How things stand as SFC action starts to liven up!
AFTER an entertaining two rounds in the Renault Senior Football Championship, things are starting to get very interesting as the race for those coveted quarter-final spots heat up.
Here’s how the situation is after last weekend’s round of championship games.
AGB and Kiltegan have qualified from this group with four points having won two from two. Tinahely and Blessington can join them while Bray have lost their three matches so far and will enter the Keating Trophy.
Blessington play Tinahely next in a winner takes all bout. A win for Blessington puts them on four points and even if Tinahely win their final match Blessington will progress due to their head-tohead result.
AGB play Kiltegan in the next round also which will almost certainly determine the final standings in the group.
Éire Óg have qualified here with two wins from two and will top the group.
In pole position to join them will be Annacurra who have a win under their belt on two points.
The only way they won’t qualify is if they lose and Newtown win in the next round. Anything else and they join Éire Óg. Simple.
Newtown and Avondale are on a point each having drawn in the opening match but could still qualify for the quarter-finals if they win their final match of the group with both in the same boat.
Newtown play Éire Óg next and a win will guarantee them qualification, the same for Avondale against Annacurra.
If they match each other’s results and finish on the same number of points it will come down to points difference.
Avondale have a minus 4 points difference, Newtown have a minus 8 difference.
The one other possibility in this group is if Annacurra and New- town finish on the same number of points, a Newtown win and Annacurra draw or Newtown draw and Annacurra loss, Annacurra will finish higher than Newtown due to their head to head record.
Baltinglass and St Pat’s lead the way here, both on three points after a win and a draw each. Rathnew are in third place on two points while Coolkenno are bottom and will finish there.
Rathnew have to beat Baltinglass in the next round to have any chance of coming in the top two, otherwise it’s likely to come down to points difference between Baltinglass and Pat’s for the final positions unless Coolkenno can cause a shock against Pat’s.
Baltinglass are on +9 while Pat’s are on +5.
No quarter-final pairing is known yet and the only certainty at the moment will be a clash between Éire Óg and the runners up in Group C, a humdinger, as Éire Óg are the only side certain to remain in their current position.