I thought he did well enough too. One of our better players. Not saying he was fantastic or anything, but better then a lot of others.
Generally on the team that played, and I think we have to be very specific about that, because that isn’t the Dublin team that will play later in the year - I saw it as follows
Nolan - I thought he was good, one good save and the puck outs were all good. It’s not his fault if guys mis-control them.
Full Back line - It was hard to tell really, they were under the cosh for a lot of it and were just firefighting. There was no great commanding presence in there though, but once or twice both corner men did come out with the ball and get good clearances.
Half Back Line - probably the only place where we had some success. Barrett and Crummy showed why they might be the only two from the outfield players to be on the ‘real’ team. McBride did well I thought, but just not as a number 6. He had nice control and decent aggression, but didn’t know where to go really under the high ball. He misjudged one when he was standing on his own, which is sort of difficult to do…
Midfield - not terrible. I thought they both had a decent first half but faded. Someone contradicted me in a previous post when I said McMorrow did well so I went back and had a look. I still hold to my original opinion, I thought he made a real difference. He made two bad mistakes, miscontrolling one ball and turning his back on a pass from a sideline - but he wasn’t long on at that stage and was just getting to the pace of it. But apart from that, I thought he did well.
Half Forwards - hmmm, not great. Smith went to midfield for a while and did ok (ish), Whitely won a bit of ball and was aggressive, but I would be worried about his skill level over all. He looks awkward and the touch lets him down sometimes. But maybe later in the year will suit him better. Burke was very quiet. In the second half I counted he touched the ball four times, once was a good catch, but the other three were loose balls that he just got hold of and passed to someone else. To me he looks too light yet for this level and doesn’t have the speed to compensate.
Full forward line - Not good at all really. I was corrected earlier when I commented on this by someone saying that the ball into them was crap, and it was, so maybe it is unfair to judge them. But Dillon made a difference when he came on. Hedgo made a big difference too I thought. I think the guy is very good, but I wouldn’t have been one pushing for his inclusion at this level - but I thought he looked a lot trimmer then before and he had one rocket of a shot from well out the field, and that is something no other Dublin player has in his locker (I mean of the players that played on Saturday).
I don’t think it is, but if this is the basis of the team, we are in the s***e. But in reality I don’t think any more then four of them, five at a push will be playing championship this year. It does beg the question where is everyone else though. Fair enough, we don’t have the Cuala lads. But why is Dillon and McMorrow not starting? You would assume they are behind in the pre-season stuff and that is why, but again why are they behind. Sutcliffe is back since Gilroy took over, you would think that is long enough to get fit, but he wasn’t against Wexford (having said that, a half fit Sutcliffe would still have improved Saturdays team).
Why have we such long term injuries, Kelly, Boland, Conroy and a few more that have been mentioned above. I know Kelly had a horrific injury and I know Boland’s thing can be long term - but mother of god, you could grow new limbs in the time they have been out!
Why isn’t O Donnell available or played a game yet? He is playing college. How far away can Rushe be, that it is preferable to play a guy at centre back who rarely if ever plays there.
Paul Ryan is back also isn’t he? How unfit can he be that he hasn’t played anything yet? Is he also injured? Even on one leg he would have added something on Saturday night.
Why is there so much focus on the 2016 minors (O Sullivan, Burke, Whitely, Smith)? When there are guys who performed well at u21 in the last two years still untapped. For example, is Riain McBride injured or something? He was our best u21 against Kilkenny and he was our best minor on the team that included O Callaghan, Barrett etc. Yet he seems to get very little of a chance.
I am actually sure there are good answers to most if not all of these questions, management didn’t put out a weakened team because they felt like it. I also know it isn’t Gilroy’s first priority to keep us all informed of every thing that happens. But some information on what the plan is would be good to know.
Edit - Jesus, that’s long (sorry)