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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Duel of the Cunninghams is certain to crackle

SEáN Fallon led St Jude's to their first Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final last season.

They have made a sharp start to business this time.

Next up are Ballyboden St Enda's.

That match won't take place until the sun sets on the All-Ireland Championship.

Ger Cunningham saw Jude's almost beat Kilmacud Crokes in that Dublin final last October.

Sean feels the Cork man has made a solid impression.

"Dublin have settled nicely.

"They had a good run in the League. Beating Kilkenny in Nowlan Park was a big result.

"They did well to get to the League semi-final. It was unfortunate what happened after getting the big lead on Cork, but you learn from these games.

"But it's all about the Championship for this Dublin squad. They won't be too worried now about losing the semi-final of the National League."

On Sunday, Ger will deliver his first Leinster Championship team-talk.

In the dressing-room down the corridor will be the Galway manager, Anthony Cunningham.

"He has plenty of experience. He almost won the All-Ireland with Galway in 2012. Kilkenny beat them in the replay.

"Joe Canning, of course, is a serious threat to any side.

POTENTIAL

"But Dublin won't have any fear of them. They have had some good results against them.

"Yet Galway always have big potential. They were flat against Waterford in the League semi-final. And there's a lot more in them than they showed that day."

When the McCarthy Cup is being presented, Seán insists that Cody's Cats will be in the mix.

"The loss of fellas like JJ Delaney, Henry Shefflin and all the other lads will have to have an impact, but Kilkenny are never far away.

"I expect Tipperary to also step up to the plate. They'll be hurting after last year.

"Overall, I think the All-Ireland Championship is pretty open this year.

"There could be five or six teams in the frame."

And Seán states that the Dubs are very much among them.

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