Senior Football Championship: Showdown for Final Spot

by Aaron Dunne
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CASTLEKNOCK will meet Ballinteer St John’s in a play-off to see who will take the last spot in the quarter-finals of this year’s Go Ahead Dublin Senior ‘A’ Football Championship. 

Castleknock defeated St Vincent’s by 1-18 to 1-12 in their final group game – but there was drama at the end.

Castleknock thought they had done enough to progress, but a last-minute Mossy Quinn point made the final margin six points. 

That left the Dublin 15 side, Ballinteer and St Vincent’s level on two league points, the scoring difference coning into play (involving games between these three only) with Castleknock and St John’s on +1 and St Vincent’s on -2. In the ‘scores for’ column Castleknock and Ballinteer were also equal, so a play-off will be required.

Kilmacud Crokes topped the group as they maintained their 100 per cent record when outclassing Ballinteer St John’s 1-23 to 0-6 at O’Toole Park.

Elsewhere, St Jude’s comprehensively defeated Round Towers Lusk by 2-23 to 0-7 in Sunday’s Group 4 clash.

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The convincing margin of victory saw the Tymon North side top the group, despite Lucan’s commanding 4-16 to 0-9 victory over St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh in the same group at O’Toole Park.

In the quarter-finals St Jude’s will face Thomas Davis, holders Ballymun Kickhams face Lucan Sarsfields, Ballyboden St Enda’s will take on Castleknock/Ballinteer St John’s while Kilmacud Crokes and Na Fianna will collide.

A strong opening and closing quarter saw Na Fianna progress following their Group 1 victory (0-17 to 0-11) over Raheny in Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.

Holders Ballymun Kickhams and Thomas Davis booked their quarter-final berths following Friday night’s Go-Ahead Dublin SFC1 Group 3 Round 3 games.

Kickhams’ 0-14 to 1-9 victory over Clontarf at St Margaret’s sees them conclude the round-robin group stage in first spot following their tight battles against Thomas Davis (1-12 to 1-10) and Skerries Harps (1-12 to 0-15) in the earlier rounds.

Thomas Davis impressed in their comprehensive 2-16 to 1-7 victory over Skerries Harps at Parnell Park to finish in the runners-up spot.

The Kiltipper Road men showed great work-rate throughout and began with intent when kicking the opening four scores without reply inside seven 


Ciarán Kilkenny in action for Castleknock during their SFC win over St Vincent’s. Photo: Niall O’Connell

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