Crosserlough (@1.25) vs Lavey (@4.5)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Crosserlough will win

Crosserlough – Lavey Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 13:00

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Still, though, surely the Gaels - who couldn't find a way to lose for 18 months - will find a way to win one game in the group. A team, one of whose main characteristics is work-rate, can suffer when the motivation dips so Lacken must beware.Whatever happens, the Crowe Park men are through to the knock-out stages while the Gaels must win and hope results elsewhere go their way. Jason O'Reilly's men have been squndering goal chances galore (it's as if they're trying to miss them! joked one Gaels follower of long standing this week) but the positive for them is they are creating the opportunities and proven goalscorers like Dunne, Paul O'Connor et al are bound to find their groove at some stage. Thomas Galligan and Co should have the edge at midfield - they certainly did in the league semi - and in the tight confines of Pirc Naomh Fionn, that will be a huge advantage, as will Niall McKiernan's left boot which makes him a scoring threat anywhere within 50 metres. A backlash is expected but Lacken will have a big say in that. No team works harder and what they lack in a little bit of quality in some positions, they make up for in desire and honesty, which was evident in how they ground out a win while missing a hatful of chances in a real stinker of a game against Cootehill last Saturday. Lacken will feel that this column has it in for them given that we have tipped them to lose rounds 2 and 3, which they won, although they were our selection against Ramor first time out, a game which ended in a draw. The Gaels' famed siege mentality - which is based in logic as success usually breeds contempt and nobody has won more this century - will be cranked up this week as the county hums with talk that the champions may crash out. This near-annual town v country clash usually follows a familiar pattern: Lacken push the Gaels all the way in an ill-tempered game but are undone by a late goal or flurry of scores, with Sean Johnston and Martin Dunne the Celtics' tormentors-in-chief. Cavan Gaels v LackenSun, 3pm, CornafeanIt's interesting that after playing the majority of their championship matches in Kingspan Breffni in recent years (last year, they had a big win over Arva in Ballinagh and beat Crosserlough by a couple of points in the quarters in Cornafean), Cavan Gaels have not yet picked up a win away from the county grounds this year. That was the way of it in the recent league semi-final, which could have gone either way, and could re-occur here.

Nothing comes easy against Kingscourt, as Crosserlough will attest, but they are a couple of players short of a championship-winning side (how they have missed the likes of Barry Tully and the retired Philip Smith) and the feeling is that Castlerahan, or the team that beats them, will be just that. Wins over Lavey and Shercock do not stack up well against Castlerahan's form 'in the book' in victories against Cootehill and Ramor and a draw with Cavan Gaels. Kingscourt, for their part, gave it everything to get both points against Crosserlough but came up short. To win, they will need goals and they managed seven of those in the group but someone needs to take the scoring burden from Barry Reilly, who has kicked 0-18 from dead balls from their total white flag tally of 0-38. Castlerahan v KingscourtSat, 5.30pm, MullaghCastlerahan were caught at the death on Sunday by Ballinagh in what was the only dead rubber of the round (Castlerahan were going through and Ballinagh were not, regardless of the result) so that game can be dismissed out of hand. Kingscourt are as physically strong up the centre (as far as midfield) as any of the sides remaining - Farrelly, Gray, Clarke, Faulkner, Dillon provide the spine while the in-form Philly Tinnelly is the pulse of the team at present. However, the suspicion is that they lack firepower and that is borne out by the fact that from the eight teams still standing, only Lacken - whose stats were skewed by their paltry return of 0-7 last Sunday - have scored less. It is hard to make a convincing case for the Stars to get the job done here.

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It's also worth noting, however, that a draw will do both sides nicely and stalemates have a way of happening in such scenarios. Kingscourt will pose a different challenge. At their best, they are a hell of a side and word from Down is that Burren were extremely impressed by their pace and skills when they met in a recent challenge. This is a big test for Darragh McCarthy's young side and will tell us a lot about their title credentials but, for now, anything is possible. As Ballinagh's Padraic O'Reilly noted at a pre-championship final chat night a couple of years back, when a team has Kingscourt beaten, they have a mighty day's work done. It's thus difficult to make a confident prediction about a side who are capable of such inconsistent levels of performance. But yet, they have slumped alarmingly at times, too, not least against Cootehill when they lost by a point and last weekend, when they went 10 up after 24 minutes against Ballinagh and ended up fighting for their lives in the second half. Not that we are suggesting any impropriety of any sort but when games are level in the dying seconds, both teams can be content with their lot and become risk-averse. That said, they are certainly lacking a bit of guile up front, Barry Reilly aside. For all their physical power and big game nous, they may find that Crosserlough have just too much speed about them. Kingscourt v CrosserloughSun, 3pm, BailieboroughCrosserlough have shown glimpses of form that suggest they are dark horses to make the final or even win this competition outright. They are physically strong up the centre - Joe Dillon was a revelation last Friday - and are a very difficult side to beat in championship football regardless of the form lines.

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