Ballinagh (@1.28) vs Cuchulainns (@4.0)
13-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballinagh will win

Ballinagh – Cuchulainns Match Prediction | 13-09-2019 14:15

By the end of October, the feeling in Cross-Mullagh was that their favourites could only throw away a place in the last four of the competition. Victory over the Celtics underlined Cuchulainns potential and growing stature among their peers. That assuredness was manifest too in the decisive 113 to 16 victory over would-be IFC kingpins Lacken Celtic. And while they arguably drew the short straw in being pitted against Ballinagh in the semi-final of the league, nobody in any part of the county of Cavan was in doubt but that Cuchulainns had the grit and the toughness to give as good as they would get from the Saffrons, and a little more back besides.

Like the drawn match, the replay was a very close encounter and the possibility of extra time loomed until Aidan Connell snatched a point in the dying moments of the game. However, with M. Stanley in commanding form in midfield, Munterconnaught laid the foundations for victory. If the 1970s saw a gradual decline in the playing fortunes of the club, the 1980s have seen a gradual improvement as the successful juveniles came through to adult level. The final score was 010 to 16. Munterconnaught the more balanced outfit settled quickly. Cuchulainns relying heavily on Ray Carolan found it harder to get into their stride and it was indeed the second half before they really got into the game. Hetherton and O. The match itself was fast and exiting, but both sets of forwards found scores hard to come by. The Anglo Celt reports that both teams played with resolute determination in a tough exciting match, the final score being 24 to 07. The final was to be another disappointing day for Cuchulainns, with their opponents Munterconnaught gaining their first intermediate championship title. Cuchulainns did have a good championship run in 1980 when they overcame the challenge of Killygarry after a replay to reach the intermediate championship final.

Gaels vs Gowna- I think the big win at the weekend will give the Gaels much needed confidence. They were exposed at the weekend when they were missing a few important players. Neither team will have wanted to play each other again but I think Gaels will get through this with a 3 point win.Lavey vs Lacken- Depending on Lacken having a full strength team.

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Even though they had a disappointing league campaign much of which can be attributed to a hangover from last years championship triumph, a first in 19 years its notable that the Sons of OConnell had the best defensive record in Division 2. Drumlanes real strength, though, lies in their back nine. Donal Monahan is a very athletic defender who was breaking into the Cavan senior team before opting out of county football this year while midfielders Kian Monahan and Dane ODowd (below) would not be out of place in senior ranks. If they can gather some momentum in the early rounds, Fintan Reillys men could well enjoy an extended championship run. They regrouped impressively, storming to glory in the Junior Championship last season, lifting the Sean Leddy Cup with a replay win over a fancied Killinkere in the final. Drumlane were always a hard team to beat in intermediate ranks for the guts of two decades, reaching the final in 2010, but slipped through the relegation trapdoor at the end of the season before last. Goalkeeper Gareth Patch Corrigan is rock solid and in front of him, the long-serving John ODowd is as safe as they come. The form of attackers Darragh Dolan who came from nowhere and was one of the stand-out players in the championship along with the well-established Gary Tubman and Ryan Connolly was crucial to that success, with Connolly in particular a very impressive ball-striker with a glittering underage CV. They open their account against Swanlinbar and will be fancied to win that west Cavan derby.

Indeed, it took a late, late point by Paul Taite to actually decide the issue in Cuchulainns favour. In capturing their first bit of silverware in eleven years, Cuchulainns were made to fight all the way to the finishing post. Not since 1993 when they captured the Cavan Intermediate Championship had Cuchulainns tasted success at senior level.

Every player played their part in a valuable away win. In addition, it took Cuchulainns 22 minutes to score through Thomas Reilly and when the same player pointed for them again in the 25th minute, Drung knew that they were going to be really upset against it. For instance, Colm Andersons courageous save prevented the home side from opening the scoring within seconds of the throw-in. In a fast, open game, both sides moved the ball at pace but the visitors were particularly guilty of dropping the ball short into the goalkeepers hands on a number of occasions.

Crosserlough won't care too much about that and I hope and expect them to pull through.Castlerahan v Kingscourt - Castlerahan by 1. A good win for our lads but I wouldn't look into it too much. I expect Castlerahan to pull through a tough battle in this one. I think Shercock will go down with us and I expect it to be tight between Killygarry and Cootehill, but I expect Cootehill to stay up with Killygarry missing Conor Smith, a huge loss! Kingscourt will put up a good challenge as always but I expect them to fall just short. Gaels will know that there are no more second and third chances and I'd imagine they'll take the game by the scruff of the neck. I thought they were peaking too early and this could be the challenge they need to push them on further towards winning the championship they've been craving for so long. A good group of dedicated lads, I think they're ready to step up a level. Gaels v Gowna - Gaels by 8. Does anybody know what happens in the event of a draw?Ramor v Crosserlough - Croseerlough by 5. I'm still backing the Gaels (just!), may change after next weekend. Castlerahan to fall just short again. Lacken are carrying a couple of knocks and injuries while Lavey are being written off by many it seems. Having said that it would be great to see the young Gowna lads stepping up and taking a scalp. Crosserlough on a high I am sure after beating Kingscourt and topping the group. Definitely a strengthening team and ones to watch.Lacken v Lavey - Draw. I think Lacken will win the reply or pull through extra time. Gowna struggled against 14 men of Ramor and just won't have enough to oust the Gaels. The Lavey lads will be up for it no doubt and I wouldn't be surprised if Lacken struggle. Ramor are a mess it seems and I've heard from numerous sources that players and supporters are frustrated with management structure. I attended the game against Ballinagh, my own club at the weekend. I don't think Lacken have the depth of the other top teams and it could show in the coming weeks.

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Swanlinbar began the second half as they ended the first on the attack and were back in contention when Prior sent over three frees in the opening seven minutes. Alan Callaghan steadied the Cuchulainns nerves when he landed a free though as the game swung from one end of the field to the other in exciting fashion.

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