It’s the Senior Football Final day and both Ballymun Kickhams and St. Vincents will have made their final preparations for tonight’s 7:00pm start in Parnell Park.
There really is nothing separating these two sides, with both notching up convincing results in the first two rounds of this year’s competition.
Back in April, Ballymun started their campaign with a massive scoreline over St. Patricks, Palmerstown, winning 5-19 to 2-06, while St. Vincents took out Round Towers of Clondalkin on a score of 3-19 to 3-04.
The same fate followed in may for the opponents of these finalists. Vincent’s saw off the challenge of Na Fianna on a score of 2-11 to 0-12, and Ballymun stunned St. Mary’s of Saggart with a whopping 8-18 to 0-02 scoreline in O’Toole Park.
Fast forward to the end of September, and following the break for the All Ireland Inter County Championship, both sides picked up where they’d left off in May and both were convincing in their Quarter Final fixtures.
St. Vincents carved out a 0-13 victory over St. Sylvesters in Parnell Park, winning on a score of 0-20 to 0-07. The following day Ballymun weathered a tough encounter with St. Brigids and finished strongly, winning 1-17 to 1-09, seeing them through to the last four of the competition.
So two weekends ago, both Ballymun and Vincents played out their Semi Final pairings, against Kilmacud Crokes and and St. Judes respectively.
In a double header in Donnycarney’s head quarters, Ballymun opened the proceedings, seeing off the challenge of Kilmacud Crokes, winning by 2-15 to 1-10. Mun fans will be hoping that both John and Paddy Small will have come through on fitness to be ready for tonight after both leaving the field that evening with leg injuries.
St. Vincents turned on the style and blitzed St. Judes in the dying stages of their Semi Final, eventually winning by 4-12 to 1-12.
Which leaves tonight, the last two standing, and there can only be one winner, one Senior Football Champion, to go further and represent Dublin in the provincial and hopefully All Ireland Competition.
Will Vincents claim their second title in a row, and their 29th in the club’s history? Or can Ballymun relive the success of their 2012 season and lift their 4th title for the club.
We’ll have to wait until 7:00pm this evening. And if you’re going to the game you can get online score coverage through the various We Are Dublin GAA media platforms, and of course Eir Sport customers can watch live tonight with coverage starting at 6:00pm.
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