How things stand as SFC ac­tion starts to liven up!

Bray People - - SPORT -

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.

GROUP A

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.

GROUP B:

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.

GROUP C:

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.

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