Maynooth got lesson yesterday from an Ulster team who were well coached , tactically aware and with a definite game plan.Jack Robinson and Niall O Sullivan were only Kildare players who broke even or got better of their immediate opponents.
The size, build, speed and skill set of St Marys will make them hard to beat in Sigerson.As Taibi said you would be worried that Kildare players who won Leinster and All Ireland's who are now hitting 20-22 mark have regressed. The amount of time Maynooth players ran into trouble yesterday when hit with blanket defense at opponents 45 was scary with turnovers and subsequent Mary's breakout at speed. Maynooth lads could not accurately kick the balls,no angled run,solo efforts by individual players to break through blanket defense, fitness and movement in forward line with exception of Jack Robinson was poor. Reminded me of Kildare seniors under previous regime. Are lads spending too much time in Gyms and not enough time with ball? Surely mangers know what to expect with Ulster teams and have some sort of game plan, kick to corners, angled run from wing forwards, loop arounds, and runs from deep from midfielders or half back to disrupt a well organised defensive set up for starter. I hope Kildare seniors have something in mind as we have 3 of these teams who will set up with sweeper/blanket in NFL.(Fermanagh,Cavan, Armagh)