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  1. jcm

    Team Formation v RoI

    We always seem to select poor line-ups in dour friendlies against the likes of Scotland, Wales and the ROI - about time we got a solid result against these guys instead of another insipid defeat. Put out our strongest 11 and that’s it.
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    Post mortem

    I’ll see if I can get a report from the Saigon Times too.
  3. jcm

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    Nice line-up although Lewis on the left instead of Dallas, who simply isn’t getting game time.
  4. jcm

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    I based it mostly on who’s getting proper game time at the moment (bar Davis, for obvious reasons). Think BPF is head and shoulders above any other keeper in our squad, playing for a team at the top of the Championship, having had a new manager come in. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. Saville has experience on the left at Wolves and has played as a false 10 before, so can acquiesce and overlap with Lewis on his trips forward. Think Aaron’s game time and huge experience should count ahead of Smith (although I am being biased!). It was a toss of a coin between Kyle and Josh up top; would have no problem both of them starting but Will’s time has come - give him his chance.
  5. jcm

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    Or possibly: BPF Hughes, Cathcart, J.Evans, Lewis C.Evans or McNair McGinn, Norwood, Saville Magennis, Grigg
  6. jcm

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    Team v Bosnia: BPF Hughes, Cathcart, J.Evans, Lewis McGinn, Davis, Norwood, Saville Magennis, Grigg C.McLaughlin to come on in place of Aaron (who I selfishly want to get to 120 caps) on 60 mins. J.Lewis to act as a wing-back with J.Evans covering. Davis starting is maybe a risk but he’s unique and has the experience and class despite a lack of match sharpness. McNair to deputise if needs be - possibly reverting to a 4-1-3-2 formation. Grigg to play off Josh, who just gets the nod over Kyle. Grigg has to start a competitive game at some point; we should take advantage of his (and Josh’s) confidence levels at present, mix it up a bit and reward him for his commitment.
  7. jcm

    Central America tour

    Around 100 I reckon, not as many as the IFA apparently stated. I picked up tickets for 6 London NISC members at the team hotel in Panama City, 5 of whom didn't make the trip. It seems the IFA might have mixed up initial 'expressions of interest' with actual ticket purchases.
  8. jcm

    Central America tour

    Did the Tarzan swing in Monteverde too. Downpour throughout the zip-lining, soaked to the skin. I have to say one massive plus during the trip was not hearing NS during GSTQ in San Jose - the first time I've experienced that at any N.Ireland match. I guess the solitary idiot who uttered the words in Panama City thought better of it or maybe he only did the one game.
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    Score Prediction v Panama

    Extremely humid out here too. Substitutions and player rotation will be important to get through 2 x 90 minute matches, especially with match fitness levels down (3 weeks after the end of the season).
  10. jcm

    Central America tour

    Pathfinder already here. Whoever's making it over, best to bring a robust anorak and get (the feck) out of San Jose if you can - seems to be just traffic and CO2. Super out in the sticks though. Off to watch the Costa Rican Cup Final now with a couple of locals. Vamos Saprissa!
  11. jcm

    Central America tour

    Just had my Hep A and typhoid boosters; nurse Jenny referred me to this Nathnac link the NHS use: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/58/costa-rica#Vaccine_recommendations It seems Costa Rica has exempted Panama from its yellow fever certificate list and, within Panama itself, "the vaccination is not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to areas west of the Canal, the city of Panama, the Canal area itself, and the Balboa Islands (Pearl Islands) and San Blas Islands."
  12. jcm

    Central America tour

    A doctor on the take perhaps?
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    Central America tour

    Are you sure?... "A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is only required for travellers 9 months of age and older coming from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. A vaccination certificate is also required if coming from Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe, Somalia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Note: A vaccination certificate is not required for travellers arriving from Argentina, Guyana, Panama, and Suriname. The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory."