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I had to see it in the flesh to believe how bad Cork have gone. Not sticking the knife in but that was one of the most feeble attempts at playing against Meath I've seen in this division in a long time. Only 12 months ago they beat us at home.
As for Meath obviously delighted with a convincing win away that keeps us top. If I were to be picky letting Cork back to 4 points with 5 mins injury time was annoying. Should of been game over by then and the 2nd goal was more of a Cork error.
Anyway job done. Enjoying my breakfast on the South Mall this morning. Bring on the Lillies.

RoyalBadger (Meath) - Posts: 562 - 24/02/2019 10:43:03    2167429

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Congrats Fermanagh. Deserved their win. I think that we are where we are and I am under no illusions about where we are at. 3 games left. We have to win all 3 games to go up. Unlikely.

Donegalman (None) - Posts: 3621 - 24/02/2019 15:43:27    2167509

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That should be us safe now

gotmilk (Fermanagh) - Posts: 4968 - 24/02/2019 16:14:59    2167533

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Good win for us against Clare. Best we've played so far and needed to be to beat that Clare team. After being 8 points down they came back to within 3 before Kildare drove on again, Great to have Moolick, Brophy and Kelly back today. With a bit of luck we'll have Paul Cribbin back for the big one next week!
Best of luck to Clare for the remaining games.

St.Conleth (Kildare) - Posts: 1587 - 24/02/2019 16:24:47    2167536

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Replying To gotmilk:  "That should be us safe now"
I predicted Fermanagh would be relegated. I'm certainly eating humble pie. Fair play to Fermanagh. Proved a lot of people, including myself, wrong.

Now they should drive on and get to a div 2 final. And win it.

When is Thomas Corrigan coming back or is he? He would be a great man to have come championship

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - Posts: 1689 - 24/02/2019 17:07:27    2167556

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Fermanagh proving to be a good side with their results

That result is further humbling for Donegal who snatched a result from nothing against Meath as a result of a goalkeeping howler.

Looking ahead the League couldn't be set up better. Meath v Kildare in Navan next Sunday will really define the mix for promotion.

All in all still a very evenly matched group

Royalio11 (Meath) - Posts: 718 - 24/02/2019 17:11:05    2167558

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3 point defeat flattered us today. We were completely outplayed in the second half. It's all well and good saying we have players missing but this is what we'll have in 2 or 3 years. We need to find a way to play against a defensive team cos it seems a simple tactic to beat us. Don't think we'll go up nor do we deserve to on performances to date. If Armagh beat us next Saturday we could be relegated. That's the reality and or lads need to knuckle down. The league table flatters us at present.
Well done again to Fermanagh, much the better and more organised team on the day.

Tir Conaill Abu (Donegal) - Posts: 1533 - 24/02/2019 17:29:03    2167577

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Replying To Tir Conaill Abu:  "3 point defeat flattered us today. We were completely outplayed in the second half. It's all well and good saying we have players missing but this is what we'll have in 2 or 3 years. We need to find a way to play against a defensive team cos it seems a simple tactic to beat us. Don't think we'll go up nor do we deserve to on performances to date. If Armagh beat us next Saturday we could be relegated. That's the reality and or lads need to knuckle down. The league table flatters us at present.
Well done again to Fermanagh, much the better and more organised team on the day."
Donegal went down to 14 men in the first half, and we were down to 13 men for 10 mins in the 2nd half.

We know from direct experience that Rory Gallagher preps his teams from October, they are usually Championship fit during the National League and struggle along on the Championship, achieving nothing.

It's February, we were today missing 8 or 9 top players today, and unlike Fermanagh, we haven't ramped up our high intensity training yet. And throughout the first half, we were the better side and could've and should've scored a lot more.

My Point? We beat this same Fermanagh last summer in the Ulster final by 12 points, with pretty much the same bunch of players we have this year. I couldn't give a rats arse about the league, I know better.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 497 - 24/02/2019 17:56:23    2167594

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Replying To Commodore:  "Donegal went down to 14 men in the first half, and we were down to 13 men for 10 mins in the 2nd half.

We know from direct experience that Rory Gallagher preps his teams from October, they are usually Championship fit during the National League and struggle along on the Championship, achieving nothing.

It's February, we were today missing 8 or 9 top players today, and unlike Fermanagh, we haven't ramped up our high intensity training yet. And throughout the first half, we were the better side and could've and should've scored a lot more.

My Point? We beat this same Fermanagh last summer in the Ulster final by 12 points, with pretty much the same bunch of players we have this year. I couldn't give a rats arse about the league, I know better."
Can you name the 9 top players you are missing?

weemanmc (Fermanagh) - Posts: 102 - 24/02/2019 18:17:53    2167607

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Great stuff from Fermanagh in this league

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7617 - 24/02/2019 18:18:40    2167608

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Replying To Commodore:  "Donegal went down to 14 men in the first half, and we were down to 13 men for 10 mins in the 2nd half.

We know from direct experience that Rory Gallagher preps his teams from October, they are usually Championship fit during the National League and struggle along on the Championship, achieving nothing.

It's February, we were today missing 8 or 9 top players today, and unlike Fermanagh, we haven't ramped up our high intensity training yet. And throughout the first half, we were the better side and could've and should've scored a lot more.

My Point? We beat this same Fermanagh last summer in the Ulster final by 12 points, with pretty much the same bunch of players we have this year. I couldn't give a rats arse about the league, I know better."
Fermanagh had a great result today.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1124 - 24/02/2019 18:45:09    2167620

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Replying To weemanmc:  "Can you name the 9 top players you are missing?"
Michael Murphy
Patrick McBrearty
Frank McGlynn
Paddy McGrath
Odhran MacNiallais
Neil McGee
Shaun Patton
Dara O'Baoill
Michael Carroll

Well done Fermanagh and poor second half from Donegal but wouldn't be getting too stressed about this.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 777 - 24/02/2019 19:41:36    2167652

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Well done Fermanagh, deserved win. I hope we beat Kildare next week and you win your next game to set up an intriguing final game between us in navan.

Sounds like Kildare were good today so next week is going to be tough. I expect a big crowd.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 2784 - 24/02/2019 20:17:43    2167673

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Michael Murphy
Patrick McBrearty
Frank McGlynn
Paddy McGrath
Odhran MacNiallais
Neil McGee
Shaun Patton
Dara O'Baoill
Michael Carroll

Well done Fermanagh and poor second half from Donegal but wouldn't be getting too stressed about this."
I think you're stretching a bit. Those first 7 will probably start in championship. Not so sure the bottom two will.
There is however plenty of leaders in those first 7, something we severely lacked today.

Tir Conaill Abu (Donegal) - Posts: 1533 - 24/02/2019 20:19:42    2167675

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Replying To Tir Conaill Abu:  "I think you're stretching a bit. Those first 7 will probably start in championship. Not so sure the bottom two will.
There is however plenty of leaders in those first 7, something we severely lacked today."
First seven are nailed on I would think and O'Baoill showed enough in Ulster for Gweedore, those 3 goals against Crossmaglen for example to show he can cut it at this level. Has more about him than some who started today. Maybe Carroll won't feature, maybe he will. But we are missing a load of serious players so the point stands

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 777 - 24/02/2019 20:45:18    2167692

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Replying To Commodore:  "Donegal went down to 14 men in the first half, and we were down to 13 men for 10 mins in the 2nd half.

We know from direct experience that Rory Gallagher preps his teams from October, they are usually Championship fit during the National League and struggle along on the Championship, achieving nothing.

It's February, we were today missing 8 or 9 top players today, and unlike Fermanagh, we haven't ramped up our high intensity training yet. And throughout the first half, we were the better side and could've and should've scored a lot more.

My Point? We beat this same Fermanagh last summer in the Ulster final by 12 points, with pretty much the same bunch of players we have this year. I couldn't give a rats arse about the league, I know better."
Any more excuses to throw in ? Anything but the excuse that we played well and were tactically superior .. please note also that was not near the same team as last year as we've had losses through injuries and retirement leading to 5 or 6 changes for us and for a wee county like us that's huge .. so in case you forgot to say it ... bloody well done us to right the poor wrongs of the end of last seson that were Donegal and Kildare matches .. if Donegal look for excuses rather than accepting than the reality then we will see them in div 2 next year

KeshGFC (Fermanagh) - Posts: 169 - 24/02/2019 21:00:37    2167708

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Replying To Jack_Goff:  "Well done Fermanagh, deserved win. I hope we beat Kildare next week and you win your next game to set up an intriguing final game between us in navan.

Sounds like Kildare were good today so next week is going to be tough. I expect a big crowd."
Why would you want a promotion rival to win. I hope they lose all the rest of there games

southmeathgael (Meath) - Posts: 649 - 24/02/2019 21:18:06    2167713

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Replying To St.Conleth:  "Good win for us against Clare. Best we've played so far and needed to be to beat that Clare team. After being 8 points down they came back to within 3 before Kildare drove on again, Great to have Moolick, Brophy and Kelly back today. With a bit of luck we'll have Paul Cribbin back for the big one next week!
Best of luck to Clare for the remaining games."
Well apart from the first 20 minutes in the 2nd half when we were dire. Constantly giving the ball away, stupid errors. If we play like that next Sunday against Meath we be in serious trouble.

lilywhite1 (Kildare) - Posts: 2959 - 24/02/2019 21:26:02    2167717

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Replying To Tir Conaill Abu:  "I think you're stretching a bit. Those first 7 will probably start in championship. Not so sure the bottom two will.
There is however plenty of leaders in those first 7, something we severely lacked today."
Yeah your right.

I can't see Donegal starting McGee and McGrath in the full back line together either. One or the other maybe.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - Posts: 1689 - 24/02/2019 21:35:21    2167726

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Replying To weemanmc:  "Can you name the 9 top players you are missing?"
From Yesterday, Yes i can

1. Michael Murphy
2. Patrick McBrearty
3. Odhran MacNiallais
4. Darrach O'Connor
5. Cian Mulligan
6. Micheal Carroll
7. Martin McElhinney
8. Daire O'Baoill
9. Frank McGlynn
10. Anthony Thompson
11. Paddy McGrath
12. Neil McGee
13. Kieran Gillespie
14. Mark McHugh
15. Paul 'Papa' Durkin

The above are all players involved in the Donegal Senior panel in the last 12 months, and most of whom are expected to be featuring come Championship as either starters or subs.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 497 - 25/02/2019 08:09:36    2167820

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