March 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm
They won’t say a word to him Ros Town. If MDMA didn’t recieve sanction for the mid air choke tackle on COC last year then I doubt it. And Philly for biting. And Philly for gouging. And Philly for gouging again. And James McCarthy for full body checks. And Dennis Bastick for gealic football’s most basic infringement etc etc. We could be here all evening. The list goes on and on. But that’s what we’re up against and that’s what we have to factor in when planning games. I’m glad it’s not my job.
March 5, 2017 at 10:17 am
Final gripe! – “Mayo now haven’t beaten Dublin in 11 attempts” … “this isn’t a rivalry”.
While the record books are all that matter,I’ve said it numerous times in them 11 games – a lot of the 8 defeats need a huge asterisk after them!, We have been robbed & rode so often that we’d have a better than 50% record in that spell I’ve no doubt. Each of the 3 draws needless to say we ought to have won too…whether it’s Maurice deegans conscience getting him months later or McQuillan / Coldrick (& Gough too?) turning a blind eye to filth – I feel a bit like Balotelli “Why always me (us)”
From how many chances I wonder? Very few of Mayo’s forwards got chances against us last year. The one he got the first day was to equalise the game in injury time, so a massive score. Getting 3 Vs Tyrone, considering Tyrone are extremely tight, and it was a very low-scoring game, was some achievement. He reminds me of Deano from play, solid, and does alot of work. Mind you Dean had an outstanding year last year, and probably got alot more chances to score that COC. But you could argue Dean is better at making chances, finding space etc etc.
I did also say that O’Gara’s goal efforts in the last few years have been as good as most of our forwards, only Kevin better, and Mannion has done well from less chances/appearances.
Whilst I spoke about his awkwardness, in major championship games especially he has been very effective running with the ball given the chance, and linking the play. Also doesn’t run down blind alleys too much. All excellent attributes, not to be taken for granted, along with the obvious stuff, effective target-man, breaking tackles, big game composure.
The only question is will he get the chance to get his shooting back up to standard? (It is noted that in fairness Clarke is the most difficult keeper to get a shot past at that level.)
For me the best thing about this game was that Flynn scored a long distance point. His shooting last year was very poor, he was either blocked or sent it wide in nearly every attempt. It can take just one score to bring the mojo back and that might have been it. From what I have seen of his dedication, I bet he spent the winter practising these.