Dublin Senior Footballers 2018


#808

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#809

2025, maybe


#810

Cian out until July by all accounts. Big loss.


#811

Hopefully the recovery will go better than expected, but his boots will be a very hard pair to fill, he’s some operator


#812

There is no like for like replacement obviously but I reckon McCarthy, Small & Lowndes, Butsy or McCaffrey (depending on his return date) is still the strongest half back line in Ireland


#813

Are you a Barca fan?


#814

Cian is a massive loss in my opinion for the business ends - don’t buy he has a direct replacement so let’s hope he’s back for the super 8’s

Any news on jack - is he back in match training yet ?


#815

I’d disagree . The sweeper doesn’t have to generally pick up anybody . He has free reign . And to be honest I think Cian got burned the last day on Clifford . I’m not buying the fact he came to terms with him . If he did Jim wouldn’t have put a better defender on him in JC .
I think both Philly or Jack could slot into that position. But they will have to have some of their instinctive traits knocked out of them to properly fulfil the role . Which , I’ve no doubt , Jim would instill in them. This team is progressive , we adapt to differing play / setups . Jim is light years above anybody else .'14 was a major wake-up call . Jim was all concurring. Then got landed on his arse . That was a body blow to him which he recovered from , emphatically , with a three in a row . A bad display & how you react is the difference between a good coach & a bad one .EF & Rochford arent far off but just that 1% from winning or losing .( That 1 % though is a catastrophic poor decision on the sideline , 1% , 1 point ) .


#816

I think every one is trying to define what a sweeper is. For me it’s like the old Billy Boots comic…It’s about being in the right place at the right time .
Cian is brilliant at this. But man marking John Small all day long. But thankfully this team is seriously adaptable.


#817

Cian gives great leadership and brings calm to those around him.

And he also built the aqueducts.


#818

After a poorish start ( his second game back this year ) I actually thought Cian had a very fine 50 minutes last week .

Cian is more than a sweeper- he’s a superb defender, leader and ball player with bags of experience - and nearly always does it on the big days

Some Dublin supporters getting very cocky this year in my opinion - dismissing injuries as if we have some sort of endless pit of brilliance - leave that to the media lads we can’t afford anymore injuries/ unavailability of some of our key players.


#819

Well said.
Am wondering is the raft of injuries a pure luck thing or because we’ve come back from another All-I win playing (and presumably training) very hard?


#820

Don’t think it’s an incorrect statement. Compared to the rest of the country we have solid backups for NEARLY every position.


#821

Not at all, just an Iniesta one.


#822

Anyone hear how Murchan is getting on this year? A lot of talent but size may go against him!


#823

What’s the story with Dermo


#824

I’d love to know too. Something not right clearly.

Was hoping to see him get some game time today but he wasn’t even part of the squad.


#825

If his return date is scheduled for just after Leinster then I wouldn’t be overly concerned. The two extra games is 2/3 of what Leinster contains anyhow.


#826

Lads, fairly common knowledge at this stage. DC will not feature for several months. PM me if you want clarification, but he’s gone for 2018 at least.


#827

:unamused: