Cratloe (@1.8) vs Clonlara (@2.25)

Our Prediction:

Cratloe will win

Cratloe – Clonlara Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:15

Were delighted to be back in a quarter-final though. With our situation, with all the dual players, we ideally would have liked to have won our two games and gone the direct route but it wasnt to be. We had five wides in that period, so we didnt actually start that slowly. Everybody wants to be in a quarter-final, its clear. Were hoping, like everybody else, that were peaking at the right time of the season and that our form will carry through into the latter stages of the season, he said. We got a goal at a crucial time just after half-time and that was a massive boost for us. Even though we were six points down against Kilmaley, we were well in the game.

Mike McNamara was the manager responsible for bringing the Crusheen netminder into the senior squad, he joined at the same time as clubmate Cian Dillon whose inter-county retirement in January would put an end to many shared journeys between the duo. Ross Hayes is now part of the extended panel and his addition ties in with the changing of a guard that has led to more responsibility being pushed in Donals direction. Gerry OGrady and Paddy Vaughan were the clubs representatives on the county panel prior to their addition and were later joined for a spell by Cathal Dillon.

Tuohy treating every match like a Munster Final

A lot of people also thought ire g would cause us problems and even though we didnt play that well, we got through it. A lot of people thought our lads wouldnt be able to match the physicality of the Mills and they were. When the game boiled over a bit, they were still standing tall and they were well able for them. Were really looking forward to this next challenge now, he concluded.

For all their progress and all their underage wins, they are yet to really take down a big contender on the big day. If Cratloe have corrected their full-back line issues that we saw in the first round win over Whitegate, then that will be a major plus. It will be tight but Cratloes need to win it and get that break that will help them in the football too. They have really good finishers so Cratloes recovery from the football will also be key. For Cratloe, Cathal McInerney has been the conductor for the forward line and it remains to be seen who is deployed to pick him up. Their front men hit 1-18 the last day and that is a massive score to put up. Inagh-Kilnamona will have that bit of momentum now after winning the first round and while it was against a poor Tulla team on the day, they still needed to get back up on the horse after the Clare Cup loss. This is going to be a really good game and we might be seeing a Cratloe side who now have everything in their arsenal to collect the Canon going at the fourth best team from last year in Inagh-Kilnamona. They will need to address it, because Inagh-Kilnamonas most dangerous line is their full-forward line. They will need leaders to stand up if that is to happen and that is the challenge for them now. This Inagh-Kilnamona team will keep getting better the more games they play, but the big question for them is can they take that big scalp? Their half-back line will need to sit that bit deeper to offer more protection than we saw the last day.

The way the game has gone guys are flexible enough to play in a lot of positions in the back line, guys have experience playing in different positions throughout the Munster and National League, lads were tried there last year too. Its just the way the game has gone, youre not stuck into one actual position, the way positioning and forward movement is now, you have to be comfortable regardless of position, so I dont think thats an issue for us going forward, its not really about individuals, we obviously have a core of players in key positions but I think at the same time guys are very comfortable playing in most positions. Clearys suspension means Donal Moloney and Gerry OConnor will have to start a different centre back for the first time in a competitive match this year which Tuohy insisted is not an issue.

Clonlara GAA Club

We are happy that weve built a strong panel from the start of the year and it has given guys experience. Conor McGrath, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan, Ian Galvin and Darragh Corry are all unavailable for Sundays tie but according to the 29 year old the news confirming their absence did not dampen the mood within the Banner setup. A lot of guys were given game time in the Munster League and played very well, guys were then given a chance in the National League, in the recent Clare Cup matches and training matches guys have shown good form. Weve had a large panel from the start of the year and the majority of guys are still training and are still fit so were happy with that.

Newmarket will just have a little bit too much for them I think. They have made major strides in terms of their hurling and we saw that last year. Their discipline and approach was spot on too but it dropped the last day. They will have to be a lot more disciplined this time around. If OCallaghans Mills are down the two Cooneys after their red cards the last day, it is a major blow to their hopes of taking out Newmarket.

Cratloe has the highest proportion of dual players for a senior club but, this weekend, Alan Nevilles squad will have a one-track mind, as they prepare themselves for a tough quarter-final against Clonlara. Neville insists his side are as fit and fresh as they can be and its just as well, as they face into a very tough battle against a side that are in red hot form this year.


They will need to have that in order against a Sixmilebridge team who will be still unsure as to where they are at. They are trying to play a running game based a little on the Wexford style, and leaving that two man full-forward line inside with Malone and Golden rotating alongside Corry. If Paidi Fitzpatrick is back, that would be a serious addition to their side as he is brilliant defender and could do a man-marking job. It will be enthralling to watch the match-ups all over the field and both teams like to play the same type of game in running the ball, and both have the direct option too. If they get to grips with that, then Ballyea can nullify that threat. It could simply come down to this. Ballyea will need to go back to what they know best and the placing of their team will be vital. Tony Kelly and Gary Brennan will have to be around the middle of the field, and the potential of Seadna Morey picking up Kelly could be one to watch. Ballyea will want the win that bit more to help the football situation too, and that greater need just leads me to give them the nod with Tony Kelly hitting the headlines again. The form of Deasy in the opening round will have alarm bells ringing around Sixmilebridge to see who will pick him up. I am really looking forward to the showdown of Ballyea and Sixmilebridge. We saw glimpses of what they can do the last day but it was against a poor Clarecastle team. I think Paul Flanagan will have to start in the full-back line for Ballyea because that is where the Bridge can do a lot of damage. If they cant, then Ballyea win. If the Bridge can nullify the Tony Kelly and Niall Deasy influence, they will win the game. One of the big questions for Sixmilebridge is who will be put in to take on Niall Deasy?

The manner of both their opening round defeats means there will be questions about how they have recovered, what kind of mind-frame are they in, and the draw for both teams might have accelerated that recovery process. Of all the games this weekend, this is the one that both teams will feel they have a chance of winning. It is a massive game and it should be a titanic struggle. I think whoever is beaten in the game between Tulla and Wolfe Tones are really staring down the barrel of relegation. Both know that this is 50/50 game to either stay in the championship or face down that relegation road.

When you join initially youre coming in as a young player trying to learn your trade in there and trying to make a mark straight away but theres a lot of established players there. The age profile has changed now, its changed so much that the younger players are taking up leadership roles anyway so its not too much of a factor if youre at a certain age, the leadership is spread throughout the panel. A group of us came in at the same time, a lot of us were given our chance in 2010.

On-Air Now

On paper it has all the makings of a classic. For Cratloe, the return of Diarmuid Ryan and Shane Gleeson will be welcomed while they will hope Conor McGrath and Podge Collins continue to cause trouble around the middle third. The aforementioned Conlon, Galvins and OConnells will be key for Clonlara while young guns like Dylan McMahon continue to add to their growing reputations.