Burren (@1.16) vs Castlewellan (@5.0)
23-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Burren will win

Burren – Castlewellan Match Prediction | 23-08-2019

Noah Rogers...

They lost to Cork at GAA Headquarters, the first time Down has tasted defeat in the All-Ireland Final. Down captain Benny Coulter's effort on 70 minutes and a fisted Daniel Hughes effort a minute into added time left the bare minimum in it and that was the way it stayed as Cork collected their seventh All-Ireland SFC crown in front of 81,604 spectators. In 2010, Down reached the All-Ireland Final after a narrow win over Kildare in the Semi-Finals. Cork were three points down at half-time but they upped the ante in the second half and ran out 0-16 to 0-15 winners in the end.

Down was not regarded as a Gaelic stronghold when Queen's University won the 1958 Sigerson Cup, and some of its leading players turned their thoughts to Down's inter-county dilemma. In 1968, Down beat Kerry with Sean O'Neill and John Murphy goals, again in a two-minute spell. In 1991, they surprised favourites Meath, Barry Breen giving them the goal that sent them into a lead of eleven points with 20 minutes to go, too far even for Meath. In 1960 two goals in a three-minute period from James McCartan, Senior and Paddy Doherty helped beat Kerry, who were almost completely unbeaten at the time, and which brought to an end the Kerry football regime for a few years, and they beat Offaly by a point in 1961 in a tremendous match that featured five first half goals. In that three-year period their loyal supporters smashed every attendance record in the book. Down teams through the years have played with great emphasis on attack often leading to the neglect of the defence. They took the 1959 Ulster title with six inter-changeable forwards who introduced off-the-ball running and oddities such as track-suits. The 71,573 who watched them play Kerry in 1961 still stands as a record for an All-Ireland semi-final. When Down played Offaly in 1961 they set a record attendance of 90,556 for a GAA game. Despite a famous prediction that Down would go on to win three in a row, the county took twenty years to regain its status. Against Dublin in the 1964 National League final a record 70,125 showed up. This system has cost Down teams in the past 10 years or so with the introduction of more negative tactics to quell forward lines with a massive emphasis on blanket defence. In 1994, Mickey Linden sent James McCartan, Junior in for a goal directly under Hill 16 which silenced Dublin and helped them claim their fifth title.

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The new team competed in the National Hurling League 2008, recording their first win by beating Cavan at Ballela, scoring 4-15 to Cavan's 0-9. South Down then competed in the Nicky Rackard Cup 2008. In 2007, the GAA announced that a hurling team from "South Down" (i.e. It is playing in Division 4 of the 2009 National hurling league. excluding the Ards peninsula) would compete in parallel to the main Down team,[1] to encourage hurling in an area of growing population where the game has not been strong.[2] While players from all of Down are eligible for the main Down team, Ards players cannot play for South Down.

In 2008 Down defeated Tyrone after a replay in the Ulster Senior Football Championship but fell to Armagh in the Ulster SFC Semi Final. After a convincing 5-19 to 2-10 victory over Offaly, Down faced Laois in round 2 of the qualifers. Down had Dan Gordon's suspension removed, but awful conditions and poor Down performance resulted in a defeat to Wexford by a 2-13 to 0-12 scoreline. Down went on to play Offaly in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. Beating Laois by a single point, and with Dan Gordon being sent off, Down were through to the last round of the qualifiers where they played Wexford at Croke Park.

Gaelic football is a popular sport in Burren and the local team, St. They enjoyed good runs in Ulster in 2010 and 2011, reaching the final in 2011 losing to a strong Crossmaglen team. Mary's Burren GAA, enjoyed considerable success at national level during the 1980s winning the All-Ireland club football title on two occasions 1986 and 1988 as well as winning five Ulster club titles and 2 Ulster Under-21.

Down had Dan Gordon's suspension removed, but awful conditions and poor Down performance resulted in a defeat to Wexford by a 2-13 to 0-12 scoreline. In 2008, Down defeated Tyrone after a replay in the Ulster Senior Football Championship but fell to Armagh in the Ulster SFC Semi Final. Down went on to play Offaly in the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers. After a convincing 5-19 to 2-10 victory over Offaly, Down faced Laois in round 2 of the qualifiers. Beating Laois by a single point, and with Dan Gordon being sent off, Down were through to the last round of the qualifiers where they played Wexford at Croke Park.

Kitted out in their distinctive red and black, their massive fan base has been responsible for some of the largest match attendances in GAA history. With no losses in five appearances in All Ireland finals, Down have got a reputation for rising to the big occasion. Although in the last fifteen years they have been going through a very barren patch at senior level, despite various successes at underage level.

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Kitted out in their distinctive red and black, their massive fan base has been responsible for some of the largest match attendances in GAA history. With just one loss in six appearances in All Ireland finals, Down have got a reputation for rising to the big occasion.