It’s crunch time for the teams in the mix across all groups in this year’s Dublin Senior Football Championship
And it really is a close call, at least across there of the four groups. Ballyboden St. Endas are the only team to have definitely secured their last eight slot in Group 3. But in the other three groups the front runners can all change depending on how results go over tomorrow and Sunday. Here’s how the match ups will happen.
Dublin Senior 1 Football Championship – Round 3
After two rounds and two wins, Ballymun Kickhams are in pole position in this group. But tomorrow they will certainly stand their toughest challenge in last year’s beaten finalists Thomas Davis. Ballymun have easily beaten both Skerries Harps and Round Towers of Lusk, and know they’re almost there.
The shoot out in this one will be between Thomas Davis and Skerries Harps for the second qualifying slot. Skerries beat Thomas Davis to put themselves back into contention and will expect to beat Round Towers tomorrow, albeit on paper. If they do, and Ballymun complete three wins from three, then Skerries will jump Thomas Davis in the table and qualify. So Thomas Davis will be looking to get one up on the table toppers at Parnell Park tomorrow afternoon.
St. Judes, Na Fianna and Lucan Sarsfield are in the hunt for the two qualifying slots from Group 2. Wins over Na Fianna and Ballinteer St. John’s has given Judes the edge, and a win over Lucan tomorrow afternoon will secure the top spot. With only 5 points in score difference between Lucan and Na Fianna, and Na Fianna expected to secure a win over Ballinteer tomorrow, Lucan will have to dig deep against Judes and hope to rack up some big score to get over the line.
Having lost to Judes in Round 1 and recovered to record a 10 point win over Lucan in the last round, it’s Na Fiannas for the taking tomorrow.
After two defeats already, Whitehall Colmcille have the unenviable task of facing two for two Ballyboden St Endas tomorrow. And with nothing to play for, you’d imagine Boden will take all six points to finish clear winners of the group. It’s the battle between Clontarf and St. Vincents tomorrow night at Parnell Park that will garner the most interest.
With Ballyboden registering very convincing victories over both sides in the opening rounds, it’s really hard to pull Vincents and Clontarf apart. But tomorrow something has to give. A draw would be enough for Vincents as they are 11 points the better in score difference. But a win for Clontarf could see the men from Marino bow out early in the competition.
Group 4 takes centre stage on Sunday with two early afternoon throw ins. And having amassed a mountain of scores over the opening two rounds, Kilmacud Crokes look set to reach the last eight. With Castleknock also in the hunt, they won’t make it easy for the Stillorgan side this weekend. And it’s neck and neck between them and Raheny for a knock out slot.
Raheny face St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh in their final game. But just because Plunketts have been defeated twice doesn’t mean they’ll lay down and die this Sunday. Raheny need a win, or a draw, and need Castleknock to lose to qualify. It’ll go down to the wire.
TV Coverage this weekend
Three of the Football Championship games will be screened on TV. On Saturday the two games from Parnell Park (Ballymun v Thomas Davis, Group 1, 5.30pm and Clontarf v St Vincent’s, Group 3, 7.30pm) will be shown live on RTE2. And on Sunday TG4 will show deferred coverage of Raheny v St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh (Group 4).