Eslin (@1.5) vs Drumkeerin (@2.87)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Eslin will win

Eslin – Drumkeerin Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 08:30

For the Gaels, their problems are in sustaining their best form - they just haven't been able to do it for an hour and when the mistakes come, the head gone down and the scores mount up against them. It seems unlikely they can turn that sort of flaw around in a week unless they hit Manor for a few goals early on and work to hold them off.

That was a tight and tough encounter and I expect no different here. Ballinaglera have the numbers in their favour but for some reason, I'm leaning towards Carrigallen. They get a hesitant vote - but only just. The sides met two years ago in a brilliant quarter-final clash in Aughavas with Carrigallen recovering after a slow start to win 3-10 to 1-10.

They are all likely to play next Sunday but there has to be some element of doubt about their fitness and that's not good for the reigning champions. The teams go into the quarter-final with very different moods - Aughawillan are worried about the fitness of key players like Noel Plunkett, Ciaran Gilheany, Fergal McTague and Morgan Quinn, a key quartet who each occupy a different line on the field.

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Like we said, there is not much in it and defensively, Ballinaglera have conceded just five points less than Carrigallen. Ballinaglera dropped just three points in the campaign, a one point loss to Eslin and a draw with Bornacoola while Carrigallen lost to both Annaduff and Leitrim Gaels, not a bad sign there against two of the big teams and they were competitive in both games.

Any help in the scoring stakes would make Eslin far tougher to beat. To be honest, I'd have Eslin just behind Annaduff and Leitrim Gaels in the favourites stakes and I expect them to come through here. The question for Eslin is can they do enough to lift some of the burden off Beirne as he simply can't do it all himself.

Mohill, on the other hand, seem only to be building momentum. The return of Keith Beirne and Alan McLoughlin in the last match against Drumreilly along with James Mitchell and even Irish sprint international Eanna Madden only increases the range of scoring options for a team that have averaged over 19 points a game while only conceding just over five points a game.

And both teams have a history of ending the title defence of the other side so there is a lot of spice to this clash. The tie of the weekend. A repeat of last year's County Final between the teams who have shared the title between them since 2013 when St Mary's were the last winners other than Aughawillan and Mohill.

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Leaderboard with 3 weeks to go: Tommy Rogan and Daire Carrigan (57); Darragh Flynn and Kevie Forde (56); Ciaran Walpole and James Earley (55); Barry McPadden and Francie Davitt (54); Conor McGoldrick, David Moran and Stephen McManus (53); Thomas Davitt, Ciaran Daly and Joe McTernan (52);Larry Walpole, Eamon O'Grady jnr, Jimmy McPadden and Ryan Gallagher (51); Pat Duignan, Declan Gallagher, Lauraine Clarke, Angela Kiley Mulvey, David McManus and Jimmy McPadden (50). The 2 results which left Division 2 the toughest as regards points scored was Meath winning in Cork, 28 getting that one correct but the major result here was Fermanaghs win away to Donegal, not one entry from 127 got that one right.In Division 3, 74 was the number for 2 matches, Westmeath to beat Laois and Down to win in Longford; Sligo let many punters down with another poor display, 38 predicting a Louth victory there while 61 reckoned Offaly would beat Carlow. After round 3, we had a top 13 with 40 points or more, our table this week will be those with 50 points or more and we have 24 entries in that category. 22 points was on offer this week and well done Michael McWeeney and to birthday boy Sean McCabe who ended the week with 16 points, with Kevin Connaire, Natasha McTiernan, Stephen McManus, Sean Mulvey and Thomas McPartlan are getting 15 points. Before we look at the leaderboard, some stats; for the First week there was no drawn game; for the 3rd week out of four, Division 4 was the easiest to predict, next easiest was Division 1, Division 3 was next with Division 2 the toughest. On the leaderboard, we have lost 3 from last week top 13, they actually have slipped out of the top 24, Aaron Wynne, John Joe and Kate Byrne. In Division 2, 99 had Armagh winning against Tipperary with 111 giving Kildare the verdict over Clare. Good luck to everybody next week. Sean McCabe had the most predictions correct with 13 from 16. Last weeks leader Barry McPadden also had a poor week, slipping from 1st to joint 7th Of course, that means a number of entries have come into the reckoning for the first time. Prediction Competition: Over half way in our National Football League prediction competition and its certainly hotting up with only seven points separating the top 24. In Division 1, 99 had Dublin to beat Mayo, 58 had Tyrone to beat Monaghan, 57 had Kerry to win away to Galway while 53 predicted Cavan would beat Roscommon. Of course, the winner may yet come from outside the above group, there are 11 entries with 49 points so its still wide open for the 500 first prize. Congrats again to Leitrim in Division 4, still top of the table and a step closer to Croke Park but only just after a titanic battle with Limerick, 85 predicting a Leitrim win in Kilmallock; 114 got Antrims win over London correct, 121 had Derry to beat Wicklow but the biggest shock here was Waterfords huge win away to Wexford, 9 entries correct on that one.

Annaduff started slowly and were lucky to draw the first day against Drumkeerin but interestingly, their tally of 2-8 was their lowest of the campaign so far and they have been regularly hitting the 20 point mark. Sean McNabola leads the line but you definitely feel that the entire attack is contributing far more than they did last year in the run to the Intermediate Final.

In Division 2, 80 tipped Meath to beat Clare; 98 went a Donegal win in Cork; 102 went for Kildare to get the better of Tipperary and 99 got it right Armagh to beat Fermanagh. Only 6 out of 127 predicted wins for Mayo over Kerry and Tyrone over Dublin so well done to Joe Walpole, Michael McTernan, James Gallagher (Corry), Junior Hazlett, Christina Byrne and Paul Gallagher. He is six points clear at the top but as already mentioned, a lot of points to be played for yet. As it stands though, Tommy Rogan looks favourite to take the 500 prize. Ray McLoughlin and Junior Hazlett were the big winners last weekend, each of them scoring 19 points with Stephen McManus and James Gallagher (Corry) hitting 18 points each. GAA prediction report week 6 Prediction Game: Only one round of fixtures remaining, but remember there are 60 points available on the last weekend of March when the four divisional finals are being played. In Division 4, Leitrim lost their unbeaten record in a rehearsal of the Divisional final in a couple of weeks, losing by seven points in Derry with 92 predicting that particular result; 95 tipped Antrim to beat Wicklow, 48 got it correct for a Waterford victory in London with 89 tipping Wexford to beat Limerick. The top 20 with points in brackets are as follows: Tommy Rogan (93); Stephen McManus (87); Daire Carrigan (86); James Earley (85); Angela Kiley Mulvey and Kevie Forde (84); Darragh Flynn (83); Ciaran Daly, Cathal McCauley and Aaron Wynne (82); David McManus, Kate Byrne and Aaron Wynne (81); Seamus Gallagher, Thomas Davitt, James Gallagher Corry, Natasha McTernan, David Moran, Eamonn O'Grady Junior and Joe McTernan (80) For the full table check Drumkeerin Handball facebook page. Again as in the last couple of weeks, there was no drawn game. Looking at each match, in Division 1, 100 got it right Galway to beat Roscommon; only 10 predicted Tyrone to win against Dublin; 26 had it right Mayo to win in Kerry, while 114 tipped Monaghan to beat Cavan. The next toughest Division re points won was Division 3 but of course only 3 games were played here. Division 4 was next toughest with Division 2 the easiest. On the results side of things, 3 of the above, Junior, James and Ray correctly predicted 13 results from 15 matches. If that game goes ahead, then points will be awarded as normal, but if the game is not played at any stage, no points will be awarded. In Division 3, 79 predicted Down to win in Carlow; 59 had Longford to beat Sligo with 77 going for a Laois victory against Offaly. The toughest Division to predict last weekend was Division 1, mainly because of two great away wins by Mayo and Tyrone. 22 points on offer last weekend, remember one game was not played, Louth v Westmeath.