IT promises to be a busy week of action in the Dublin senior football championship which begins tomorrow night with the staging of two quarterfinals.
First up is the meeting of Templeogue Synge Street and holders St Brigids (6.45 pm). Templeogue overcame St Pats Palmerstown in a round four replay with Mark Hiney getting them off to the perfect start after five minutes. Templeogue featured Dublin footballers, Eoghan O'Gara and Denis Bastic in their starting XV but it 2012 Dublin minor, Niall Scully, who dominated proceedings with a 0-5 return. Mark Hiney's fifth minute goal formed part of Templeogue's 1-9 to 0-2 lead against St Pat's Palmerstown who introduced Dublin hurler at full forward for the second half.
But despite an early goal from Aiden Glennon, couldn't build on that as Templeogue ran out comfortable winners on a 1-17 to 1-16 scoreline. Kilmacud Crokes meanwhile booked their quarter final against St Sylvesters but only after being pushed all the way by Ballyboden St Endas last Wednesday. Crokes won out a 1-10 to 0-8 scoreline but for most of the game there was little between the sides with a Conal Keaney free before the break leveling proceedings at 0-5 each.
And with Michael Dara Macauley giving another influential display in the middle, Ballyboden went in front early in the third quarter only to be overtaken by Crokes with five minutes remaining Cian Sullivan played the ball into Pat Burke who having cut in from the dead ball line, directed his shot into the far corner with 2011 Dublin minor, Paul Mannion then adding two late points. Ballymun Kickhams meanwhile won through to the Sunday semi-finals where they will face St Judes (the winners of the Wednesday's quarter finals will contest the first semi) after edging out St Vincents on a 0-14 to 1-10 scoreline.
Vincents shaded the first half with key forwards, Mossy Quinn and Diarmuid Connolly, shooting them into a 0-7 to 0-6 half time lead David Murphy then raced through the middle to find the back of net on 37 minutes to open up three point lead for the Marino lead but with injured duo Ger Brennan and Eamonn Fennell off for the final quarter, Vincents were eventually overtaken in the final minute when Dean Rock landed the winning free. St Jude's, meanwhile, survived a late rally to fend off the challenge of Na Fianna to win on a 1-13 to 0-14 scoreline with Declan Donnelly's third minute goal off Kevin McManamon's pass ultimately proving the difference between the sides.