I'm not sure about that. If it had been a fine night with a bit of tempo to the game I've little doubt they'd have put up 5-25 or the like.Bord na Mona man wrote:A damp dreary night and a low tempo game was exactly what Galway wanted.
Watching these beatings is becoming demoralising even for the hardened supporters, this was another shambles tonight and yet again we see an Offaly team with no visible style of play and no discernible game plan.
Much has been made of the recent relegation. Some believe that Offalys touch and speed on the ball will suffer in the Joe McDonagh, whilst others think playing at lower level may help improve things slowly and then get promoted. I believe both views are wide of the mark. The basic skills of most Offaly players are so far short of what is required that what happens in the matches themselves is largely irrelevant to Offaly players. Touch and speed on the ball cannot be improved much in games but rather it needs to done to death in training. Training drills need to be done at 100mph for the full session, but the trainer needs to know what they at. Night after night of this kind of work and then you take this and apply it in the matches. When a reasonable level of skill and speed are acquired in training then what happens in the matches matters and you can bring yourself up to the pace of the bigger teams. Even the Offaly warmups for matches look like they are being done in slow motion. Dublin really upped the ante in terms of warmup 10 minutes prior to throw in 2 weeks ago in Parnel Park.....in contrast our lads were having a leisurely puck about.
Something is going terribly wrong on the training grounds in Offaly. No way should the basic skills be so lacking.