Kickham’s Creggan v Erin’s Own Cargin (8-15)
There was some confusion regarding the timing of tonight’s O’Cahan Cup final in Portglenone but at the time of writing I’m told it’s at 8-15. Reports earlier had suggested both clubs wanted it moved to 7-30 but whatever the arguments the South West appear to be sticking to the original time.
Regardless of the time the meeting of Cargin and Creggan is sure to attract a bumper crowd to Portglenone’s excellent new floodlight facility and with neither side due to play in the championship until later in the month both managers may see this as a useful opportunity for meaningful action.
Kickham’s Creggan have had an excellent season to date under the stewardship of Kevin Madden and a win over St. Gall’s in the league last week in Creggan saw them move to the top of division 1 with just two rounds of the league remaining.
O’Cahan Cup specialists, Erin’s Own sit three points behind them in third place in the league and barring a bizarre sequence of results in the concluding fixtures look unlikely to retain the league trophy they won last year. Ironically one of Creggan’s remaining games is against tonight’s opponents, the other against tonight’s hosts, Casement’s Portglenone.
Erin’s Own have virtually made the O’Cahan Cup their own property since its inception and the Toome men have won it more times than all the other clubs in the South West put together and despite trailing Creggan in the league will probably start tonight’s final as slight favourites.
Rumours regarding injury abound from both camps but whatever lineouts take the field they are unlikely to give tonight’s decider anything less that 100%. There has been a deadly rivalry between these parish neighbours going back over the years and it should ensure a highly competitive final.
Recent league performances would suggest that Creggan will start tonight’s encounter as slight favourites but when it comes to meetings of these two,the form book goes out the window. Creggan of course are going well on two fronts with a place in the semi-final of the Intermediate hurling championship already secured and this may dictate the availability of players while Cargin have a number of key players unavailable due to injuries.
This one looks too close to call so I’m sitting on the fence regarding a prediction but the Saffron Gael will be there to cover what should be an interesting and entertaining contest.
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