Lavey (@1.33) vs Mullahoran (@3.75)

Our Prediction:

Lavey will win

Lavey – Mullahoran Match Prediction | 24-08-2019

Cavan's third, and most famous All-Ireland title came in 1947, defeating Kerry in the famous final in the Polo Grounds in New York City, the only time the final was held outside of Ireland. Cavan later gained revenge for this defeat, beating Meath after a replay in 1952 to bring home their fifth, and so far last, All-Ireland title. They reached their third successive final in 1949, but they were denied a three-in-a-row by Meath, losing by four points. Cavan have not appeared in another All-Ireland final since. They followed this up with a one-point win over Mayo in 1948, to win back-to-back titles for the first time.

In 1992 Holybrook Construction sponsored the jerseys although it was only for 1 game. Kingspan has continuously sponsored Cavan since 1995. Cavan have had only 4 sponsorship deals since sponsors on jerseys were permitted by the GAA in 1991. There was no sponsorship on GAA jerseys until the 2nd game of the Meath V Dublin 4 in a row in 1991 so only a handful of teams had sponsorship in 1991. For the 1993-94 seasons Cavan Co-op Mart took over sponsorship.

George Cartwright. The crest was designed by the 38th President of the Gaelic Athletic Association Aogn Farrell and Cavan Central Council rep. The crest draws on cultural, physical and historical influences. The primary colours are blue and white with Ulster's red hand and G.A.A. In 2004 Cavan released a new crest for the Breifne County. yellow also prominent.

Bailieborough won in 1982 and 1984 and Cavan Gaels in 1983 and 1985. 1982 saw the start of Cavans most successful period in their Hurling history due to the influence of soldiers from hurling counties such as Kilkenny,Clare and Cork who were stationed at the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during the troubles. From 1982 to 1985 Cavan Gaels and Bailieboro Shamrocks won 2 Championships each. In-between both Championships they won the National Hurling League Division 4 in 1984. The County team also had success winning the Ulster Junior Hurling Championship in 1983 and 1985.


The mystifying collapse in their form in recent weeks does not inspire confidence, however. Gilsenan has missed out of late due to injury but is nearing a return while county man Michael Argue, who has played just one full game and didn't see much game time with Cavan, is also close to full fitness and will be a massive addition when he is. In a wide open championship, it is certainly not beyond the bounds of possibility that the Shamrocks would go a long way. At midfield, Christopher Dunne has been superb, with Rhys Clarke, Luke Gilsenan and Gary Daly very impressive up front. BailieboroughThe Shamrocks have been building incrementally for the last few seasons. They open their championship campaign against the same opponents in Cootehill, a match which should tell us a lot more about both teams. A club with their history, tradition and population base should be in senior ranks and they are putting in an almighty effort to get there. After a slow start in which they lost two of their first three games against Shercock and Killinkere, they won eight of their next nine, culminating in victories over Ballyhaise and Swanlinbar in which they hit a cumulative total of 10-26. A number of players have been in outstanding form. Last year, they had a big win over eventual champions Mullahoran in the group stages before losing to Laragh in a replayed quarter-final and they will be aiming to go a couple of steps better this time round. While Alan O'Mara is currently in America, the defence has been settled with Philip Clarke and Sean Cooney excelling. Don't rule them out! Four points up at half-time in New Inns against Lavey and a return to the top flight after 15 years away beckoning, they conceded four goals in the second half and lost and then Ballyhaise, whom they had beaten by 13 points three weeks earlier, thumped them in the resulting play-off.

The top 8 teams go into a random unseeded draw for the Quarter-Finals while the bottom 4 teams will enter a Relegation Playoff. No team can meet each other twice in the group stage. If teams are level on points and a place in the Quarter-Final is at stake, a Playoff will be conducted to determine who goes through. All 12 teams enter the competition at this stage. A random draw determines which teams face each other in each of the four rounds.

Woodford Gaels broke the Cavan Gaels/Bailieborough dominance and won the next 3 championships 1986-1988. No championship was held in 1989 but the 1990s saw the start of the Mullahoran dominance. Mullahorans dominance was finally broken by Ballymachugh who were runners up to Mullahoran 2005, 2008 and 2009. No championship took place in 2012 and Mullahoran won their 22nd championship in 2013 beating Cootehill Celtic 0-13 to 0-04. Mulllahoran won an amazing 21 Cavan Senior Hurling Championship between 1990 and 2010. They beat Mullahoran in 2011 on a score of 4-08 to 1-06.

Each team will play 4 rounds in the league phase against different opponents with the fixtures decided by a random draw at the conclusion of each round. Similar to the 2017 season, the 2018 S.F.C. shall be run on a league basis up to the Quarter-Final stage and Knock-out thereafter.

The return of Caoimhin O'Reilly, who missed out due to injury and county commitments for most of the league (bagging a hat-trick in the only match he played, against Cornafean) should have a transformative effect on the attack. O'Reilly's brawn is needed because if there is one area in which the Bridge are lacking it is in terms of physique. Three championships have passed since and under the management of Leitrim native George Dugdale, progress has been made, with the club qualifying for the semi-final of the Intermediate Championship last year for the first time since the late 1970s. He is the fulcrum of the side and is well supported around the middle by the classy John Fitzpatrick, a quality ball-player who is always good for a few scores. The return of former Cavan stalwart Feargal Flanagan has been a huge boost. Their recent league campaign was up and down a terrific opening day win in Killinkere followed by a loss to Drumlane, a victory over Lavey and three winless matches before they strung four wins together and, status secured, finished with two defeats. ButlersbridgeThe Bridge have been threatening a major breakthrough for a few years now, having first emerged as a 'coming team' when rattling eventual winners Ballyhaise in 2015. The Leddy brothers, Jonny and Killian, are both out injured with back and knee (cruciate) injuries which is a blow as both are exceptionally skilful footballers. Their first round match is against Ramor United's second string, who will, naturally, be something of an unknown quantity but there is potential in this side, as they showed when toppling Arva to make the last four in 2018. Patrick Flynn has been doing well at full-back with Peter Conaty now on free-taking duties.

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They originally applied to take part in the Junior Championship but were facilitated in the higher grade.Their senior side is out first against Mullahoran and any player not used in that game is eligible. The pedigree of their young players has been well-flagged and there is plenty of experience there too which is likely to be utilised on the second string.All in all, Ramor's inclusion is a very interesting development and it will be fascinating to see how what will effectively be their reserve side will perform in this grade. However, key men such as goalkeeper Joe Masterson and Shane O'Reilly, Dara Tighe, Paddy King, Toms O'Reilly and Daniel Luby have tonnes of experience at senior level and the emergence of young forward Eoin Brady last year gives the side some much-needed ammunition in the forward division.Killeshandra meet neighbours Arva in their first game which should tell a lot about where the Leaguers, a traditional championship team, are at. KilleshandraOperating in Division 3 is not ideal preparation for an assault on the Intermediate Championship but the Leaguers, who last won the title in 2013, have the benefit of having built up a lot of confidence-boosting wins.There was a gap in that division between themselves, Drumgoon, Ballymachugh and then the rest and the promotion places were always going to be decided by the outcome of those head-to-head meetings.They lost just once in the group stages of the league, beating eventual winners Drumgoon, although the Boyle Park men ultimately turned them over in the promotion play-off last week.The Leaguers bagged 33 goals in their 12 games (two games were conceded by opponents) but it is a big step up. Manager: Michael Murphy/Ciaran OwensStar man: Dara TigheRamor UnitedThe Virginia boys are something of an unknown quantity.