The Opposition: Championship edition: Carlow

by louthandproud on May 11, 2016

in County

Alot of noise coming from Carlow management already this week.
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Their manager TUrlough O’Brien and Selector Tommy Wogan are looking forward to Saturday night.

But, Who or what exactly are we facing on Saturday night?

Dynamic Duo

Sean Gannon and Brendan Murphy are Carlow’s Midfield on Saturday night. I’ve mentioned these two quite a lot in 2016.
Gannon is pound for pound the best all round footballer in Ireland. Don’t believe me? then you certainly won’t believe me when you see his slight frame bossing the middle of the field. He has a terrific engine and footballing brain. Gannon get the maximum out of himself.
So much so, he has to be watched by James Stewart on Saturday night that is his number one job detail: Snuff Gannon out of the game. The Gaels man did this is the league and it went along way in our emphatic victory.

On the other side of the partnership is Colossus Brendan Murphy and that’s exactly what he is.
He’s big and powerful and just so happens to be the leader of the Carlow side but he’s inconsistent…in the league. Championship Brendan Murphy finds another gear.
We all remember 2011, he stuck to us and PK in particular. The ex-Sydney Swan needs this level of game to pitch his intensity towards Peach will have to be on his toes, literally come Saturday night.


Paul Broderick. This chap is good, real good.
He came on in the league against us and gave glimpses of his possible self and he really is a livewire.
Darragh Foley has taken all the plaudits for Carlow and perfectly taken the attention away from Broderick. He is powerful and a real threat to us on Saturday night.
We have been warned.


I Spoke at the time we played them in the league that I hoped we didn’t waste an opportunity to find out more against Carlow.
The more I think about the league game, the more I think Carlow were using it purely as a training session to suss us out.
To me, they didn’t seem to mind how the game went. They were just happy to let us play.

We played and beat them actually hammered them 2-17 to 1-7 and learnt nothing.
Brendan Murphy sulked off early doors, St Ledger got to have a look at Conor Grimes up Close and they brought on a number of subs in varying positions.

They now have us exactly where they want us…huge focus in training, motivation after the loss, tactical look at how we play and plenty of time to hatch a plan to ambush us.

My biggest worry is about ourselves.
The last memory our lads have of them is an easy victory and that mentality slips into your mind no matter how hard you try not to be complacent it’s very hard to shake.

We need to shake it now or we are in for a fright on Saturday night!

Picking ‘my Team’ Tomomrrow and it will be Live

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