Cavan Gaels (@1.57) vs Kingscourt (@2.87)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Cavan Gaels will win

Cavan Gaels – Kingscourt Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:00

Ladies SceneUnderage competitions are ramping up again in the Ladies section of the Club. The U14s have the long-awaited replay of their Championship final against Castlerahan/Denn this Wednesday (06/09). The U15s start their championship campaign at home to Crosserlough this Saturday (09/09). The U12s have played and won all four of their games in recent weeks.

Castlerahan v KingscourtSat, 5.30pm, MullaghCastlerahan were caught at the death on Sunday by Ballinagh in what was the only dead rubber of the round (Castlerahan were going through and Ballinagh were not, regardless of the result) so that game can be dismissed out of hand. Kingscourt are as physically strong up the centre (as far as midfield) as any of the sides remaining - Farrelly, Gray, Clarke, Faulkner, Dillon provide the spine while the in-form Philly Tinnelly is the pulse of the team at present. Wins over Lavey and Shercock do not stack up well against Castlerahan's form 'in the book' in victories against Cootehill and Ramor and a draw with Cavan Gaels. To win, they will need goals and they managed seven of those in the group but someone needs to take the scoring burden from Barry Reilly, who has kicked 0-18 from dead balls from their total white flag tally of 0-38. However, the suspicion is that they lack firepower and that is borne out by the fact that from the eight teams still standing, only Lacken - whose stats were skewed by their paltry return of 0-7 last Sunday - have scored less. Nothing comes easy against Kingscourt, as Crosserlough will attest, but they are a couple of players short of a championship-winning side (how they have missed the likes of Barry Tully and the retired Philip Smith) and the feeling is that Castlerahan, or the team that beats them, will be just that. Kingscourt, for their part, gave it everything to get both points against Crosserlough but came up short. It is hard to make a convincing case for the Stars to get the job done here.

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Killygarry needed a win to put them through, but hit the normal self-implode button, Cootehill needed a win and for results to go their way, they got their win, but sadly it wasn't to be. I threw my hat in the ring at the beginning and said the Gaels will retain their title, some people mocked me because of the opening results, but I stuck to my guns. I have absolutely no issues with the current format. The Gaels for instance, knew they needed a win and for some other results to go their way, they had no control of the other results, they had to go out and do what they had to do. The best hope for a decent competitive County Final is for the Gaels and Castlerhan to be kept apart til the final! Its an open draw right up to the Q/Finals and If you have any aspirations of winning a Championship then pull all your efforts into the first two or three matches and if you can afford to rest players for the last match, be it for injuries or for tactical purposes, then whats the problem, its all part of the excitement for players and supporters alike, some teams coming into the last match not knowing whether they will qualify or not. In my opinion, the only team capable of stopping them is Castlerahan, but to be honest, I cant see them doing so.

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There were home and away fixtures with the top two qualifying for the final. Please support them. They bounced back by taking all four points from Blackwater Gaels and beat Cuchulainns along the way to qualify for the final where they will meet Ballyhaise again this Thursday (07/09). Best of luck lads. Under 16 BoysThe U16s are in Division 2 for the championship with Blackwater Gaels, Ballyhaise and Cuchulainns. They won their first game against Cuchulainns but lost both games to Ballyhaise.

SFC Quarter FinalsLavey v Lacken - Like others have pointed out a lot depends on the fitness of Lackens key men, if at full strength they win by 3, if not it's too close to call. Castlerahan v Kingscourt - Since these 2 met in the decider in 2015 Castlerahan have got stronger, mainly due to a lot of new signing from outside the county and Kingscourt have got weaker, mainly due to retirement and injury, Castlerahan by 2.Gowna v Gaels - Despite Gaels big win against Lacken all may not be going so well for them, they are carrying a few injuries I believe, however their experience should see them through here, Gaels by 3.Ramor v Crosserlough - Very interesting matchup, Ramor's key man Adrain Cole got injured again last week and with him not at 100% I'm gonna give this to Crosserlough, by 1.

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- wasn't nearly as influential as he has been in other matches and yet Crosserlough still got it done, with Pierce Smith excellent and goalscorer James Smith's fielding a feature throughout. you just can't get the sources these days so mea culpa on that one. Given their age profile when they won a breakthrough championship title in 2016, Ramor were expected to emerge as the dominant force at senior level but it didn't happen for them last year. And yet they showed their ability, too, by grinding out the victory in spite of it. Whether their progress has stalled or if they are back on track remains to be seen - we will know, probably, by Sunday evening. Or, to be more specific, the game never happened... The presence of those two, who bring toughness and experience, will be a big help while Conor Bradley is in Breffni All-Star form up top - the county player brought his tally for the championship to 2-19 (0-13f) against Gowna. Star man Dara McVeety - who may be carrying a knock? They say a team should ideally be getting stronger as it approaches the business end and Ramor certainly have, with James McEnroe and Damien Barkey coming into the side to help shore up a leaky defence last time out. First thing first, before our prediction column loses whatever smidgen of credibility it has remaining: reports of Crosserlough's challenge match win over Burren, which we referenced last week, were greatly exaggerated. Regardless, though, the Lough have been impressive, even if they squandered countless scoring opportunities against Kingscourt last weekend. It would be premature to call this one a changing of the guard if the Lough were to win - Ramor are going nowhere - but it would be a huge result for an up-and-coming side and is not beyond the realms of possibility provided they can be more clinical in front of goal. Crosserlough are a side with a similar profile (MFC medallists, county underage graduates), just younger again. This column is aware of a few punters who got on board the Lough at 20/1 for the championship before they beat Kingscourt - then again, there is plenty of confidence in the Ramor camp too and with good reason and at least one hefty wager behind them. Darragh McCarthy's young side showed their inexperience as they wasted chance after chance, blazing wide from easy positions on a few occasions. All of that said, Crosserlough haven't been in a SFC semi-final since 2013 and of the team who played against the Stars, only Dara McVeety, Pierce Smith and David Shalvey remain from that loss to Ballinagh five years ago.