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PERMUTATIONS / Where the teams stand as the Championship group stages conclude

Championship Permutations
Cooley Kickhams, Ardee St Marys and John Mitchels are among the clubs with something to play for. Photo Credit: Kathy Gilroy-Barry.

The group stages of the 2020 Louth GAA Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships conclude this weekend, behind-closed-doors, in Darver. There is much to play for as teams vie to secure their place in the last eight of the respective competitions.

Below, view the permutations for each team involved going into their finals games – what they need, what they can hope for and more. LouthNow.ie will have coverage of a number of fixtures from Darver over the weekend so keep an eye out here and on our social platforms for coverage.

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Senior Football Championship

/ Group 1

No team has picked up a win yet in this group as Geraldines, O’Raghallaighs and St Patricks have all cancelled eachother out thus far. The Gers have played their two games already meaning they will qualify this weekend, as long as the clash between the O’Raghallaighs and St Pats doesn’t also finish a draw. A win for either the Drogheda men or the team from Lordship would see them top the group and the loser left to face a relegation playoff.

/ Group 2

In Group 2, the Mochtas and the Dreadnots have also played out a draw, meaning Naomh Mairtin’s big 2-15 to 0-07 win over the Dreadnots has secured their safe passage to the quarter-finals. The Martins and the Mochtas face eachother in the early game (1pm) in Darver on Sunday. A win for the Mochtas would see them top the group, while a draw would see them progress as runners-up. However, if the Louth Village side were to succumb to a heavy defeat – by 15 points or more – they would miss out and Dreadnots would steal into second place. It’s unlikely, but you never know.

/ Group 3

Dundalk Gaels have played their two games in this group – beating O’Connells in Round 1 before losing out to the St Joseph’s last Sunday. With a points difference of +5, they have already done enough to guarantee their place in he knockout rounds. Something has to give between other two and it seems the O’Connell’s big loss against the Gaels in Ardee will prove their undoing. A Joes win or draw will see them go through safely atop Group 3, with the Gaels joining them. The Castelbellingham side will need to beat the Joes by 6 points to knock the Dromisken men out.

/ Group 4

Ardee St Marys last gasp win over Newtown Blues has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons, so to speak, in the Senior Football Championship. The three-in-a-row Joe Ward winners looked set fair to make it two wins from two in the competition before Daire McConnon and Ciaran Keenan contrived to win it for the Marys in the dying moments last Sunday. A win or draw against Mattock Rangers on Sunday will see the Marys advance alongside the Blues. But, were last year’s Leinster Intermediate stars Mattock to win, the waters become more muddied.

A one point win for the Collon side would not be enough for them and they would instead face the prospect of a relegation playoff. A two point win- or higher – would see them progress to the knockout stages and it would be the Marys that finished bottom of the group. Sunday might be tense. The Blues, either way, will progress, as group runners up.

Intermediate Football Championship

/ Group 1

This group is fairly straightforward. With two wins in the opening two rounds, Hunterstown Rovers have topped the group and are through. On Saturday evening (6pm), Dundalk Young Irelands and Cooley Kickhams go head to head to see who will join them in the quarter-finals. It’s a straight shootout, winner takes all. With a superior points difference, the Young Irelands will progress should the game finish as a draw.

/ Group 2

With an outstanding game to play in this group, it is still all to play for. Roche Emmets and St Kevins play today (August 29th) before St Kevins and St Brides meet on Tuesday evening in a rescheduled encounter. Brides beat Roche well seven days ago – 2-15 to 0-07 and they recently comprehensively beat the Kevin in a league encounter too.

/ Group 3

Oliver Plunketts and Kilkerley Emmets face off in the final game in Group 3 with Kiklerley hot favourites to secure their place in the last eight. They beat Clan na Gael by five points last weekend and they know a win or draw will see them through as group winners. Even defeat to the Plunketts would see them move onto the knockout stages – only a win of 10 points or more for Plunketts would see them leapfrog Kilkerley.

/ Group 4

Whatever happens between Sean O’Mahony’s and Glen Emmets on Saturday (4pm) in Darver, St Fechins are assured of their place in the last eight having beaten the Tullyallen side on the opening weekend before suffering a narrow defeat to the O’Mahonys. A win or draw will confirm the Dundalk side as group winners. The 2016 Senior champions could even afford to lose by three points or fewer and still progress. A four point win for the Glen Emmets would see they take the O’Mahony’s place and condemn them to a relegation playoff.

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JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

/ Group 1

Cuchulainn Gaels and Annaghminnon Rovers get the action underway at Darver on Sunday (11am). A win or draw will see Annaghminnion through as group winners alongside Sean McDermotts, who they beat in midweek. The Seans are through whatever happens and Cuchulainn Gaels know even a narrow win can knock Rovers out. A two-point victory will see them qualify as group runners up.

A one point defeat would be okay for Annaghminnon, seeing them squeak through.

/ Group 2

This group was settled on Friday evening as Lann Leire beat Dowdallshill 3-21 to 1-07, a result that saw Lann Leire confirmed their position as group winners. Glyde Rangers, having beaten Dowdallshill themselves in Round 1, join the Dunleer outfit in the last eight.

/ Group 3

Three into two doesn’t go and something has to give on Monday evening as John Mitchels, Na Piarsaigh and Westerns vie to qualify out of Group 3. The Mitchels are in pole position with two wins from two thus far but they face Westerns and know a three point defeat, coupled with a likely Na Piarsaigh win over the Nicks will see them crash out despite a very promising start to the Championship campaign.

A draw would do for the men from Bailybailie, while  Na Piarsaigh know a win for them would only be good enough if the Westerns fail to beat the Mitchels. If the Westerns were to win, it will come to which team can rack up the biggest score between them. After two games, only one point separates Na Piarsaigh  (3) and the Westerns (4). The Nicks, with no points on the board and a -15 point difference, are out of the equation.

/ Group 4

This game is settled Wolfe Tones beat Naomh Malachi in a face off with a place in the quarter finals at stake on Friday – 2-09 to 0-09. A young, coming team, they have improved gradually over the last three years and now look a credible threat. Naomh Fionnbarra are though as group winners, having beaten Stabannon Parnells 3-14 to 1-02 to Friday night. Winless Parnells are the group’s whipping boys.

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