UEFA Europa League 2018-19

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Sneachta » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:25 pm

Holy crap

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby El Paso » Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:25 pm

I'm reminded tonight just what we achieved in 2016. I don't think even we ourselves fully grasp it. It wasn't just that we had a great manager and 11 very good players, we had players that complemented each other perfectly, so that the team was so much more than the sum of the players. Losing Horgan was always likely but can't help wonder what might have been if Finn and Boyle had stayed.

Imagine a team
Rogers-Gannon-Hoare-Boyle-Massey-Shields-Finn-McEleney-McGrath-Duffy-Hoban
this year...

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Ezeikial » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:24 pm

El Paso wrote:I'm reminded tonight just what we achieved in 2016. I don't think even we ourselves fully grasp it. It wasn't just that we had a great manager and 11 very good players, we had players that complemented each other perfectly, so that the team was so much more than the sum of the players. Losing Horgan was always likely but can't help wonder what might have been if Finn and Boyle had stayed.

Imagine a team
Rogers-Gannon-Hoare-Boyle-Massey-Shields-Finn-McEleney-McGrath-Duffy-Hoban
this year...


That would be a fantastic team
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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Robbiedundalk2 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:18 am

Ezeikial wrote:
El Paso wrote:I'm reminded tonight just what we achieved in 2016. I don't think even we ourselves fully grasp it. It wasn't just that we had a great manager and 11 very good players, we had players that complemented each other perfectly, so that the team was so much more than the sum of the players. Losing Horgan was always likely but can't help wonder what might have been if Finn and Boyle had stayed.

Imagine a team
Rogers-Gannon-Hoare-Boyle-Massey-Shields-Finn-McEleney-McGrath-Duffy-Hoban
this year...


That would be a fantastic team

We would tear it apart with that team. By default are we saying the 3 players we need an upgrade on are Gartland, Benson and Connolly in the first 11? Can Cleary become as good as Boyle? And from players within the league McAnuff and Sadlier for the other two positions?

Davy Mc or Hoban?

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Sneachta » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:18 am

That's mad. Was just thinking of sadlier. Caulfield hasn't a clue how to utilise him and did not give him as chance in any of the European games. If he is unhappy at the end of the season, he should be a direct replacement for Connolly. If we could get him that is.

I also think cleary is the making of a quality defender if he can keep his cool. He was very good in Europe but was made look desperate (like most of the team) against Larnaca because of the covering he had to do for both his full backs.

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby seand » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:41 am

Some interesting results last night... Cork well beaten in all honesty, not helped by McNulty having a 'mare.... AEK won 2-0 in Austria at Sturm Graz... Zenit hammered 4-0 by Dinamo Minsk (who scraped past Derry).... Legia beaten 2-1 at home by Dudelange from Luxembourg!

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby El Paso » Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:00 pm

Robbiedundalk2 wrote:
Ezeikial wrote:
El Paso wrote:I'm reminded tonight just what we achieved in 2016. I don't think even we ourselves fully grasp it. It wasn't just that we had a great manager and 11 very good players, we had players that complemented each other perfectly, so that the team was so much more than the sum of the players. Losing Horgan was always likely but can't help wonder what might have been if Finn and Boyle had stayed.

Imagine a team
Rogers-Gannon-Hoare-Boyle-Massey-Shields-Finn-McEleney-McGrath-Duffy-Hoban
this year...


That would be a fantastic team

We would tear it apart with that team. By default are we saying the 3 players we need an upgrade on are Gartland, Benson and Connolly in the first 11? Can Cleary become as good as Boyle? And from players within the league McAnuff and Sadlier for the other two positions?

Davy Mc or Hoban?


Davy Mc or Hoban! Either. Different, but excellent. Start one and if it’s not working put in the other. Naturally alters the movement of the attacking 3, confusing defenders.

Only left Garts out because of his errors on the ball in Europe and how he struggles in behind. But he’s excellent in LOI. I’d take McEneff to replace Benson, who’s likely to go at the end of the season. Sadlier to replace Duffy would be some coup!

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Robbiedundalk2 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:37 pm

El Paso wrote:
Robbiedundalk2 wrote:
Ezeikial wrote:
That would be a fantastic team

We would tear it apart with that team. By default are we saying the 3 players we need an upgrade on are Gartland, Benson and Connolly in the first 11? Can Cleary become as good as Boyle? And from players within the league McAnuff and Sadlier for the other two positions?

Davy Mc or Hoban?


Davy Mc or Hoban! Either. Different, but excellent. Start one and if it’s not working put in the other. Naturally alters the movement of the attacking 3, confusing defenders.

Only left Garts out because of his errors on the ball in Europe and how he struggles in behind. But he’s excellent in LOI. I’d take McEneff to replace Benson, who’s likely to go at the end of the season. Sadlier to replace Duffy would be some coup!


better still keep Duffy and get Sadlier to replace Connolly

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Re: UEFA Europa League 2018-19

Postby Sneachta » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:03 am

I can't see Duffy getting any transfer move. The club should try their best to keep him because he is nowhere near championship level. If the money is right he'll go to league one. But I cannot see him setting it alight.

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