BUmper Leinster Final Scouting special

by louthandproud on November 27, 2014

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Don’t let the Colours confuse you…

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it’s a Louth Meath Leinster final alright

Colours: Red and White
Location: Ballinlough, Kilskyre outside Kells
Manager: Tommy Shine former Gael Colmcille player.

Route to the final
Semi Final: 12 to St James (Wexford) 1-3
Quarter Final:12 Raheens (Offaly) 10
First Round: 11 Ballyfin (Laois) 8

Their former Star and Player who put Ballinlough on the map is Jody Devine his brother Kevin is still playing and is a key player for them.
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Current Star Man and temperamental genius is former county man Peader Byrne

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The reason I say temperamental is down the fact he is liable to do anything.
A fella that could quite easily win the game on his own for Ballinlough as he is that talented also, in the same breath, he could get sent off in the first minute.
One thing for certain, he needs to be watched carefully by the SOM, He’ll drive from the middle of the field and look to lead the Ballinlough men on the pitch and on the scoreboard(he takes their long range frees also.)
The SOM will need to find the perfect man for this disciplined high concentration man marking job on him Sunday Afternoon.

Ballinlough Set up.
They play quite similar to SOM’s in that they like to play on the counter attack and hold a fairly disciplined defense at all times.
This style suits their key defenders aswell as Byrne’s driving runs from the middle.

Former Meath U21 and corner back Benji Smith likes to attack and keep his corner forward on his toes.

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Surging runs from Wingbacks Colm Mallen and Johnnie Reilly in particular.
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Reilly, who is only 20 will more than likely be a Meath under21 next season if not, the senior squad the form he’s in at the moment.

To allow them to counter they employ an entire hard working half forward line.
Their wing forwards Cian Mallon and Mark McCullen are massive men and in fact orthodox midfielders they’ll be kickout options so the SOM wingback will have to be on their toes, literally.
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Mallon left Mark McCullen right

Further more, to help their defence counter is Ronan mcGuinness,

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He likes to drop back and add number in defence or just roam in general linking the play. It doesn’t matter wether its from corner or forty yards.

Also Full back and Captain Podge Muldoon usually holds strong at full back will relish the battle with Conor Crawley.
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UP front.
Because of their defensive system their forwards have plenty of space to operate in.
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As well as that they have size and a nice blend of youth and experience.
Tommy mcCullen (left) will be full forward a big powerful target man and Kevin Devine(right) usually in the corner is a crafty veteran who can take free’s also.

Sean Geragthy either named on the forty or not he’ll play around that area leaving two inside and filling the space roaming McGuinness leaves behind him.

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Tall and rangey player and good on the solo run JOBser will have to be aware of the threat he poses.

Summary
Ballinglough are you’re typical Meath team; big, strong, agricultual the type of team that won’t lie down and are not afraid of battle while having the skill and craft to eek out tight games and play to a gameplan..
They have also shown in their leinster Campaign that they possess a strong panel.
Their Under 21’s got to a County final and they’ve went without their regular midfielder Dereck Muldoon for the duration of their leinster run and have brought in and are not afraid to use quality subs throughout.
Also much like SOM they are on a serious run of momentum.

The Grand aul Team to play for will have to be patient in attack, keeping their width at all times and can’t cough the ball up easily leaving themselves open to Ballinloughs counter attacking style.
Also, I can’t repeat this enough, Peadar Byrne is their main man, makes them tick. he’s a mercurial talent and can do sublime think of him as a meath version of Dublins Dairmuid Connolly he needs to be nullified if the Sean O’Mahonys want to win this game.

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