Carrickcruppen Vs Collegeland Preview

It’s a repeat of last year’s first round meeting, which Carrickcruppen won by nine points in the end.

They followed that up with a superb performance against St Paul’s in the quarter final but couldn’t get over the line.

Cruppen went on to secure the Division 2B league title this summer and are a dark horse for this championship.

They have some exciting prospects coming through their ranks in a youthful looking team.

Richard Keenan is a powerful midfielder and he accompanies Jack Cunningham in the centre of the park.

Eoin Woods has pace to burn in the forward line while Tiernan Kelly hit two goals in this same fixture last year.

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Blaine Hughes is the number one net minder in the county and his sweeper keeper role will be worth watching.

Can Collegeland turn around a nine point deficit from last year and cause an opening round shock?

The 2019 Junior Champions enjoyed a decent league series where they won 50% of their 14 outings.

Former Armagh Harps player Mark McCoy has joined Collegeland this year and bolsters their defensive options.

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Pauaic McGeary, a 2019 club All-Star winner, plays in the middle and will likely match up with Richard Keenan.

Shane Donnelly is a handful in the Collegeland forward line while Cathair McGeary continues to work his way back after tearing his ACL last year.

Niall Brady also received a Club All-Star two years ago and he is between the sticks for Collegeland.

It’s a shot at nothing for Seamus O’Callaghan’s side as aren’t expected to beat this youthful Cruppen outfit.