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Friday 18 August 2017

Cultured Cian is hoping to get that Friday feeling

THE last time Kilmacud Crokes took Dublin hurling gold, Cian Mac Gabhann was sitting in the stand.

It was 2012 as Crokes toppled Cuala in the big southside derby that brought 5,000 spectators to HQ.

Goals from Barry O'Rorke and Ryan O'Dwyer saw the title returning to Páirc De Burca for the first time in 27 years.

"I have nice memories of that day. The lads played some fantastic stuff, and it was great to see them winning."

Now, as a player, Cian hopes that the Stillorgan side can repeat the trick against St Jude's at Parnell Park tomorrow night (7.45).

"We haven't seen much of Jude's, but we'll focus on preparing properly and giving a good performance."

It's his second year on the senior team. He's an accomplished right half-back who played in goal for the Dublin minors.

"I'm enjoying it. We are having a fine run, so hopefully we can bring that form into the final now."

PROGRESSING

Cian is part of the young generation that keeps on progressing from the Crokes academy.

"There's excellent talent in the club. There's strength in depth there.

"We have won a few things coming through the grades over the years, and it's encouraging now to see so many young players emerging." Cian is surrounded by vast experience. With colleagues like Niall Corcoran only a hand pass away, he feels blessed.

And he is thriving in such company. He gave another very assured display in the semi-final victory over Ballyboden St Enda's.

"It's lovely to be involved and heading for the final. It makes it easier to be going out training on the cold, winter nights!"

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