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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Semis in sharp focus

After three rounds of the Leinster Senior League Cup the pairings for the semi-finals look close to being settled.

In Section A, Belvedere and Blackrock look likely to advance, barring a big upset.

Lansdowne, who in a few weeks begin their AIL campaign in Division 1A, look to have blown their chances -- losing again last weekend to Old Belvedere.

Blackrock, after losing their opening outing to Lansdowne, now look likely to advance, with only their old rivals Terenure standing in their path to the semi-finals next weekend, while, in another local derby, Old Belvedere take on Bective to perhaps secure a home semi-final.

In Section B, Clontarf remain the only unbeaten team. Having recruited well during the summer, coach Andy Wood will be pleased with his team's start to the season and their preparation for AIL. Their final match next week is against UCD -- a big win for Collidge could see St Mary's lose out but it's hard to see that happening. St Mary's sit out next weekend hoping that 'Tarf do the business against the Students.

The clash between DLSP and Trinity is a dead rubber -- with only pride at stake.

In the Shield, Section A, Old Wesley have secured top spot with Greystones assured of the second spot if they can take a bonus point from their top of the league clash with Wesley.

Boyne would need the five points from their clash with Wanderers and hope 'Stones get nothing -- most likely Wesley and 'Stones to advance.



Walkovers

In the smaller Section B, Seapoint are carrying on where they left off last season and have won all three of their matches -- they will advance to the semis with Naas.

In the seconds' equivalent competition, which has seen quite a few walkovers, Old Belvedere and Terenure will advance from Section A. Belvo are unbeaten, while in Section B, UCD and Clontarf, both also unbeaten, will also advance.

In the Shield, Section A, Wesley and Stones are through, while in Section B, Seapoint and NUIM Barnhall will advance.

The J1 league proper kicks off on October 9, J2 gets going on October 1 and J3 on October 7.

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