Originally Posted by aidan24326
Kildare's forwards aren't actually that good though. They kick a lot of wides. Even the much lauded Johnny Doyle kicks more wides than he does scores. They're a team that's very fit, very well drilled, tactically good etc, but they don't have natural footballers and for me they've no chance of winning an All-Ireland because any time they meet a team with better natural footballers they'll be found out.
Cavan are a team that will allow them chances though, and alot more time for shot selection. As Greenngold says, the Cavan backline is the problem.
It's a poor reflection on the corner backs in the county when the last Cavan manager Andrews reverted to picking players who had never played at corner back for club or county before (Ronan Flanagan, Stephen Jordan) and the new manager seems to think his best corner backs include two lads under the age of 20 (Killian Clarke, Jason McLoughlin). Clarke is only fresh out of minor and could be marking Johnny Doyle for example.
I wouldn't be fooled by any of this talk discounting Kildare after the Meath game. They aren't as good as the hype I agree but they are a solid team who are certainly in the top 8 in the country IMO. Cavan are a long way from that level. We couldn't even beat Offaly in the league and look at the trouncing Kildare gave them.
If Cavan are within 6 points at the end, I'll be happy. That's a performance that will show our young players that there is hope for the future.