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

Our Prediction:

Ballinagh will win

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

Two minutes later came Cuchulainns crucial score when Martin Callaghan and Patrick Murtagh combined to put Adrian Taite through for the all-important goal and a 1-5 to 0-5 lead.Drumalee made a concerted effort to reclaim the advantage but once again goalkeeper, Colm Anderson was up to the task as he made another brilliant save from Finbar Donohoe.As Drumalee pressed forward for a lifeline score, it was Alan Callaghan who sealed matters with just two minutes remaining when he slotted over a well taken point. Finbar Donohoe gave them a cushion of two points 0-5 to 0-3.Tommy Reilly converted two frees to level the scores at 0-5 each by the forty-seventh minute. With just three minutes of the first half remaining, Colm Anderson was called into action in the Cuchulainns goal when he saved from a Bernard Young rasper. While Drumalee got the brighter start to the half with a point from a Gaffney free it was Cuchulainns who began to dictate the play with Callaghan brothers, Martin and Alan beginning to create problems for the Cavan town based outfit.Full forward, Tommy Reilly began to find his shooting boots and reduced the arrears 0-3 to 0-4. Drumalee tried to gain the initiative and a point from sub. With both sides missing frees the half-time score of 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Drumalee must have given heart to Cuchulainns who had for the most part been under pressure for this first half.With Terry Farrelly and Paul Taite beginning exert more influence in the middle of the park, and Martin Callaghan, Gavin Daly, Barry Smith and team captain, Martin Lynch all coming more into the game the balance began to shift more to Cuchullains.

The year 1987 is going to stand out in the history of the club. It was the year that Cuchulainns won the intermediate championship and in fact were unbeaten until September 6th, 1987. The inclusion of young players such as Fintan Cahill, Jimmy Reilly and Noel Donohoe along with the more experienced players, under the capable management of Cormac Cahill, produced a winning brand of football.

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The free-flowing Cuchulainns attack impressed throughout and Seamus Clarke and Martin Callaghan both got in on the scoring act for Cuchulainns before Ciaran Galligan converted two more frees just before half time to leave Cuchulainns 0-7 to 0-4 in front. Lavey belatedly opened their account with a free but in the following five minutes, two points from play by Thomas Reilly and Gavin Daly extended Cuchulainns lead to four points.

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A special art competition was organised for Primary and Post-Primary pupils. The art exhibition and trophy display went on until 8.00pm. All players, ex-players and ex-officials down through the years were notified and invited to attend celebrations. These were concerned with club members involvement at county and All-Ireland levels. The entire day was a tremendous success, starting with a beautiful Concelebrated Mass. The county display which involved items of interest from every club in the county was also made available to the club. Entries were exhibited in the general purpose room in Mullagh National School. The readings and Prayers of the Faithful and the procession all involved All-Ireland winners and representatives of the organisations. The choir was a joint choir from Cross and Mullagh. On club day all available Ulster Championship, All-Ireland, Railway Cup, and other medals won by people from the parish, together with Scr and camogie trophies were put on display. Also on display were all the photographs and paper cuttings available.

Unexpected to them-selves theCuchulainn ladswon their section and qualified for the finals. Cuchulainns entered a team which was draw as part of the section to play its games in Ballyhaise. The competition was to be run off over one saturday in May. The finals were played that evening in Terry Coylepark, Cavan, so after an extremlylong day of football the Cuchulainns panel were crowned County 7 aside champions.

Swanlinbar began the second half as they ended the first on the attack and were back in contention when Prior sent over three frees in the opening seven minutes. Alan Callaghan steadied the Cuchulainns nerves when he landed a free though as the game swung from one end of the field to the other in exciting fashion.

Cuchulainns began their Senior Championship Campaign by beating the County Champions Ballinagh in Kingspan Breffni Park in a highly entertaining game on a scoreline of 1:16 to 15. Cuchulainns were then beaten by the eventual Champions Cavan Gaels in the next game which set up a game against Gowna for a place in the Quarter final stages of the competition. Cuchulainns dominated this game in every area of the pitch running out winners on a scoreline of 0:16 to 0:9 points. Cuchulainns progressed to the Semi-final stages of the Cavan Senior Championship for the first time in their history in 2014. In the Semi-finals Cuchulainns were drawn against Cavan gaels for the second time in the Championship. The Second half proved a step to far for Cuchulainns with the eventual Champions Cavan Gaels grabbing 2 goals to end Cuchulainns Championship for 2014. Both teams were guilty of wayward shooting in the first half with Cuchulainns coming off slightly better than their opponents, leading by 0:4 to 0:1 at halftime. Cuchulainns Centre half back Seamus Clarke was Nominated for Cavan Senior Club Player of the year after a fantastic Campaign. The Second half began at a ferocious pace, Killygarry fought back to draw the game at 9 points a piece until Cuchulainns kicked the final 2 points of the game which sealed their long-awaited berth into the Semi-final Stages. Cuchulainns put on a fantastic defensive display in the first half and were very unlucky to go into the half time break losing by 0:6 to 0:3. In the Quarter finals Cuchulainns accounted for Killygarry, in a tense,nervous encounter.

JFC Denn v Killinkere; Killinkere should have enough to come through here. Castlerahan v Kingscourt; Castlerahan will win this. Ramor v Crosserlough; Ramor by 2 IFC Bailieborough v Laragh; Laragh will win easily here by 10+Bridge v Arva; will be nothing in it, bridge without Flanagan for year and arva without Sheridan. Belturbet v Mullahoran; another game that's very hard to call. Cucu v Killeshandra- Easy win for Cuchulainns. If they are fit Lacken should scrape through. Gonna say arva by 2. Drumlane v Mountnugent; Drumlane to prevail here by 5. Gowna v Gaels; fancy Cavan Gaels to win but not without a massive battle. SFC Quarter FinalsLavey v Lacken; Hard game to call alot will depend on the fitness of Niall McKiernan and the Galligans. A lot depends of fitness of thomas edward donohoe he would give Denn a fighting chance but still think KK are too strong. Could be a draw. Fancy them to put up a big score here.

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Lavey v Lacken; If lacken get there main men back its hard to see anything but a lacken win but if Shane Tierney and Gerry Smith can get a go at the game i dunno if lacken have the players to stop them.Castlerahan v Kingscourt; Castlerahan easy!!Gowna v Gaels; Couldnt get job done against a depleted ramor team with an extra man, dont be surprised to see gaels win by 8.Ramor v Crosserlough; Ramor have been very unlucky this championship with the disallowed point vs lacken and then ripped apart with injuries/ j1s but showed good heart to draw with gowna and have a man down from 2nd minute so i do really think they could have a huge say, ramor by 4.

This was a victory to a team performance, and with young players in the side like, Paul Tully, Killian Lynch and Adrian Taite the prospect of this team challenging for further honours is very much a reality.Cuchulainns Colm Anderson; John Flanagan, Barry Smith, Adrian Taite; Gavin Daly, Terry Farrelly, Martin Lynch; Paul Taite, Paul Tully; Alan Callaghan, Martin Callaghan, Patrick Murtagh; Killian Lynch, Thomas OReilly, Seamus Clarke. Shane Smith for Paul Tully (36m) and Niall Lynch for Killian Lynch (43m). Subs.

Patrick Flynn has been doing well at full-back with Peter Conaty now on free-taking duties. ButlersbridgeThe Bridge have been threatening a major breakthrough for a few years now, having first emerged as a 'coming team' when rattling eventual winners Ballyhaise in 2015. Three championships have passed since and under the management of Leitrim native George Dugdale, progress has been made, with the club qualifying for the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship last year for the first time since the late 1970s. The Leddy brothers, Jonny and Killian, are both out injured with back and knee (cruciate) injuries which is a blow as both are exceptionally skilful footballers. Their first round match is against Ramor United's second string, who will, naturally, be something of an unknown quantity but there is potential in this side, as they showed when toppling Arva to make the last four in 2018. Their recent league campaign was up and down a terrific opening day win in Killinkere followed by a loss to Drumlane, a victory over Lavey and three winless matches before they strung four wins together and, status secured, finished with two defeats. O'Reilly's brawn is needed because if there is one area in which the Bridge are lacking it is in terms of physique. The return of Caoimhin O'Reilly, who missed out due to injury and county commitments for most of the league (bagging a hat-trick in the only match he played, against Cornafean) should have a transformative effect on the attack. The return of former Cavan stalwart Feargal Flanagan has been a huge boost. He is the fulcrum of the side and is well supported around the middle by the classy John Fitzpatrick, a quality ball-player who is always good for a few scores.

Holding Ramor United, Castlerahan and Crosserlough to stalemates is evidence of a side who are well fit to last the pace against the best teams in the county, too. Throw into the mix Cavan senior player in waiting Cormac Timoney, who missed out last season through injury, and this is a formidable looking side. Under manager Adrian Maguire and trainer Brian Donohoe, there has been a renewed focus this season as they look to replicate the recent feats of Lacken (2012) and Mullahoran (2018) by bouncing back to senior ranks at the first time of asking. Rumours abound that McDermott may return in time for championship but understandably, all involved are keeping tight-lipped marginal gains and all that! Since the senior success, a number of new faces have come into the team, notably Gavin Smith, Evan Finnegan, Shane Finnegan and Thomas Smith which has freshened things up and provided a real energy to complement the battle-hardened veterans. Of course, the man missing from the list of old hands is former county star Niall McDermott, who was consistently one of the most outstanding club players in the county before emigrating to Australia. The likes of Padraic OReilly, Declan Beard, Niall OReilly, Killian McBride, Thomas Moore, Kevin Smith, David Finnegan and Patrick Carroll were all key starting players on the 2013 Senior Championship-winning team and all have been going well. Ballinagh open with a tough assignment against Belturbet, who have been there or thereabouts for a few years now, but on all known form, they will start as favourites to win the title for the fourth time in the clubs history. Carroll has been a tower of strength at number three, Moore is playing his best football in a few seasons and Smith has excelled in free-taking duties. BallinaghIn terms of league football, Ballinagh are the highest-ranked side in the Intermediate Championship. They finished eighth in Division 1 while managing four draws had they converted those into wins, they would comfortably have made the semi-finals. Certainly, there is no shortage of experience in the side.