Two games, two days, for a chance of a slot in this year’s Dublin Senior Football Championship Final
We’re down to the last four in this year’s Dublin Senior Football Championship. And over tomorrow and Sunday St. Judes, Ballyboden St. Endas, Kilmacud Crokes and Ballymun Kickhams will all battle it out for a place in the 2020 decider.
As always DUBSTV will be on hand to stream both games live. With government restrictions still in place the games will be played behind closed doors. But if you want to check either or both these games out you can click here for details from the Official Dublin GAA website.
So what’s in store?
Dublin Senior Football Championship
St. Judes v Ballyboden St. Endas
Saturday, September 12th. 5:50pm
Parnell Park, Dublin
Reigning Champions Ballyboden St. Endas will face a stern challenge when they come up against St. Judes in the first of the weekend’s Semi Finals tomorrow. And something has got to give tomorrow with the game billed as the top scorers of the competition against the team who have conceded the least.
So far Boden have amassed a 15-69 score tally (114) but have conceded 4-51 (63). Judes defensively are the stronger side, conceding 1-34 (37) while registering 4-51 along the way (63). And that conceded goal only came in the Quarter Final meeting with Skerries Harps, thanks to Killian McGinnis.
Before their Quarter Final victory Judes had ran the gauntlet in Group 2, securing three wins from three. They methodically saw off Na Fianna, Ballinteer St. Johns and Lucan Sarsfield before their 1-17 to 1-10 win over Skerries to reach tomorrow’s challenge.
Ballyboden hit the net twice against Raheny in their last eight clash, and it was the difference in the 2-16 to 0-16 scoreline. And it came as no surprise as their goal tally during the Group 3 round phases was incredible. 4-20 against Clontarf, 5-11 when they faced St. Vincents, and finished off with another 4-22 in their final round game against Whitehall Colmcille to complete the clean sweep.
The champions really had to dig deep to shake off Raheny last time out and you’d wonder if there’s some fatigue setting in. We’ll find out tomorrow evening if they’ll continue on in retaining their crown.
Kilmacud Crokes v Ballymun Kickhams
Sunday, September 13th. 4:30pm
Parnell Park Dublin
The talk before this year’s competition was how much Ballymun Kickhams would benefit having their six inter county All Ireland Stars not coming off an All Ireland run. And there’s no doubt that having Evan Comerford, Philly McMahon, John and Paddy Small, James McCarthy and Dean Rock fit and fresh has reaped the benefits.
The roles were reversed from last year’s clash between Na Fianna and the Mun last time out compared to last year. In the final round clash, just weeks after the five in a row last year it was Na Fianna who came out on top against Ballymun. This year was different, and in one of the better Quarter Finals, Ballymun prevailed on a 1-18 to 2-13 scoreline. They trailed Na Fianna by 0-08 to 1-10 at the break, but their second half show was a marker to all left in the competition.
The Northside club completed the rounds with a 100% record. They netted three goals in each game, victorious over Skerries Harps, Round Towers Lusk and Thomas Davis. And they look incredibly together and primed for tomorrow’s game. But it won’t be easy.
Kilmacud Crokes have looked impressive from the opening throw in this year, and a 6-13 to 0-10 thrashing of Raheny was certainly a statement of intent from the Stillorgan club. Wins over St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh and Castleknock followed as they prepared for St. Vincents in the Quarter Finals.
They hit Vincents for four and in a strong second half performance ran out comfortable 4-15 to 1-12 winners to book their slot against Ballymun. Crokes inside forward line this year is as deadly as any of the sides remaining and Ballymun will need to concentrate on cutting the supply. It will certainly be a tight game with both sides displaying quality fire power this year.