Eslin (@1.5) vs Drumkeerin (@2.87)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Eslin will win

Eslin – Drumkeerin Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 08:30

In fact the north Leitrim men have actually averaged more a game than Carrigallen, hitting over 21 points a game to the just under 20 Carrigallen have registered. This could be the tightest game of the weekend and really is too close to call. I can see both teams winning but Carrigallen might just have an edge in scoring power but then Ballinaglera have been running up big totals too.

For the Gaels, their problems are in sustaining their best form - they just haven't been able to do it for an hour and when the mistakes come, the head gone down and the scores mount up against them. It seems unlikely they can turn that sort of flaw around in a week unless they hit Manor for a few goals early on and work to hold them off.

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Clinical Eslin, wasteful Drumkeerin

In their favour is their form of Pearce Dolan and Gary Plunkett while the veteran leadership of Barry Prior has been key. And there is no team better at managing pressure in the closing minutes than the Willies, nobody who relishes it more and thrives on the pressure. They might have been well below full strength but they are still tallying huge scores in their games even without some of their key forwards.

They are all likely to play next Sunday but there has to be some element of doubt about their fitness and that's not good for the reigning champions. The teams go into the quarter-final with very different moods - Aughawillan are worried about the fitness of key players like Noel Plunkett, Ciaran Gilheany, Fergal McTague and Morgan Quinn, a key quartet who each occupy a different line on the field.

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Three finals will take place next weekend, but whoever wins our competition will have to wait a further week as the Division 3 final will now be played probably on the weekend of 6/7th April.. There was 23 points on offer last weekend and it was the females who led the way with Natasha McTernan and Sandra Mulvey top scorers with 18 points each, Sean Mulvey and Angela Kiley Mulvey close behind on 17 points each ( a good weekend for the Mulveys). Just 11 points separating the top 20 with a possible n63 points to play for yet. The top 20 are as follows: Tommy Rogan (105); Stephen McManus and Angela Kiley Mulvey (101); James Earley and Kevie Forde (100); Daire Carrigan (99); Natasha McTernan (98); David McManus (97); Cathal McCawley and Aaron Wynne (96); Charles Meehan, Darragh Flynn, Ciaran Daly and Aaron Wynne (95); Hugh McPartlan, Thomas Davitt, Sandra Mulvey, Eamonn O'Grady Junior, Kate Byrne, and Ray McLoughlin (94). Finally, best of luck to Leitrim next Saturday in Croke Park. Last weeks leader Tommy Rogan didn't have the best of weeks and his lead is now just 4 points. Regarding the results, again it was the 2 ladies Natasha and Sandra who hit top scores, each getting 13 correct from 15 games. The toughest division as regards points scored was division 3, Division 2 was the next toughest followed by Division 4 with Division 1 being the easiest. Looking through the matches, in Division 1, 124 correctly predicted a Dublin win in Cavan; 72 got it right Mayo to beat Monaghan; 105 had Kerry to beat Roscommon with 79 getting it right Tyrone to beat Galway; in Division 2, 36 correctly predicted Cork to win in Armagh, 110 had it right Donegal to beat Kildare; 92 had Meath to beat Fermanagh with only 26 going for a Clare victory against Tipperary; in Division 3, only 13 predicted a Louth win against Down while 85 had Laois to beat Carlow; only 11 went for Offaly to win in Sligo while 75 had Westmeath to beat Longford; in Division 4, 113 had it right Derry to beat Wexford, 122 had it correct Leitrim to beat Waterford, meaning of course that 5 entries predicted Leitrim would not win the game ( I wont name them); 83 got it correct Antrim to beat Limerick while 99 had Wicklow to beat London; Next weekend of course 45 points are at stake when 3 of the Divisional finals take place. The round robin format of the league is over with the exception of one game, Louth and Westmeath have yet to play. No drawn game this week.

And both teams have a history of ending the title defence of the other side so there is a lot of spice to this clash. The tie of the weekend. A repeat of last year's County Final between the teams who have shared the title between them since 2013 when St Mary's were the last winners other than Aughawillan and Mohill.

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There is real talent there - the veteran James Flynn leads by example in the full-forward line and is good value for scores while the movement and pace of Ciaran Walsh and Caleb Duffy can cause problems. The Gaels have shown flashes of ability and have gone toe to toe for long periods with the likes of Aughawillan, St Mary's and even Ballinamore but sustaining their effort is the problem.

Even their current championship form leaves you wondering - St Mary's had comfortable wins over Allen Gaels, Dromahair and Aughnasheelin, drew with Aughawillan in an exciting clash but were pretty much outclassed against Ballinamore. For their part, Melvin Gaels were in relegation trouble after they lost to Mohill and Drumreilly but three wins on the bounce since then, including ending Glencar/Manor's unbeaten record, suggests they are hitting form at the right time.

Any help in the scoring stakes would make Eslin far tougher to beat. To be honest, I'd have Eslin just behind Annaduff and Leitrim Gaels in the favourites stakes and I expect them to come through here. The question for Eslin is can they do enough to lift some of the burden off Beirne as he simply can't do it all himself.

Leaderboard with 3 weeks to go: Tommy Rogan and Daire Carrigan (57); Darragh Flynn and Kevie Forde (56); Ciaran Walpole and James Earley (55); Barry McPadden and Francie Davitt (54); Conor McGoldrick, David Moran and Stephen McManus (53); Thomas Davitt, Ciaran Daly and Joe McTernan (52);Larry Walpole, Eamon O'Grady jnr, Jimmy McPadden and Ryan Gallagher (51); Pat Duignan, Declan Gallagher, Lauraine Clarke, Angela Kiley Mulvey, David McManus and Jimmy McPadden (50). The 2 results which left Division 2 the toughest as regards points scored was Meath winning in Cork, 28 getting that one correct but the major result here was Fermanaghs win away to Donegal, not one entry from 127 got that one right.In Division 3, 74 was the number for 2 matches, Westmeath to beat Laois and Down to win in Longford; Sligo let many punters down with another poor display, 38 predicting a Louth victory there while 61 reckoned Offaly would beat Carlow. After round 3, we had a top 13 with 40 points or more, our table this week will be those with 50 points or more and we have 24 entries in that category. 22 points was on offer this week and well done Michael McWeeney and to birthday boy Sean McCabe who ended the week with 16 points, with Kevin Connaire, Natasha McTiernan, Stephen McManus, Sean Mulvey and Thomas McPartlan are getting 15 points. Before we look at the leaderboard, some stats; for the First week there was no drawn game; for the 3rd week out of four, Division 4 was the easiest to predict, next easiest was Division 1, Division 3 was next with Division 2 the toughest. On the leaderboard, we have lost 3 from last week top 13, they actually have slipped out of the top 24, Aaron Wynne, John Joe and Kate Byrne. In Division 2, 99 had Armagh winning against Tipperary with 111 giving Kildare the verdict over Clare. Good luck to everybody next week. Sean McCabe had the most predictions correct with 13 from 16. Last weeks leader Barry McPadden also had a poor week, slipping from 1st to joint 7th Of course, that means a number of entries have come into the reckoning for the first time. Prediction Competition: Over half way in our National Football League prediction competition and its certainly hotting up with only seven points separating the top 24. In Division 1, 99 had Dublin to beat Mayo, 58 had Tyrone to beat Monaghan, 57 had Kerry to win away to Galway while 53 predicted Cavan would beat Roscommon. Of course, the winner may yet come from outside the above group, there are 11 entries with 49 points so its still wide open for the 500 first prize. Congrats again to Leitrim in Division 4, still top of the table and a step closer to Croke Park but only just after a titanic battle with Limerick, 85 predicting a Leitrim win in Kilmallock; 114 got Antrims win over London correct, 121 had Derry to beat Wicklow but the biggest shock here was Waterfords huge win away to Wexford, 9 entries correct on that one.