Cratloe (@1.8) vs Clonlara (@2.25)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Cratloe will win

Cratloe – Clonlara Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 09:15

Well done to our fantastic U9s and their manager Mike Nihill who made it to the A finals in the John Joe Nevin tournament yesterday and lost by a single point to Newport...this wont be the last we hear of this group for sure.

The way the game has gone guys are flexible enough to play in a lot of positions in the back line, guys have experience playing in different positions throughout the Munster and National League, lads were tried there last year too. Its just the way the game has gone, youre not stuck into one actual position, the way positioning and forward movement is now, you have to be comfortable regardless of position, so I dont think thats an issue for us going forward, its not really about individuals, we obviously have a core of players in key positions but I think at the same time guys are very comfortable playing in most positions. Clearys suspension means Donal Moloney and Gerry OConnor will have to start a different centre back for the first time in a competitive match this year which Tuohy insisted is not an issue.

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If they get over Saturday, they might even emerge as dark horses for the Canon. If they can curb their influence on the contest then they have a chance of having a right go at it. They will be really spirited and are able to play with a bit of freedom now that relegation is out of the equation but I still think Crusheen will have too much up front, especially with the space in Cusack Park, and they should come out on top but not by much. The half-forward line for Crusheen is a strong one too with Fergus Kennedy, Ross Hayes and Conor ODonnell and they can cause trouble for any defence when they click. I think Crusheen will be happy to have Feakle in Cusack Park because the space in there might not suit the Feakle defence. The full forward line of Cillien Mullins, Paddy Vaughan and Breffni Horner is really dangerous so that is going to be a major point for Feakle to deal with. It might mean Feakle will need a sweeper back to deal with that threat and they will need to get their match-ups right.

This Inagh-Kilnamona team will keep getting better the more games they play, but the big question for them is can they take that big scalp? They will need to address it, because Inagh-Kilnamonas most dangerous line is their full-forward line. For Cratloe, Cathal McInerney has been the conductor for the forward line and it remains to be seen who is deployed to pick him up. For all their progress and all their underage wins, they are yet to really take down a big contender on the big day. Their half-back line will need to sit that bit deeper to offer more protection than we saw the last day. If Cratloe have corrected their full-back line issues that we saw in the first round win over Whitegate, then that will be a major plus. This is going to be a really good game and we might be seeing a Cratloe side who now have everything in their arsenal to collect the Canon going at the fourth best team from last year in Inagh-Kilnamona. They will need leaders to stand up if that is to happen and that is the challenge for them now. Their front men hit 1-18 the last day and that is a massive score to put up. Inagh-Kilnamona will have that bit of momentum now after winning the first round and while it was against a poor Tulla team on the day, they still needed to get back up on the horse after the Clare Cup loss. They have really good finishers so Cratloes recovery from the football will also be key. It will be tight but Cratloes need to win it and get that break that will help them in the football too.

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Looking first at the Eire g v Clonlara tie, the match-ups here are going to be so vital. Eire g wont be too put out about having the game on in Broadford either because it is a lovely surface and there is not that space for the Clonlara forwards to exploit like you would have in Cusack Park. The potential battles of Shane ODonnell v Oisn OBrien and Colm Galvin v David Reidy are also intriguing, but if I was over either team I would be trying to make sure those players are kept away from each other so they can do more damage. They were spirited and hungry against Kilmaley and worked to a game-plan and executed it brilliantly. The battle on the edge of the square with John Conlon and Aaron Fitzgerald will be vital and if Fitzgerald can break even, Eire g are in with a serious chance. They are now facing a Clonlara team that are a little more psychical down the spine of the team and will have a big threat up front, so there will need to be a plan for that. The thing I will be really looking for is can Eire g put performances back-to-back. I think Clonlara have a lovely mix of youth and experience and have that siege mentality and are working for each other. They will be ready for another challenge and they should be moving on to a quarter-final spot. It is the quarter-finals that are on the minds of the other eight teams this weekend and there will be some crackers in that winners round.

We saw glimpses of what they can do the last day but it was against a poor Clarecastle team. Ballyea will want the win that bit more to help the football situation too, and that greater need just leads me to give them the nod with Tony Kelly hitting the headlines again. Tony Kelly and Gary Brennan will have to be around the middle of the field, and the potential of Seadna Morey picking up Kelly could be one to watch. It will be enthralling to watch the match-ups all over the field and both teams like to play the same type of game in running the ball, and both have the direct option too. They are trying to play a running game based a little on the Wexford style, and leaving that two man full-forward line inside with Malone and Golden rotating alongside Corry. One of the big questions for Sixmilebridge is who will be put in to take on Niall Deasy? If the Bridge can nullify the Tony Kelly and Niall Deasy influence, they will win the game. If they cant, then Ballyea win. If Paidi Fitzpatrick is back, that would be a serious addition to their side as he is brilliant defender and could do a man-marking job. They will need to have that in order against a Sixmilebridge team who will be still unsure as to where they are at. The form of Deasy in the opening round will have alarm bells ringing around Sixmilebridge to see who will pick him up. If they get to grips with that, then Ballyea can nullify that threat. I think Paul Flanagan will have to start in the full-back line for Ballyea because that is where the Bridge can do a lot of damage. Ballyea will need to go back to what they know best and the placing of their team will be vital. I am really looking forward to the showdown of Ballyea and Sixmilebridge. It could simply come down to this.

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Initially when I joined the panel, your key components were shot stopping, being as solid as you could in general play and then puckouts was something you took into account after that. His appearances have fluctuated over the years with various managements but over time, the Dell employee has observed how greater emphasis has been placed on the value of puckouts. Its probably the number one aspect now as well as all the other components of goalkeeping, it has been taken to a new level altogether. Now the way its gone, its very similar to football where possession is everything and the whole aspect of puckouts has taken a new dimension in the last three to four years.

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Both know that this is 50/50 game to either stay in the championship or face down that relegation road. Of all the games this weekend, this is the one that both teams will feel they have a chance of winning. I think whoever is beaten in the game between Tulla and Wolfe Tones are really staring down the barrel of relegation. It is a massive game and it should be a titanic struggle. The manner of both their opening round defeats means there will be questions about how they have recovered, what kind of mind-frame are they in, and the draw for both teams might have accelerated that recovery process.

This could be the start of a renewed drive for them in terms of their championship ambitions. Kilmaleys showdown with Whitegate is a really good chance for them to get back on track. They wont be happy about going to Sixmilebridge for it, even though they have won plenty at underage level down there so it wont be as daunting as a venue in deep East Clare. While I think Kilmaley will have enough to get over the line, they will need to be ready for a Whitegate team that will come out with all guns blazing and ready for a battle. The way Eire g went about their business that day deserves huge credit, but the way Kilmaley performed will be something they need to address. They will look at how Eire g set up and will try to make it as tight as possible and turn it into a dogfight. The last two weeks will have really hurt them in terms of the way they performed against Eire g. They will know that the safety blanket is now gone having already lost a game and that might help to refocus the minds and ensure that they are fully tuned in. Kilmaley wont want to be pulled back into that relegation mire that they found themselves in two years ago and they should have the quality to get by.