? ? OBC Talking Points:Westmeath

by louthandproud on January 8, 2017

in County

We came, We saw, We conquered.

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After every Louth game I’ll have talking points up the next day.
Here’s yesterdays Talking Points from Mullingar.

De-fence

no Goals and 11 points conceded and victory is a good day at the office.

The defensive effort from the lads won them the game.

We got men behind the ball, shut them down and we look to be building on last years structure.
This cohesion was seen in the personnel we used including goalkeeper and sweeper, 7 of the 8 players that started in defence last year’s championship played on Sunday.
The odd man out was cornerback Kevin Carr. The Blues man came in at corner back and stood up to the challenge. Those 8 players could well start the league.

Both sides built from the back but we were able to transition a lot better than they were and it can be improved on too.

New Jersey

The new Statsports away white jersey is ?

Debutant

Ross Nally quietly made his debut for Louth on the 60th minute.
His first piece of action saw him win a difficult ball out in front of his man at ferocious pace.
Those ten plus minutes will stand to the young lad.

The Mark

The much talked about new rule had simply no impact on the game.
Both keepers went looking short and sweet on kick-outs and only three in the game in total.

The rule looks to be a non runner before it even begins…With John Heslin, Tommy Durnin, James Califf all on the field and no clear intent on looking for it doesn’t bode well. Also the ref seemed to blow the mark for the player when they themselves didn’t even think, or want to play it!!

For those wondering Bevan Duffy got Louth’s and the games first ever mark.

The returnee’s

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A real indicator if anything, of where these returnee’s might play their part in Colin Kelly’s plans.

Derek Crilly started the game on the edge of the square and stayed there, when it was quite easy to drift out, he stay there all game providing a focal point to the attack. He helped himself to 1-1 but his workmate and tackling was a huge plus. He turned over unknowing Westmeath full back line numerous occasions.
Ronan Carroll not a midfield option for this panel it seems, he came on for the Gaels man on the edge of the square to end the game we should see him start there on Wednesday night.
Eoin O’Connor has an injury which will frustratingly keep him out for the entire O’Byrne cup campaign which will no doubt hamper his league starting credentials.

Varsity boys

Taken off at HT Andy McDonnell played in the forty for UCD and scored two points in their draw with Banty’s Wexford. Darragh Lafferty I think is involved with UCD too.
Ryan Burns topped scored for DCU with 4free’s as they were beaten by the dubs. Matt Corcoran came on in that game as a sub.

Robert Samson started in goals for Carlow IT in their heavy loss to our Division 3 opponents Offaly and Sam Mulroy wasn’t with Louth yesterday as he is with Carlow IT also.

Strong Panel alert

Strong team named yes, but it now allows us to experiment in our remaining two home games.

Eoin O’Connor, Adrian Reid, Cian Callan, James Stewart and couple of SOM boys didn’t even tog out.
Jim McEneaney, Neil Gallagher, Conor Brannigan, Tony McKenna and Daniel Grimes were unused subs.

We also had three black cards in the game and our quality and performance level never dipped.

I’ll be picking the possible Louth team to face Maynooth tomorrow.

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