Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship reaches the last eight with four huge games this weekend
We’ve had a lot of highs lately in the inter county championships. Dublin’s Senior Footballers are five in a row All Ireland Champions. Dublin’s Senior Ladies Footballers are three in a row All Ireland Champions. As the dust settles on the Inter County season, attention returns to the Dublin Senior Club Championships. And this Saturday and Sunday the Senior A Hurling Championship reaches the Quarter Final stage.
Saturday, September 21st. Parnell Park
Craobh Chiarain v Lucan Sarsfield – 3:00pm
Ballyboden St. Endas v St. Vincents – 4:45pm
Having already won their opening two Group 3 games, Chraobh Chiarain saw off the challenge of St. Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh in O’Toole to complete an unbeaten run. In April they ransacked Naomh Fionnbarra by a 7-22 to 1-06 scoreline. Double scores were the order of the day when they faced St. Vincents, beating them 0-22 to 0-11.
This set up the Quarter Final tie against Round 4 runners up Lucan Sarsfield. Lucan got off to a losing start by narrowly losing to reigning champions Ballyboden St. Endas on a 1-15 to 1-14 scoreline. They atoned for that in Round 2 with a 4-22 to 0-15 victory over Setanta.
Joe Fortunes championship winning Ballyboden finished their campaign off with a massive 6-29 to 0-05 win over Setanta, who sadly face a relegation battle with Naomh Fionnbarra. For Boden, their two opening games were very close affairs winning both by a single point. But a 1-15 to 1-14 win over Lucan, and a 2-18 to 2-17 win over Whitehall Colmcille was enough to get through before Round 3.
Round 1 and Round 3 wins for St. Vincents get over the line and into the last eight. And they’ll feel they can put it up to the reigning champions. An impressive 1-20 to 1-07 over Plunketts was followed by their loss to Craobh Chiarain. But they steadied the ship and comfortably saw off Naomh Fionnbarra by a whopping 10-28 to 1-11.
Sunday, September 22nd. Parnell Park
Na Fianna v St. Brigids – 3:00pm
Cuala v Kilmacud Crokes – 4:45pm
Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes finished Group A tied in the table, but score difference saw the Mobhi Road men finish as winners. As nothing could seperate the two in the opening round, it was a scramble for the top slot. And Na Fianna made light work on their remaining two games.
A 3-19 to 2-07 victory over Faughs and a 5-24 to 0-14 win over O’Tooles opened the doors for a last eight slot. And they’ll be facing Group 2 Runners Up St. Brigids. Brigids fell to former champions Cuala in the opening round but soon found their form. A 0-14 win over Ballinteer St. Johns was followed by a 1-20 to 2-12 victory over St. Judes.
Cuala went three for three in Group 2, beating Brigids, Judes and Ballinteer St. Johns. Over the three games they notched up six goals and eight five points. But they’ll know that their work will be cut out for them when they face last year’s runners up Kilmacud Crokes.
Anthony Daly will want another crack at the championship. And with a 1-17 to 0-7 victory over O’Tooles and a 0-24 to 0-13 win over Faughs, they get their chance. Cuala won’t be easy opponents with all their championship experience. But you can expect fireworks.