JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes Eamon McGee would’ve been a better fit for marking Mayo talisman Aidan O’Shea. McGuinness feels Eamon McGee’s physical attributes would’ve matched those of O’Shea more so than his younger brother Neil who was tasked with the job.O’Shea was relatively quiet in the opening period and was being well marshalled by Neil McGee. However, it was O’Shea’s stunning goal just before half-time that turned the game on its head and in truth Donegal never recovered.McGuinness also felt that if Eamon McGee wasn’t going to mark O’Shea then he should’ve been employed as a sweeper.In his column with The Irish Times, McGuinness wrote, “O’Shea has such presence. It seemed to me like the whole focus was on how Donegal were going to stop him at full forward and that all eyes were on him and who was marking him and who was sweeping him, and I believe that freed up other players.“Even at that he won a ball that most other players wouldn’t have been able to win and took two players on, went over the top of one of them and stuck the ball in the net, which will no doubt intensify focus on him for the remainder of the season. “It was a touch of individual class, but I thought Eamon McGee would have been a better fit for marking a player of that physique than his brother Neil.“Eamon is six foot three and Neil is six foot and if Eamon wasn’t going to be marking O’Shea, I’d have put someone else on Cillian O’Connor and had Eamon sweeping. If you think about the Mayo game plan that’s what they did on Michael Murphy. They man marked him, but had Barry Moran sweeping.“That goal at the weekend really rubber- stamped the effectiveness of the O’Shea switch and emphasised that there is a difference between this Mayo team and previous teams.Donegal look tired McGuinness also felt Donegal looked really tired on Saturday evening and even when the game was tight between the two sides in the opening period – he felt Donegal were holding on to their shirt tails. “I thought Donegal looked tired. Even early on they seemed to be holding on to Mayo’s shirt tails a bit. Even though the game was tight you got the sense that the pace and acceleration of Mayo was threatening all the time.“Psychologically when you get defeated in a provincial final it is devastating. There are dreams and aspirations going into a final, particularly in Ulster.They are 100 per cent there and then you’re beaten and things are thrown into chaos and you’ve to get ready for the back door, which is not what you’ve planned for on any level. We saw the impact of this on Cork a couple of weeks ago.Mayo for Sam McGuinness said he was very impressed by Mayo and believes they have added strings to their bow.The pain of previous defeats like losing two All-Ireland finals has kept Mayo hungry and they’re genuine contenders for the All-Ireland.However, the only fear McGuinness has for Mayo going forward is that they may not be ruthless enough.McGuinness did admit that he’d love to see them go on and claim that elusive All-Ireland.“They are a very, very strong team with a lot of pace and power and an ideal age profile of mid- to late 20s. The pain of previous defeats has kept them hungry and on Saturday they put together a very coherent defensive structure, which also gave them a platform to attack.“One negative was that in the second half they could have been a lot more ruthless. They could have finished the game earlier if they’d been more clinical with the possession they had the chances created.“Crucially, as I’ve already said, they now have a point to their attack and in my view are better placed than ever to win the ultimate prize. On a personal level I’d hope that they could fulfil that dream.JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columndonegalGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnessMayonewsSportlast_img

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment