Carrickcruppen vs Tullysaran Preview

Saturday evenings semi-final is a massive chance for one of these sides to reach the Intermediate showpiece.

Tullysaran haven’t been there since 2016, once year after claiming Junior Championship success for the very first time.

Its been 17 years since Carrickcruppen last contested the Intermediate final. Although the have spent some time at senior level over the past two decades.

Undoubtably, Tullysaran are the favourites heading into this one, having reached the same stage of the competition last season.

Tullysaran’s form

The O’Connell’s clubmen have saw off Tir na nOg and Forkhill on their way to the last four.

Two goals from Gavin Conlon (penalty) and Eddie Mallon ensured their safe passage through to Saturday’s showdown.

Their forward line is one of the best at this level, with Mark McKeever starring alongside Conlon and Mallon.

Eoghan Daly and David Doyle put in a serious shift at centerfield, which will be a key area this weekend.

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Brian Kelly is the stopper at the heart of the defence, while James Madden has been in fine form.

The corner back will pick up Cruppen dangerman Eoin Woods, who was the main man in his sides victory over Wolfe Tones.

Youthful Cruppen

Tiarnan Kelly, Lorcan McParland and Stephen Loughran are the supporting cast up front and hold plenty of scoring ability.

Richard Keenan and Jack Cunningham are a youthful midfield pairing and are full of running.

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Adam Matthews is an old-fashioned centre half back while James Burns could go toe-to-toe with McKeever.

Blaine Hughes has been in brilliant form this season and will often break out of his defence to create an extra man going forward.

Tullysaran seem to have the edge on the Division 2B winners and the hurt of last years loss to St Paul’s may be enough to drive them on to victory.