Cushendall (@1.33) vs St Johns (@3.75)
16-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Cushendall will win

Cushendall – St Johns Match Prediction | 16-09-2019 09:00

St Johns finished the half well though and managed to bring the Cushendall lead down to two points by the short whistle. Conor Johnston landing two points (one free) with his brother Ciaran also getting in on the act with another trademark free from distance while the Ruairis only had a point from Fergus McCambridge to show for their efforts in the second quarter.

If they can live with the Croke Park atmosphere and pressure they have a great chance of taking the trophy home. Toals.com have them as underdogs but I dont!! St Endas have had plenty of praise for their style of football and hope to receive some more come Saturday. St Endas quietly fancy their chances. Captain James McAuley promised manager Frank Fitzsimons this trophy after victory over Gort na Mona in Antrim. They are quietly confident and are a super fit team. Underdogs against Mullahoran in Ulster and An Spideal in their Semi-final, St Endas keep on going.

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Kilcummin booked their final place by beating Two Mile House of Kildare. A hard earned 1 point victory AET in a goal-less match sent them through. Kevin McCarthy entered the fray in Extra time and was the Semi-final hero with the winning point. The match itself was physical and defences were definitely on top. Kilcummin did win with 14 men after Kevin Gorman was sent off in the 42nd minute.

Shane McNaughton from play and Eoin Laverty from a free put Cushendall up by 5, but Micheal Bradley got a neat point from play but Paddy McNa... ACSHLSt Johns v Ruairi Og Cushendall (24/6/12)Neil McManus got Ruairi Og off to a flyer when he powered through the St Johns Defence and buried a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to put the 'Dall up by 3.

The Cushendall response was epic. They were awarded a free from close to their own 65, still within McManus range but his effort dropped short with the sliotar falling into the waiting crowd. Carson got a touch to the dropping ball and suddenly it was in the back of Simon Dohertys net. A huge goal for his side and just reward for the Cushendall man who had been going through a mountain of work during the match in a magnificent tussle with St Johns defender Ryan McNulty.

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The match was still in the melting pot despite the Cushendall dominance of the first half. The Ruairis hit double the wides of St Johns in the opening 30 minutes with a few frees going astray from McManus but they started the second half in the same fashion as the first, this time Natty McNaughton and McManus (free) landing the scores in the opening three minutes to open a four point lead once again.

When the vast crowd packed into Parc MacUln on Sunday afternoon, there was an air of anticipation before throw in. There always is before any championship semi-final but this felt different. After the first match two weeks ago and the dramatic ending, we were left waiting excruciatingly for two weeks to find who would be joining Loughgiel in the 2018 Final but my word wasnt it worth the wait.

Armagh come into the game after a disappointing draw last week (Again!). Meath have so far beaten Tipp and showed glimpses of class in defeat to Donegal. Donegal play bottom side Tipperary on Sundya and can be expected to take home the points and score a few goals. Armahg have Jamie Clarke Suspended, a loss for any side but Ryan McShance comes in and has a great chance to impress. Armagh take on Meath on Sunday. Fermanagh also have 2 draws to their name going into their home match-up with Kildare on Saturday.

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Both teams were forced into changes to their starting 15. Cushendall were without the services of Eoghan Campbell but started the replay with a team that was close to the 15 that finished the first match. Natty McNaughton, Alex Delargy and Martin Burke earning their shirt for their efforts the last day out. St Johns were without Donal Carson but also elected to draft in Gerard Cunningham with Simon McCrory starting as well as a raft of positional changes from the first encounter.

The Ruairis wouldnt score for another five minutes which in the grand scheme of the match wasnt long but the Johnnies manages to take the lead in that time. A brace of frees from Conor Johnston preceded the first goal of the semi-final. Barry McFall finishing a slick move in the 38thminute to give St Johns the lead for the first time in the match.

With the game becoming less structured and more frenetic, space and time was becoming more readily available. McManus took his tally to 0-7 for the match before St Johns dealt another hammer blow in the 55thminute with Peter McCallin scoring their second goal. The St Johns man turning two Ruairi defenders before rifling his shot low past the advancing Gillan in the Cushendall goals.

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