Lucozade Sport IFCH Preview

August 24, 2010

Lucozade Sport IFCH Preview


First Division Sarsfields will be strong favourites to reach the final as they take on Second Division Silverbridge who are having a much better season than would have been expected. The Bridge put out Middletown 1-13 to 2-8 and St Paul’s 3-7 to 0-11.

Sarsfields began with a narrow win over Third Division champions elect Shane O’Neill’s 1-10 to 0-11 and followed it up with a win over Keady 2-12 to 1-12. The championship campaign, of both have been fashioned by top scoring performances from Bridge’s Damien McCann and Sarsfields goal machine Ritchie Stevenson and the curtailment of either by the opposition could go a long way at finding a winner. The form book points towards Sarsfields but Bridge have yet to put it all together and have reached this stage without playing well. Goals at the right time have been a forte for Sarsfields and it is because they carry the bigger scoring threat that I see the Division One side making it through to the final.


Many have the just to turn up opinion of the first semi at Pearse Og park as title favourites Culloville take on St Peter’s replay winners over Tir na nOg 0-13 to 0-12 in the last round having disposed of An Port Mor 2-12 to 1-10 in the first round. Culloville have disposed of Collegeland 4-16 to 1-13 and Madden 3-11 to 1-11 and have not been extented yet in the championship. It is hard to make a case for Peter’s who are bottom of Division Two with two wins under their belts in the league toppling the Blues who are looking to atone for final losses in 2007 to Whitecross and 2008 to St Patrick’s and wanting to win the title last won in 1998.

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Hot favourites Grange as the scoreline suggests were never in any danger as they booked their place in the semis with a facile win over Mullabrack. Grange followed up their win over Crossmaglen seconds with this win fashioned by goals from Owen Rafferty, Miceal McKeown and PJ Hannon to set them on their way to a comfortable win as the Mullabrack side which rattled over 17 points to defeat O’Hanlon’s failed to show on the night.


Like in their previous round win over Derrynoose Clady came flying out of the traps and were 5 points to nil up inside 10 minutes and well on their way one thought to the last four. Corrinshego had put out Eire Og but were still underdogs going into this one and midway through the opening half Paul Heatley notched their first point. Wind assisted Clady went in at the short whistle 7-4 in front. On the restart it was all Corrinshego as they lofted over 7 unanswered points before Clady replied with their only point of the half. Clady claims for a late penalty were denied by the referee as Corrinshigo won through to the last four.

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Annaghmore were the more impressive side of these quarter final opponents when disposing of Killeavy Seconds in the last round 1-13 to 2-5. Tullysarran and Lissummon served up a very poor match which Tullysarran won 1-6 to 0-6. But in contrast to that their recent defeat of champions elect Shane O’Neill’s on their own patch is proof of the capabilities of Tullysarran. Conor McCann to pull the strings to guide Annaghmore into the last four.


Belleek rolled over St Patrick’s Seconds in the last round 0-14 to 0-4 which sprung their hitherto dismal season to life. Clonmore had 3 points to spare over Forkhill, 0-11 to 0-8 to reach this stage of the competition. The most recent line of form is that Forkhill have, since their championship wins, have defeated both Clonmore and Belleek. With both sides battling against relegation the championship offers a welcome release. Clonmore are given the verdict to reach the semis simply because they seem to have better scoring potential.