Garrycastle (@2.0) vs Ratoath (@2.1)

Our Prediction:

Garrycastle will win

Garrycastle – Ratoath Match Prediction | 10-11-2019 08:30

Our senior team had a comfortable over Kiloe inthe first round of the Leinster club championship on Sunday last in TEG Park.

The indisputable rise of Cork football is an encouragement and Nemo have looked strong so far. Last years progress to the All-Ireland final was welcome as a first in 10 years but they ended up getting spanked by the new aristocracy of Corofin. CORK SFC FINAL Duhallow v Nemo Rangers, Pirc U Rinn, 4.0 [Live TG4] Its become a little sobering for Nemo over the last decade, as even formerly routine titles became hard to find. Duhallow have some high-profile county names in Donncha OConnor and Aidan Walsh as well as a couple of Keith Rickens All-Ireland winning under-20s.

Garrycastle were now two points up in the dying minutes anda point from Josephs in injury time left the minimum between the sides. From thekick out Garrycastle launched an attack which ended in a tackle on Erica Loweand a penalty awarded which was duly converted by Shannon Mullvihill. The second half started atpace and Josephs added 2 points before finding the Garrycastle net. Thisspurred on the girls and points from Elaine McGovern and Roisin Murphy closedthe gap. St Josephs didnt give up and added a goal but further pressure fromGarrycastle resulted in 2 goals from the boot of Shannon Mulvihill and a pointfrom Arlene Devery.

MEATH SFC FINAL Ratoath v Summerhill, Pirc Tailteann, 3.0 A final of contrasts, as the young, fast developing commuter-belt Ratoath go for a first county title against the more rural aristocrats of Summerhill, who are in a third successive final, making it six this decade, including a replay, their last title six years ago. Ratoath have a bigger selection of recognisable names in Conor McGill, Brian McMahon and the Wallaces but Summerhill may have the stronger collective and can repeat the narrow victory of earlier in the championship.

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Having been well beaten by St Josephs in the group stages Garrycastle wereunder no illusion that this would be a tough encounter. Despite heavy rainunderfoot conditions in Caulry were excellent. The first half produced greatend to end football with both defenses doing well and scores hard to come byand Garrycastle were down by two points at the break. Garrycastletravelled the short journey to Caulry to take on St Josephs in this Final.

Our under 14 girls finished off a tremendousseason with victory in the county final on a sunny Saturday afternoon inRochfordbridge.Loughnavalley sent afree wide with the first attack of the game but the next five minutes were allGarrycastle as they went on a blitz that saw them score a goal and fiveunanswered points. Hazel Donegan scoredthe goal from close range, and points quickly followed from Kacey Mulvihill (two frees), Ella Dowling, Nessa McNamara, and Rosn Murphy. Loughnavalleyfinally got on the board from a free, but Hazel Donegan responded with a point,and then a long range shot from Tegan Foley sailed all the way to the net.Hazel Donegan followed another Loughnavalleyfree with a point before Loughnavalley converted a penalty.

Killoes attack found it very hard to make anyheadway against the Garrycastle defence in which John Gaffey and Jack Donohoewere outstanding. It was a workmanlikeefficient display by a Garrycastle team who were on top in most sectors andmaintained their form for the full hour and never really looked likelosing.The second round is versus Meathchampions, Ratoath also in Mullingar.

It was the veteran, Dessie Dolanwho stole the early limelight by dominating Garrycastle s attack and, scoringthe first five points. An early goal chance for James Dolan was well saved bythe Killoe keeper.After 15 minutes JasonNugent had a half chance for a goal but unfortunately didnt get a goodconnection and it was saved.AlexGardner scored the first two of threeexcellent points that he scored in the game, late in the first half to leavethe halftimescore 0-7 to 0-4 in favour of Garrycastle.

WEXFORD SHC FINALSt Annes v St Martins, Innovate Wexford Park, 3.0 Annes have a nice momentum after a good semi-final win against Rapparees got them back to a final for the first time in five years and they are capable of springing a surprise here, a task facilitated by the suspension of Rory OConnor, which is a blow for Martins who nonetheless remain favourites.

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LEINSTER CLUB SFC FIRST ROUND Ferbane (Offaly) v St Patricks (Wicklow), OConnor Park, Tullamore, 1.30 Composure and a strong bench helped to get champions St Patricks over the line in a tight final tussle with Arklow Geraldines Ballymoney but this may be beyond them, as Ferbane have gained altitude impressively through the clubs first successful county campaign in 25 years and have the rising Cian Johnson in form and shooting the lights out.