We get set for Round 2 of the Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship from tomorrow night

Senior 1 Football Championship

 

What can be best described as the interesting Round at this stage of the Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship, this juncture pairs the winners from Round 1 against each other and for the losers an opportunity a chance to pick up valuable points.

Round 1 of this year’s championship threw up some fantastic battles and didn’t disappoint. Tomorrow night sees the games played off in Groups 3 and 4, while on Thursday Groups 1 and 2 take the focus. And for anyone that fancies a double header this Thursday, Skerries Harps and Clontarf will square off at 6:45pm, with Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes going head to head at 8:15pm all in teh confines of Parnell Park.

So without further ado, let’s give you all the details of this week’s Round 2 games in the Senior 1 Football Championship.

Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship

Group 1

Thursday, April 25th.

Na Fianna v Kilmacud Crokes (Parnell Park, 8:15pm)
St. Sylvesters v Ballymun Kickhams (Balgriffin, 7:30pm)

It’s rare to see Ballymun Kickhams start a championship with a defeat, but last year’s Champions stop them in their track before they’d begun with a 2-13 to 0-14 win in Round 1. And Kilmacud Crokes will be looking to continue that run of form into Round 2 as Thursday sees them take on Na Fianna. The Mobhi Road men also had the perfect start beating St. Sylvesters by 3-14 to 0-10.

Something has to give between these two sides, with Na Fianna in particular looking to improve and get past the Quarter Finals in this year’s competition. Crokes will still have a target on their heads as champions and the ones to topple.

Ballymun, who topped their group last year and also reached the Quarter Finals will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Crokes and get some points on the board against Sylvesters, knowing they’ll have tough challenge ask against Na Fianna in the final round. And Sylvesters will have a goal to improve on their Quarter Final appearance last year. But there’s a way to go yet.

Group 2

Thursday, April 25th.

Lucan Sarsfield v Ballyboden St. Endas (Monastery Road, 7:30pm)
Skerries Harps v Clontarf (Parnell Park, 6:45pm)

Both Lucan and Ballyboden came out of Round 1 as the victors, and that means they’ll go head to head on Thursday to decide who’s going into Round 3 at the top of the table. Boden slid through Round 1 with a single point victory over Clontarf on 0-11 to 0-10 so they’ll be looking for an improved performance. Lucan registered a 0-10 win over Skerries running out 3-14 to 1-10 winners in Garristown.

Twelve months ago they drew with Skerries in Round 2 having lost their opening game to Na Fianna so already they’re improving, and a win over Ballyboden would see them secure qualification. Ballyboden also lost on opening day last year so they too have started better. They reached the Semi Finals last year only to be beaten by eventual winner Kilmacud Crokes.

Skerries and Clontarf will be the opening game in the Parnell Park double header and both sides will be anxious to get some points on the board ahead of a tough Round 3, facing Ballyboden and Lucan respectively.

Group 3

Wednesday, April 24th.

St. Judes v Raheny (St. Margarets, 7:30pm)
St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh v Thomas Davis (12th Lock, 7:30pm)

There’s nothing between the four sides in Group 3 with both Round 1 games ending in a draw. St. Judes and St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh we inseparable in Parnell Park last time out finishing the game on a 2-06 to 1-09 scoreline. So with everything to play for Judes will face Raheny and Plunketts will entertain Thomas Davis.

The Round 1 game between Raheny and Thomas Davis ended in a 0-10 to 1-07 tie. Raheny were 3-08 to 0-14 winners in Round 1 last year against Plunketts so they’ll be looking to take some points form Thomas Davis. Davis will be pleased to have secured a draw in their first Senior 1 game and will be hoping they improve against Plunketts.

Group 4

Wednesday, April 24th.

Castleknock v St. Vincents (Broomfield, 6:45pm)
Ballinteer St. Johns v St Brigids (O’Toole Park, 6:45pm)

Table toppers Castleknock and St. Vincents will go head to head tomorrow night in Broomfield to see who’ll go into Round 3 with the advantage. Vincents have had the upper hand on Castleknock in recent championship. Most recently in the Quarter Finals last year with Vinnies finishing 1-21 to 1-09 winners. But these two sides always put in a great battle against each other.

Brigids were Vincents opponents in Round 1 and following that defeat will take on Ballinteer St. Johns for their second game. Points to be had in O’Toole Park tomorrow night.