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“Can they get through this glass ceiling?” | Kilmacud Crokes v Ballymun | Ballyboden v St Jude’s

Frank Roche of The Herald gives his expert opinion on the Dublin football championship and analyses the key men in the two semi-finals

Frank Roche of The Herald gives his expert opinion on the Dublin football championship, analyses the key men in the two semi-finals, and makes his picks for Ballyboden St Enda’s v St Jude’s and Kilmacud Crokes v Ballymun Kickhams.

St Jude’s have been knocking on the door of the Dublin SFC title for over a decade.

They reached county finals in 2009 and 2018 and, as explained by Frank Roche of The Herald, a litany of semi-finals in between.

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This weekend they face a Ballyboden St Enda’s side that denied them at the same stage of the competition in 2019, and one that went on to lift the Leinster title.

Ballymun Kickhams won a Dublin title in 2012 and still feel they left an All-Ireland club title behind them the following spring when losing to St Brigid’s of Roscommon.

They have six members of the Dublin senior football panel — Philly McMahon, James McCarthy, John Small, Dean Rock, Paddy Small and Evan Comerford — and manager Brendan Hackett has them looking in rude health.

Kilmacud Crokes, the champions of 2018, stand in their way this weekend, in what looks to be another tasty clash.

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Click play on the video at the top of the page to watch the preview.

FRIDAY
Carlow SFC
– Group Stage – Netwatch Cullen Park: Palatine v Old Leighlin, 7.30

Fermanagh SFC – Semi-Final – Brewster Park: Derrygonnelly Harps v Kinawley Brian Borus, 8.0

Kerry SFC – Austin Stack Park: East Kerry v St Brendan’s Board, 7.30

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Longford SFC – Group Stage – Monaduff: Mostrim v Killoe Young Emmets, 8.0.

SATURDAY
Carlow SFC
– Group Stage – Netwatch Cullen Park: Tinryland v Rathvilly, 7.0

Clare SFC – Semi-Final – Cusack Park: Kilmurry Ibrickane v Lissycasey, 2.0

Donegal SFC – Semi-Finals – O’Donnell Park: Kilcar v Gaoth Dobhair, 5.30

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Dublin SFC – Semi-Final – Parnell Park: Ballyboden St Enda’s v St Jude’s, 5.30

Galway SFC – Quarter-Finals – Pearse Stadium: Salthill/Knocknacarra v Corofin, 2.30; Pearse Stadium: Tuam Stars v Bhearna, 5.30; 2.0

Kerry SFC – Austin Stack Park: Dr Crokes v Mid Kerry, 7.0

Kildare SFC – Group Stage – Hawkfield Pitch 1: Johnstownbridge v Eadestown, 2.0; Newbridge: St Laurence’s v Sarsfields, 2.0; Newbridge: Raheens v Moorefield, 4.0

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Leitrim SFC – Semi-Final – Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada: Fenagh-St Caillins v Mohill, 6.0

Tipperary SFC – Semi-Final – Boherlahan: Loughmore-Castleiney v Moyle Rovers, 4.30

Wexford SFC – Wexford Park: Horeswood v Gusserane-O’Rahilly’s, 6.0

SUNDAY
Armagh SFC – Final – Athletic Grounds: Crossmaglen Rangers v Maghery Seán MacDiarmada, 4.0

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Carlow SFC – Group Stage – Netwatch Cullen Park: Mt Leinster Rangers v Eire Og, 1.30; Netwatch Cullen Park: Bagenalstown Gaels v O’Hanrahan’s, 6.0

Clare SFC – Semi-Final – Cusack Park: Cratloe v St Breckans, 5.45

Donegal SFC – Semi-Finals – Mac Cumhaill Park: St Eunan’s v Naomh Conaill, 4.30

Down SFC – Semi-Finals – Pairc Esler: Ballyholland v Carryduff, 3.0; Pairc Esler: Cumann Pheadar Naofe v Kilcoo, 7.30

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Dublin SFC – Semi-Final – Parnell Park: Ballymun Kickhams v Kilmacud Crokes, 4.30

Fermanagh SFC – Semi-Final – Brewster Park: Ederney St Joseph’s v Teemore Shamrocks, 7.0

Galway SFC – Pearse Stadium: Mountbellew/Moylough v Killannin, 2.30; Moycullen v St James’, 5.30

Kerry Senior Club FC – Final – Fitzgerald Stadium: Kenmare Shamrocks v Austin Stacks, 3.30

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Kildare SFC – Group Stage – Hawkfield Pitch 1: Round Towers v Confey, 2.0; Newbridge: Celbridge v Naas, 2.0; Newbridge: Athy v Monasterevan, 4.0; Hawkfield Pitch 1: Clane v Castledermot, 4.0

Leitrim SFC – Semi-Final – Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada: Glencar-Manorham v St Mary’s-Kiltog, 4.30

Louth SFC – Semi-Finals – Darver: St Mochta’s v Naomh Mairtín, 3.0; Newtown Blues v Ardee St Mary’s, 5.0

Waterford SFC – Group Stage – Fraher Field: Ballinacourty v Clashmore Kinsalebeg, 2.30; Kill: Rathgormack v Kilrossanty, 2.0; Lemybrien: The Nire v Gaultier, 4.0; Fraher Field: Stradbally v An Rinn, 6.30

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Westmeath SFC – Semi-Finals – Cusack Park: Tyrellspass v Athlone, 2.0; St Loman’s v The Downs, 5.30

Wexford SFC – Quarter Finals – Wexford Park: Glynn-Barntown v Shelmaliers, 1.45; Castletown-Liam Mellows v Sarsfields, 5.30

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