Ballinagh (@1.28) vs Cuchulainns (@4.0)
13-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballinagh will win

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Lavey v Lacken; If lacken get there main men back its hard to see anything but a lacken win but if Shane Tierney and Gerry Smith can get a go at the game i dunno if lacken have the players to stop them.Castlerahan v Kingscourt; Castlerahan easy!!Gowna v Gaels; Couldnt get job done against a depleted ramor team with an extra man, dont be surprised to see gaels win by 8.Ramor v Crosserlough; Ramor have been very unlucky this championship with the disallowed point vs lacken and then ripped apart with injuries/ j1s but showed good heart to draw with gowna and have a man down from 2nd minute so i do really think they could have a huge say, ramor by 4.

The tie ceased to be a contest after the opening 11 minutes when Cuchulainns led by 32 to 00. The game itself was described by both local newspapers The Anglo Celt and The Cavan Leader, as the most competitive decider at the Breifne Park venue in years and said both teams were to be complimented on turning in a very enjoyable hour's football. Indeed, it was a sight to behold to see 36 or 38 players heading off round the field in Cross. The reason however why the title went to Cuchulainns rather than Denn, was that the winners made the most of their scoring opportunities. The teams were so evenly matched a draw seemed on the cards from the early minutes. The hard training and large turnouts were rewarded with eight consecutive wins in the league and with a confident air Cuchulainns approached the first round of the intermediate championship against Redhills. The year 1987 is going to stand out in the history of the club. Since some minors were also senior and junior panels, all the panels trained together. In the semi-final Cuchulainns scored an emphatic 49 to 05 victory over Lavey. The inclusion of young players produced a winning brand of football. It was the year that Cuchulainns won the Cavan Intermediate Football Championship and in fact were unbeaten until 6 September 1987. Cuchulainns forced their way into the semi-final by defeating Kill 011 to 13 in a disappointing game in Cootehill. In the final Cuchulainns met favourites for the title, Denn. However, Cuchulainns were lucky to survive a late rally before eventually winning by a slender one point, 016 to 36.

The Cuchulainns team, scorers and sub, that featured in the ACFL Division Two final victory over Swad was as follows: Colm Anderson; Adrian Taite, Barry Smith, Martin Quinn; Niall Lynch, Martin Lynch, Stephen Lynch; Paul Taite (0-1), Fergus OReilly; Seamus Clarke (0-6), Donal Daly, Gavin Daly; Alan Callaghan (0-2), Paul Tully, Killian Lynch (1-0). Sub John Flanagan for M.

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In 1985 Cuchulainns gained promotion to division 2 and contested both the league and intermediate championship finals. The intermediate championship final was reached by beating literally the best teams in the competition. Gowna, the opponents in the final, proved once again to be the bogey team. One only has to remember the thrilling games against Kildallan, Denn and Killeshandra. Cuchulainns fought hard to get into this game but with Gowna dominating midfield there was to be no joy for the large group of supporters from the parish.

Sadly for Cuchulainns throughout the seventies inconsistency on the playing fields allied to bad luck in important games cost them dearly. A good example of this was seen in the 1976 championship when after a tremendous start Cuchulainns beat a fancied Ramor United by six points only to fall to unfancied Ballyhaise at the next hurdle.

They also reached the intermediate championship final only to be defeated by the narrowest of margins one point. The intermediate team firmly established itself in Division 2 of the football league only narrowly missing promotion to Division 1. The disappointment suffered in 1985 served as a powerful motivator in 1986. The junior team gained the club's first trophy of note by defeating Kildallan in the final of the 1985 Division 3A league which incidentally was not played until October 1986.

Best of luck lads. There were home and away fixtures with the top two qualifying for the final. Please support them. Under 16 BoysThe U16s are in Division 2 for the championship with Blackwater Gaels, Ballyhaise and Cuchulainns. They bounced back by taking all four points from Blackwater Gaels and beat Cuchulainns along the way to qualify for the final where they will meet Ballyhaise again this Thursday (07/09). They won their first game against Cuchulainns but lost both games to Ballyhaise.

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Even though they had a disappointing league campaign much of which can be attributed to a hangover from last years championship triumph, a first in 19 years its notable that the Sons of OConnell had the best defensive record in Division 2. Drumlanes real strength, though, lies in their back nine. Donal Monahan is a very athletic defender who was breaking into the Cavan senior team before opting out of county football this year while midfielders Kian Monahan and Dane ODowd (below) would not be out of place in senior ranks. If they can gather some momentum in the early rounds, Fintan Reillys men could well enjoy an extended championship run. They regrouped impressively, storming to glory in the Junior Championship last season, lifting the Sean Leddy Cup with a replay win over a fancied Killinkere in the final. Drumlane were always a hard team to beat in intermediate ranks for the guts of two decades, reaching the final in 2010, but slipped through the relegation trapdoor at the end of the season before last. Goalkeeper Gareth Patch Corrigan is rock solid and in front of him, the long-serving John ODowd is as safe as they come. The form of attackers Darragh Dolan who came from nowhere and was one of the stand-out players in the championship along with the well-established Gary Tubman and Ryan Connolly was crucial to that success, with Connolly in particular a very impressive ball-striker with a glittering underage CV. They open their account against Swanlinbar and will be fancied to win that west Cavan derby.

In May 1971 Cuchulainns met the vastly more experienced Crosserlough in the 1970 league final. The Anglo Celt reports that Crosserlough gave clear notice that they were still a force in Cavan football, when they won yet another Cavan title, this time the 1970 league, when beating Cuchulainns by 212 to 28 in an entertaining match at Breifne Park on Sunday last. Incidentally Crosserlough were on their way to winning a record breaking seven in a row senior championship.

Probably a bit early to be contenders and the fact they have the Gaels in quarters but I don't expect to go out without a fight.7. They had their chance to lay down a marker in the second group game when playing a Gaels team on the ropes but could only come away with a draw. With 8 teams left I and the league format over I thought now might be a good time to rank each teams chances of lifting the cup1. Kingscourt- Haven't seen enough to think that they might challenge for the championship and their wins came against two Div. 2 teams. They are very dependant on a few key men but when they play at full strength are as good as anyone in the competition. Ramor- Haven't really caught light just yet but have the players capable of it. If they have a full strength team out against Lavey I expect them to come through and they won't be afraid of anyone in a semi.6. Lacken- Lacken have had a mixed start but will be happy to be at this stage in a quarter against Lavey. They have quality all over the field and strength in depth. However now that its straight knockout I think they will only get better. Crosserlough- The Lough seem to be slowly creeping under the radar and have a young team full of talent. They will need a good performance against Crosserlough but if they start firing could ruffle a few feathers.5. Castlerahan- Apart from losing their last game against Ballinagh, Castlerahan still look the form team. I expect Castlerahan to dismiss of them in the quarters.8. They can only hope the Gaels don't build upon their only win in the group stage.2. Their only slip up came against Cootehil but if they get over Ramor in the quarters I wouldn't be surprised to see them in a final.4. Cavan Gaels- Gaels will count themselves lucky to make the quarters after a slow start. Gowna will provide them with a stern test but now that they've qualified I expect them to make the final at the very least.3. Gowna- A good team with some young guns coming through nicely. Their biggest challenge will be overcoming the Cavan Gaels hoodoo.

Team-manager: Cormac Cahill. Subs used: Mark McKenna, Martin Quinn and Paul Carolan. The successful Cuchulainns side that defeated Lacken in the Intermediate Championship final of '93 was as follows: Jimmy Reilly (captain), Martin Flanagan, John Doughty, Jimmy Murtagh, Peter Cooney, Brian Daly, Martin Lynch, Ronan Carolan, Noel Donohoe, Terry Farrelly, Eamonn Carolan, Fintan Cahill, Gerry McKenna, Liam Doughty, Eamonn Carolan.

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That spoke volumes for the spirit and dedication present among their panel but in their first year at the top grade, they were handed an extremely tough draw, pitting them against Cavan Gaels, Ramor, Lavey and Castlerahan, who were three of the previous years semi-finalists and that particular seasons eventual champions. But this teams record in championship football is a good one and while on the face of it they may appear vulnerable, nobody will want to face them in the next few weeks. So, they tumbled back down to intermediate level and seemed to run out of road when they were unexpectedly beaten by Butlersbridge at the quarter-final stage last year. ArvaArva have been on a remarkable and eventful journey for the last seven years or so. They stopped the rot then against Swanlinbar but their form remained patchy. Minus a few regulars, Arva were beaten in their first seven matches in the league but aside from the heavy loss to Knockbride in round four, they lost their first six matches by a goal, three points, a point, a goal and a point respectively. While Jonny McCabe is in Australia, the attack still packs a punch; forwards such as Conal Sheridan, Brian Ellis and the outstanding Kevin Bouchier are senior standard. A big win over Cuchulainns in the final group game wasnt enough to save them from a relegation play-off. Its hard to believe that since 2013, they have played in two Junior Championship finals, two Intermediate finals and enjoyed a year in senior ranks as well as playing in all four when there were four divisions of the All-County Football League. Dermot and Fergal McGlade have both been away on a year's travel and there are a lot of new faces but Arva should but be discounted. A young side rose to prominence together and stuck with it, through good days and bad, bouncing back from losing a junior final to Kill and an intermediate decider to Ballyhaise to win those titles in the following seasons. Momentum is a powerful force in football and it can work both ways as Arva found out at the start of this year when the ship starts to sway, it can be hard to correct.

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