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Shay Murrin

Shay Murrin
I am an exiled Killybegs man living in the oak county. I coach the local club, Faughanvale. I enjoy the details of coaching and tactical evolution.

Long Lost Friends: The Kerry vs Tyrone Tactical Preview

Shay Murrin gives you the comprehensive tactical run down as old friends (or foes) Kerry and Tyrone meet once more.  I always liked to get to my position before my opponent. Especially in Croke Park. I wanted to mark my territory. I’d carry myself with the weight of every victory Kerry ever had and every headline that was written about …

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Mayo vs Donegal – Time To Hit the Beaches

If Clive Woodward was a GAA coach he would love this. Straight knock out. Winner takes all. We all love it. It is especially true when the elite sides meet. Mayo and Donegal are well versed in the routine of Croke Park and big games. Both sides would have planned to be peaking for this weekend. The way folk talked about …

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Donegal Have Changed But The Rumours Never Will

On July 12th 2004 the Killybegs u-14 team were just finishing their session on a beautiful day in Fintra.  The talk among the young lads was about how “class” Armagh were in the previous days Ulster final dismantling of Donegal.  It was the first Ulster final to be played at Croker.  It was supposed to be Armagh V Tyrone, a …

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Why Is Dublin’s Style Of Play Not Being Imitated At Club Level?

In a recent Irish Times article Jim McGuinness explained the subtle but definitive changes to the Dublin system, writing about how they have abandoned their man-to-man defensive principles. But for club coaches there was a very interesting line. “Most teams take their lead from the top teams – and Dublin are the most frequently imitated.” This writer has yet to see any …

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Cork, Kerry & The Game Of Tea Cups – Munster Final Analysis

Simon Hartley, the renowned UK based sports psychologist, feels that a team must not only have the objective of winning.  It should be even more specific.  They must score as much as possible and concede as little as possible.  In creating this atmosphere it helps the best teams fend against the dreaded complacency when the whole world and their mother …

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