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Hard one to swallow today. I think if ye had brought Kevin quinn out earlier ye would have won it. He was having a nightmare inside but changed the whole dynamic when brought to midfield.

Overthebar53 (Carlow) - Posts: 227 - 14/04/2024 23:43:19    2537871

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I was very disappointed leaving the game yesterday. As disappointed as I've been after a match in a long time. To be negative for a minute, we have Kildare at our mercy and let them off the hook; Kildare were there for the taken and like a lot of Wicklow teams in the past, we didn't have the composure to finish them off. This killer instinct that is required to win games and compete with the best - we have to find a way to win games as oppose to lose them. On a more positive note, we've played a team that we lost to in Division 3 and we've played at team that operated in Division 2; we conceded no goals. Conceding goals was a problem in the league but we look solid in this department. Against Westmeath, we built a big lead and were able to defend the lead despite huge pressure being exerted on us. Yesterday, the team had to play against the wind and stay in the game which they did. I agree with another poster, it might be worth a try to play Kevin Quinn in the half forward line as he seems to be boxed in, in the full forward line. There are at least two players if not more involved with the u20 team who could play a part in the rest of the season. I realise that these players give a lot of time and may decide to travel for the summer. Being selfish, I would like to see the team stay together and give the Tailteann cup a good crack as I think the team are capable of winning it. Yesterday's defeat will take some time to get past but in a couple of weeks, I would like to think that players and supporters will be ready to go again. If Kildare end up in the Tailteann cup, I'd like to get another crack at them to see if we can right what went wrong yesterday.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1961 - 15/04/2024 08:50:35    2537896

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Thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. We have improved and that is probably the worst Kildare team I've ever seen. Lack of a reliable free taker is what cost us in the end. A Tony Hannon in his prime would have helped us win that game by three or four points.

Dreamer (Wicklow) - Posts: 40 - 15/04/2024 11:27:15    2537968

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Heartbreaking finish for the game for yous yesterday. Hopefully yous can give the Tailteann a decent rattle.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13769 - 15/04/2024 13:15:01    2538041

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Replying To Dreamer:  "Thoroughly enjoyable game to watch. We have improved and that is probably the worst Kildare team I've ever seen. Lack of a reliable free taker is what cost us in the end. A Tony Hannon in his prime would have helped us win that game by three or four points."
This team is improving and will continue to do so, in my opinion. Free taking is a problem but those things can be worked on. Also there are a few due back from injury etc. They seem to be getting their heads around how management want them to play. That always takes a while to bed in. I too hope they stick around for the Tailltean, but some are young and of a college age when travel is what summers are supposed to be about . U20s tomorrow night should give a good indicator as to whether we are progressing or standing still. It's no time to get carried away but the signs are positive. U17s looked sharp also but, again, their next game will speak volumes as to how we are progressing at that level.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 15/04/2024 14:32:33    2538086

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I want to take a moment here to mark the sad passing of Philip Doyle of Aughrim. Like many others i'd imagine, Philip has been a consistent part of the experience of going to matches in Aughrim throughout my lifetime. Whether it be a junior hurling match on a wet Wednesday evening with only a few diehards or some of the biggest championship days when Aughrim was packed to the rafters , Philip was there manning the shop while holding court with some of the local "experts" !! and would be able to give you a quick summary of how the "first match" was going , who was going well and who wasn't plus you might get some breaking news on the "big game" , a late injury or addition to the squad etc. He'd be up to speed with all the info. Plus if you didn't have enough change for the tea or crisps, that didn't matter, you wouldn't be left go thirsty. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Hawkeye2 (Wicklow) - Posts: 127 - 16/04/2024 17:21:25    2538382

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So, again we fall when we step out of the bottom section. I am not sure that Louth will lift the trophy but the best of luck to them if they do. I'm not going to say hard luck as we end up saying that too often. The lads did their best. I was a bit concerned after that Laois drubbing. Even allowing for some personnel changes, that was too easy for Laois. The positives - well there are certainly a few players who would strengthen the senior squad. That's probably as much as we can hope for. Let's see if the minors can take a scalp or two.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 17/04/2024 08:32:35    2538493

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Disappointing loss for the U20s last night. I thought when they went 3 up with about 15 to go that they would see it out. They had put the Louth kick out under all sorts of pressure. But then Louth took control and won most of our kick outs. They dominated the long kicks and they got the goal from a short one.

Some skilful players on that team that will hopefully make the step up to senior.

Louth had a fella that kicked 2 or 3 45s and long range free - he scored 5 frees in total. It is some asset to have.

TopDrawer (Wicklow) - Posts: 60 - 17/04/2024 08:57:05    2538495

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It's been a disappointing few days from a footballing perspective. As others have pointed out, there are 3-4 players that have been part of the senior squad who will certainly strength the squad if they stay around for the summer and have a tilt at the Tailteann cup. On a positive note, we appear to be beating certain counties on a consistent basis at underage - Carlow, Wexford etc. However, once we go beyond those counties, we seem to be falling short. Our next step should be beat the counties in the next category like Laois and Louth. Louth have done a lot of work to raise the profile through their senior team and appear to be building on what was begun by Mickey Harte's tenure. If I was to be critical of the past, we never seem to build on the foundations established by one manager - it feels like we go back to square one which is why I hope that Oisin McConville and his management team can stay around for a few more years as this senior squad is young and still developing. The last thing that the players need is a new manager. To give the powers that be in the county credit there does appear to be a pathway between u20 and senior now which didn't exist in the past. This can only benefit the senior squad and increase competition for places for a place on the first fifteen.

wicklowsupport (Wicklow) - Posts: 1961 - 17/04/2024 10:59:47    2538537

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Minor footballers play Offaly on Wednsday night. That will be an interesting test to see if we are getting anywhere on the ladder.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 22/04/2024 18:57:22    2539958

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Some big results in the 17s player pathway this evening with AGB,Rathnew and blessington racking up big scoring wins. Interestingly Rathnew I'm told have no players selected for this season's minor county Team.

Albundy19 (Wicklow) - Posts: 48 - 22/04/2024 21:12:21    2539980

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Replying To Albundy19:  "Some big results in the 17s player pathway this evening with AGB,Rathnew and blessington racking up big scoring wins. Interestingly Rathnew I'm told have no players selected for this season's minor county Team."
It seems as there were not many Rathnew players considered for U17,u30 or senior this season which is amazing given their position in the Div 1 of the senior league. I think they had - player on the u20 panel ? Possibly their players declined invitations to join the panels. Certainly, given Rathnew's proud contribution to all county panels over the years, it is odd.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 23/04/2024 07:40:28    2540027

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Replying To Freethinker:  "It seems as there were not many Rathnew players considered for U17,u30 or senior this season which is amazing given their position in the Div 1 of the senior league. I think they had - player on the u20 panel ? Possibly their players declined invitations to join the panels. Certainly, given Rathnew's proud contribution to all county panels over the years, it is odd."
I hope the minors do well tomorrow evening and get the win which sets up a home quarter v Longford I believe, but I'm nearly sure that st pats,Bray,Rathnew,Annacurra and baltinglass have no players on the panel. And they are also playing a quite defensive system which makes scoring difficult.(in my opinion obviously)

Albundy19 (Wicklow) - Posts: 48 - 23/04/2024 13:47:23    2540132

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Replying To Albundy19:  "Some big results in the 17s player pathway this evening with AGB,Rathnew and blessington racking up big scoring wins. Interestingly Rathnew I'm told have no players selected for this season's minor county Team."
I think those "Pathways" games are really for next years minor panel to get together ?

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 23/04/2024 17:24:06    2540222

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Replying To TopDrawer:  "Disappointing loss for the U20s last night. I thought when they went 3 up with about 15 to go that they would see it out. They had put the Louth kick out under all sorts of pressure. But then Louth took control and won most of our kick outs. They dominated the long kicks and they got the goal from a short one.

Some skilful players on that team that will hopefully make the step up to senior.

Louth had a fella that kicked 2 or 3 45s and long range free - he scored 5 frees in total. It is some asset to have."
Louth into the Leinster final - we had them on the ropes half way through the second half.

TopDrawer (Wicklow) - Posts: 60 - 24/04/2024 08:46:35    2540333

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Replying To TopDrawer:  "Louth into the Leinster final - we had them on the ropes half way through the second half."
Fair play to Louth. I was a bit dismissive of them in an earlier post - probably as a result of another disappointing result for ourselves. I see Meath beat Kildare also. This must put Louth at the top table in Leinster at underage level. Again, fair play to them.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 24/04/2024 10:13:45    2540353

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Great win for the u17s tonight. Good displays all over the field and while it isn't fair to pick out anyone, Small, Kinsella and Fox really impressed me. Real " leaders on the field" material. Let's see now if these lads can get the Wee County monkey off our backs.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 24/04/2024 22:32:20    2540504

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Replying To Freethinker:  "Great win for the u17s tonight. Good displays all over the field and while it isn't fair to pick out anyone, Small, Kinsella and Fox really impressed me. Real " leaders on the field" material. Let's see now if these lads can get the Wee County monkey off our backs."
Freethinker, what's the deal with this competition. After the "preliminary" quarter-final, is it a quarter-final proper we are in now Vs Louth?

Hawkeye2 (Wicklow) - Posts: 127 - 25/04/2024 01:36:52    2540519

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Replying To Hawkeye2:  "Freethinker, what's the deal with this competition. After the "preliminary" quarter-final, is it a quarter-final proper we are in now Vs Louth?"
Seems to be a few prelim rounds to give us "weaker" counties more games. Whether this is a good or bad thing is open to debate. It certainly seems to be working with our guys. You'd nearly be afraid to say it for fear of putting a hex on them but last night they never looked in danger of losing. It remains to be seen how strong Offaly were but they are normally reasonably good at U17 and u20 although Louth are making great strides in recent years which has them possibly favs for the u20 Leinster

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 25/04/2024 07:58:25    2540534

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Replying To Hawkeye2:  "Freethinker, what's the deal with this competition. After the "preliminary" quarter-final, is it a quarter-final proper we are in now Vs Louth?"
Wexford were second in our group and they got Meath in a preliminary round, also last night which they won and fair play to them. That was great result from another " weaker" county. Particularly in a knock out. They have Dublin in a quarter next week. This years competition has a few convolutions attached.

Freethinker (Wicklow) - Posts: 1092 - 25/04/2024 08:18:33    2540537

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