While Parnell Park host the Senior 1 Quarter Finals, O’Toole Park will host Senior 2 Football Quarter Finals this weekend
Most of the attention has been on this weekend’s Dublin Senior 1 Quarter Finals, but least we forget this O’Toole Park will host the Senior 2 Football Quarter Finals this Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The best eight teams from the four qualifying groups will go head to head and four will advance to the Semi Finals.
Of the eight sides in contention, four of them return to the last eight having made the cut in last year’s championship.
Round Towers Lusk v St. Mary’s (S)
St. Mary’s return to the knockout stages having gone as far as the Final in the 2018 Championship. Sadly they came up against a quality Thomas Davis side who secured their Senior 1 status for this year.
But the Saggart side again look in good shape this season. They finished in second position behind Fingal Ravens in Group 4 to set up their Quarter Final berth. Wins over Parnells and St. Peregrines saw them collect four points in the table.
They face a strong Round Towers Lusk side, who topped Group 3 and have only come up having won the Intermediate Championship last year. Three impressive performances saw them beat St. Pat’s of Palmerstown, Whitehall Colmcille and Naomh Olaf to claim their spot.
Fingal Ravens v Whitehall Colmcille
After failing to register a win in the 2018 Championship, Fingal Ravens have gone two for three in this year’s competition. A surprise 2-12 to 2-07 loss to Parnells on the last day of the Round Robin competition put them level on Points with Mary’s but they took the top spot on the head to head rule.
Whitehall Colmcille are their Quarter Final opponents. And Colmcille’s too have had a better 2019 Championship. Their only loss was to Towers, with a goal seperating them at full time in Round 2.
This one is too close to call.
Templeogue Synge St. v St. Maurs
Templeogue Synge St. kept a 100% record this year beating Naomh Mearnog, St. Anne’s and Erin’s Isle. And they’re back in the Quarter Finals after losing out to Fingallians in the 2018 last eight clash.
St. Maurs have come from not winning a championship game in 2018 to defeating two teams in this year’s Round Robin. Big wins over Round Towers Clondalkin and Fingallians saw them finish runners up in Group 1.
Cuala v Naomh Mearnog
In a repeat of their 2018 Quarter Final, Cuala and Naomh Mearnog go head to head again. Similar to last year Cuala and Mearnogs finished first and second respectively in their groups.
Cuala went unbeaten against St. Maurs, Fingallians and Round Towers, while Mearnogs only dropped points against Templeogue on the opening day.
In last year’s clash Cuala ran out ten point winners on 2-17 to 2-07 scoreline.