of identity around a team.
Transfer of players between regions critical here also.
5) Too many meaningless games due to the format. Competitions not being seen as do-or-die anymore
6) Lack of local rivalries in the format a huge factor in this also
7) Falling participation rates in schools
8) Competition from other entertainments
A lot of potential lessons for the GAA there. The core message for me is that a club sport built on grass roots support and communal effort should not try to turn itself into a slick entertainment 'product'.
Eddie the Exile (National) - 26/05/2020 20:39:02
Monaghan Away - 4 Like(s)
Travel up by the M3 Cavan and on to Clones folks. It's about the same distance as going via M1/N2 to Monaghan but 90% of the home traffic will be coming in that way. You will have the other road to yourselves and see a bit of the country on the way.
If you're brave enough to set off the night before then Monaghan town or Carrickmacross are relatively civilized, good for a pint and a bit of pre match craic. Clones is the proverbial one horse town I'm afraid.
You'd better brush up on your country music and be able to arm wrestle if you're out to impress the Monaghan ladies though, it's just how they do.
Eddie the Exile (Dublin) - 28/03/2017 11:07:28
A Change Of Harte - 4 Like(s)
2005 lost to Derry
2006 lost replay to Armagh
2007 beat Down and Derry lost to Tyrone
2008 lost to Fermanagh
2009 lost to Derry
2010 beat Armagh and Fermanagh lost to Tyrone
2020 lost to Cavan
Record says lost 5 out of 7 1st round matches in Ulster, zero titles.
That's where it counts.
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 02/12/2020 19:45:31
Can Monaghan GAA Stand By Their Man? - 3 Like(s)
Difficult to believe it was an 'error of judgment' when it was so well and conveniently planned.
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 09/04/2021 09:58:15
Dublin Senior Football Team - 3 Like(s)
Agreed. No issue with a season ban for Monaghan.
The floodlights were on on more than one occasion in Corduff over the last few weeks
Eddie the Exile (National) - 08/04/2021 12:48:14
Malachy's Successor - 3 Like(s)
Scratch the last bit now too.
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 10/12/2020 21:41:11
El Clasico 2020 Monaghan Vs Cavan - 3 Like(s)
Was there ever a more clear-cut example of a game lost on the line? Was nothing learned from the Dublin match in the league? Crying into the microphone after that one when it was a tactical meltdown that lost the initiative. You could see the panic on the line when Meath made a game of it last week too. Dumb doesn't learn as they say.
Did anyone from the management team take time to watch Cavan in their last few league games? It was pretty clear that they are quite limited but that an option would be needed in midfield for the second half. Allowing them stroke over some good points from distance was always going to get them going. Utterly predictable.
I was blue in the face saying all week that if Monaghan got a lead built up on the scoreboard they would have to drive it on. Go point for point with them for 10 minutes if needed. Surrendering the momentum and letting a wobbling Cavan find their feet was sheer lunacy. A sackable offence. Taking out O'Hanlon, one of your best running attackers facing a strong wind, and McCarthy, someone who could get you that vital score. Ridiculous. Starting Kieran Hughes was a blunder. Leaving Andrew Woods on his **** when Galligan came in was worse. I could go on. And don't annoy me about 'the web'!
This was all pointed out when the appointment was made. People didnt want to hear it- sure wasn't it great craic beating Meath in '05? Monaghan's clubs now need to follow the example set by Meath and Wexford.
As a Cavan lad said on here somewhere, at least the bad new jersey design will only get one run in the championship. Good luck to them on their way to a second Ulster final in 2 years.
Eddie the Exile (Monaghan) - 02/11/2020 11:35:53