The final round of the group stages in the Premier JAFC and the JAFC take place between Friday and Sunday.
There are a number of potential outcomes in the final standings of the Premier JAFC as we reach the final round of group stages.
The semi-final places are yet to be decided in either group with a head to head battle in both groups with Croom facing Athea while Castlemahon and Feenagh Kilmeedy do battle for the top spot in group two.
There’s a slim possibility of the quarter-final places being between three sides in group one with NCW mathematically still in the race but Kilteely Dromkeen and Cappagh being the main two going for the place.
A similar story follows in group two, however three sides sit on four points with several different permutations following the sides including points, scoring difference and head-to-head.
Monaleen and Ballybrown will face each other in the relegation play-off regardless.
Group one of the JAFC has already ran its course while group two is almost a carbon copy of group two in the Premier with two sides on six points, three sitting on four points and one team already in the relegation play-off. However, there’s a possibility of five sides ending on six points.
See permutations below:
Premier Junior Football Championship
Croom – Already qualified for quarter-finals. A win/draw against Athea will mean they qualify for the semi-finals but a loss will mean Athea go through on head-to-head.
Athea – Must beat Croom if they look to go straight to a semi-final. A draw will be enough to qualify for the quarters but if the side lose and Kilteely Dromkeen and Cappagh win it will be down to score difference.
Kilteely Dromkeen / Cappagh – A win against NCW will guarantee KD a place in the quarter-final, as would a draw or a loss if Cappagh also draw/lose. If both sides win Kilteely Dromkeen still go through on head-to-head but a KD loss and a Cappagh win/draw will see Cappagh go through.
Newcastle West – A win and a Cappagh loss could see the side scrape qualification on point difference but would need to outscore Cappagh by a considerable amount. Any other result for the side won’t be enough but they wont face a relegation play-off.
Ballybrown – Will play in the relegation play-off regardless of other results.
Castlemahon – A win/draw against Feenagh Kilmeedy will guarantee the side a semi-final place. A loss will still see the side qualify for the quarters but they’ll finish third if Cappamore win.
Feenagh Kilmeedy – Must beat Castlemahon for an automatic semi-final place. A draw would be enough for the quarter-finals but if the side lose and either two out of the three sides that sit on four points, the place may be determined by scoring difference, with Feenagh Kilmeedy holding the upper hand.
Cappamore – Must win against Monaleen to be in with a chance of a quarter-final. If the side win and Mountcollins beat Monagea, Mountcollins will qualify on head-to-head. But a win for Cappamore and a draw in the other game/Monagea win then Cappamore will go through. A draw/loss won’t be enough for the side.
Monagea – A win against Mountcollins is the minimum for the side, but they’ll need Cappamore to draw or lose. If Monagea and Mountcollins draw and Cappamore lose, Monagea will qualify with +1 point difference. Any other result won’t be enough for the side.
Mountcollins – A win will see the side qualify regardless of the result in the Cappamore game. A draw against Monagea won’t be enough as Monagea will be ahead on scoring difference and a loss will ensure the side of being eliminated.
Monaleen – Already in the relegation play-off places.