Eslin (@1.5) vs Drumkeerin (@2.87)

Our Prediction:

Eslin will win

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

That was a tight and tough encounter and I expect no different here. Ballinaglera have the numbers in their favour but for some reason, I'm leaning towards Carrigallen. They get a hesitant vote - but only just. The sides met two years ago in a brilliant quarter-final clash in Aughavas with Carrigallen recovering after a slow start to win 3-10 to 1-10.

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In Division 2, 80 tipped Meath to beat Clare; 98 went a Donegal win in Cork; 102 went for Kildare to get the better of Tipperary and 99 got it right Armagh to beat Fermanagh. Only 6 out of 127 predicted wins for Mayo over Kerry and Tyrone over Dublin so well done to Joe Walpole, Michael McTernan, James Gallagher (Corry), Junior Hazlett, Christina Byrne and Paul Gallagher. He is six points clear at the top but as already mentioned, a lot of points to be played for yet. As it stands though, Tommy Rogan looks favourite to take the 500 prize. Ray McLoughlin and Junior Hazlett were the big winners last weekend, each of them scoring 19 points with Stephen McManus and James Gallagher (Corry) hitting 18 points each. GAA prediction report week 6 Prediction Game: Only one round of fixtures remaining, but remember there are 60 points available on the last weekend of March when the four divisional finals are being played. In Division 4, Leitrim lost their unbeaten record in a rehearsal of the Divisional final in a couple of weeks, losing by seven points in Derry with 92 predicting that particular result; 95 tipped Antrim to beat Wicklow, 48 got it correct for a Waterford victory in London with 89 tipping Wexford to beat Limerick. The top 20 with points in brackets are as follows: Tommy Rogan (93); Stephen McManus (87); Daire Carrigan (86); James Earley (85); Angela Kiley Mulvey and Kevie Forde (84); Darragh Flynn (83); Ciaran Daly, Cathal McCauley and Aaron Wynne (82); David McManus, Kate Byrne and Aaron Wynne (81); Seamus Gallagher, Thomas Davitt, James Gallagher Corry, Natasha McTernan, David Moran, Eamonn O'Grady Junior and Joe McTernan (80) For the full table check Drumkeerin Handball facebook page. Again as in the last couple of weeks, there was no drawn game. Looking at each match, in Division 1, 100 got it right Galway to beat Roscommon; only 10 predicted Tyrone to win against Dublin; 26 had it right Mayo to win in Kerry, while 114 tipped Monaghan to beat Cavan. The next toughest Division re points won was Division 3 but of course only 3 games were played here. Division 4 was next toughest with Division 2 the easiest. On the results side of things, 3 of the above, Junior, James and Ray correctly predicted 13 results from 15 matches. If that game goes ahead, then points will be awarded as normal, but if the game is not played at any stage, no points will be awarded. In Division 3, 79 predicted Down to win in Carlow; 59 had Longford to beat Sligo with 77 going for a Laois victory against Offaly. The toughest Division to predict last weekend was Division 1, mainly because of two great away wins by Mayo and Tyrone. 22 points on offer last weekend, remember one game was not played, Louth v Westmeath.

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.

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.

Prediction Game: report What a weekend of football with one outstanding league match and 3 Divisional finals taking place and well done to Mayo, Donegal and Derry on their victories and a mention must go to a gallant Leitrim team who did us all proud in Croke park. 28 entrants had Kerry as runners up. The outstanding league match between Laois and Westmeath ended in a draw (promotes Westmeath) with13 entrants getting it correct, although all 13 were out of the running for the top prize. As it stands, if Westmeath win, then James Earley would come out on top and if Laois win, Kevie would claim top prize. Out of a possible 45 points on offer last weekend, 35 was the highest score with Charles Meehan, Gabriel Flynn and Kevie Forde all recording 35 points. As stated, all of this has to be double checked and is not an official result. 94 entrants had picked Dublin to win the title. in Division 2, 101 had Donegal as the winners, 11 had Meath as runners up. It looks like the rest are out of the running although a full check will be done before the weekends matches. Best of luck to both entries next weekend. That score of 35 points for Kevie sees him head to the top of the table with 135 points followed by James Earley with 130 points. In Division 4, 96 had selected Derry as the outright winners with 76 having Leitrim as runners up. Just to run through the Divisions; in Division 1 out of 127 entries, only 3 had predicted Mayo to win so well done to Gabriel Flynn, John Joe Byrne and Paul Gallagher.

Main Man: Conor Beirne set the tone for Eslin but this was no one-man show. Jerome Maguire, Ciaran White, Jason Byrne and Felim McHugh worked hard but they needed better accuracy. For a wasteful Drumkeerin, James Gallagher (Creevelea) led the fight and was a real leader. From Ronan Reynolds, Shane Beirne and Kevin Bohan in defence, Tomas Beirne & Brian Higgins in midfield and Jamie Stenson and Niall Beirne in attack, Eslin were a handful in all sectors.

Like we said, there is not much in it and defensively, Ballinaglera have conceded just five points less than Carrigallen. Ballinaglera dropped just three points in the campaign, a one point loss to Eslin and a draw with Bornacoola while Carrigallen lost to both Annaduff and Leitrim Gaels, not a bad sign there against two of the big teams and they were competitive in both games.

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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.

Mohill, on the other hand, seem only to be building momentum. The return of Keith Beirne and Alan McLoughlin in the last match against Drumreilly along with James Mitchell and even Irish sprint international Eanna Madden only increases the range of scoring options for a team that have averaged over 19 points a game while only conceding just over five points a game.

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.

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Annaduff started slowly and were lucky to draw the first day against Drumkeerin but interestingly, their tally of 2-8 was their lowest of the campaign so far and they have been regularly hitting the 20 point mark. Sean McNabola leads the line but you definitely feel that the entire attack is contributing far more than they did last year in the run to the Intermediate Final.