First Louth Senior Championship Semi

by louthandproud on September 6, 2014

in Club

The first of a Nerve filled Louth GAA Senior semi.
I will have live updates

senior semi(2)

and it should be fascinating. Yes fascinating.

Read on to see why I think so UPDATED

I warned you the last time out about how negative the Gaels were and The Mary’s didn’t listen. Will the Dreadnots heed my warning? That’s why this semi final in particular will be fascinating.

Donegal they are not, but the Gaels have a system and it’s gotten them this far, so credit to them and I think they could it could take them all the way to the final!

They get 12 men behind the ball by  pulling their whole half forward line behind the midfield. It’s not pretty but who cares?

David McComish, James Stewart and Derek Crilly at half back driving up the field is what their game plan is  based on.

So in fact the Dundalk men are playing to their strengths and that is pretty, pretty effective!

Key Match up
For me the key match up will be on the Sideline.
People maybe have overlooked the pedigree of Lenny Harbinson, the Gaels manager, an All-Ireland club winner with St Galls lets hope he was given an interview for the Louth job also.
Colin Kelly, tipped to be next Louth manager will have to figure out how to crack Harbinson’s defensive code if he does, he’ll have had his clogher men well drilled.

Verdict: The Gaels for me.
It was only a matter of time before the Donegal style of play trickled down to Louth Club level and the Gaels are the first to do so…. Dreadnots will look to Peach Califf to kick from distance or either start on the edge of the square to allow Clogher to pump balls in over the pesky blanket defence. Throw in Pop Rath, Anthony Williams the pacy Gea McSorley , Sean McCann and Pepe Smith to proceedings and It really will be fascinating trust me.

Also, it’s worth noting the tightness of the Grove could be a massive factor.

Update: Draw: Gaels 1-8 Dreadnots 0-11.
Both sides can breath a huge sigh of relief after that tense battle….Clogher had chances at the death while the Gaels will feel they didn’t get going in the first half…..looking forward to the next day

 

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