Dublin senior football championship preview
Dublin star Dean Rock has emerged as a late injury doubt for defending champions Ballymun Kickhams ahead of their Dublin SFC opener against Thomas Davis on Friday night.
It is understood that the All-Star forward sustained a finger injury during the week, and may not feature for Brendan Hackett’s men at Parnell Park.
Kickhams, as well as this year’s Division 1 league winners Na Fianna, are two of the four clubs involved in this Friday’s Go-Ahead Dublin SFC1 action as this year’s championships (SFC1, SFC2) gets underway.
On Sunday, the Go-Ahead Dublin SFC1 Group 1 clash of Ballyboden St Enda’s, county champions as recently as 2018, and Raheny will be screen lived on TG4 (2.0).
Dubs TV will be screening both games from Parnell Park live on Friday night as well as the meeting of Kilmacud Crokes against Casteknock on Sunday in SFC1 Group 2 (4.0).
Na Fianna face Whitehall Colmcille in their Go-Ahead Dublin SFC1 Group 1 clash at the Donnycarney venue in the first clash (6.30) of the double-header on Friday, followed by the SFC1 meeting of Ballymun Kickhams and Thomas Davis (8.15).
The St Mobhi Road outfit recently defeated Kilmacud Crokes 2-16 to 2-12 in their Go-Ahead Dublin AFL1 final with first-half goals from Conor McHugh and the dynamic James Doran helped them to a 2-6 to 0-8 interval lead with Paul Mannion, who tallied 2-7 overall, kicking five points for the Stillorgan side.
By the three-quarter marker a brilliantly taken goal by Paul Mannion had Crokes still giving chase when 2-11 to 1-11 behind with Rory O’Carroll also on target for the southsiders. Donal Ryan, Conor McHugh, James Doran and David Lacey (free) got the Na Fianna scores.
Points from the influential Alasdar Fitzgerald, Conor McHugh, with a powerful driving run that concluded with a fisted score, and David Lacey extended Na Fianna’s lead to six points, 2-15 to 1-12, as the game moved into the final minutes.
Paul Mannion (inset) gave Crokes late hope with a goal, showing all his experience to pick his spot in the square. But Na Fianna were not to be stopped and it should put Larry Norton’s side in good stead for the upcoming Championship.
Ballymun Kickhams – for whom Dean Rock has emerged as a major injury doubt with a finger injury – delivered their best display of an impressive SFC1 run in last year’s final when they outclassed Ballyboden St Enda’s 1-19 to 0-8 in Parnell Park to secure the Clery Cup for the fourth time.
Kickhams, who had most previously won the title before last year in 2012, dominated from the 12th minute of the first half and again on the restart when hitting 12 points without reply to cruise to victory.
Boden had no answer to the power, precision and movement of the Mun as they took
Elsewhere, St Vincent’s take on Ballinteer at O’Toole Park on Sunday, where St Jude’s will take on Lucan Sarsfields.
Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s is shouldered by John Small of Ballymun Kickhams during last year’s Dublin senior football championship clash. Ballyboden’s 2021 opener against Raheny will be screened live on TG4 this Sunday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile