THE top two scorers in this year's football championship will not be playing in the All-Ireland final.
Johnny Doyle will scarcely be consoled by the thought, but his six-point haul in yesterday's semi-final defeat to Down was just enough to propel the Kildare captain ahead of Bernard Brogan in the high-scoring charts. And, barring a scoring miracle, neither will be overhauled in the final.
Doyle scored 1-49 (52 points) this summer, one ahead of Dublin's one-man scoring machine who struck 3-42 (51). Brogan can boast the better strike rate, having achieved his tally in seven SFC games compared to eight for the veteran Lilywhite, while the Sky Blue marksman also scored a higher percentage in open play. Brogan hit 3-25 from play compared to Doyle's 1-16.
The Leinster duo's nearest challenger is Daniel Goulding of Cork on 1-34, but he would require a mammoth 16-point - or 3-7, for argument's sake - to claim top spot. Hard to see that happening on September 19.
Martin Clarke's three-point tally yesterday moves the Down playmaker into joint fourth with Kerry's Colm Cooper, both players having amassed 1-27 this summer.
Jackies into final
DUBLIN put themselves back in an All-Ireland ladies senior football final after beating Laois by 1-8 to 0-9 in Dr Cullen Park, Carlow, on Saturday evening.
Last year's beaten finalists trailed for a lot of the second half but Lyndsey Davey's 53rd minute goal finally sent them into the lead before Sinead Ahern made sure with two late points (including one free).
Dublin will play the winners of Tyrone or Kerry in the final in Croke Park on September 26.
SCORERS - Dublin: L Davey 1-1, A McGuinness 0-3 (3f), S Aherne 0-2 (1f), E Kelly, B Finlay 0-1 each. Laois: A O'Loughlin, T Lawlor (0-1f), N Kirwan (1f), M Kirwan 0-2 each.