Cloughbawn (@1.53) vs Crossabeg-Ballymurn (@2.63)
06-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Cloughbawn will win

Cloughbawn – Crossabeg-Ballymurn Match Prediction | 06-10-2019 09:45

Despite the loss the ambition of the club was aroused and in the following year a restructuring of hurling in the county saw the club opting to go up to the Intermediate grade which would lead to a 15-year quest filled with heartache and disappointment as the club sought to win its first adult title as a one parish club.

The parish consists of the two half parishes of Crossabeg and Ballymurn. It is part of Wexford GAA. The club takes the name of the parishes in which it is based (Parishes of County Wexford Ireland). Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club is located in County Wexford Ireland. It is three miles (5km) north of Wexford town and runs for approximately 11 miles (18km) across like a figure eight.

Brian Malone and his crew can advance here by the odd point or two. Shelmaliers have always knocked on the door in Senior Football but it time they started to kick the door down, they have the players and just need a bit more grit to see the deal through. Also going decent in hurling and both can feed of each other as it has for St James in recent years. Physically Glynn can match St Martins, but I see this clash of Wexford district rivals going to St Martins by 4-5 points. Relegation Final Sad to see either of these two sides going down. This has all the signs of raid by the underdog as ex Wexford managers Pat Roe and Jason Ryan go into battle on the line. Horeswood seem to be the better side having pushed St James to a draw, and beating Fethard in their final group game. Another close game but recent experience in big games should see St James over the line by a point or two. Taghmon have youth on their side and a certain ignorance to the favorites tag which makes them very dangerous, they don't fear anyone and are well coached and well set up by Jason Ryan. Taghmon's forwards are dangerous and there is goals in them with five over their past two games however Masterson is a very good keeper for Castletown. In the last two seasons the intermediate winners have made it all the way to the final. A really hard game to call because even without Panther Gusserane have the potential to do damage with the two Cullen's and Mini both game winners on their day. Shelmaliers v GusseraneThe champions of 2016 are carrying a shaky run of form into the last eight with the loss of Adrian Flynn a disadvantage to the men in blue and gold. They have a serious pool of players and while Lyng and Waters are the ring leaders there is plenty of performers all around them. Taghmon to win by 2 purely for the fact they will go into the game under no pressure to deliver. Starlights were always in the shake up before relegation a few years ago and seemed to have refound their love for football. Taghmon have ended up playing a Castletown team who are misfiring big time after a great start to the championship. O'Hanlon and Ryan could be an interesting clash in this game, St James were poor v St Martins but much better v Taghmon while Starlights struggled for a while v Sarsfields. Castletown v TaghmonYet again the intermediate champions of the year before have made it to the last eight. On that evidence a win for the New Ross district men seems likely. St Martins have been almost flawless in getting to the last eight with their only slip up coming against Fethard however they were short a lot on that evening and a very good Fethard performance that evening saw that one end in parity. They put in a very solid display to beat Castletown on Friday evening in St Patricks Park. Horeswood to have too much and maybe a stint in Intermediate might kick start a rebuilding phase for the Butters. St Martins v Glynn Glynn had a poor start to the championship but seem to be hitting form or starting to find the form that got them to last years final at the right time of the year. Castletown on form are potential champions however form has eluded them on the last two outings. The loss of a town team is worrying though for Wexford football and unless St Mary's replace them will see too many teams from the one area outside the top grade. St James v Starlights. Starlights have been very impressive this year with a solid plan in their game and this was evident when they should have beaten Castletown in the penultimate group game without Foley and Ryan who were away on holidays. The sides have met in 2015 and 2016 in the group stages with St James prevailing on both occasions having lost to the same opposition in an intermediate final in 2012 or 2013.

The club was back the following year to beat Shamrocks in the final and to record a first adult hurling success in the parish for fifty eight years. The Intermediate hurlers contested a first final in ten years when they lost the 1987 final to near neighbours Glynn / Barntown. In 1985 it was the junior B footballers who beat Castletown in the final to record a first adult success in football after all the effort to win a hurling title. The tale of woe in adult finals continued in 1984 when Gorey beat the junior B hurlers in the final. This victory also saw the parish return to the top senior grade of Wexford hurling. However, as in the previous century the win signaled a change of fortune.

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They shouldn't on the face of it but it's only three years since the sides met in a closely-contested county final. Will they have enough to trouble Oulart-The Ballagh? They won't fear the Leinster champions but they will need to be at their best to be within a puck of the ball in injury time, like they were three weeks ago.

The club went it alone in 1986 and captured the U21B hurling title. The underage teams of the early 1980s contained the players who would carry the club forward into the 1990s. In the meantime at underage level the club lost the 1973 minor hurling final to Rathnure / Duffry Rovers when teamed up with neighbours Oylegate. Two years later they won the U21 hurling title when joined with the Shelmaliers beating Gorey in the final. In 1980 they united with Oylegate to win the Minor B hurling, beating ferns in the final, and again won the U21 hurling in 1982, beating a star-studded Rathnure / Cushinstown in the final.

The battle of county hurlers Ryan and O'Hanlon at midfield could be pivotal. Despite that I'd still backs the shels as panther is a big loss for Gusserane and shels seemed well drilled and organised with the influence of John hegarty this yearCastletown v Taghmon- a few months ago Castletown would be clear favourites here but given there dip in form looks alot more difficult to call. Interesting weekend ahead in the football, gusserane and St James winning the last 2 county titles after finishing 3rd and 4th in the group phases shows form can go out the window and almost a new competition starts this weekend,I'd give all the perceived underdogs a decent chance and wouldn't be surprised to see 1 or 2 favourites getting turned over.Starlights v st James- a real 50/50 game Starlights in slightly better form but st James always hard to beat this time of the year and sure to be confident after a vital victory over taghmon last time out. Could easily go to extra time but a hestiant vote to ramsgrange Gusserane v shels-Shels clear favourites on form but as I said that script has been ripped up at this stage of the competition several times before. With the Jason Ryan factor and a team full of youth and energy another hesitatant vote this time to taghmon Martins v glynn- no matter what the result here a very live contender is going out and the winners will be in with a big chance of going whole way.

Both Horeswood and Clongeen getting relegated at the weekend. Its worrying in the fact that in the next 10 years, it will become harder and harder to keep rural clubs going unless you have a large population base. I suppose this is to be expected going forward with a decline in rural populations in the county in general. Does anyone think that the trend going forward is that the smaller areas are starting to go down the divisions?

Ballymurn recorded a first county title when winning the junior hurling championship of 1908 and this was quickly followed by senior success in 1910 and 1911. Crossabeg were senior hurling champions in 1918 which was the last title they won as a separate club. Crossabeg captured the Junior hurling title of 1914 and Ballymurn won it for the second time in 1916. The first two decades of the 20th century brought the area to hurling prominence and also proved to be a golden era for the parish as far as the top hurling honours were concerned. They played senior hurling in the early 1930s and during that time they won the Echo Shield an important competition of that era. Ballymurn won the minor hurling championship of 1929 which was quickly followed by an Intermediate hurling title in 1930.

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Oulart v Shels - For me the tie of the weekend, expect a tight game but Oulart to come through in the last 10 minutes. I think they have the forwards to do damage even though Monageer came top of their group.HWH Bunclody v Adamstown - Bunclody have been impressive so far and I have tipped them to reach the final this year. Monageer - Craanford - Again going against the form book, I think Craanford to spring a surprise from a very tight match. They will be hoping their last result against the Rapps will just be a blip. Rathnure v Rapps - Up until the last game the Rapps were looking relegation candidates but have really turned it around, so a very hard one to pick a winner, I'm going t go with Rapps. Martins v Alley - I can only see one winner here, thats St. Relegation FinalCloughbawn v Ferns - Who would of expected Cloughbawn to be here but you'd have to fancy them here. There win against Ballygarrett was very impressive. So Ferns to go down, not sure how long both teams have been senior? Intermediate Quarter FinalsCrossabeg-Ballymurn v Askamore - I am going for a bit of a surprise here and I'm going to say Askamore. Predictions for the weekendSenior HurlingSt. Oylegate-Glenbrien V Gorey - Oylegate have been impressive all year so I expect them to come through this test. Annes should win this, I reckon 5 to 6 points at the end. Maybe someone on here would know. For me Ballymurn just havent been that impressive so far this year. Would be a huge shock for Ballygarrett to go down considering the talent they have at there disposal. Relegation FinalBallygarrett v Rathgarogue/Cushinstown - I'm going for Cushinstown, they pulled off a great result in there last game against Monageer and I heard that Ballygarrett are in a bit of disary, so dont be surprised to see the New Ross district come out of this. Annes v Shamrocks - St. St. Martins.

it is indeed very sad to see clubs like clongeen and horeswood being relegated,but the reality is that with smaller families (how many fitzhenrys was there?) and people moving to cities,etc,we need to fight harder for players and for me that starts with improving the product for these players. the inter county monster has wrecked the club game and the gaa dont care.i work in a hotel and we had a famous cork footballer in recently,i talked to him for a few minutes and he said clubs in cork are on their knees,no more than our own lads were away at electric picnic,holidays,in the us,etc.at what stage is the gaa going to pay clubs anything more than lip service and arrive with the cap in hand when they need fundraising? there is no easy answer,maybe next years all ireland in august is the starting point,but this is the gaas problem,and not one any individual county can fix. i know people will come here and say "oh yeah well it is easy to say that,you try do the fixtures".that is fine,but dont then think that young lads wont head off to the us or the electric picnic or on holidays and the club gets relegated while they are away. 890202,i agree with you entirely.amalgamations should be avoided at all costs.unfortunately,there are 2 strands of thought here.anybody who has ever managed a team,especially at underage,knows that you have to sometimes beg parents to send their children.that is no good either.kids nowadays are different,they have so many options,hurling and gaa do not mean what they once did to kids and sadly,the drop off rate to adulthood is largely due to the shambolically poor product we have for the club player (we have done that one to death on here). the club does not mean what it once did to people,we need to realise this as an organisation.because the current mess simply is not working and players are walking away and lets face it it is hard to blame them.

Martins, less comfortably than one might think. Rathnure v Rapps - Toughtest call, I'm gonna go for Rapps in the only surprise of the weekend. Oulart v Shels - Oulart. Oylegate-Glenbrien V Gorey - Oylegate, who have been a breath of fresh air this year. St. Martins v Alley - St. Intermediate Quarter FinalsCrossabeg-Ballymurn v Askamore - CrossabegSt. Relegation FinalCloughbawn v Ferns - Big club about to get relegated, and I think it will be Ferns.And now for the guesses..... Annes v Shamrocks - St. They won intermediate in 1973 as far as I know? Annes Monageer - Craanford - CraanfordHWH Bunclody v Adamstown - Bunclody Ballygarret v Cushinstown - Ballygarrett Cloughbawn are senior since 1974, not 1973.

The injury Leacy sustained in Sunday's football win could therefore be a huge blow to them. They do have a tendency to lean heavily on John Leacy's frees and hope Gary Moore can pick up enough from play to get them over the line. However, like Ferns, their defence has been strong, and the importance of hanging around in games can't be understated.