Ballyea (@1.72) vs Carrigtwohill (@2.37)
15-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Ballyea will win

Ballyea – Carrigtwohill Match Prediction | 15-09-2019 09:00

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In the first half against Crokes, time and time again, Crokes lumped puck outs down on a numerically superior Cuala half back line. Slaughtneil, on the other hand, lumped puck outs down Cualas throat from start to finish in the All-Ireland semi, and were, predictably, crucified. Cuala ate them for breakfast until Crokes got into the dressing room and changed tac for the second half.

This allowed them the same tactical superiority theyve enjoyed throughout the campaign, typically having extra men at the back time and time again. Instead, he upped the ante, went man on man on a number of occasions early on, but filtered a player back as the ball was in the air. This meant that they didnt allow Ballyea the short puck, but still managed to have that extra man at the back as soon as the puck-out landed.

It forced a rethink for St. St. Thomas zonal defence, or used their numerical superiority and finesse to weave their way through the centre and pick off points. Thomas which they further exploited. Thomas tried a similar strategy to Cuala on puck-outs in the All-Ireland semi, but time and time again where the need arose, Ballyea played the puck-out to their spare wing back and either scored directly before facing the St.

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However, based on the particular tactical nature of this one, in my preview I had predicted that you shouldnt be surprised if you see a lot of possession play and weaving of hand-passes in the middle third. The side who do this best/coughs up the fewest turnovers doing this will probably win. In the end, this did indeed turn out to be the most significant statistical element.

And with Con OCallaghan as devastating as he has been throughout, with Cuala swinging this key element in their favour, they were unstoppable. While his tally of two points might give the illusion that he was kept quiet, he was fouled for a number of frees, caused the panic for Cualas first goal and broke the line to set up their second.

Both sides have been tactically superior to all opposition theyve faced, and theres a good chance that this one is going to play out more like a game of chess. The bad news is that if youre expecting an end to end humdinger in this Fridays All-Ireland club hurling final between Cuala and Ballyea, theres a good chance youre going to be disappointed.

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"We didnt care, once we could get there and win that, that was it. To be honest with you, going out against Thurles, you wanted to go out and give a good account of yourselves and have a crack off it, but you were never thinking you were going to beat Thurles, with the team they had. It had never been done in the club and we won that on the Sunday, wed Thurles the following Sunday.

Time and again where lesser hurlers and men, in possession, would have simply launched the ball forward to avoid the possibility of being caught on the ball, they stepped inside an opponent or two, allowing them or the player they would hand-pass to to deliver a measured ball to Con OCallaghan in the full forward line. And credit where its due.