Crosserlough (@1.25) vs Lavey (@4.5)
16-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Crosserlough will win

Crosserlough – Lavey Match Prediction | 16-09-2019 13:00

My predictions for the weekend:SeniorCastlerahan v Killygarry - Killygarry by 1Cavan Gaels v Lavey - Lavey by 3Cootehill v Lacken - Lacken by 4Crosserlough v Shercock - Crosserlough by 10Kingscourt v Gowna - Gowna by 6IntermediateKillesandra v Cornafean - Cornafean by 1Balieborough V Belturbet - Bailieborough by 1 Arva v Cuchulainn - Arva by 1Laragh v Butlersbridge - Laragh by 1Drumgoon v Ballyhaise - DrawBallymachugh v Ramor- Ballymachugh by 7Drumlane v Ballinagh - Ballinagh by 7JuniorMunterconnaught v Knocbride - Knockbride by 4Drung v Denn - Denn by 4Killdallan v Redhills - Redhills by 10Mountnugent v Shannon Gaels - DrawDrumalee v Maghera - Drumalee by 15Kill v Corlough - Corlough by 1Killinkere v Templeport - Killinkere by 2Intermediate the main attraction with a few teams who could be on the ropes already after this weekend.

Expecting the better individuals to trump the more balanced team. 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. 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. 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.

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And yet they showed their ability, too, by grinding out the victory in spite of it. First thing first, before our prediction column loses whatever smidgen of credibility it has remaining: reports of Crosserlough's challenge match win over Burren, which we referenced last week, were greatly exaggerated. Given their age profile when they won a breakthrough championship title in 2016, Ramor were expected to emerge as the dominant force at senior level but it didn't happen for them last year. - wasn't nearly as influential as he has been in other matches and yet Crosserlough still got it done, with Pierce Smith excellent and goalscorer James Smith's fielding a feature throughout. All of that said, Crosserlough haven't been in a SFC semi-final since 2013 and of the team who played against the Stars, only Dara McVeety, Pierce Smith and David Shalvey remain from that loss to Ballinagh five years ago. Crosserlough are a side with a similar profile (MFC medallists, county underage graduates), just younger again. Darragh McCarthy's young side showed their inexperience as they wasted chance after chance, blazing wide from easy positions on a few occasions. Regardless, though, the Lough have been impressive, even if they squandered countless scoring opportunities against Kingscourt last weekend. Star man Dara McVeety - who may be carrying a knock? Or, to be more specific, the game never happened... The presence of those two, who bring toughness and experience, will be a big help while Conor Bradley is in Breffni All-Star form up top - the county player brought his tally for the championship to 2-19 (0-13f) against Gowna. It would be premature to call this one a changing of the guard if the Lough were to win - Ramor are going nowhere - but it would be a huge result for an up-and-coming side and is not beyond the realms of possibility provided they can be more clinical in front of goal. Whether their progress has stalled or if they are back on track remains to be seen - we will know, probably, by Sunday evening. This column is aware of a few punters who got on board the Lough at 20/1 for the championship before they beat Kingscourt - then again, there is plenty of confidence in the Ramor camp too and with good reason and at least one hefty wager behind them. you just can't get the sources these days so mea culpa on that one. They say a team should ideally be getting stronger as it approaches the business end and Ramor certainly have, with James McEnroe and Damien Barkey coming into the side to help shore up a leaky defence last time out.

Gowna's modern day pedigree is such that, like Kingscourt, doubts should not creep in; they will fully believe they are good enough to win this match and won't falter if it's there for the taking. The men from the lough shore will take heart from the fact that they drew with the Gaels 10 days ago and also earned a draw with Ramor, while beating Ballinagh impressively in their opener and drawing with Shercock. Cavan Gaels are likely to be installed as long odds-on favourites to win this one but the game will probably be much closer than the odds suggest. Conor Madden, recently returned from America, has made crucial interventions off the bench in their last two matches and will surely start this time, which is welcome as they have not exactly been free-scoring to date, despite their quality up front. Gowna v Cavan GaelsSun, 3pm, LackenGowna's dubious reward for being the only team to come through the group stage unbeaten is a quarter-final tie against the champions at Crowe Park. Gowna, though, have not been leaking many green flags (just two in four group games) which gives them a good shot here, as does the expected absence of Sean Johnston (who was injured in the warm-up) and Kevin Meehan, arguably the Gaels' most important players along with Niall Murray, who is also on the injured list.Johnston makes the Gaels tick - they might not even have won their quarter-final last year but for his late intervention and would not have drawn with Gowna in the group only for his deft handpass which created their late goal - and if he is not playing, the onus will be on the rest of the forwards to step up and win what will not be a cakewalk. What to make of the Gaels? Last week we noted the number of goal chances they had been squandering and that "proven goalscorers like O'Connor and Dunne are bound to find their groove at some stage". That occurred in style against Lacken as O'Connor, a brilliant goalscorer and a scorer of brilliant goals, netted a hat-trick and Dunne - off the bench - rifled home another.

The Enniskillen club eased to a comprehensive victory over Irvinestown way back in June and in the process collected a second in a row Fermanagh minor title. Enniskillen also were to collect the Division 1 League title against Derrygonnelly Harps and so go into this game without tasting defeat all season. The Fermanagh champions will enter the game in optimistic mood of setting up an Ulster Semi-Final after winning the Fermanagh Championship quite easily.

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A shift in Cavan football has seen newer clubs slowly rise to prominence with hungry and eager young footballers are being facilitated by eager committee members. Crosserlough come into this game as strong favourites and have became a known force of late especially in Cavan club football with this team going from Under-12 to Minor level undefeated in the County. The Cavan club possess some hugely quality footballers and will be full of running and a difficult side to breakdown.

All 12 teams enter the competition at this stage. If teams are level on points and a place in the Quarter-Final is at stake, a Playoff will be conducted to determine who goes through. A random draw determines which teams face each other in each of the four rounds. No team can meet each other twice in the group stage. The top 8 teams go into a random unseeded draw for the Quarter-Finals while the bottom 4 teams will enter a Relegation Playoff.

The Crosserlough side captured a first Cavan minor title for 21 years with a resounding 3-11 to 1-9 win over Knockbride at Kingspan Breffni Park. Jimmy Higgins team defeated St Josephs in the first round (5-22 to 0-6), before dispatching Southern Gaels in the 2nd round (4-16 to 0-9), while it was a Semi final draw with Southern Gaels (1-4 apiece) before Crosserlough won the replay, 2-7 to 0-11.

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Midfield not mobile enough but caught good ball. Rahan didn't waste much but started to play with the ball in the middle with 15mins remaining.Ref was a lot tougher on Ramor and disallowed a goal.Both teams would need to be a lot better to win the championship.I see James Mc togged for Ramor this could be the steal they are missing and James brady played too.Rahan panel seems a lot stronger than other years and have 20 strong players. I've seen this tactic a few times this year linesmen and refs should be stopping this. It's anyones championship this year. Rahan used a smart tactic on having their water boy who had no bib and was wearing a maroon top stand ten yards in on the pitch for Ramors kick outs filling the space so half forwards couldn't use. I was at the castlerahan/Ramor game today castlerahan looked very good in the first half but couldn't handle high balls on the square.Ramor backs were poor in my opinion.

Each team will play 4 rounds in the league phase against different opponents with the fixtures decided by a random draw at the conclusion of each round. shall be run on a league basis up to the Quarter-Final stage and Knock-out thereafter. Similar to the 2017 season, the 2018 S.F.C.

Championship starts tonight, with senior, intermediate and junior action this weekend, anyone fancy giving their predictions?

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With a few upsets last weekend the intermediate has been blown right open, will there be any upsets in the SFC this weekend? SeniorCastlerahan v KillygarryCavan Gaels v LaveyCootehill v LackenCrosserlough v ShercockKingscourt v GownaI'm going to go with Castlerahan, Gaels, Cootehill, Crosserlough, Gowna. What is the predictions for this weekend's fixtures?