Less than a week to go until the Irish Daily Star National League Semi-Finals take place we look ahead to the Division 3 clashes.
Irish Daily Star National League Division 3 Semi-Finals
Sunday April 19th
Dublin v Limerick
Referee: Michael Ward
This Dublin side have dominated Division 3 as they remained unbeaten at the top of the group standings. There was a gulf in points difference between the Dubs and the rest of the group as they boasted the most prolific attack and the most airtight defence. Dublin drew their league opener against Roscommon but spring-boarded from there winning their last 3 games tallying a total of 8 goals in the process. Their last group game saw them cruise past their semi-final opponents Limerick 4-9 to 1-3 and they’ll be looking for a repeat of that performance to take them into the Final.
Limerick’s league opener was a good performance that resulted in a draw against an impressive Roscommon side. Since then, however, the Shannonsiders have struggled with a loss to Carlow and a heavy loss to Dublin. Their only win of the group stages came from their fixture against Armagh who conceded the points. There have been impressive glimpses from this Limerick side but they have a tough task ahead as they seek vengeance against a high-flying Dublin team.
Carlow v Roscommon
MacDonagh Park, Nenagh
Referee: John Dermody
Carlow’s only loss of the Group stage came against the dominant Dublin side. They’ll be full of confidence having finished as runners-up in the group with 3 wins out of 4. Just like the Dublin versus Limerick game, this Semi-Final will be a repeat of their last group game where Carlow hosted Roscommon. Carlow were impressive last time out winning 4-10 to 1-10 and will be looking for a repeat performance to grant them a shot at Dublin or Limerick in the Final.
Roscommon had a great start to their league campaign with a draw against Dublin but have struggled to make their mark since then. Much like Limerick, Roscommon’s only win in the group stages came from Armagh conceding the points in their fixture. They’ll be eager to see off Carlow in the Semi-final, having suffered a tough loss to them in their last group game and make it to the Final considering they could only managed a draw against both Dublin and Limerick.