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Championship 2017 – Where The Teams Stand

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Emmett Farrell, Ian Corbally, Tommy Durnin and John Bingham. Photo Credits: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie
This weekend sees the final games of the group stages of the Louth GAA championships being played – and there’s much to play for at senior and junior levels for four of the five local Ardee sides. Below, we run through all of the qualification connotations for the local teams.
Senior Football Championship Group One

Remaining Fixture – Sean O’Mahonys vs St Josephs (Saturday 7.30pm, Dowdallshill)

  • Ardee St Marys have already played their two games – and their qualification fate is out of their hands.
  • To qualify for the quarter-finals, they need to hope the Sean O’Mahonys beat St Josephs by more than one point.
  • A St Josephs win or draw would condemn the Marys to third place – and a relegation playoff.
  • If the Joes lose to the O’Mahonys by one point, it will come down to points scored between the teams from Ardee and Dromiskin. The Marys managed 24 in their two games, the Joes currently have 15.
Intermediate Football Championship Group Four

Remaining Fixture – St Fechins GAA vs St Mochtas (Saturday 6pm, Stabannon)

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  • Hunterstown Rovers are already through. They have won both of their games in the three-team group so they are guaranteed to top the group. So, that’s that! One of the Fechins or the Mochtas will join them in the quarter finals on Saturday.
Junior Football Championship Group Four

Remaining Fixtures – John Mitchels vs Wolfe Tones (Friday 7pm, Louth Village), Sean McDermotts vs Westerns (Friday 7pm, Tallanstown)

John Mitchels

  • A win will see the Mitchels through – if the Seans do not beat the Westerns.
  • If the Mitchels and the Seans win, three teams will have four points in the group. The two with the best points difference will qualify.
  • A draw would be enough for the Mitchels – providing the Seans fail to beat the Westerns.
  • A loss would be enough to see them scrape through if the Seans lose.
  • If the Seans beat the Westerns and the John Mitchels fail to beat Wolfe Tones, they are out.

Sean McDermotts

  • The Seans progress is out of their hands but there are several ways they can go through. They need to win or draw against the Westerns and hope the Mitchels draw or lose against Wolfe Tones.
  • However, if both the Seans and the Mitchels win on Friday night, they can still qualify. Three teams will have four points and the two with the best points difference at the end of the night go through.
  • A draw will be enough if the Mitchels lose against the Wolfe Tones.
  • They Seans cannot finish bottom of the group – whatever happens.

Westerns

  • The Reaghstown side are all but through due to their two wins thus far and their +25 point difference.
  •  A win or draw guarantees qualification for the quarter-finals and top spot.
  • Only an 11 point defeat to to the Seans and the Mitchels enjoying a 22 point win over Wolfe Tones would deny the Westerns a place in the last eight.

*This article was first published at 5pm on Tuesday July 18th but was amended at 12am on Wednesday July 19th to reflect additions to the John Mitchels and Sean McDermotts sections.

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