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Sunday 20 April 2014

Eugene McGee: Time to make big case for the offence

Some GAA people, in their innocence, believed that, when Jim McGuinness coached Donegal to All-Ireland success this year, it marked the end of the packed defences that had dominated the 2011 season.

Not so, I'm afraid because hundreds of other coaches/managers did not change.

Last Wednesday night, at the Hawkfield GAA grounds outside Newbridge, the final of the Leinster U-16 football league saw Kildare beat Dublin by 0-5 to 0-4 after what was a gripping game of football, I'm told.

Some of the scoring statistics were revealing.

Just nine scores -- all of them points -- from over 60 minutes of play was a bit strange.

Kildare got no score at all in the second half, yet they still won. In fact, the entire second half produced just a solitary point.

The game had some fine tackling, excellent blocking and good interceptions by players from both sides, which are admirable nowadays.

It showed that the coaching of these boys, as far as defensive play is concerned, is very good, but one wonders about the standard of attack coaching.

Maybe a bit more time developing forward play would redress the present imbalance in favour of defence.

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