Castlerahan (@1.06) vs Shercock (@7.5)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Castlerahan will win

Castlerahan – Shercock Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

Trying to work out the table and who has to get results next week.

Gowna v Ramor UnitedSun, 3pm, CrosskeysJust four teams have taken their place behind the band on the big day since 2014, namely Cavan Gaels, Castlerahan, Kingscourt and Ramor United and there is a real sense that a new side may well emerge this season to reach the final, a development which would be welcomed by the neutrals. Could it be Gowna? We noted last week that the pick of their form has been eyecatching and holding an admittedly misfiring Cavan Gaels to a draw for the second time this season bolstered that sense. The good news for them is that there is a huge amount of talent on the sidelines ready to come back into the side. Ramor, for their part, generally did not play well against Castlerahan and looked like a side who have lost their way a little. Seven of the starting team from their 2016 SFC-winning side have returned from abroad or are nearing a comeback from injury - defenders Michel Smart, Eoin Somerville and Damien Barkey, midfielder James McEnroe and forwards Cathal Maguire and James Brady. Their young players have settled in well and the experienced heads like Mark McKeever have been providing great leadership. With those men back on board, there could be a championship in this Ramor side; without them, they may not even get out of the group, despite the excellent form of some players including Conor Bradley.

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Drumlane v Templeport - Drumlane by 6 - Templeport's results don't really indicate they have a team who can compete for the title.Killinkere v Munterconnacht - Killinkere by 9 - Group results indicate this should be easy for KK. Ballinagh should be fired up to make a statement but it could be the end of the road this team having an impact at Senior.Cavan Gaels v Gowna - Cavan Gaels by 3 - But I expect Gowna to give the Gaels a real scare Lavey v Killygarry - Killygarry by 6 - Expect Killygarry to bounce back over a Lavey who miss Cullivan badly.Junior Football Championship quarter-finalsMountnugent v Drumalee - Drumalee by 1 - I would expect Drumalee rested a few last week and Mountnugent haven't bet anyone worth talking about yet.Denn v Shannon Gaels - Shannon Gaels by 1 - Bit like Shercock K'court. Expecting the better individuals to trump the more balanced team. Who is Liam McCabe?I think they changed the rules from last year because Breffni and Mullahoran are out of action for floodlit games this year on a Wednesday night for playoffs, with both under redevelopment.Predictions for the weekend:SeniorKingscourt v Shercock - Shercock by 1 - Think Shercock having the few higher quality individuals might get them over the line despite K'scourt having the better overall team/panel.Cootehill v Lacken - Cootehill by 1 - Lacken just don't convince me in the c'shipCastlerahan v Ramor United - Ramor by 2, Castlerahan lacking in the ff department I feel, and that might be the difference.Crosserlough v Ballinagh - Crosserlough by 2.

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Just looking at tables in Celt and I see either Killeshandra or redhills will make a quarter goes to show league form doesn't make a diff an neither team could get out of div3 . Very surprised with redhills performances so far and kileshandra with the weekend. All in all I think Laragh have best team to win it out but will bluff at latter stages and the cucus will win it.

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For all their physical power and big game nous, they may find that Crosserlough have just too much speed about them. Kingscourt v CrosserloughSun, 3pm, BailieboroughCrosserlough have shown glimpses of form that suggest they are dark horses to make the final or even win this competition outright. This is a big test for Darragh McCarthy's young side and will tell us a lot about their title credentials but, for now, anything is possible. Not that we are suggesting any impropriety of any sort but when games are level in the dying seconds, both teams can be content with their lot and become risk-averse. That said, they are certainly lacking a bit of guile up front, Barry Reilly aside. It's also worth noting, however, that a draw will do both sides nicely and stalemates have a way of happening in such scenarios. But yet, they have slumped alarmingly at times, too, not least against Cootehill when they lost by a point and last weekend, when they went 10 up after 24 minutes against Ballinagh and ended up fighting for their lives in the second half. Kingscourt will pose a different challenge. At their best, they are a hell of a side and word from Down is that Burren were extremely impressed by their pace and skills when they met in a recent challenge. As Ballinagh's Padraic O'Reilly noted at a pre-championship final chat night a couple of years back, when a team has Kingscourt beaten, they have a mighty day's work done. They are physically strong up the centre - Joe Dillon was a revelation last Friday - and are a very difficult side to beat in championship football regardless of the form lines. It's thus difficult to make a confident prediction about a side who are capable of such inconsistent levels of performance.

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The good news is that Darragh Gannon is a useful understudy but Smith, in irresistible form, is irreplaceable. Still, Killygarry made light of the setback the last day - if anything, they were galvanised by it and took control of the contest before securing a draw. We gave the Celts a tentative vote based on the fact that they had a wider range of scorers but, amazingly, they managed to score just 0-2 in each half. With Colm Smith having picked up a straight red card, he will probably miss out. It would take one hell of a twist in the narrative to save the production. Imagine it as a screenplay; Killygarry's leading men are Conor Smith and Martin Reilly and one of those characters' roles in the script have just been killed off. They will be favourites here against a Cootehill side who made a mockery of this column (hands up - predictions here have been shockingly poor!) last weekend against Lacken. That's the unfortunate position the Crubany men find themselves in following the injury picked up by Smith against Lavey on Saturday last.