After the disappointing road trip to Kilkenny, we will need a big turnout in fortress Parnell to get back on track.
We looked good in Walsh Cup against them, but hopefully Laois wont get too much encouragement from the dispirited effort with the extra man in the 2nd half today…
Obviously there will be many opinions but based on Walsh Cup or last year"s form, I would start the discussion with the following…
3 O Donnell
4 Madden / O’Callaghan
5 C. Crummey
11 Keaney/ Hetherton
12 D Burke / P. Crummey
15 Howard / Ryan
Both Keaney and Burke would have been key in half forward line today to win ball and take scores but if not available or involved, I would start Crummy on wing and put Hedgo on 40 as a ball winner.
We need hurlers to get goals inside so until Ryan is back and can cover freetaking too, I would try Howard as others introduced have not taken their
chance to shine sufficiently…
he’s 37 i mean really any club or county team building a team around that age profile really is ready for the knackers yard
he can definitely contribute but jesus if our hopes reside with him we can pack it up now i think
whoever starts just dont play with 2 sweepers, in fact dont play any sweeper…Hayes or Schutte at 14 the other on the wing hedgo the other wing Dillon at 11. Danny to Mid with ODonnell Moran back at 6 and O Callaghan back to 3
That could be potentially good - but to throw in two totally untried forwards would be a bit of a Hail Mary, reminiscent of Cunningham. It might work, or might not - but it wouldn’t have been arrived at logically. If he has seen them in training, and they are flying, it could be good though.
Same with Conor Burke. I think he deserves a shot, but I would like to have seen it tried in the Walsh Cup first.
The fact that he’s picking a Midfilers/HF at CF and a Wingback/midfielder in the HF line suggests that an out and out CF and HF who weren’t on the bench for any of the Walsh cup games are not in his plans.
Think Brennan has to start on goal anyway. I’m not one to slate players from behind a screen and I’m sure he himself will be the first to acknowledge that it wasn’t Nolan’s finest performance yesterday.
Wouldn’t be trying too many lads in new positions in what has become an important game after yesterday. I’d go with the following:
Dónal Burke is injured and doubt he will be back for Sunday, and may not be risked if he plays during the week with DCU. As for Conor Burke, I think we would have seen him by now if he was in Mattie’s plans, surprised that he’s not.
Madden is the only player who is unlucky to miss out on above going by recent performances. I think Gray has good positional awareness and so might be better in the centre than Moran and Crummey who both like to attack and are well able to score from distance