SFC Final Player Predictions

by louthandproud on September 29, 2016

in Club

I asked the players who played in the Senior Championship this year

on their thoughts on Sunday’s Final.

Two questions were…
2016 was it a good year?
Who wins the final and why?

Karl White – St Patricks

Was a good year overall unfortunately nit for ourselves. Saw a lot of teams improve and some younger players all around the county put a stamp on proceedings.

Think o mahonys win as they have had a good year in the league which sets them up for championship. Originally thought dreadnots would do it but unfortunately for them it wasn’t their year. Marys are an excellent side as they have proved in last couple of years but the experience the o mahonys have gained the last few years will see them over the line.

Sam Mulroy- Naomh Mairtin

I personally think 2016 was a good year for louth football as you look at the two teams that are in the SFC final are teams that you wouldn’t have said at the start of the year , it’s been a strange year and it was wide open and I think it’s great that anyone could have went out and won it this year! Good year for ourselves personally and really should have went further but it’s a step up from were we were last year so happy enough with the year !

Very hard one to call and I think it will be a very close game , two physical teams with big midfielders and I think whoever gets the better of who in the middle will win the game ! But I think I’m going to have to go with Ardee as I think the midfield and firepower they have up front in Paudie Clarke , Darren Clarke and Kirk if he’s fit , I think they’ll out score the O’Mahonys.

Jim McEneaney- Geraldines

Was 2016 a good year?

I suppose a lot of that is up in there for us at the minute, we won 9/11 league games and we’re looking to finish the year with a senior league for the first time in the clubs history. If we do that, if would be a great year. We didn’t convert in the championship and that was disappointing.

Who will and why?
Having played SOM and lost, they have made themselves very hard to beat and when they’re at full strength they are well organised. Ardee have got their house in order and won some fantastic games to get to the final. They were the pick of the semi final teams in terms of performance, but none of that matters in a final.
I think SOM will win. With little separating the teams, I think SOM will be able to handle the build up better having gone through all the hype 12 months ago and falling flat against the Pats I expect them to have learned from that. Having been coached by Alan Craven in the Marist, he’s very level headed and I think he will have them right for Sunday, so I fancy SOM by 2/3 points.

Shane Rice- Gaels

For myself and the Gaels, we won the intermediate league and reached the semi finals of the senior championship. We fell at the last hurdle and didn’t perform to our potential. I think we had a good year but we can come back stronger & we have learned a lot. We have some great young players and they gained experience this year.

I think after playing SOM and Ardee this year in the championship, SOM might just edge it. They are extremely hungry for the senior title and won’t get a better chance! Their midfield is quite strong with lots of players with a height advantage especially when Crawley comes out. Fisher & Finnegan are always ready for the break ball. I wish both sets of teams goodluck in the final and I expect a close and intense affair.

James Califf- Dreadnots

A good champo in 2016?- I don’t think so, and that’s not being biased from a Clogher point of view!!! I don’t think there was any stand out team performances or consistent team performances, and any team in the last 8 could have potentially won it. From a neutral perspective though it has to be good for the county to see new teams coming through the groups. Every game was all about who perform on the day, making it unpredictable and exciting for the neutral. Then again I don’t think any onlookers from outside the county could say that the standard of most of the games were something they’d return to see…

Who wins?- very hard question. The two big lines on the pitch will be the midfield battle and Ardee’s full back line vs SOM’s full forward line. Ardee have been good in the middle third this year and gives them platform to bring their forwards into play. However I think SOM’s can break even around the middle, even without Keith McLoughlin, and with the right ball in I think their full forward line could get on top. So I’m going to say SOM by a goal

Joe Flanagan- O’Raghallaighs

One positive to take from this year is staying up in the championship after being in the relegation playoff, league form I can’t comment on at all because I was away for the majority of it, a few young lads came through this year and performed well too which is another positive.

I’ll go with the O’Mahonys to just edge it, I reckon last years experience will stand to them

Neil Gallagher- Cooley Kickhams

No, I think standard has dipped from the past but I think this year has been the most exciting and open in years. A lot of teams would have felt that this was a great opportunity to win a championship.

Very tough one to call, but have to give SOM the nod. They’ve built up a strong winning mentality this last 3 years when it matters. Will learn a lot from last year and expect them to go one better. Looking forward to a great match!’

Shane Lennon- Kilkerley Emmets

2016 championship was prob the most exciting championship in years. It was def the most open championship for years. And I think the two most consistent teams are left in the championship both in league and championship.

Who will win it? I am going to say the SOM by the skin of their teeth. Sean’s are best equipped to deal with marys speedy forwards and have 3/4 excellent man markers. Big Conor Crawley and Ben Mc Loughlin will take serious stopping up top. A lot could come down to the influence of Jobser and Clarkie on their teams. Don’t rule out the draw in both senior and minor!!

Player predictions
Verdict SOM 7 Marys 1
Newtown Blues and O’Connells yet to reply

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