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Preview: Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship Round 5

Preview: Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship Round 5

Tue, 12th September 2023

Preview: Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship Round 5

By Conor Martin

Group 1

Cuala v Kilmacud Crokes, Saturday 16th September, Parnell Park, 17:30 (Live on DubsTV)

Whitehall Colmcille v St Brigids, Saturday 16th September, O’Toole Park, 17:30

Cuala and Kilmacud Crokes face off on Saturday in the final round of Group 1 action. 

Both sides are already safely through to the quarter-finals and will want to carry momentum going into the business end of the Championship. 

Reigning Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Champions Kilmacud Crokes have been ruthless in front of the posts, with a mighty points difference of +37 and have scored 9 goals so far going into their clash with Cuala.

Cuala have also looked impressive in their wins over St Brigids and Whitehall Colmcille and will leapfrog Kilmacud into second with a win. 

However, due to their sizeable points difference, a draw would see Kilmacud hang onto second spot in Group 1. 

Winless Whitehall Colmcille and St Brigids look to end Group 1 on a high when they meet at O’Toole Park on Saturday evening. 

The two teams are unable to qualify for the quarter-finals but a win for either side will be a much needed boost, ahead of their respective upcoming relegation play-offs. 

Group leaders Lucan Sarsfields have a 100% record in Group 1 and, having already played four games, they have a bye this weekend. 

Sarsfields cannot be knocked off top spot and will go straight into the semi-finals as Group 1 winners. 

See Group 1 results so far here. 

Group 2

Na Fianna v Ballyboden St Endas, Saturday 16th September, Parnell Park 15:30 (Live on DubsTV) 

St Vincents v Faughs, Saturday 16th September, O’Toole Park 15:30 

Na Fianna and Ballyboden St Endas battle it out at Parnell Park on Saturday, as Group 2 reaches its climax. 

Na Fianna, 'Boden & St Vincents have all already sealed quarter final places. 

All three can still finish top of the group to progress directly to the semi finals- depending on the result of the Na Fianna v Ballyboden St Endas tie. 

Group leaders Boden are yet to taste defeat in this year’s Go-Ahead Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship, and you can be certain Na Fianna will be looking to end that 100% record this weekend. 

Boden will secure a semi final berth with a win or a draw. 

However, the men from Mobhi Road know a win for them could be enough to seal top spot, depending on how much they win by. 

Over at O’Toole Park St Vincents take on Faughs, who sit bottom of Group 2. 

A win for Vincents could be enough to see them finish top of the group- but they need to rely on the result from Parnell Park to go their way too. 

St Vincents' opponents Faughs have been comfortably beaten in their previous Group 2 matches and have no chance of making the quarter-finals. However, they will be looking to produce a solid performance against a strong St Vincents side, as they aim to take some positive momentum with them into their relegation play-off. 

St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh are the side in Group 2 with a bye this weekend. Sitting in fourth with one win to their name and with no possibility of moving up the Group 2 ladder, Plunkett’s are also consigned to a relegation play-off. 

See Group 2 results so far here. 

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