Kennedy's IFC Finals - Preview

Bunninadden v Geevagh

When these two sides met in the third round of the championship, it is doubtful that any supporter at that game would have predicted this would be the Intermediate championship final pairing. The Bunninadden lads were looking for a win, a change of luck, something to get their season back on track and to avoid the dreaded drop to Junior. They were not helping themselves that evening with two missed penalties, one excellently saved by Darren Kearns. Geevagh were coming into the game after their shock loss to Enniscrone and two early goals allowed them to ease through the second half. The worry for them on that ocassion was the number of chances they messed up on the night or James McDonagh stopped.

Both sides have very good freetakers in Kevin Henry and Kenneth Kerins who between them only missed one free in the semis. Having turned their season around in the game v Pats in the last twenty minutes Bunninadden have gained huge momentum in the last number of games and this can be seen in the way that Stephen Anderson and  Michael Gormley break from defence. Young  Conor Murray if fit and Oisín McLoughlin have been very good too and their ability not to waste a ball is excellent. Then you have the big man up front Daniel Cafferky. Physically he may have met his match in George or Arthur Wall but his second goal in the semi final proved you do not need to have the ball, just misdirect it. Sean Leamy was excellent for Bunninadden when it looked like Mullen was going to wreak havioc in the semifinal.

In midfield you have two similar pairings but the Geevagh one has more experience and strength with Henry and Pat Cawley welll able to mix it up . However in the semi final Adrian Frain was excellent and when a kickout needed to be caught young Matthew Clavin pulled it from the sky. The kickouts will be contested and should be fascinating and no doubt Pat Hughes will be involved there too. Hughes has had a quiet campaign but this has allowed the O’Reillys and Donal Conlon to take up the task. Conlon was quiet in the semi final but Jodie O’Reilly really stepped up when he was needed in the second half against Farnans. He needs to do that for the full 60+ minutes today. Daithí O’Reilly had an excellent outing the last day against Bunninadden but that defence has grown since then and will not give him the freedom he got the last time. However they did let Easkey in for a number of chances the last night but there was always someone there to cover. Will that be good enough today? That was not happening at the end of the league or beginning of championship. TJ Davey has been impressive throughout and will be expected to take Murray  or if unfit Cian Brett. Brett is a more direct runner and will be mad for a run after getting the insurance point the last night. Tomás O’Reilly will be a key player for Geevagh as sweeper too

Geevagh to take the crown to make up for the division 2 league final loss

 




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