Eslin (@1.5) vs Drumkeerin (@2.87)
16-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Eslin will win

Eslin – Drumkeerin Match Prediction | 16-09-2019 08:30

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Main Man: Conor Beirne set the tone for Eslin but this was no one-man show. Jerome Maguire, Ciaran White, Jason Byrne and Felim McHugh worked hard but they needed better accuracy. For a wasteful Drumkeerin, James Gallagher (Creevelea) led the fight and was a real leader. From Ronan Reynolds, Shane Beirne and Kevin Bohan in defence, Tomas Beirne & Brian Higgins in midfield and Jamie Stenson and Niall Beirne in attack, Eslin were a handful in all sectors.

Last weeks leader Tommy Rogan didn't have the best of weeks and his lead is now just 4 points. There was 23 points on offer last weekend and it was the females who led the way with Natasha McTernan and Sandra Mulvey top scorers with 18 points each, Sean Mulvey and Angela Kiley Mulvey close behind on 17 points each ( a good weekend for the Mulveys). Just 11 points separating the top 20 with a possible n63 points to play for yet. Regarding the results, again it was the 2 ladies Natasha and Sandra who hit top scores, each getting 13 correct from 15 games. The round robin format of the league is over with the exception of one game, Louth and Westmeath have yet to play. Finally, best of luck to Leitrim next Saturday in Croke Park. Three finals will take place next weekend, but whoever wins our competition will have to wait a further week as the Division 3 final will now be played probably on the weekend of 6/7th April.. The top 20 are as follows: Tommy Rogan (105); Stephen McManus and Angela Kiley Mulvey (101); James Earley and Kevie Forde (100); Daire Carrigan (99); Natasha McTernan (98); David McManus (97); Cathal McCawley and Aaron Wynne (96); Charles Meehan, Darragh Flynn, Ciaran Daly and Aaron Wynne (95); Hugh McPartlan, Thomas Davitt, Sandra Mulvey, Eamonn O'Grady Junior, Kate Byrne, and Ray McLoughlin (94). No drawn game this week. The toughest division as regards points scored was division 3, Division 2 was the next toughest followed by Division 4 with Division 1 being the easiest. Looking through the matches, in Division 1, 124 correctly predicted a Dublin win in Cavan; 72 got it right Mayo to beat Monaghan; 105 had Kerry to beat Roscommon with 79 getting it right Tyrone to beat Galway; in Division 2, 36 correctly predicted Cork to win in Armagh, 110 had it right Donegal to beat Kildare; 92 had Meath to beat Fermanagh with only 26 going for a Clare victory against Tipperary; in Division 3, only 13 predicted a Louth win against Down while 85 had Laois to beat Carlow; only 11 went for Offaly to win in Sligo while 75 had Westmeath to beat Longford; in Division 4, 113 had it right Derry to beat Wexford, 122 had it correct Leitrim to beat Waterford, meaning of course that 5 entries predicted Leitrim would not win the game ( I wont name them); 83 got it correct Antrim to beat Limerick while 99 had Wicklow to beat London; Next weekend of course 45 points are at stake when 3 of the Divisional finals take place.

As it stands, if Westmeath win, then James Earley would come out on top and if Laois win, Kevie would claim top prize. in Division 2, 101 had Donegal as the winners, 11 had Meath as runners up. Out of a possible 45 points on offer last weekend, 35 was the highest score with Charles Meehan, Gabriel Flynn and Kevie Forde all recording 35 points. In Division 4, 96 had selected Derry as the outright winners with 76 having Leitrim as runners up. 28 entrants had Kerry as runners up. As stated, all of this has to be double checked and is not an official result. 94 entrants had picked Dublin to win the title. Best of luck to both entries next weekend. The outstanding league match between Laois and Westmeath ended in a draw (promotes Westmeath) with13 entrants getting it correct, although all 13 were out of the running for the top prize. That score of 35 points for Kevie sees him head to the top of the table with 135 points followed by James Earley with 130 points. It looks like the rest are out of the running although a full check will be done before the weekends matches. Prediction Game: report What a weekend of football with one outstanding league match and 3 Divisional finals taking place and well done to Mayo, Donegal and Derry on their victories and a mention must go to a gallant Leitrim team who did us all proud in Croke park. Just to run through the Divisions; in Division 1 out of 127 entries, only 3 had predicted Mayo to win so well done to Gabriel Flynn, John Joe Byrne and Paul Gallagher.

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They beat Sligo by 5-07 0-02 to qualify for their first ever Connacht final but were beaten by Roscommon in the decider. Leitrim won the Connacht title and held Kerry to two points in the semi-final of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Galway went on to be beaten in the final by Mayo following a replay. Leitrim did not record another win until the 1914 championship. In 1927, with training from Sean O'Hehir, father of the veteran radio commentator Michel and with the help of good fortune when Connacht semi-finalists Roscommon had to line out without five players whose car had broken down, Leitrim won their first ever Connacht title. In the semi-final of the 1924 Connacht Championship, Leitrim forced Mayo to a draw, then refused to play extra-time.

He took Leitrim to the final of the 1994 Connacht Championship. Leitrim did not have an easy route to the final, beating Roscommon by a point and only overcoming Galway by a point in a replay. John O'Mahony was appointed Leitrim manager to build on the success of the Under-21 team that won the 1991 Connacht Championship. Since losing to Sligo in 1989, Leitrim had suffered a series of near-misses, and might have followed up 1994 against Galway, losing by a single point in 1995 and two points in 1996. The first county to benefit under the parentage rule was also the first to lose their big catch, with the loss of Declan Darcy to Dublin depleting the panel in 1998, bringing Leitrim's most successful era to an end. O'Mahony's feat in leading the team that is traditionally the weakest in the province to that title is still heralded nationally to this day.[6] Leitrim were ultimately beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by Dublin at Croke Park. They took on Mayo in the final, overcoming O'Mahony's native county by two points in Hyde Park.

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). Sean McCabe had the most predictions correct with 13 from 16. 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. 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. 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. In Division 2, 99 had Armagh winning against Tipperary with 111 giving Kildare the verdict over Clare. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Good luck to everybody next week.

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The county's senior Gaelic football team play in the Connacht Senior Football Championship and compete in Division 4 of the National Football League. Considered "Connacht's traditional minnows" and "one of the GAA's Cinderella counties",[3] Leitrim are never considered seriously as likely to win a major title. They have won the Connacht Senior Football Championship on two occasions,the first in 1927 and their second in 1994.

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The expected breakthrough from Michael Martin and his men never happened. In the days of Cathal Flynn, Colin McNulty and Packie McGarty, both Connacht Railway Cup players, Leitrim lost four successive Connacht finals to Galway between 1957 and 1960, coming closest in 1958 when they equalised midway through the second half but were defeated by two points (Cathal Flynn scored 1-6). Flynn retired in 1966 from inter-county football while McGarty was at the end of his career when Leitrim were heavily beaten by a score 4-15 to 0-7 against Mayo in the Connacht final in 1967, scoring only one point from play. Leitrim won the National Football League Division 2 title and contested the 1959 NFL semi-final with a changed fullback line but were beaten by Derry by seven points. A new generation of Leitrim under-21 players hosted and nearly beat the great Kerry team at Carrick-on-Shannon in 1977 before losing by five points, 3-13 to 3-8.

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. Mohill, on the other hand, seem only to be building momentum.

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.

They first competed in the All-Ireland in the 1907 championship. They were beaten by Roscommon on a score of 0-03 to 0-01 in the Connacht semi-final in their first ever match. The county won its first ever match in the 1910 championship, beating Sligo in the Connacht quarter-final by 0-03 to 0-00. Leitrim's football history has brought sparse reward. They were then beaten by Galway in the semi-final.