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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Big-time experience to help Larriers

DUBLIN SHC SEMI-FINAL

O'TOOLE'S v ST JUDE'S

(Parnell Park, today, 4.0)

THE resolve of O'Toole's has to be admired. And this for a squad who contain many dual players.

They bring much experience to the stage. Their work ethic was shown against last year's runners-up, Lucan, in the quarter-final.

The Blunden boys restricted them to nine points from play and no goal.

Jude's also contain some dual performers. Their footballers are also in the semi-final. Happy days at Tymon.

There's plenty of scores in this Jude's side. Fionn ó Riain Broin is a class act.

Jude's play a sharp, stylish brand of hurling. Ciarán Mangan and Rob Hardy are solid stick men, while Danny Sutcliffe is a player every side would love to have.

In the group, Jude's club beat Crumlin, Ballinteer St John's and drew with Lucan before toppling Faughs in the big quarter-final derby.

Ronan Joyce, Neil Mangan and Tom Devlin can also pot the colours.

Joey Morris continues to get the best from the Ayrfield men. Brendan McLoughlin is a top cat.

Richie Walker, Kevin Ryan, Philly Brennan and Ger O'Meara add panache, as do the Morris brothers, the Cartons and Christy Mulligan.

The Larriers drew with St Brigid's in their opening assignment. They then defeated Faughs and Na Fianna.

They'd cherish a return to Donnycarney on championship final day. Jude's would be thrilled to step on the blue carpet for the first time.

It will be interesting.

VERDICT: O'Toole's

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