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Emmet Carroll of Ballyboden St Enda's gets ahead of St Vincent's Dermott Connolly. Picture: Garrett White

Emmet Carroll of Ballyboden St Enda's gets ahead of St Vincent's Dermott Connolly. Picture: Garrett White

Emmet Carroll of Ballyboden St Enda's gets ahead of St Vincent's Dermott Connolly. Picture: Garrett White

The Dublin Senior 'B' Hurling Championship resumes tomorrow evening with five crucial ties taking place amid the backdrop of a scramble for quarter-final slots.

Last year's champions, Ballyboden St Enda's, have maintained the momentum accrued from that final success over St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh and they look well primed to confirm a quarter-final spot, leading Group A with two wins from three games.

Their sole defeat arrived following a one-point reverse to Parnell's in their opening fixture but subsequent wins over Naomh Olaf and Thomas Davis have made tomorrow's tie against Round Tower Clondalkin of particular significance, according to team manager Ciarán Maguire.

"I think the group table shows how tight things are with all six teams within two points of each other and every team has won and lost at least one game so far.

"The Tower's game is a key game for us and of course there are great links between the teams so it's important that we can secure qualification to the knockout stages before a lot of our lads head away on their travels for the summer," said Maguire.

The other fixtures in Group A are of equal importance where a win for Olaf's against Naomh Mearnóg would propel the Balally side into at least second spot while at the opposite end of the table, Thomas Davis and Parnell's both need a victory to ease their relegation concerns.

Group B is similarly tight with Erin's Isle leading the way with five points accrued from their three matches while Kilmacud Crokes are also unbeaten but with one fewer game played.

All the results to date have highlighted the evenness of the exchanges in what has been a typically fascinating championship and Maguire is effusive in his praise for the quality and experience that such a championship provides for his club.

"When the knockout arrives, we may have to sacrifice a few lads for the 'A' team and this is excellent preparation for those lads concerned," he said.

"Last year was the first time that we won this title and it was a great day for the club. I appreciate that some people may downplay its significance but it is senior hurling and we should never lose track of that."


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