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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "this is certainly shaping up to be most interesting...Laois loosing to Louth, no disrespect to Louth but that is a bit of a shock..and Carlow and Westmeath drawing..didnt see that coming..."
No disrespect to Louth?????? Louth are now second and won today with 14 men against 16 men.

MiddleofLouth (Louth) - Posts: 75 - 10/02/2019 18:20:52    2164170

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Replying To CarlowRising44:  "My fellow Carlow men, maybe leave off 'Fairplayalways' for a minute. He was just giving his predictions and is entitled to do so. If you had have handed me a draw with Westmeath before the game i would have taken it. This is a Division which every team can beat each other. You might need 6 or 7 points to be safe, equally you might get promoted with 8 or 9! For what its worth I think Laois, Westmeath, Down and Carlow will fight for promotion. I think Sligo could be in real trouble for the drop with perhaps Louth (yes i know they had a good win over Laois but their form over the last two years have been very poor). But look i could be completely wrong. Either way there are some great competition to look forward to in this Division."
Louth are second in the table. I think Carlow will get relegated.

MiddleofLouth (Louth) - Posts: 75 - 10/02/2019 18:23:10    2164172

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Replying To Blackbog:  "Yes Longford are very impressive and lead the way in a very tight league
Longford 5
Laois, Down and Louth 4
Westmeath and Carlow 3
Offaly 1
Sligo 0.

Disappointed with out result today but hats off to Longford.
Offaly and Sligo need win next time so as not be further adrift"
Louth are second in the table, end of.

MiddleofLouth (Louth) - Posts: 75 - 10/02/2019 18:26:04    2164173

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Replying To MiddleofLouth:  "Louth are second in the table, end of."
Louth are third.
More to the point there are 2 points separating 1st and 6th

Blackbog (Carlow) - Posts: 392 - 10/02/2019 20:36:00    2164262

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Div 2 & 3 continue to be so unpredictable. Longford deserved that win today, very impressed by them. Defensively solid and kicked some great scores too. With the club players to come back too, they have a serious squad.
Saying that if Carlow had scored the peno just before ht it would have put us 4 ahead and result would have almost certainly been different.
Carlow love going ahead and keeping possession and killing off games. Chasing a game is something the management haven't figured out yet, we lack a Plan B. A fit Paul Broderick would have made a huge difference too. We miseed him last week & only got 25 mins of a strapped up him today.
After seeing us play Sligo, Westmeath & Longford, without a doubt Longford look the best team. Sligo looked poor & lost badly again today. They might end the league pointless.
Louth in fairness are doing better than even they expected, Down got a huge win last night. Offaly have been unlucky so far. It will cpme down to the last day for sure & is very hard to call. Def a draw or 4 still to come in Div 3!

The Real 1944 (Carlow) - Posts: 1095 - 11/02/2019 00:33:18    2164357

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Unfortunately I was right about Westmeath and Down. On a positive note I don't think anyone picked more than 2 winners so it seems like all to play for still in this division.

wonit1time (Westmeath) - Posts: 448 - 11/02/2019 08:05:24    2164373

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Replying To wonit1time:  "Unfortunately I was right about Westmeath and Down. On a positive note I don't think anyone picked more than 2 winners so it seems like all to play for still in this division."
Looks like Offaly and Sligo are heading to Division 4. Everything else is up for grabs. I would have had 4 predictions, but Longford pulled off a great result in Carlow.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1047 - 11/02/2019 11:41:28    2164467

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Looks like Offaly and Sligo are heading to Division 4. Everything else is up for grabs. I would have had 4 predictions, but Longford pulled off a great result in Carlow."
janey mac how Offaly lost against Louth!!..down at wrong end of table now, and while still very tight, its hard to see all the teams above them collapsing to bring Offaly back into promotion chase, technically its possible but very hard to see...got a good lead yesterday and were terrified to push on and see it out against 14 men...Down and Laois & Longford now looking impressive to me...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 11/02/2019 12:26:13    2164495

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keeping our post alive, heres next round of fixtures 24th Feb and my predictions for what its worth..
Allianz FL Division 3 round 4
Longford v Down - prediction Down
Louth v Sligo - prediction Sligo
Westmeath v Laois - prediction Laois
Offaly v Carlow - prediction Carlow (unless Offaly take a lead and go on to finish off the game, if not Carlow will catch them)

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 12/02/2019 14:41:53    2164879

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "keeping our post alive, heres next round of fixtures 24th Feb and my predictions for what its worth..
Allianz FL Division 3 round 4
Longford v Down - prediction Down
Louth v Sligo - prediction Sligo
Westmeath v Laois - prediction Laois
Offaly v Carlow - prediction Carlow (unless Offaly take a lead and go on to finish off the game, if not Carlow will catch them)"
Offaly led for 75 minutes v 14 man Louth, and lost. 8 points up v Westmeath after 45 minutes, and lost to a last minute point. Big fade out in those games, Louth result was unbelievable, two extra men after 43 minutes, following a black card, and failed to score in that 10 minute period. Kept passing the ball around, rather than push on for scores. Can 't understand it. Running out of room, to pick up points.
From what should have been 6 points, we only have 1.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1047 - 12/02/2019 19:12:37    2164946

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Offaly led for 75 minutes v 14 man Louth, and lost. 8 points up v Westmeath after 45 minutes, and lost to a last minute point. Big fade out in those games, Louth result was unbelievable, two extra men after 43 minutes, following a black card, and failed to score in that 10 minute period. Kept passing the ball around, rather than push on for scores. Can 't understand it. Running out of room, to pick up points.
From what should have been 6 points, we only have 1."
so very true, I was trying to think of the three games played to date where we were unlucky, and do you know what, we weren't, you reap what you sow most of the time, the leads we had should be sufficient in division 3 to see out games, and with 2-05 at half time against Louth on Sunday last, and against the breeze in the 2nd half, I was thinking, ok we will get another 1-05 or so surely and give them a few extra scores with the wind we will still win by 3/4 points...3 points in 35+ minutes wont win matches against most teams now..I cannot see us beating Carlow unless there is a whole new mindset IF we get a lead in the game...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 13/02/2019 10:24:39    2165037

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "so very true, I was trying to think of the three games played to date where we were unlucky, and do you know what, we weren't, you reap what you sow most of the time, the leads we had should be sufficient in division 3 to see out games, and with 2-05 at half time against Louth on Sunday last, and against the breeze in the 2nd half, I was thinking, ok we will get another 1-05 or so surely and give them a few extra scores with the wind we will still win by 3/4 points...3 points in 35+ minutes wont win matches against most teams now..I cannot see us beating Carlow unless there is a whole new mindset IF we get a lead in the game..."
Maybe Offaly would be better coming from behind in games, as they can't seem to hold onto a lead. I would like to see Nigel Dunne and Shane Tierney either start, or come in against Carlow. Tierney is a player who can pop up with a score when needed, while Dunne is an experienced player.

Could not understand why they were both left on the bench last Sunday.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1047 - 13/02/2019 12:50:54    2165088

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Maybe Offaly would be better coming from behind in games, as they can't seem to hold onto a lead. I would like to see Nigel Dunne and Shane Tierney either start, or come in against Carlow. Tierney is a player who can pop up with a score when needed, while Dunne is an experienced player.

Could not understand why they were both left on the bench last Sunday."
yeah I heard that ok, will Niall McNamee make an impact I wonder, I know hes an exceptional footballer but surely to God a player like him, he isn't that old either, should shine head and shoulders above others in Division 3, Peter Brady and Vinny Claffey did when we were in the doldrums in the late 1980's and during early 1990's, Even when younger some of his tallies were not what you would expect from such talent..expecting him to shine at the twilight of his career is a big ask but surely possible fin Div 3...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 13/02/2019 13:07:37    2165093

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Longford v Down, Pearse Park, 2.00 pm
Louth v Sligo, TBC, 2.30 pm
Westmeath v Laois, Cusack Park, 2.30 pm
Offaly v Carlow, - - Draw - - O'Connor Park, 3.00 pm

supersub15 (Carlow) - Posts: 1880 - 18/02/2019 20:06:40    2166220

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Replying To supersub15:  "Longford v Down, Pearse Park, 2.00 pm
Louth v Sligo, TBC, 2.30 pm
Westmeath v Laois, Cusack Park, 2.30 pm
Offaly v Carlow, - - Draw - - O'Connor Park, 3.00 pm"
inclined to go along with your predictions..a draw is of no use to Offaly so they will surely kick on a bit...however, a draw is very very possible in that one...Louth should beat Sligo, Down should overcome Longford (but you never know with Longford especially at home)...Laois I think will beat Westmeath...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 18/02/2019 23:17:05    2166262

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Just looking at the price for the Carlow Offaly game on Sunday, because it's a double header we get charged division 1 prices, that's a low blow in my opinion, I have no interest in the first game and no intention of watching it but still have to pay the extra charge, so in essence some division 3 games are more expensive than others

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1230 - 19/02/2019 10:09:33    2166296

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Replying To Barrowsider:  "Just looking at the price for the Carlow Offaly game on Sunday, because it's a double header we get charged division 1 prices, that's a low blow in my opinion, I have no interest in the first game and no intention of watching it but still have to pay the extra charge, so in essence some division 3 games are more expensive than others"
But if they didn't charge €20 then in essence some division one games would be more expensive than others!!

Despite that I agree with your point that Carlow supporters are being hit unfairly here by the double header with a hurling game we've no interest in especially when most will stay be sitting in the car before the football listening to our hurlers match v Leix starting at 2 back in Carlow! (Why couldn't that have been played Saturday night under lights in Carlow btw).

Onion Breath (Carlow) - Posts: 1118 - 19/02/2019 11:36:16    2166327

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Does anyone know if season tickets cover double headers? I've got the football one, but the hurlers are playing before them on Sunday and I wouldn't mind taking it in.
As for the match itself, Laois gave us a hammering in the championship last year so I am not sure what to expect on Sunday.

iarmhi_an_mhaith (Westmeath) - Posts: 186 - 19/02/2019 11:54:23    2166330

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Replying To iarmhi_an_mhaith:  "Does anyone know if season tickets cover double headers? I've got the football one, but the hurlers are playing before them on Sunday and I wouldn't mind taking it in.
As for the match itself, Laois gave us a hammering in the championship last year so I am not sure what to expect on Sunday."
seems unfair ok, but I suppose the powers that be will say there is 2 games on, its up to patrons whether they watch the 2 or not, pity Carlow aren't involved in both games this weekend in Tullamore maybe...but so be it.

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 284 - 19/02/2019 12:56:06    2166343

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Replying To Onion Breath:  "But if they didn't charge €20 then in essence some division one games would be more expensive than others!!

Despite that I agree with your point that Carlow supporters are being hit unfairly here by the double header with a hurling game we've no interest in especially when most will stay be sitting in the car before the football listening to our hurlers match v Leix starting at 2 back in Carlow! (Why couldn't that have been played Saturday night under lights in Carlow btw)."
Folks that is an unfortunate rule, that applies where a Div1 hurling game, is part of a double header with a Div3/4 football game. I was caught a few years ago myself, got no joy from the gate people.
You could get a reduction by purchasing tickets in Centra/ Super Valu prior to Sunday.
That apart, hope you have a good time in Tullamore, plenty of places to enjoy a drink, or a meal.

We will have to expect different results from the football game.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1047 - 19/02/2019 13:39:48    2166356

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