Castlerahan (@1.06) vs Shercock (@7.5)
24-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Castlerahan will win

Castlerahan – Shercock Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

A random draw determines which teams face each other in each of the four rounds. All 12 teams enter the competition at this 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. 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. No team can meet each other twice in the group 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. A backlash is expected but Lacken will have a big say in that. That was the way of it in the recent league semi-final, which could have gone either way, and could re-occur here. 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. 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.

The good news is that Darragh Gannon is a useful understudy but Smith, in irresistible form, is irreplaceable. Still, Killygarry made light of the setback the last day - if anything, they were galvanised by it and took control of the contest before securing a draw. We gave the Celts a tentative vote based on the fact that they had a wider range of scorers but, amazingly, they managed to score just 0-2 in each half. With Colm Smith having picked up a straight red card, he will probably miss out. It would take one hell of a twist in the narrative to save the production. Imagine it as a screenplay; Killygarry's leading men are Conor Smith and Martin Reilly and one of those characters' roles in the script have just been killed off. They will be favourites here against a Cootehill side who made a mockery of this column (hands up - predictions here have been shockingly poor!) last weekend against Lacken. That's the unfortunate position the Crubany men find themselves in following the injury picked up by Smith against Lavey on Saturday last.

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It's anyones championship this year. Midfield not mobile enough but caught good ball. 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. 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've seen this tactic a few times this year linesmen and refs should be stopping this. 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.

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Just looking at tables in Celt and I see either Killeshandra or redhills will make a quarter goes to show league form doesn't make a diff an neither team could get out of div3 . Very surprised with redhills performances so far and kileshandra with the weekend. All in all I think Laragh have best team to win it out but will bluff at latter stages and the cucus will win it.

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