Today it’s the turn of county football as the Round 1 Fixtures are confirmed for the Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship
Yesterday the Dublin CCC announced details of this year’s Hurling Championships. And today the commision have released details of the 2021 Dublin Senior Football Championship Round 1 Fixtures. For the Senior 1 Football Championship, Round 1 will commence and run between Friday and Sunday, September 10th and 12th. Reigning Champions Ballymun Kickhams will start their title defence against Thomas Davis in a Parnell Park double header with Na Fianna and Whitehall Colmcille as the curtain raiser.
Here’s all the details for Round 1 of the 2021 Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship.
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Ballyboden St. Endas v Raheny
Sunday, September 12th. 2:00pm. Parnell Park
Na Fianna v Whitehall Colmcille
Friday, September 10th. 6:30pm. Parnell Park
Ballyboden St. Endas put in a great shift in last year’s Football Championship. With stiff competition from St. Vincents, they finished top of Group 3. They chalked up an impressive 13-53 over three games before seeing off Raheny in the last eight and were victorious over St. Judes in the Semi Finals before losing to eventual Champions Ballymun.
They’ll meet Raheny again this year, who were Group 4 runners up to Kilmacud Crokes. And Raheny will want to improve on their Quarter Final place last year.
Na Fianna were Group 2 runners up last year, but their Championship was cut short, losing to Ballymun in their Quarter Final, so there’s more in this Na Fianna side. And they’re joined by Whitehall Colmcille who didn’t advance from Group 4 last year.
Kilmacud Crokes v Castleknock
Sunday, September 12th. 4:00pm. Parnell Park
St. Vincents v Ballinteer St. Johns
Sunday, September 12th. 4:00pm. O’Toole Park
Kilmacud Crokes finished top of Group 4 in last year’s Championship and followed that with an exhilarating 4-15 to 1-12 battle with St. Vincents in the Quarter Finals. Their campaign run ended there as they lost to Ballymun in the last four.
They’ll face St. Vincents again this year as the Marino side are drawn in Group 2. The only blip on Vincent’s card in last year’s round robin was a loss to Ballyboden in Round 2. They’ll have been disappointed to go out at the Quarter Final stage but will be looking to right that wrong this season.
Castleknock picked up only one round robin win last year so didn’t advance from Group 4, finishing behind Crokes and Raheny. They’re joined by Ballinteer St. Johns who finished bottom of Group 2 last year behind Judes, Na Fianna and Lucan.
Ballymun Kickhams v Thomas Davis
Friday, September 10th. 8:15pm. Parnell Park
Clontarf v Skerries Harps
Friday, September 10th. 7:30pm. Balgriffin
Champions Ballymun will look to add another county title to their trophy cabinet after a dominant campaign last year. They’ve been drawn in the round phase once again alongside both Thomas Davis and Skerries Harps.
Thomas Davis’ ambition last year would have been to build on the success as Championship runners up in 2019. But they only registered one win over Round Towers Lusk and failed to advance from Group 1.
Skerries however did advance to the last eight in 2020. But their story ended there losing to St. Judes. They’re up against stiff competition.
Clontarf complete the group’s foursome. They ended their 2020 Championship in third position in Group 3, behind Ballyboden and Vincents.
St. Judes v Lucan Sarsfield
Sunday, September 12th. 2:00pm. O’Toole Park
Round Towers Lusk v St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh
Friday, September 10th. 7:30pm. Naul
Last year’s Semi Finalists, in fact semi finalists on many occasions in recent years St. Judes see themselves in a group again with Lucan Sarsfield. The Tymon Park men went three for three in the rounds, and recorded a 0-07 win over Skerries Harps in the Quarter Finals. The challenge of Ballyboden in the last four proved too much.
Lucan were victorious over Ballinteer St. John’s in the opening round last year, but were beaten by Na Fianna and Judes in rounds 2 and 3 so failed to make the last eight.
Round Towers Lusk get another crack in the Senior 1 competition this year. Been drawn in Group 1 last year with eventual winners Ballymun was always going to be a tough start. But they’ll relish the opportunity.
St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh had to compete in a very tough group last year alongside Kilmacud, Raheny and Castleknock. But that won’t stop the Ashton men form having another go again this year.