The All-Eire Soccer round-robin stage reaches its finale this weekend with Clare the one of the 16 groups who can not progress to the knockout levels.
Croke Park will probably really feel that the myriad permutations nonetheless doable is vindication itself for this 12 months’s new championship format.
And whereas the Banner County can not themselves progress to even a preliminary All-Eire quarter-final, their Group 4 contest with Derry in Longford on Saturday night is in no way a lifeless rubber with the Oak Leafers needing to raised the margin of a possible Monaghan victory over Donegal in Omagh to earn direct passage to the final eight.
Actually, the winners of all 4 Tremendous 16s teams have nonetheless to determined, with, in fact, no aspect thus far having marked themselves out as apparent favourites to elevate Sam on 30 July.
Arguably one of the best indicator of the potential pleasure or shocks, relying in your standpoint, that may very well be in retailer for us this weekend is the chance that All-Eire champions Kerry may very well be out come Sunday night in the event that they lose towards Mickey Harte’s Louth.
Extremely unlikely chances are you’ll say however keep in mind that Louth, after shedding a good opener towards Cork, practically shocked Group One leaders Mayo two weeks in the past as David Clifford and firm laboured to a two-point win over the Rebels.
There may be a lot to ponder going into this weekend.
The potential of Kerry making a shock early exit is the apparent speaking level in Group One however the Kingdom additionally go into the ultimate weekend of round-robin video games with the diametrically opposed state of affairs of them topping the desk come Sunday evening nonetheless a chance in the event that they earn a giant win over the Wee County and Cork clinch a narrower success over Mayo in Limerick.
Mayo at the moment have a scoring distinction of +6 however with the Kingdom on -3 and Cork on zero, Kevin McStay’s aspect are removed from safe on the high.
Kerry may nonetheless squeeze into the preliminary quarter-finals even after defeat towards Louth if Mayo defeat Cork however once more that may come all the way down to scoring distinction, with the Kingdom, Rebels and Wee County all on on two factors in that state of affairs.
Louth’s scoring distinction is -3 which additional demonstrates that they’re removed from out of it going into this weekend.
Group Two is not any much less tight with Tyrone in an analogous place to Kerry as they put together for Sunday’s contest with a to date pointless Westmeath at Kingspan Breffni.
If the Purple Palms have been to lose and Armagh have been to beat and even draw towards desk toppers Galway in Carrick-on-Shannon, 2021 Sam Maguire Cup Tyrone would undergo a second successive early championship exit, with Westmeath pipping them on the head-to-head.
As well as, Westmeath and Galway victories this weekend would go away Tyrone, Armagh and the Lake County all on two factors, with rating distinction required to resolve the second and third locations in Group Two. Tyrone and Armagh’s present rating distinction is -1 with Westmeath on -9.
Granted, Tyrone will go into the Cavan contest as favourites however Westmeath are a really helpful outfit as they confirmed towards Armagh on the Athletic Grounds final month when it took a late Conor Turbitt objective for Armagh to grab a decidedly lucky victory.
|Group 4 – Saturday, 17 June|
|Derry||v||Clare||Longford, 18:00 BST|
|Group Three – Sunday, 18 June|
|Dublin||v||Sligo||Kingspan Breffni, 13:45|
|Group One – Sunday, 18 June|
|Group Two – Sunday, 18 June|
|Tyrone||v||Westmeath||Kingspan Breffni, 16:00|
Per week later, Westmeath have been aggressive for many of the recreation towards Galway earlier than finally succumbing 0-20 to 0-12 on the identical day Tyrone struggled to edge previous 14-man Armagh at Omagh.
Armagh’s recreation towards Galway will inevitably carry again recollections of final summer season’s thrilling All-Eire quarter-final at Croke Park when the Tribesmen finally clinched victory in a dramatic penalty shootout.
Nevertheless, Armagh look set to enter the Leitrim contest minus star ahead Rian O’Neill following his straight crimson card at Healy Park.
An Armagh victory in Carrick-on-Shannon and Tyrone success at Kingspan Breffni would go away present leaders Galway, the Purple Palms and Armagh all on 4 factors.
Each Tyrone and Armagh would require 12-point scoring distinction turnarounds to overtake the Tribesmen in that state of affairs however stranger issues have occurred.
On the face of it, leaders Roscommon and Dublin look to be concerned in a battle for high spot in Group Two on Saturday afternoon with the Rossies forward of Dessie Farrell’s aspect by the smallest doable scoring distinction as they put together to face Kildare in Tullamore when the Dubs deal with Sligo at Kingspan Breffni.
However mathematically all 4 groups can high the desk though realistically the vastly superior scoring variations of Roscommon and Dublin, who drew in spherical one, implies that one of many two Division One groups will nonetheless nearly definitely clinch a quarter-finals spot, even when Sligo and Kildare earn shock wins to affix them on three factors.
Roscommon go into the weekend with a scoring distinction of +10, with the Dubs on +9, Kildare on -9 and Sligo on -10.
Nevertheless, realistically the prospects of Dublin shedding towards Tony McEntee’s aspect seem distant.
The Rossies being pushed down to 3rd place within the desk – and having to play within the preliminary quarter-finals subsequent weekend – by shedding to Kildare is extra conceivable however on the premise the 2 groups’ performances this season, additionally unlikely to occur.
As talked about earlier, Group 4 is rather less difficult with Clare undoubtedly out of competition even when they handle to shock Ulster champions Derry in Longford on Saturday night as Monaghan play Donegal in Omagh.
Nevertheless, Derry, Monaghan and Donegal can all nonetheless clinch high spot though the Tir Conaill males would want a Clare victory in Longford in addition to their very own win over Vinny Corey’s aspect to grab a direct path to the quarter-finals.
However after labouring considerably in each the Ulster Remaining and drawn Group 4 opener towards Monaghan, Derry regarded again to one thing like their finest towards Donegal in Ballybofey and needs to be ok to repeat their All-Eire quarter-final win over the Banner County from final summer season.
Derry and Monaghan wins will leads to high spot being determined between the 2 of them on scoring distinction, with each on +5 going into this weekend, though the Farney males at the moment edge high spot on factors scored.
A Donegal win at Healy Park and Derry draw towards Clare would see Aidan O’Rourke’s aspect and the Oak Leafers each shifting to 4 factors, however with the latter profitable the group on the head-to-head by dint of the end in Ballybofey.
Donegal go into the ultimate collection of round-robin video games protected within the data that they’re assured at the least a preliminary quarter-final berth on the head-to-head rule with Clare even when the Tir Conaill males lose in Omagh and the Banner males shock Derry in Longford.
The seemingly by no means ending permutations additionally embody each concluding Group 4 video games resulted in attracts which would go away Monaghan and Derry on 4 factors on the high and the Oak Leafers needing to notch six extra factors than the Farney males on Saturday to seize high spot.
A lot to mull over as we strategy the ultimate weekend of Tremendous 16s motion.