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

Our Prediction:

Ballinagh will win

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

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.

A special committee was set up by Cuchulainns GFC to organise the celebrations in the parish. It included members of the camogie club, the clergy, and members of the football club itself. This committee proposed that on the day the emphasis should be on involvement of young and old in activities rather than on items of a competitive nature. Each group had the opportunity to play games, if only for a short period. Celebrations were held in every county and club in Ireland on Sunday, July 29th. The GAA celebrated the centenary of their foundation in 1984.

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What won't help their chances, though, is a hectic run of matches in the lead-in to championship. Several of the squad also lined out in a reserve game last Friday evening, meaning they have five games in 13 days. Elsewhere, midfielder and right-sided freetaker Conall Farrell has also been motoring well. DrumgoonLike Ballymachugh, the Boyle Park men have achieved their primary goal of securing promotion in the league and lifting the cup on Sunday was the cherry on top. The former Cavan utility man is based in Inverness and flies home for matches, driving a couple of hours to Edinburgh before even catching a flight. The captain's drive has been a real source of inspiration to the younger players on the panel, with the likes of defender Donal Keappock and half-forward Caolan Jackson really growing as the year has gone on. The driving force of their team has been captain Keith Fannin whose commitment to the cause for a player who has won numerous county medals before now and represented Cavan at all levels is extraordinary. It could be argued that a club with small numbers is being punished for doing so well in the league. A county senior player is worth his weight in gold at this level too and Conor Moynagh (above) has also been outstanding all year, bringing leadership and class to the starting team. Ciaran O'Malley has proven himself to be a very astute manager who is popular with and can get the best from players and the canny Meath native will feel that qualifying for the last eight with promotion secured would mark a very good season for the Eire gs. The first round of the championship against Laragh United on Friday evening will be the fourth match in 13 days, each of them potentially season-defining at the time.

While this was a team performance special mention should be afforded to corner back, John Flanagan who must have pushed team captain, Martin Lynch close forthe title man of the match. Colm Anderson in goal was superb when called on and BarrySmith at fullback was sound. Midfield of Terry Farrelly and Paul Taite eventually won the upperhand and helped lay the foundation for the teams success while in a forward division the Callaghan brothers, Martin and Alan, proved to be more than effective during the crucial second half performance. The introduction of both Shane Smith and Niall Lynch was also to prove decisive as both players caused problems for the Drumalee defence. Gavin Daly, and Martin Lynch were prominent in the half back line. Seamus Clarke, Patrick Murtagh and Tommy Reilly all provided crucial inputs to this victory.

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Swad were the dark horses of the league campaign and their shock defeat of Ballyhaise in their semi-final seemed to add a lot of fuel to the notion that their name was on the cup. Thomas Reilly suffered an injury which was destined to keep him out of the final in mid-December against Swanlinbar. Sadly booking a place in the final came at a price. The script didnt hold good though.

My predictions for the weekend:SeniorCastlerahan v Killygarry - Killygarry by 1Cavan Gaels v Lavey - Lavey by 3Cootehill v Lacken - Lacken by 4Crosserlough v Shercock - Crosserlough by 10Kingscourt v Gowna - Gowna by 6IntermediateKillesandra v Cornafean - Cornafean by 1Balieborough V Belturbet - Bailieborough by 1 Arva v Cuchulainn - Arva by 1Laragh v Butlersbridge - Laragh by 1Drumgoon v Ballyhaise - DrawBallymachugh v Ramor- Ballymachugh by 7Drumlane v Ballinagh - Ballinagh by 7JuniorMunterconnaught v Knocbride - Knockbride by 4Drung v Denn - Denn by 4Killdallan v Redhills - Redhills by 10Mountnugent v Shannon Gaels - DrawDrumalee v Maghera - Drumalee by 15Kill v Corlough - Corlough by 1Killinkere v Templeport - Killinkere by 2Intermediate the main attraction with a few teams who could be on the ropes already after this weekend.

The score line of 3-11 to 1-4 tells its own story, as the East Cavan side powered by county players Ronan Carolan, Fintan Cahill and Noel Donohoe were in scintillating form and their power-packed play and fitness, was much too good for a young and inexperienced Lacken side on the day.Cuchulainn's team-manager Cormac Cahill had his charges nicely 'tuned' for the big occasion, and at the end of the day, he could be well satisfied on a job well done that completed a memorable year for the club, after the disappointments with injuries etc. the previous season. One of the best performances on the club scene in Cavan in '93 was Cuchulainn's defeat of Lacken in the Intermediate football final played in Breffni Park last September.

Championship starts tonight, with senior, intermediate and junior action this weekend, anyone fancy giving their predictions?

In May 1971 Cuchulainns met the vastly more experienced Crosserlough in the 1970 league final. The Anglo Celt reports that Crosserlough gave clear notice that they were still a force in Cavan football, when they won yet another Cavan title, this time the 1970 league, when beating Cuchulainns by 212 to 28 in an entertaining match at Breifne Park on Sunday last. Incidentally Crosserlough were on their way to winning a record breaking seven in a row senior championship.

However, an abundance of scoring chances were missed and slowly Kildallan came back into the match scoring two goals from virtually their only two attacks of the first half. The game started at break neck speed with Cuchulainns dominating the opening twenty minutes. The league final against Kildallan in Mullahoran was yet another disappointing day for Cuchulainns. The goals proved to be the turning point of the game with Kildallan going on to dominate the second half, and ran out worthy winners.