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Donegal Football League Magazine Issue 4

Dec /Jan 2012 / 13





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LEADING THE WAY: Dunkineely / Eany / Dunlewy Celtic ERNE WANDERERS / DEELE HARPS



Glendea Utd vs Gweedore Celtic

Finn Harps

From the archives

Player Scope: Eugene Molloy Fintown Harps

Manager Scope: Noel Malseed Glencar Celtic



SPOT THE BALL COMPETITION Training tips Physio report

Sports Nutrition

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Contents ISSUE 4 / Dec/Jan 2012/13

4 Results A round-up of October’s results from

all competitions in Donegal

5 Fixtures/Tables Fixtures for the month of November

League tables in the Donegal League

6 In the Spotlight An interview with former Finn Harps player

Con McLaughlin

9 The Match Match report and pictures from the local derby

between Glenea United and Gweedore Celtic

12 The Interview An interview with Derry native,

Republic of Ireland and Sunderland player

James McClean

17 Club Profile A preview of Lifford Celtic

in history and photos

20 Physio Report Joe Friel gives his advice and tips


on how to prevent and treat injuries

21 Manager Scope Noel Malseed of Glencar Celtic 22 Facebook / Quiz Your messages from facebook



Test your knowledge with our quiz

23 Player Scope Eugene Molloy of Fintown Harps 24 Sports Nutrition Pearse Lafferty gives his advice and tips

on how to prepare properly for a game

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26 Formations We preview how the 4-5-1 formation works


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Glencar Inn Division Two

Results Brian McCormick Sports Premier League 25/11/2012 Gweedore Celtic 18/11/2012 Dunkineely Celtic FC Glenea United Lagan Harps FC Lifford Celtic FC Rathmullan Celtic 04/11/2012 Dunkineely Celtic FC St Catherines FC

0 vs 0

Castlefin Celtic

1 2 1 5 3

Milford United FC Gweedore Celtic Kilmacrennan Celtic FC Castlefin Celtic St Catherines FC

vs vs vs vs vs

1 0 2 0 0

4 vs 3 3 vs 1

Lagan Harps FC Castlefin Celtic

10 vs 2

Raphoe Town

1 7 3 0 4

vs vs vs vs vs

1 0 3 1 0

Curragh Athletic FC Raphoe Town Keadue Rovers FC Eany Celtic FC Drumoghill FC

6 0 2 1

vs vs vs vs

0 4 1 4

Arranmore United Donegal Town FC Cranford FC Ballybofey United FC

CT Ball Division Two 25/11/2012 Drumbar FC Dunlewey Celtic Whitestrand United FC 18/11/2012 Convoy Arsenal FC Drumbar FC Dunlewey Celtic Gweedore United FC Kerrykeel 71 FC 11/11/2012 Copany Rovers FC Dunlewey Celtic Letterbarrow Celtic FC 04/11/2012 Copany Rovers FC Drumbar FC Dunlewey Celtic

25/11/2012 Bonagee United FC Milford United FC 18/11/2012 Ramelton Mariners FC 28/10/2012 Downtown United FC Dunkineely Celtic FC Gweedore Celtic Lagan Harps FC Lifford Celtic FC Milford United FC Monaghan Town St Catherines FC

2 vs 0 3 vs 2 2 vs 1

Letterbarrow Celtic FC Kerrykeel 71 FC Convoy Arsenal FC

1 1 3 6 0

Bonagee United FC Glenree United FC Letterbarrow Celtic FC Copany Rovers FC Whitestrand United FC

vs vs vs vs vs

5 4 0 1 1

2 vs 2 4 vs 1 0 vs 1

Drumbar FC Gweedore United FC Bonagee United FC

2 vs 3 1 vs 3 3 vs 3

Letterbarrow Celtic FC Bonagee United FC Glenree United FC

25/11/2012 Aileach FC Ballyhaise Celtic Killylough FC Moville Celtic 24/11/2012 Kilmacrennan Celtic FC 04/11/2012 Aileach FC Ballyhaise Celtic aet and pen Glenea United AET and PEN Keadue Rovers FC Moville Celtic Rathmullan Celtic

2 vs 1 2 vs 3 4 vs 1

Mulroy Celtic Erne Wanderers FC Glenea United

4 vs 0 3 vs 1

Castlefin Celtic Glencar Celtic

3 vs 4 1 vs 2

Fintown Harps AFC Mulroy Celtic

1 vs 3

Ramelton Mariners FC

All fixtures and results are correct at time of print. Log onto for up to date fixtures


Milford United FC Downtown United FC

2 vs 3

Cranford FC Reserves

7 vs 2 2 vs 2 2 vs 4

Glenree United FC Milford United FC Donegal Town FC Reserves

2 vs 3 1 vs 2 3 vs 2

Deele Harps FC Gweedore United FC Tullyvinney Rovers

0 vs 2 1 vs 1

Donegal Town FC Reserves Glenree United FC

1 vs 3 3 vs 0

Drumkill Rovers Drumoghill FC

0 vs 6

Glengad FC

2 2 4 1 3 3 4 2

vs vs vs vs vs vs vs vs

9 3 0 3 1 0 2 4

Moville Celtic Dunree United Illies Celtic Rathmullan Celtic Glenea United Ballybofey United FC Erne Wanderers FC Carndonagh FC

1 0 2 3

vs vs vs vs

2 6 3 0

Cappry Rovers Clonmany Shamrock Glenea United Glaslough Villa FC

2 vs 5

Keadue Rovers FC

2 vs 0 5 vs 3

Fintown Harps AFC Whitestrand United FC

5 vs 2

Gweedore United FC

4 vs 2 3 vs 0 0 vs 3

Kerrykeel 71 FC Erne Wanderers FC Cappry Rovers

FAI Junior Cup

Old Orchard Inn Division One 24/11/2012 Fintown Harps AFC Gweedore Celtic Ramelton Mariners FC 17/11/2012 Erne Wanderers FC Fintown Harps AFC 10/11/2012 Castlefin Celtic Gweedore Celtic 03/11/2012 Glencar Celtic

4 vs 0 5 vs 0

Ulster Cup

Watson Hire Division One 25/11/2012 Curragh Athletic FC 18/11/2012 Ballybofey United FC Cappry Rovers Cranford FC Donegal Town FC Arranmore United 04/11/2012 Curragh Athletic FC Drumoghill FC Eany Celtic FC Raphoe Town

24/11/2012 Deele Harps FC Donegal Town FC Res 23/11/2012 Gweedore United FC 17/11/2012 Deele Harps FC Downtown United FC Tullyvinney Rovers 10/11/2012 Donegal Town FC Res Glenree United FC Milford United FC 03/11/2012 Gweedore United FC Keadue Rovers FC

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Fixtures - November December Brian McCormick Premier Division 02/12/2012 14:00 Castlefin Celtic vs 14:00 St Catherines FC vs 09/12/2012 14:00 Castlefin Celtic vs 14:00 Kilmacrennan Celtic FC vs 14:00 Milford United FC vs 14:00 Rathmullan Celtic vs 14:00 St Catherines FC vs Watson Hire Division One 02/12/2012 14:00 Ballybofey United FC 14:00 Cappry Rovers 14:00 Raphoe Town 09/12/2012 14:00 Cappry Rovers 14:00 Cranford FC 16/12/2012 14:00 Drumoghill FC

Brian McCormick Premier Division

Lagan Harps FC Glenea United Glenea United Lifford Celtic FC Lagan Harps FC Dunkineely Celtic FC Gweedore Celtic

vs vs vs

Keadue Rovers FC Eany Celtic FC Cranford FC

vs vs

Drumoghill FC Curragh Athletic FC


Ballybofey United FC

vs vs vs vs

Kerrykeel 71 FC Gweedore United FC Convoy Arsenal FC Drumbar FC

vs vs vs

Dunlewey Celtic Kerrykeel 71 FC Whitestrand United FC

vs vs vs

Gweedore United FC Dunlewey Celtic Kerrykeel 71 FC

Old Orchard Inn Division One

01/12/2012 14:00 Erne Wanderers FC vs 14:00 Glencar Celtic vs 14:00 Glenea United vs 14:00 Mulroy Celtic vs 08/12/2012 14:00 Erne Wanderers FC vs 14:00 Kilmacrennan Celtic FC vs 15/12/2012 14:00 Glenea United vs 14:00 Mulroy Celtic vs 14:00 Ramelton Mariners FC vs

Fintown Harps AFC Castlefin Celtic Gweedore Celtic Ramelton Mariners FC

Erne Wanderers FC Kilmacrennan Celtic FC Fintown Harps AFC

vs vs

Keadue Rovers FC Downtown United FC


Downtown United FC

vs vs vs

Tullyvinney Rovers Milford United FC Donegal Town FC Res








Dunkineely Celtic FC Glenea United Lifford Celtic FC Kilmacrennan Celtic FC Lagan Harps FC Milford United FC Gweedore Celtic St Catherines FC Rathmullan Celtic Castlefin Celtic

7 5 5 4 6 5 6 7 4 7

4 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 0

1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 0 1

2 0 2 1 2 2 3 4 2 6

23 10 10 8 9 11 5 9 6 6

15 3 4 6 9 7 11 16 4 22

8 7 6 2 0 4 -6 -7 2 -16

13 13 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 1

Eany Celtic FC Donegal Town FC Curragh Athletic FC Cranford FC Cappry Rovers Keadue Rovers FC Ballybofey United FC Drumoghill FC Raphoe Town Arranmore United Donegal Town FC

7 7 7 7 6 6 6 7 8 8 1

6 5 4 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 0

0 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 1 0 0

1 1 0 2 1 2 3 4 6 7 1

14 15 28 18 14 16 7 6 8 8 0

7 7 5 12 7 10 12 17 37 19 1

7 8 23 6 7 6 -5 -11 -29 -11 -1

18 16 15 13 11 8 5 5 4 3 0

CT Ball Division 2 Dunlewey Celtic Whitestrand United FC Bonagee United FC Glenree United FC Gweedore United FC Kerrykeel 71 FC Letterbarrow Celtic FC Convoy Arsenal FC Drumbar FC Copany Rovers FC

7 7 7 7 6 5 7 7 7 8

5 5 5 4 4 3 2 1 1 0

1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 3

1 2 2 1 2 2 5 5 5 5

18 17 17 20 21 12 6 11 10 12

11 9 14 12 7 6 19 20 19 27

7 8 3 8 14 6 -13 -9 -9 -15

16 15 15 14 12 9 6 4 4 3

6 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 6

5 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 0

1 0 2 1 2 2 4 1 1

0 2 1 2 3 3 2 5 5

20 20 17 9 8 11 8 11 5

7 11 9 8 10 18 12 16 18

13 9 8 1 -2 -7 -4 -5 -13

16 15 14 10 8 8 7 4 1

8 8 7 7 8 6 8 7 7

8 5 4 3 3 2 2 1 1

0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2 0

0 2 2 3 4 2 6 4 6

32 25 14 18 9 10 12 8 9

6 14 11 13 27 11 20 16 19

26 11 3 5 -18 -1 -8 -8 -10

24 16 13 10 10 8 6 5 3

vs vs vs vs vs vs

Drumkill Rovers Curragh Athletic FC Kilmacrennan Celtic FC Quigley Point Swifts Gweedore Celtic Rathmullan Celtic


Culdaff FC

Erne Wanderers FC Fintown Harps AFC Ramelton Mariners FC Mulroy Celtic Glenea United Glencar Celtic Kilmacrennan Celtic FC Castlefin Celtic Gweedore Celtic GLENCAR INN DIVISION 2

Ulster Cup 02/12/2012 13:30 Ballyhaise Celtic 13:30 Dunree United 13:30 Glaslough Villa FC 13:30 Glengad FC 13:30 Greencastle FC 13:30 Killylough FC 09/12/2012 13:30 Keadue Rovers FC



Mulroy Celtic Gweedore Celtic

Glencar Inn Division Two 01/12/2012 14:00 Cranford FC Reserves 14:00 Tullyvinney Rovers 08/12/2012 14:00 Glenree United FC 15/12/2012 14:00 Deele Harps FC 14:00 Gweedore United FC 14:00 Keadue Rovers FC


Watson Hire Division 1

CT Ball Division Two 02/12/2012 14:00 Bonagee United FC 14:00 Glenree United FC 14:00 Letterbarrow Celtic FC 14:00 Whitestrand United FC 09/12/2012 14:00 Drumbar FC 14:00 Glenree United FC 14:00 Gweedore United FC 16/12/2012 14:00 Bonagee United FC 14:00 Copany Rovers FC 14:00 Letterbarrow Celtic FC

League Tables 26/10/12

Deele Harps FC Donegal Town FC Reserves Glenree United FC Keadue Rovers FC Milford United FC Downtown United FC Gweedore United FC Cranford FC Reserves Tullyvinney Rovers

(P) Played (W) Win (D) Draw (L ) Lost (GS) Goal Scored

(GA) Goals Against (GD) Goal Difference

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from the


FINN HARPS AND THE EMERGENCE OF DONEGAL TALENT Finn Harps team vs Galway Rovers in the League Cup

By Bartley Ramsay

Back Row L-R Brian Harte, Aidan McKenzie, Jim Sheridan, Charlie McDermott, Declan McDowell, John Minnock, John McElwaine Front Row L-R Sean McGowan, Joe Logan, Mickey Blake, Liam Collins, Colm McGonigle, Dennis Bonner.

It is a well known fact that Finn Harps teams in the early seventies were dominated by Derry men. When Harps first came into the League in 1969 there were a number of established senior players who had been discarded by both Derry City and Coleraine, who were delighted to come on board at Finn Park. After Derry City resigned from the Irish League in 1972, this source of players began to dry up for Harps. When the Donegal League was established in 1971, it didn’t have an immediate effect on providing players for the County’s senior club, but after 1978 it became easier for Donegal players to graduate to the first team at Finn Park and to establish themselves as senior players in the League of Ireland.


There were a few exceptions to the rule and the likes of John Foy (Ballybofey), Sean “Wizard” McGowan, Marty Kelly (Donegal Town), Donal McGee (Gweedore), Marty Robins (Inishowen) and Letterkenny duo Liam Collins and Gerry Meehan did make sporadic appearances for Harps prior to 1978. Some Donegal born players like Jim Sheridan (Rathmullen), Gerry Murray (Ballybofey), Gerry “Ollie” Doherty (Carndonagh) and Joe Logan (Ramelton) did establish themselves as first team regulars but in the cases of Sheridan and Logan, both had begun their senior careers with other League of Ireland teams.

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Prior to the 1978/79 season Harps didn’t have an established reserve team. In the mid-seventies Chelsea Youths from Ballybofey did change their name to Finn Harps Reserves but this was merely a cosmetic exercise. The then Harps manager Eunan Blake was determined to have a reserve team in 1978 and as he said at the end of the season “Last year Terry Harkin and I had intended putting a team in the League of Ireland B Division but the Premier League in Donegal was of a very high standard and this meant that the players coming through were ready to drop into the senior team.” The reserve side was run by Terry Harkin in the 78/79 season with Richie Kelly from Killea taking over from the Derryman for the following season.

Eunan Blake

Finn Harps Res April 1980 - FAI Junior Cup 9th Round - Back Row Jimmy Kennedy, Paddy Merritt, Sean McGowan, Declan McIntyre, John Barr, Johnny Kelly, Peter McNally, Pat McColgan (trainer) Front Row L-R Loughlann O’Rourke, Don Quinn, John McElwaine, Hugh Doherty, Sean Boyle, Donal McGee. Richie Kelly (manager)

Harps signed up a number of the promising youngsters coming through from the Donegal Youth Team that had won the National title in 1978. There was some opposition to the plan from Donegal League teams, as it did weaken their playing strength as well as taking the most promising players to play in Finn Park. However as Eunan Blake explained “We are signing these boys because they have senior potential. We wouldn’t sign a player unless we believed he had the potential. If the worst comes to the worst, the player can always go back to his junior club a little bit fitter, more experienced and with the benefit of having trained and played with good footballers.” Some of the players that made the breakthrough during the 1978/79 season were Con McLaughlin (Ramelton), Mickey Ferry (Milford), Mickey Blake (Letterkenny) and Inishowen due Joe McGrory and Liam Monagle. Prior to the start of the 1979/80 season Blake has this to say “A lot of these boys were members of the all conquering Donegal Youth team. Several of them have attracted the attention of Cross Channel Clubs. In the North-West there has always been a strong soccer tradition and we have always produced

Liam Monagle

good quality players. Since they came through Mickey Ferry and Mickey Blake have looked good in defence. Liam Collins had an excellent game against Galway. Last season I would say Liam Monagle was near enough the best left back in Ireland, while Con McLaughlin, prior to getting seriously injured last season looked like he could have made an instant impact on the League.” For the 1979/80 season, Harps blooded Sean Boyle (Ramelton), Declan McIntyre (Donegal Town), Charlie McDermott, Brian Harte (Ramelton), John McElwaine (Fanad) and James McLaughlin who hailed from the Inishowen Peninsula. Harps move towards the young local talent didn’t go unnoticed and in some areas there was resistance and Blake Commented in the local press “In recent weeks I have mentioned the signings we have been making for our reserve side. I intend to keep building up this club and bringing in good players. Already we have signed a lot of young boys and I think we will see many of them coming through to senior football. I have said it before but I think the message has not got across to Donegal League clubs. We are taking on young players in the hope that they make the grade. If they don’t they are released and can go back to the clubs probably better players than when they left; training three nights a week with good players and playing on a Sunday leaves them fairly fit, and with a knowledge of the game. We are not signing players just to make up a team; that would be a total waste of time. If we cannot find a place for a footballer we will let him go immediately.”

In December 1979 Blake gave an interview to the Donegal News where he gave more insight into the youth policy “We are a football club and we are here to provide football for the young players of the North-West. We have no money and we have to stick to our youth policy. But I don’t think you can develop a fully fledged first-class team from without your own resources; you have got to bring in a few good players from outside to blend with them.” Commenting on the Donegal League and whether it was a harmful influence in the same interview, this is what he had to say “Depends on what you mean by that. Certainly they are harmful in the economic sense in that there is about 1,000 soccer-minded people directly involved in the League who might otherwise be visiting Finn Park every Sunday. But from the football point of view the Donegal League is probably the best thing that could have happened to us. We have a fine set of young players coming through and given time, I think we will have success.” The following season saw Harps almost attain the success that Eunan Blake eluded too. A fine run in the FAI Cup brought Harps to the semi-final. In a dour game played in Milltown the old home of Shamrock Rovers Harps were defeated by a goal to nil. During that season more players were added to the growing ranks of youngsters at Finn Park John Barr (Gweedore), Denis Bonner (Keadue), Gerry Coyle (Gweedore), Colm McGonigle (Fanad), Lauchlin O’Rourke (Killybegs), and Ed Moore. Sadly due to a lack of finance at Finn Park the experiment came to an end. Thankfully it didn’t mean the end of Harps using talented Donegal players, but, amazingly, it would take Harps until 18th May 2004 to field an all Donegal team. How did that team do, they defeated Monaghan United by three goals to nil. Proof that having a senior team in Donegal can lead to the DFL Magazine development of players on the National

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Arranmore Island

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Ferry Timetable DEPART BURTONPORT - Boarding time 15 minutes before departure Nov/Dec/Jan

Mon-Sat Sun

7.30am* 8.30am 10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 10.00am 12.00pm 1.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 5.00pm

Feb-May Mon-Sat 7.30am* 8.30am 10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm Sun 10.00am 12.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm June Mon-Sat 7.30am* 8.30am 10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm Sun 10.00am 12.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm 7.00pm July-Aug Mon-Sat 7.30am* 8.30am 10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 7&8pm Sun 10.00am 12.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm 8.00pm Sept/Oct Mon-Sat Sun

7.30am* 8.30am 10.00am 12.00pm 2.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 6.00pm 10.00am 12.00pm 1.00pm 2.00pm 4.00pm 6.00pm

* Please note that the following sailings do not operate on a Saturday: 7.30am departing Burtonport. * Friday late sailings throughout the year. Burtonport at 7.00pm & Arranmore at 7.30pm

DEPART ARRANMORE - Boarding time 15 minutes before departure Nov/Dec/Jan

Mon-Sat Sun

Cara na nOileรกn Teo. Burtonport Pier, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland


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8.00am* 9.00am 10.30am 1.00pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 5.30pm 10.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 3.30pm 4.30pm 5.30pm

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Mon-Sat 8.00am* 9.00am 10.30am 1.00pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 5.30pm 6.30pm 7.30pm 8.30pm Sun 10.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 4.30pm 6.30pm 8.30pm Sept/Oct Mon-Sat 8.00am* 9.00am 10.30am 1.00pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 5.30pm 6.30pm Sun 10.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 2.30pm 4.30pm 6.30pm * Please note that the following sailings do not operate on a Saturday: 8.00am departing Arranmore

The Match Preview Sunday 19th November 2012


By Gerard Diver

Keadue’s Adrian Hanlon

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Glenea United edge out local rivals Gweedore Celtic to move joint top of the Brian McCormick Premier Division November 18th 2012 Glenea Utd. 2 v 0 Gweedore Celtic.

were dangerous throughout and on twenty minutes they almost doubled their lead when Michael Barry controlled a Sean Coll through pass, who got through Reigning champions Glenea United kept their unbeaten league start to the season going with victory on goal but could only pulled his effort wide. Both sides pushed hard for another goal but were unable in this hard fought Gaeltacht derby. to provide one. A repeat of last years play-off between these two Gweedore came out in the second half determined local rivals was always going to be a tight and tense to find an early equaliser, within minutes of the affair, with every ball fiercly contested for. Both restart Tomas Diver forced a great save from Cathal sides were short a few regulars due to injuries, with Gallagher in the home goal. From the resultant corner Paul Sweeney and Darren McGeever missing for Glenea and Damien O’Sullivan and Paul Rua McBride Diver headed onto the bar and Eugene McBride saw his effort from the rebound cleared off the line before missing through injury for Gweedore. Fionan Diver hit a post, much to the delight of the home crowd. Gweedore continued to dominate but GOAL!!! In the first minute of play Glenea got off to a flyer when a long through ball found Sean McBride, their final ball let them down time and time again. As Glenea continued to soak up their pressure they were who passed to Ryan McFadden to cross to Michael at their most dangerous on the break and went close Barry to smash home. This rocked Gweedore for on a couple of occasions to doubling their lead. a few minutes but they began to come more into it after the early setback and began to put the home defence under pressure, especially from set plays, but without creating any clear cut chances. Glenea

Glenea’s Ryan McFadden tackles David McGee of Gweedore Celtic


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Fionan Diver of Gweedore Celtic shielding the ball from Sean Maguire of Glenea

GOAL!!! Finally on 72 mins Sean McBride played Brian Cuffe down the right wing and his cross landed with Ryan McFadden who slid the ball home for Glenea’s 2nd goal. Gweedore pushed hard to try and get back into the game but home side did enough to keep them out, though it took another great save from Cathal Gallagher to deny sub James Carroll’s thunderous effort from the edge of the box Glenea move joint top of the Donegal Premier Division with Dunkineely Celtic. Referee: Vincent McLaughlin

DFL Man of the Match

Sean Maguire Glenea United

Photo courtesy of Hugh McFadden

Photo courtesy of Hugh McFadden

Glenea United

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McClean The Interview 12

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Sunderland FC

McClean in action for Sunderland FC

McClean in action for Sunderland FC vs Aston Villa

A recent interview with James McClean about his loss of form, his international nightmare and how life has changed during a remarkable year!

James McClean played with Trojans, Institute and his hometown club, Derry City, before moving across the sea to North East England in August 2011. Although signed by Steve Bruce, McClean did not make his first-team debut until Martin O’Neill’s first game as manager of the Black Cats in December 2011. McClean was born in Derry, Northern Ireland and played for the Northern Ireland national under-21 football team. However, McClean declined a call-up to the top level squad because he wanted to play for the Republic of Ireland. In February 2012, McClean received international clearance from FIFA which made him eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland. In May 2012, he was called into Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for UEFA Euro 2012, going on to appear as a substitute against Spain. AMONG the ink which adorns the arms of James McClean is a tattoo which bears the legend: “Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.” Given the way a tumultuous 12 months has unfolded for him, it is an appropriate phrase for the Sunderland winger to add to his collection of body art. From bursting on to the scene in the early days of Martin O’Neill’s tenure to being snubbed at international level – all documented via a selection of terse Twitter missives – it has been some year for McClean and he is not quite as immune to criticism as he first appears. The 22-year-old admits it has been tough to hear he belongs in the category of “arrogant footballers” for the crime of

being a bit too outspoken on Twitter. It is an unfair charge on a player who is remarkably down-to-earth. He doesn’t drink, lives with his long-term girlfriend and unwinds by going to the cinema and playing computer games. Despite the appearance of confidence, the accusations have hurt. Morale has been knocked. There are two themes to this rare chance to chat to Sunderland’s flying winger – that of disappointment at the way this summer’s Euros went for him and an acceptance he must get used to the constant glare of being a Premier League footballer. McClean admits: “I’m the same, but it has changed. People point and stare at you because you play football and that is all new to me. “I spent 22 years back home (in Derry) and you become used to a certain kind of way of doing things.” “I know now I need to watch what I say and be careful. It is well known as a Premier League footballer the public monitor every move you make and I probably just need to learn from that. I have not changed, I’m the same way I was before. I should probably take it as compliment more attention is coming my way this year. I know I have not had the best start to this season but it is up to me to overcome that. I am confident I can. I know there has been a lot of publicity on other things away from the pitch this year, back home it is the sort of thing you say (Twitter). It’s normal.”

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“Back home you would Tweet things and it would be a bit of craic and not meant to be insulting. Now I have to watch what I say to my friends otherwise people could pick it up wrong. It is old habits. “The manager has said to me I can’t say things on Twitter I would say back home. People at home would know how to take it, but it is different now. I need to get used to it.” Having quit Twitter – a brief reappearance last week was shelved because it “isn’t worth the bother” – McClean is now looking to concentrate on footballing matters. He rode on the crest of a wave last year, his form making it easy for him to cope with the extra coverage and attention. This season it has not been so easy for McClean, heralded as a “throwback” winger after making such an explosive impact in his first season. Defenders know more about him and he is still struggling to come to terms with events in Poland, Ukraine and latterly, Kazakhstan. Being overlooked by Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is still a sore point for a player desperate to prove himself worthy of the hype which surrounds him back home – and McClean admits it has affected him. He added: “The whole Ireland thing is out in public and it’s really knocked my confidence. “I went to the Euros full of confidence, but it didn’t go too well for me. I thought I had a good season but I still couldn’t get in the team. Coming back, I had an indifferent pre-season. I wanted to come back and kick on from last season but so far I haven’t managed to do that. In the same sense, as a team I don’t think we have managed to do that. In my mind in the summer I was believing I should be at least getting a chance. Otherwise why are you in the squad? “There’s no point sitting here and sulking about it, though, I just have to work hard, prove people wrong and that’s the attitude I have to take. The manager here is probably the best manager to repair my confidence. He has been top-class with me. I have never really spoken about the whole Euros experience, or


James McClean making his debut for Ireland vs

the Ireland thing, in general but, even after the Euros, events have probably knocked my confidence a little bit. “I know I need to move on from that and prove the Ireland manager wrong and get in to the team.” Is it a hindrance the famously forensic Irish football press are putting forward his claims? He pauses before saying: “In a way sometimes being the big player people are talking about in the media can be a negative. “Maybe the manager decided they will not pick the team for him and he is being stubborn. That’s the way it is. That’s just football.” It probably helps McClean is taking steps to address some of the offfield issues which have brought him unnecessary column inches this season.

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James McClean going in to tackle Shane Duffy during training with Ireland. James McCarthyand John O’Shea look on

His Twitter account has disappeared and former Derry team-mate Eugene Ferry will be joining him on Wearside shortly. McClean explains: “I went back on Twitter last weekend, after a few days I thought again. I had been off it for two months. “When I went on again after a while I thought, ‘I don’t really need this’. “I have deleted it (his account). I thought I was a bit of a Twitter addict to be honest, but I didn’t miss it when I was off it the first time. My girlfriend started me up an account as a joke but after two days I thought, ‘I don’t need the hassle’.

“I don’t think I need looking after! I am 22 – and I will be charging him rent!”

“He has looked after me a lot. He has kept me on the straight and narrow.

The hope is, with O’Neill’s help, McClean will return to the heights of last season.

“He has told me off when I needed him to. The biggest thing is he is just giving me advice and now I would love to repay him.

Stoke, where he scored the winner with the one moment of class in a scrappy game last year, would be a decent stage for Sunderland to start motoring. He said: “The manager has been absolutely first-class for me.

“We do feel we have a point to prove as a team. We are capable of more.” Sourced from DFL Magazine

His riend Ferry will soon add another friendly face to McClean’s social circle. He added: “He’s coming over to live with me, he’s from East Derry, but not as a minder. “He’s finished university and that’s all it is. He is coming over to live with me and my girlfriend. James McClean making his debut against the Czech Republic

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CLUB Focus

Lifford Celtic Name: Ground: Colours: Team:

Lifford Celtic FC Greenbrae Park Green and White Lifford Celtic - Donegal Premier League

The History of Lifford Celtic On June 4th 1972 Lifford Celtic Football Club made history by becoming the first team to win the Donegal League. That first League had lasted a mere three months but it started the ball rolling and what followed justified the thinking of the men who started it all off. Lifford Celtic didn’t get into action until the second week of the League as their scheduled match for week one against Letterkenny Rovers was postponed due to the weather. Their first match was played against Herdmans from Ballybofey and resulted in a four goals to nil victory. They then made the trip to Annagry where they played out a three goals apiece draw with the local side. Their season was again interrupted in week three when the visit of Fanad United to the County’s capital town was postponed. Weather again affected the League on week five with five matches postponed, four in Division A and one in Division B. So with the League at its halfway stage Lifford Celtic had only played two matches and were in the bottom half of the table on three points.

The award of two points from the withdrawal of Finn Harps Reserves and an impressive five nil away victory over Lagan Harps was followed up by a four goals to two home win over Curragh Athletic and Lifford’s season was starting to take shape. Further victories over Downings and Fern kept the good run going and when the League tables were finalised Lifford Celtic sat on top of Division A and Swilly Rovers topped Division B. The play-off to decide the League title took place in Letterkenny. H. Doherty was the man in charge with P. Tourish and T. Mc Cleary running the lines. The gate receipts totalled One Hundred and Five Pounds and Lifford Celtic won the match by four goals to Two. Having been one of the League’s founder members, the name of Lifford Celtic became synonymous with the Donegal League, an association that has lasted to the present day. That first season also saw the team in the Final of the Top 4 competition however they were defeated by Fanad United in Derrybeg in the decider.

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1974/’75 saw the club capture the IAWS Cup and the Top 4 title but a clean sweep was denied when Fanad United came out on top in an end of season play-off for the League title. Lifford’s second string, Young Colts, entered the League in season 1977/’78 and in their first season they won Division Three. Season 1980/’81 saw the club finish up in runners-up spot in the Premier Division behind Letterkenny Rovers. They were also runners-up in the Top 4 Final against Gweedore Celtic. 1984/’85 saw the club collect the Division One title. The Lifford club won the Saturday Division One title in season 1990/’91 and the following year their first team won the Milford Inn Division One title as well as the Reserves retaining their Saturday League crown. The club also won the Donegal Area Final of the FAI Junior Cup by defeating Drumoghill in the Final. They reached the National semi final where they were narrowly defeated by Neilstown Rangers from Dublin. One Shay Given kept goals for Lifford Celtic that day. Four years later he made his senior debut for the Republic Of Ireland, a position he was to claim as his own for the next sixteen years. After been promoted as Champions Lifford Celtic competed in the Premier Division in season 1992/’93. They finished as runnersup to Keadue Rovers in both the Premier Division and the Sportsman Cup. That year also saw the club retain the FAI Junior Cup Area title. Things were quieter in 1993/’94 the club’s only notable venture been a Downtown Cup Final appearance where they were defeated by Downtown United. Season 1994/’95 saw the club finish as runners-up in the Premier Division and also the Saturday Division One.

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In the new millennium Lifford Celtic had their first success for a number of years when they finished as runners-up to Maghery Celtic in Division One, gaining promotion to the Premier Division. They won the Area Shield Final of the Brian Mc Cormick Cup in 2001/’02 and in 2007/’08 they won the Division One title ahead of Drumoghill Celtic. After retaining their Premier Division status in 2008/’09 the club again pushed for honours in 2009/’10 however they had to settle for runner-up spot behind Kilmacrennan Celtic. The 2011/’12 season was a tough battle for the club but they managed to avoid the play-offs and ended the season in 7th position. A club with an illustrious past no doubt,

they are still going strong thanks to a few dedicated members. As with so many Junior clubs there is always a connection made to certain individuals when club names are mentioned. As with Packie Gallagher in Keadue, John Joe Mc Ateer in Kerrykeel, Seamus Mc Kelvey at Curragh and Patsy Barr in Donegal Town, to name but a few, the name immediately to mind when Lifford Celtic are mentioned is undoubtedly that of Robbie White. He has been connected with the club since the formation of the Donegal League and has been the club’s main link to the League from the outset. Along with Robbie the club have been blessed with successful managers through their history. The names of Danny Mc

Laughlin, Paddy Colhoun, Patsy Toland and Brendan White spring immediately to mind. Many more have also taken care of team affairs over the years and currently the team are managed by Lee White. As well as managers the club have always drawn a good support from the locality and an endless list of quality players have pulled on the famous Green and White Hoops. The club have also been backed by local businesses through the years to whom they extend many thanks. They play their home games at Greenbrae on the banks of the River Foyle.

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John Minnock, Captain of Lifford Celtic pictured receiving the Division One trophy from League representative Paddy Mc Fadden.


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The Physio Report Tips and Facts By Joe Friel

Knee injuries common in Soccer players A.C.L. P.C.L. M.C.L. L.C.L.

Anterior Cruciate ligament Posterior Cruciate ligament Medial Collateral ligament Lateral Collateral ligament

Ligament injuries to the knee are very common in sports that require stopping and starting or quickly changing direction. The dreaded cruciate ligament injury doesn’t necessarily cause pain, but can typically cause a loud pop. Most of these knee injuries are confirmed with an MRI scan. Surgery is sometimes the best way you find and repair a partial tear. Many sports injuries may result from overuse, lack of proper warm ups or poor conditioning. You seriously increase your chance of injury if you do not get properly warmed up before a game, and like wise if your body is not prepared for the activity you are about to embark on, then you become more likely to get injures. (Poor conditioning) Or if it’s a case that you are returning from injury and not 100 % over that injury the chances are that the injury will reoccur and might well be every bit as bad or even worse than it was before.

Tips to prevent ACL or any knee injuries. Warm up: aim to get your heart rate up and ready for activity. Stretching: It is important to stretch all your limbs before and after activity.

Strengthening: Every player should always try and prove their strength and conditioning.

Plyometrics: Consists of leaping, pounding, and jumping. (explosive jump but soft controlled landing) Agility drills: twisting, turning, and reversing all done at speed. Cool Down: This allows muscles to lengthen and deters onset on muscle soreness. (a proper cool down is essential) Each of the above phases should be introduced into you own training programme. These may be key to staying injury free. Knee pain can come from inflammation, if that is the case you can use anti-inflammatories or regular icing. If knee pain is coming from weakness in the muscles around the knee, then you can work on strengthening the muscles around them. Depending on the severity of the pain, other options are also available. But the first thing you must do is to consult your team doctor or physio. Remember Preparation for activity is key….


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Manager Scope Noel

Glencar Celtic

Malseed We caught up Glencar Celtic manager Noel Malseed after his team lost to Fintown Harps.

players found it hard to get into them teams.. This year, I think Jimmy McGuinness has a lot to do with it. Everyone wants to be involved in Gaelic Football.

Age: 18 How do you feel after that result today? I thought Fintown deserved to win, they could of had a couple more. We hit the post a couple of times as well. They were a good physical side, with a couple of very skillful players, the likes of Darragh Kelly who got them a couple of goals. We couldn’t handle him. Fintown are a good side for a team that were only promoted last season.

Glencar are currently without there own ground, is there anything in the pipeline that could see that change? We have land up beside the Glencar Inn. We had the plans and everything drawn up, got planning permission, but then the recession kicked in. Its a shame, because the land that we have for it is the most developed place in Letterkenny, but there in nothing up there for them. You have the Aura Centre, which is down the other end of town and nothing up by the Glencar Area.

How did you get involved in the management side at Glencar Celtic? An uncle of mine, James Malseed started up the team, he had enough after three years. Nobody else wanted to take it on so I was nominated for manager and I haven’t looked back since. What’s it like trying to balance looking after the team and your personal life? That there is probably the hardest part of being a manager is keeping the missus happy. She has no interest in football, in any way shape or form and when you go out the door and it hailstoning down you tend to see why she wouldn’t have an interest in it.

What does the normal training session consist of? We train up beside the Glencar Inn with Nigel, he runs a fitness club up there. We do spin classes on a Tuesday night and we train out in the Game On Centre on a Thursday night.

Has emigration effected the team much this year? No really, its more Jimmy McGuinness and Donegal that has effected us more than emigration. What style of play do you encourage your team to play? Possession and penetration. At the present minute and time we have plenty of possession but there’s no penetration with Pajo Rafferty missing. Hopefully after Christmas we’ll get him back again.

What honours have you achieved as a player and manager? As a player manager we won the Downtown Cup two years in a row, and then last year we were unlucky to lose to Kilmacrenan in the final. That would of been our third in a row. There was a bad goal given that was offside, which the linesman later admitted that he got it wrong. We then missed a penalty. It was a bad day all round, we should of got more out of the game. Sure that’s football.

There are quite a few teams in Letterkenny, does it prove difficult to get players to sign for Glencar? It does, I think this year has been the hardest to attract players. We had no problem every other year because Saturday suited a lot of the players. That along with there being a few Ulster Senior League teams in Letterkenny,

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The Ultimate

SOCCER quiz Think you know your Soccer?


Where was the 1986 World Cup held?


Who was the last player to captain England before David Beckham?


What football club did Gordon Banks play for when he won his 1966 World Cup medal?


Fill in the missing name in this sequence of England managers: Ramsey, Mercer, Revie, ? , Robson.


Which of these players never scored a hat-trick for England: Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Paul Scholes, Luther Blissett, Teddy Sheringham, Alan Shearer?


England coaches Sammy Lee and Ray Clemence played together at which club?


How many places were allocated to African teams for the 2006 World Cup?


What did all these players win between 1989 and 1997: Paul Merson, Matt Le Tissier, Lee Sharpe, Ryan Giggs, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler and David Beckham?


Aside from goalkeepers, which two England captains since 1966 never scored their country?

10 Which of these players never captained England’s senior team: Peter Beardsley, Paul Ince, David Seaman, Bobby Charlton, Gordon Banks? 11 Who was England’s football manager in the 1970 World Cup? 12 How many players in England’s 2006 World Cup squad were also in the 1998 squad? And to ask a tougher question, name them..) 13 Which manager first appointed David Beckham as England captain? 14 Who was the first player to play for England who had not been born when England won the world cup in 1966? 15 What was the score after extra time before England lost on penalties to Portugal in the quarter final of the European Championship in June 2004? Quiz Answers on page 25 22

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Player Scope Eugene

Fintown Harps

Molloy We caught up with Fintown Harps defender Eugene Molloy during their recent home game vs Glencar Celtic


Who’s the joker within the squad? Paddy Black or Peadar Toner.

How long have you been involved with Fintown Harps? Since the club was formed back in 2002.

Who’s the fastest player in the club? Darragh Gallagher.

What’s your biggest achievement to date? Winning the Division Two Saturday League last year.

Most skillful in the team? Darragh Gallagher and Aaron Thompson.





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What’s your biggest disappointment to date? Getting beat in the cup semi-final last year.

You defeated Glencar Celtic today, give us your thoughts on the game? It was difficult, we struggled to get into the game at the start. Once we found our rhythm, with Darragh Gallagher and Stephen Molloy back in the team. We had a bit of pace about us. We were very strong going forward and strong in defense with John Paul, myself and the lads at the back keeping things tight, I though we done very well.

Toughest opponent you’ve played against (Team and Player) Kevin ‘Woppa’ McMenamin of Kilmacrenan Celtic.

You had one of your central midfielders playing in goals today, what was the reason behind that? Kieran Thompson would normally be in goals, and John Paul would be centre half and filled in the odd time. Our manager Paddy would also fill in. He’s away this weekend so Gary had to fill in today. He only found out this morning. He was a bit surprised but I thought he done rather well.

What team(s) do you support? I’m a Liverpool fan all the way.

How would you describe yourself as a footballer? I’m a fairly honest and hard working. I always give it my best. I wouldn’t class myself as skillful, i’d be a decent enough player

Worst trainer in the club? Stephen Boyle, because he’s just pure lazy.

Worst dressed in the club? Has to be Gary McHugh. Definitely! Worst dancer on a night out? I think it would have to be myself. Your predictions on how Fintown Harps will do this year? I think were gona be in with a shout come the end of the season, hopefully we’ll achieve something, whether it will be the Saturday League Cup or the league title itself. We’ll give the league a good rattle. What do you make of Jim McGuinness’ appointment at Celtic FC? Very happy for him, I know Jim personally and I’m delight that he got the opportunity to be in a professional sport. Hopefully he will do well and I wish him all the best from everybody at Fintown Harps.

Who’s the toughest player in the club? Aiden Sweeney. He doesn’t hold back, he’s strong in the tackle, very tenacious.

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Sports Nutrition

strength and conditioning By Pearce Lafferty

About Pearce Lafferty I am a professional strength and conditioning coach which takes into consideration Advanced Strength & Conditioning, Physiological & Biomechanical Assessments, Movement Analysis & Corrective Exercise also Performance Nutrition. I am a recent graduate of Loughborough University BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Science and Middlesex University MSc Strength & Conditioning. Since the start of my education/ career I am pleased to say I have worked with Donegal Schoolboys for six years with a further two years at Finn Harps Football Club, I have also undertook placement at Leicester City Football Club Academy for a season as part of my MSc. I have worked with various sports ranging from boxing to basketball. I am currently with Derry City Academy as strength and conditioning coach

This Month’s topic: Flexibility Part 2 As we now know from last month’s read that flexibility is the degree of movement that occurs at a joint and flexibility has static and dynamic components. What is the GOAL of a warm up? Yes you’re right to prepare the athlete mentally and physically for exercise. What does a warm up do? A well designed warm up should increase muscle temperature, core temperature and blood flow. But is that all? Your warm up should always have a positive impact on performance. What does this mean do you think? Here you go a top class warm up should, mIncrease contraction and relaxation of agonist and antagonistic muscles. • Improve rate of force development (RFD) • Improve Strength and Power • Improve oxygen delivery to muscles • Improve blood flow to muscles


Reduce injury (increased muscle temperature can increase resistance to muscle tear). When should I stretch for football? Following practice or a game NOT before either. A total warm up consists of 2 components (General & Specific). General warm up- consists of 5-10mins of slow jogging or skipping. Alternatively low intensity sport specific actions such as dribbling a ball can be productive. Specific warm up- Incorporates movements of the game usually 8-12 minutes of dynamic stretching focusing on movements that work through ROM required for the game. This is followed by sprint drills such as (hollow runs) and some bounding and jumping. The more power necessary for the sport the more important the warm up becomes. A ball is introduced after this to increase skill development for the game. This is carried out for ten mins, after that each player gets time to do shooting or heading etc depending on the position they are playing on the day. The warm up should progress gradually and provide sufficient intensity to increase muscle and core temperatures without causing “FATIGUE” or reduce energy stores. From what I have seen all teams in the Donegal League and all other Leagues perform static stretching pre games and this is totally WRONG. If your team performs static stretching pre event it WILL take them 20minutes to get into the game because there is no stretch recoil in the muscle tendon complex. In order to get the stretch recoil back within 8-12 minutes of static stretching you will have to activate your muscle again. “BE SMART” Rehearse your warm up in training as it will save confusion and frustration on a match day. If you go on a FAI course they will show you the correct warm up for each age group that you will be working with and they will teach you how to put a element of the main

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session in your warm up and teach you how to then progress the warm up to the main session. In order to know how to do a proper strength and conditioning warm up for your gym sessions contact myself. How long after practice or a game should I stretch? 5-10mins post event, because the increased body temperature increases the elastic properties of collagen within muscles and tendons which allows for greater stretch. This decreases post practice/ games muscle soreness. However PNF hold relax or contract relax (HR or CR) is the preferred stretching protocol post games but on an away day or poor weather there isn’t time to do the full regime so that is left to a separate session so a simple 10 X 5 sec stretch is adequate post game per muscle. Some professional teams do not do alot of stretching post games because if some athletes have slight tears this will increase the risk of injury so the physiotherapist checks the players first then administers the correct protocol. A separate session If increase levels of flexibility are required additional stretching sessions will be needed. In this case stretching should be proceeded by a warm up to allow for increased muscle temperature, necessary for effective stretching. Usually this is preformed as a recovery session one day after a game. This is also know as a flushing session in the world of body building however they do this type of session with weights to increase ROM. Final Thought- Remember flexibility is a neuromuscular response, thus gains are made when the nervous system is fatigued and is easily turned off.

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Football Formations 4-3-1-2

The 4-3-1-2 formation is used by managers who don’t have that many wide players or they prefer to attack down the centre. It can be effective but lacks space in the final 3rd as the players have to execute a near perfect attack for it to work.

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Attacking When attacking with the 4-3-1-2 formation, teams like to attack centrally as they have no wide players and have very little wing play. This can be fixed with the fullbacks attacking but will leave the defence open. Managers like to assign one of the 3 centre midfielders as more defensive minded to play in front the defenders while the other 2 can defend and support the attacking midfielder. The attacking midfield is very important in this formation and seen as the main playmaker.

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Sometimes, the attacking mid could also overlap the strikers to be the furthest player forward. This keeps the opposition guessing as an overlapping attacking mid can also act as a temporary striker when playing off the last line. The makes it harder for the opposition to defend against.

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The attacking midfielder also does very little defending, allowing them to focus all their mentality on attacking. Players like Zinedine Zidane, Frank Lampard and Kaka all like to play in this attacking role.

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Defence The defence for this type of formation can be strong if used effectively. Having three midfielders in the central gives more cover to the back 4 defenders. Only problem with this formation defensively is the lack of wide players. Teams that opted to attack down the wider positions can exploit this weakness. The midfielders will have to work along the wide positions to give cover to the full backs as well as defending centrally. This formation is not played as much in modern day soccer as it lacks width play and it does not used the whole of the pitch to stretch teams in an attacking sense.


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