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Donegal V Dublin - 7 Like(s)
Great result & performance fro Donegal on what was a difficult day for football.

One small note of disappointment was the way Dublin played with 14 men inside their own 45 when not in possession. You wouldn't catch Donegal or indeed any Ulster team engaging in such negativity.

Disgraceful carry on.
MuckrossHead , 26/02/2017 at 16:20


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 7 Like(s)

Replying To Triple H:  "No blinkers here, I'm from Meath and if ever there was somebody who would like to pick holes and give out about the Dubs it is me. But Donegal after claiming they would not play defensive initiated that bile today. And my God that was just disgusting to watch. Derry got stick a few years back for defending against Dublin but that was every bit as bad.

I await the whole 'talk when Meath can do this, that and the other' crap, and I admit Meath are trying to play defensive themselves and are just not good enough to do it, but seriously you cannot sit by and think that was not a horrible game of football, if you do it's you that has blinkers on. Football is gone to sh**e and ye boys have a lot to do with that.

I have no interest in making this into a whole Meath v Donegal thing, I'm just saying how that there today was desperate."
First thing you do tomorrow is take a trip into town, visit your local specsavers and get your eyes checked. I only saw the last 20 minutes but the dubs had everyone back. Last attack from Donegal was there anyone in a dublin shirt in the opposition half?
gotmilk , 26/02/2017 at 18:41


Donegal V Dublin - 6 Like(s)

Replying To hill16no1man:  "Very poor game of football today.
two woeful performances from each side.
referee had the two biggest moments in the game in awarding the first goal incorrectly when it was a clear square ball and then the free at the end was for what exactly? If anything the Donegal forward was the only player with hand on an opposition player.
in all honesty we should have been out of sight long before the goals.
the over doing of passing the ball instead of having a go at the posts is something that is becoming too obvious to opposition teams.
Poor team selection from Gavin today aswell it was a forward line lacking any firepower he selected.
Donegal were there typical selves dour boring and refusing to kick the ball in the first half yet they were rewarded for it like a mask murderer winning the euromillions by getting two freak goals.
felt the pitch was borderline unplayable aswell for the most part."
how dare anyone put it up to the dubs! :)
ziggy32001 , 26/02/2017 at 17:36


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 6 Like(s)

Replying To Triple H:  "Couldn't help but think about this article today while watching the game.
http://www.hoganstand.com/Donegal/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=266735

No offence intended to anyone from Donegal ye battled shocking hard and of course as a Meath man it was great to see ye nick a draw at the death. But wow, that was brutal viewing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yui4Uif8okU"
No it wasn't. Very enjoyable to watch it live. Get own house in order and then criticize - for instance the next time you play/ lie down against the dubs
Donegalman , 26/02/2017 at 18:04


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 5 Like(s)

Replying To Triple H:  "And I accept that 100%. Listen honestly I was delighted to see Donegal win the All Ireland and multiple Ulsters in the past few years so genuinely nothing against them or their fans. I just really do think they are better than what they play and it just makes for a very poor spectacle."
Just cause its not exactly free flowing sexy football doesn't make it a poor spectacle. I'm sick of this notion that football has to be played a certain way and that anybody who dares veer off course is inflicting stab wounds in the murder of gaelic football cause that is absolute total and utter balls. . I accept that people might want to see great football as a preference, I'm one of them, but to suggest that there is no skill involved or any entertainment involved in this is, in my view, simply untrue. Its fascinating and intriguing. If the lack of a spectacle is such a big deal then why are so many Donegal people willing to spend money watching it year on year. Ive been to loads of Donegal games as a neutral, and there are always huge crowds. If Donegal and Tyrone where playing in an ulster final this july, it'd sell out. People are not voting with their feet when it comes to the black death of gaelic football because its a myth, If anything the league crowds are increasing, and the reason why attendances are dwindling (in the championship) has nothing to do with the spectacle on show, rather the dire, huge difference of quality between the Dublins of this world and the Meaths of this world where the gap is widening. Competitive sport draws mega crowds and interest, turkey shoots don't. I was a nervous wreck in the last few minutes today, in a league game in February, There is every chance I wont feel nerves like that in the championship until august at the earliest.
waynoI , 26/02/2017 at 20:02


Donegal V Dublin - 5 Like(s)

Replying To hill16no1man:  "Very poor game of football today.
two woeful performances from each side.
referee had the two biggest moments in the game in awarding the first goal incorrectly when it was a clear square ball and then the free at the end was for what exactly? If anything the Donegal forward was the only player with hand on an opposition player.
in all honesty we should have been out of sight long before the goals.
the over doing of passing the ball instead of having a go at the posts is something that is becoming too obvious to opposition teams.
Poor team selection from Gavin today aswell it was a forward line lacking any firepower he selected.
Donegal were there typical selves dour boring and refusing to kick the ball in the first half yet they were rewarded for it like a mask murderer winning the euromillions by getting two freak goals.
felt the pitch was borderline unplayable aswell for the most part."
Plenty of dropped shots into Cluxton and a few bad wides more than offset the two goals. Donegal got through youse on several occasions.
DonegalAtlantic , 26/02/2017 at 17:44


Donegal V Dublin - 4 Like(s)
That was a CLEAR black card there. Dublin player dragging a Donegal player down deliberately and not given. This is what annoys fans, the rules not applying to Dublin.
Ulsterman , 26/02/2017 at 15:30


Donegal V Dublin - 4 Like(s)

Replying To hill16no1man:  "Very poor game of football today.
two woeful performances from each side.
referee had the two biggest moments in the game in awarding the first goal incorrectly when it was a clear square ball and then the free at the end was for what exactly? If anything the Donegal forward was the only player with hand on an opposition player.
in all honesty we should have been out of sight long before the goals.
the over doing of passing the ball instead of having a go at the posts is something that is becoming too obvious to opposition teams.
Poor team selection from Gavin today aswell it was a forward line lacking any firepower he selected.
Donegal were there typical selves dour boring and refusing to kick the ball in the first half yet they were rewarded for it like a mask murderer winning the euromillions by getting two freak goals.
felt the pitch was borderline unplayable aswell for the most part."
Your bias is beyond a joke assuming you're not winding up. I watched the game in full and saw two cagey teams with lots of men behind the ball. Did you not see that? Honestly? Stop playing the moral high ground as honest posters who watched the game see through your bluff.

Donegal's young players were excellent today in parts. Ciaran Thompson is an emerging leader. Jason McGee really contributed for such a young man. The McHughs and O'Reilly have such dynamism in changing defence to attack. Young Caolan Ward deserves much credit in this respect also. Murphy didn't deserve MOM in my opinion, had some fine moments but was below par. Still influential which says it all. Frank McGlynn and Paddy McGrath were excellent and their experience was vital. We lacked a cohesive attacking strategy and I feel the two goals glossed over that. Lots to be optimistic about I have to say but so much to work on. Still, a draw with this fine Dublin team is not by chance, few teams can do it. So I'm pleased with a point and it could prove critical by the end of the league in terms of survival or league silverware.
Donegal_abroad , 26/02/2017 at 17:53


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 4 Like(s)

Replying To HEREBENJI:  "Dublin defended just as deep and in same numbers as us. Get the blinkers off lad."
No blinkers here, I'm from Meath and if ever there was somebody who would like to pick holes and give out about the Dubs it is me. But Donegal after claiming they would not play defensive initiated that bile today. And my God that was just disgusting to watch. Derry got stick a few years back for defending against Dublin but that was every bit as bad.

I await the whole 'talk when Meath can do this, that and the other' crap, and I admit Meath are trying to play defensive themselves and are just not good enough to do it, but seriously you cannot sit by and think that was not a horrible game of football, if you do it's you that has blinkers on. Football is gone to sh**e and ye boys have a lot to do with that.

I have no interest in making this into a whole Meath v Donegal thing, I'm just saying how that there today was desperate.
Triple H , 26/02/2017 at 18:26


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 4 Like(s)
Donegal were extremely defensive today but given the opposition I think it was justified. We played 15 v 15 against Kerry and got well beaten. With such a young team we couldn't afford to get a pasting from Dublin and dent their confidence. What were Donegal supposed to do, try to outscore Dublin in a free flowing game?

By the way Dublin played very defensively as well.
Green_Gold , 26/02/2017 at 18:35


Donegal V Dublin - 4 Like(s)
hill16no1man (Dublin) - a good old rant there and complaining about the first goal - you did not complain when Mayo scored two of those for ye in the AI final!
browncows , 26/02/2017 at 18:40


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 3 Like(s)

Replying To Triple H:  "I know enough to see that Dublin had a very mixed team playing today. Far from their strongest to be certain and Donegal were still afraid to give it a proper go."
Whatever about Dublin being understrength, we have lost 9 players from last year. Players of the calibre of McNeilis, Thompson, Toye, McLoone, N. Gallagher, McFadden and Eamon McGee. Players that are not easily replaced. Added to that we still have the likes of Kieran Gillespie, Paddy McBrearty, Martin McElhinney and Karl Lacey to come back in.

What exactly did you expect from Donegal? Afraid to give it a go.. Come off it. We defended ferociously and were able to open up Dublin numerous times, dropping 3 or 4 short and kicking some poor wides in absolutely shocking conditions. I thought we did excellent with the team we now have at our disposal. We'd a whole host of under 21s playing including 19 year old Michael Carroll and an 18 year old midfielder Jason McGee who was outstanding today against the best pound for pound midfielder in the country in Brian Fenton. I'm proud of how these lads did and what a great experience it was for them today.
HandballRef , 26/02/2017 at 19:49


Division 1 2017 - 3 Like(s)
Great win and performance from our lads today to go top against Kerry. I never thought our performance in Mayo got the credit it deserved. Just like Tyrone against Dublin, Kerry did not like it when the game was taken to them direct and uncompromising. Something has to give in Omagh next week, could be the game of the League so far.
From our point of view we defended well and kept possession well, it was great to see Jack Mc Carron make his mark at this level, as we in Monaghan always knew he could. Shane Carey put in a good shift tracking back and working hard, he too can take a score when his confidence eventually comes at this level. If there was a team of the league picked now Gavin Doogan would be first man on the team sheet, such was the consistency of his performances in the first 3 games. Teams doubling up on Mc Manus can create opportunities for us going forward as these new players gain confidence.
As for Kerry I thought both the black and red cards were harsh, but why they lost was more to do with our performance and like Cavan last week they did not do enough in the wind assisted first half
Mayo and Kerry done, Tyrone and Dublin next, why not the clean sweep of the so called top 4. Roll on next week
mhunicean_abu , 26/02/2017 at 20:08


Donegal V Dublin - 3 Like(s)
Enthralling game for the time of year. Two teams leaving nothing behind them. The draw is an excellent result for this Donegal team who I think upped their performance today by at least 20% from what we have seen so far from them in the league. Delighted to be proven wrong as i thought the dubs would win well today. I have to admit though that while the draw was probably deserved it was no way a free for MM leveler what was that about? Dublin can feel hard done by by the ref by blowing back when clear advantage was on. So while previous poster complained about the black card not given the ref was not the Dubs friend either. Real coming of age for alot of these young players. Eoghan Ban, Jason McGee, Caolan Ward and Ciaran Thompson really coming on in leaps and bounds and I just hope that they are lucky with injuries and fatigue in relation to the U-21 Ulster championship as there is quite a team there. What do the dubs make of Dean Rock? Missed plenty of frees today and basically if he not knocking them over what does he actually offer ye? Again going forward Donegal over elaborated with the hand passing and sideways running which is so frustrating to watch at times. The death knells may not be ringing just yet for Donegal football. I must mention Frank, MM, Neil McGee (who looks in serious shape) and Paddy Mcgrath for all showing their experience and showing up when it counted when needed today.
panamasam , 26/02/2017 at 15:56


Division One 2017 - 3 Like(s)
I did say before the game that Roscommon supporters should consider getting within 6 points of Mayo a good result. Winning margin was 8 however the dominance of Mayo on the night was probably 15 points margin really.

As a neutral I was in the stand last night my view on Roscommon is McStay has lost the dressing room and the body language of players is terrible. Most of this is to do with the huge turnover of players and yes I know some couldn't commit. One poster on here claims more players would have left if O Donnell stayed I highly doubt that and in all my years of following this game I can't recall as big of turnover of players in a short space of time like Roscommon now.

Going through the players individuallly that played last night.

Lavin a young lad a bag of nerves too slow on his kick outs. Gifted Mayo 2 or 3 points.

Sean McDermott has come to the end of his inter county career in my opinion.

Sean Mullooly a lad with loads of potential but should not be anywhere near marking Cillian O Connor.

Niall McInerney a good battle with Andy Moran but left exposed too often.

David Murray lacking height but always gives his best

Ronan Stack and John McManus in my view are just not at this level.

Tadgh O Rourke another green lad with potential and thrown into the lions den seriously?

Enda Smith his talent totally wasted at midfield yet he could easily have scored 1-4 last night.

Fintan Cregg looks like a man that doesn't want to be there at times

Ciaran Murtagh one of Roscommons best players on the night kept going when it was a lost cause.

Shane Killoran started brightly then foolishly black carded a defender brought on for him and played in his position at wing half forward seriously?

Donie Smith had some decent moment scored 0-3 unlucky not to score another 1-1 which is a good return against a top team like Mayo

Tomas Corcoran one of the best underage midfielders in Connacht but now played in full forward and aimless high balls knocked up to him again seriously?

Subs

Patterson and Kilroy should not be getting game time in my opinion

Cian Connolly a scoring forward I was told but brought on with 3 minutes to go?

Roscommon got promoted to division one and stayed up last year because they had a panel to do so. Right now the Roscommon panel is division 3 standard a mixture of green lads with potential,players not up to division one standard or no longer good enough.

I will be shocked if Roscommon don't lose all seven league games and come championship you will only beat Leitrim. You are looking at 10 league and championship games with 9 defeats and one win against a division 4 team at home. Mayo men McStay and McHale will then be gone and at least in division 2 next year Roscommon will have a stronger panel with Cathal Cregg,Neil Collins the Dalys etc returning.
Mr_Pundit , 26/02/2017 at 17:03


Donegal V Dublin - 3 Like(s)

Replying To waynoI:  "I heard stevie wonder is Michael Murphys barber?"
Very droll wayno very droll.

I'll have you know that Murphy is something of a style icon in these part & his "Wild Mon of Borneo" hair do is keeping all the barbers going full tilt.

Coming to a nightclub near you soon!!
MuckrossHead , 26/02/2017 at 17:16


Donegal V Dublin - 3 Like(s)

Replying To hill16no1man:  "Very poor game of football today.
two woeful performances from each side.
referee had the two biggest moments in the game in awarding the first goal incorrectly when it was a clear square ball and then the free at the end was for what exactly? If anything the Donegal forward was the only player with hand on an opposition player.
in all honesty we should have been out of sight long before the goals.
the over doing of passing the ball instead of having a go at the posts is something that is becoming too obvious to opposition teams.
Poor team selection from Gavin today aswell it was a forward line lacking any firepower he selected.
Donegal were there typical selves dour boring and refusing to kick the ball in the first half yet they were rewarded for it like a mask murderer winning the euromillions by getting two freak goals.
felt the pitch was borderline unplayable aswell for the most part."
Apart from all that, did you enjoy yourself hill?
MuckrossHead , 26/02/2017 at 18:06


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 3 Like(s)
Dublin defended just as deep and in same numbers as us. Get the blinkers off lad.
HEREBENJI , 26/02/2017 at 18:19


Donegal V Dublin - 3 Like(s)

Replying To kavvie:  "sad reflection on the mindset of Donegal to have a match winning chance in the last play and spurn it to get a draw..i couldn't believe it..surely someone should have told them there was no chance of Dublin getting it up the field"
I think they were very wary of letting it slip and wanted to engineer a high percentage opportunity rather than a potshot. Obviously as a fan at the time I was roaring at them to have a pop but in hindsight they never really had a good opening for it, and the Dubs are so quick (see their goal!) they were best holding on to the ball.
JoeSoap , 26/02/2017 at 18:19


Defence clap clap clap.. Defence clap clap clap - 3 Like(s)
The conditions were brutal & no way would any team have played open attractive football in Ballybofey today.

Sometimes you just have to play what you see if front of you & today was a day for dogging.
MuckrossHead , 26/02/2017 at 18:50