Places in the last eight of this year’s Dublin Senior Football Championship will be up for grabs this weekend as all four groups head into their second round of group games.
Four games will be screened live on Dubs TV – two on Saturday (Lucan Sarsfields v Round Towers Lusk (4pm) and Skerries Harps v Ballymun Kickhams (6pm); while on Sunday St Vincent’s take on Kilmacud Crokes (2pm) and Ballyboden St Enda’s v Na Fianna (4pm).
Ballyboden’s Group 1 meeting with recently-crowned Division 1 AFL champions Na Fianna looks like the game of the round on Sunday afternoon in Parnell Park.
The sides last met in Championship action in the 2019 quarter-final, when Ballyboden prevailed 3-15 to 1-15 after extra-time in a duel full of drama, while the southsiders also won the 2018 last-eight contest between the same pairing (3-13 to 0-15).
In the 2019 encounter Colm Basquel was the Boden hero as his hat-trick saw Anthony Rainbow’s men eventually edge out their Glasnevin opponents.
Basquel, who tallied 3-4 (0-1f) in total, kicked all of Boden’s extra-time scores, 2-1 from play, after the southsiders rescued the game in the final moments of normal time to force extra-time.
In their opening round-robin game Boden defeated Raheny by 15 points, 2-17 to 0-8, following an impressive second-half showing.
Na Fianna, meanwhile, got their account off to a winning start when defeating Whitehall by 1-18 to 0-12.
Na Fianna were nine points clear at the interval, 0-15 to 0-6, with David Quinn’s goal in the 56th minute the only goal of the contest.
Elsewhere, the Group 2 clash of Kilmacud Crokes and St Vincent’s on Sunday in Parnell Park (4.0) is a meeting of two recent county champions – Crokes in 2018, Vincent’s the previous year.
They met in last year’s Championship at the quarter-final stage when Crokes put in a strong second half to emerge 4-15 to 1-12 victors.
In round one, two second-half goals saw Kilmacud ease to a 2-18 to 1-12 victory over Castleknock.
St Vincent’s, who have given SFC debuts to plenty of young talent in the last two seasons, beat Ballinteer St John’s 1-17 to 2-10 in their own Group 2 opener.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Ballymun Kickhams face Skerries Harps in their Go-Ahead Dublin SFC1 Group 3 clash at Parnell Park on Saturday (4.0) – they clashed last year also in Round 1 when Kickhams won 3-18 to 0-12 in Páirc Ciceam.
Dean Rock and Paddy Small led the way for the ‘Mun in their 15-point when scoring 2-13 between them.
In their opening round narrow win over Thomas Davis (1-12 to 1-10) Paddy Small did not feature while Rock was introduced as a second-half sub to help steer them to victory.
Kickhams had to call on all their big-game experience to come from behind to defeat Thomas Davis with Rock converting five frees as their greater impact off the bench proved crucial.
Skerries Harps defeated Clontarf 0-11 to 0-7 in their opening round Group 3 contest in Balgriffin. A Harry Dawson point kickstarted a scoring surge by Harps to see them to victory.
Skerries keeper Shane Davis converted three 45s over the course of the hour with Stephen Smith, Ciarán Murphy and Harry Dawson all scoring two points.
Clontarf had led 0-6 to 0-5 at half-time with Kieran McKeon’s point closing out the first-half scoring for the Dublin 3 side.
Michael Darragh MacAuley of Ballyboden in action against Sean Caffrey of Na Fianna during the side’s SFC clash back in 2019. Photo: Sportsfile