Tactics not Passion: Previewing Dublin vs. Wexford

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Finally we get to see Wexford play somebody other than Longford. After four straight competitive fixtures against the same opponent, Jason Ryan’s charges take on Dublin in the Leinster Championship Semi-Final this weekend. Emmet Ryan previews the key tactical battles ahead.
Can Wexford impose their game?
This was a question they struggled to answer over the course [...]

Local heroes at Portrush?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

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Ahead of this weekend’s Irish Open, Hugh O’Connor looks ahead to what we can expect.
For the first time in nearly 60 years, Royal Portrush is playing host to the Irish Open. Given the success of Northern Irish golfers in the last few years, expectations have never been higher for local heroes to succeed, and with [...]

Tactics not Passion: Previewing Tyrone vs. Donegal

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Ahead of this Saturday’s second Ulster Football Semi Final, between Donegal and Tyrone, Emmet Ryan breaks down the key tactical battles we can expect to see.
Can Tyrone make room up front?
Four years ago it would have been sacrilege to question the attacking capabilities of Tyrone. If we look at their average score of nearly 18 [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Down 1-14 Monaghan 1-13

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

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A second-half comeback carried Down into the Ulster Final with victory over Monaghan at the Morgan Athletic Grounds. Emmet Ryan breaks down a match-up that proved to be very much a game of two halves.
Monaghan’s four points of attack
Monaghan came to Armagh City with a plan to stretch Down’s defence and it saw their game [...]

Plan a new Trap for Kazakhstan

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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In the wake of Ireland’s exit from Euro 2012, Henry Bridge looks at where Giovanni Trapattoni went right and wrong.
Euro 2012. After all the hype, what a let down. Not the tournament itself, of course, which by and large has featured good, competitive football between evenly-matched teams, played in a commendable spirit – there have [...]

Slides from Tactics not Passion presentation at Kilmacud Crokes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Last Tuesday I gave a presentation to under-age level Gaelic Football coaches at Kilmacud Crokes GAA club. The slides from that presentation are below. Thanks again to everyone in Crokes, particularly Paraic McDonald who organised the event, for having me along.
On their own these may not make as much sense so feel free to ask [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Donegal 2-13 Derry 0-9

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

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Donegal progressed to the Ulster Championship Semi Final with a convincing display against Derry in Ballybofey on Saturday. Emmet Ryan examines a match that saw the Ulster champions strategically dominate from the start.
Distribution at the heart of upgrades
The common narrative with Donegal this season is that they remain a defensive outfit but that they have [...]

Tactics not Passion: Thoughts on Tyrone 0-19 Armagh 1-13

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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Some poor decision making by Armagh up front cost them dear as Tyrone’s superior accuracy won the day. Emmet Ryan looks back on Sunday’s Ulster Quarter Final in the Morgan Athletic Grounds.
Open start
Tyrone started the game in unfamiliar fashion and it had a big impact at both ends of the park. With Armagh’s defence dropping [...]

The Redbirds?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

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Our part-Welsh Football writer Henry Bridge weighs in on the cultural takeover of Cardiff City FC.
Last Friday saw the start of the 2012 European Championships. A (mostly) joyous celebration of the game of football, international tournaments at their best bring people from different nations together, both uniting opposing fans and reinforcing proud national identities. Just [...]

Tactics not Passion: Analysis of Cork 0-17 Kerry 0-12

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

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Cork won the first big battle of 2012 with a convincing five point win over Kerry in the Munster Semi Final. Emmet Ryan breaks down a solid tactical display from Conor  Counihan’s charges.
Deep defence vs. lanes to run
Cork played a deliberately deep full back line, usually deploying a fourth man in support. This role rotated [...]