2018 Leinster SFC Semi Final, Dublin v Longford – Croke Park, Sun June 10th 4pm


#486

It’s been an issue for years but so far it hasn’t stopped us winning. Hard to escape the feeling that it will someday. Other teams know that if they have a decent defensive structure and players they can usually stay in the game because we don’t convert a good percentage of our chances or very promising situations.


#487

They are already going after him. Kerry have been after Connolly since DOS’s article a few years ago, and in a roundabout way the finally got their man. I do genuinely believe they have a target in mind, which is to undermine as many of our major essential/irreplaceable players as they can, in order that there’s a greater chance they can beat us before we equal the record of their greatest team.


#488

Agreed. Just like Philly, he comes in for dogs abuse & just like Philly, his cards to abuse ratio is pretty darn good over the years. As long as he stays on the pitch for the most part, I’m being realistic in getting down from my high horse & shutting up.


#489

Cooper the man I don’t know but Cooper the footballer is a terrific player. However I do think Rico is correct and that the player needs to play more and cut out the lower level behaviour.


#490

Dont think the comparison with Ricey is correct, in so far as Ricey tried to injure players, sneaky knees etc, Jonny is more in your face kind of stuff, surprised ROC never got the slack Jonny gets, I think their styles were similiar, Rory almost always had a hand on his man.


#491

That wasn’t a foul then and no free should have been awarded. Heery made a side to side challenge which was legal at the time (the rules have since been changed so that it must be shoulder to shoulder). Barr couldn’t do much about O’Rourke being propelled backwards into him. To be fair to him, O’Rourke never made a big deal about the challenge.


#492

Rory was bigger. And not hard on the eye…


#493

The problem with Ricey for me was his late hits and continuous sledging. Cooper (and O Carroll in his time) are just in your face. It’s up to the opposition player to sort it out if he can. There is an element of intimidation and bullying in any contact sport.

Having said that, hands on a player off the ball is actually illegal, if this was not being allowed it would make it much easier for the refs to see foul play in general.


#494

Rory spent most of his standing sideways with his arm outretched on his man’s shoulder, always felt it must have been really annoying for the other player.


#495

He was incredibly good though. We have never really replaced him. For example, McManus of Monaghan always does damage against us, but I remember O Carroll shutting him down completely.


#496

It’s such a specialized position, he was TAILER made for it too. We have changed our pattern of defending to make up (somewhat) for our loss. It’s such a shame as you’d feel with him still in the team that we’d be 3-4 points a better team or thereabouts!


#497

Tailor made.


#498

Absolutely.

Feckin auto correct on the phone has me in some pickles lately!


#499

Only one Taylor matters in Croker and she s playing 2 gigs there this week…


#500

You were swift in with that one.


#501

You were. Lads standards please.


#502

I m talking to myself. Doh


#503

Dont know what your talking about.


#504

Thats why that cunning stunt spillane drew attention to cooper on TSG


#505

Changing ‘hurl’ to ‘girl’ has nearly led to me posting stuff you could be arrested for. I am sure ye can think of a few possible examples! Thankfully I spotted them.