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Friday 20 October 2017

Ballboden and St Jude's bid to earn places in semi-final

DUBLIN SHC QUARTER-FINALS

ST JUDE'S v FAUGHS

(O'Toole Park, Tomorrow, 2.30)

THE neighbours from Heaven. The closest derby of them all. Friends over the back wall.

PJ Donohue is the toast of Tymon. He has led Faughs back to the quarter-final.

They beat Brigid's to confirm their place. Earlier, they had defeated Na Fianna but lost to O'Toole's.

Jude's are unbeaten. They had booked their ticket early for the last eight. They overcame Crumlin and Ballinteer before drawing with Lucan.

They have a delightful finisher in Fionn O Riain Broin. And the All-Star, Danny Boy. Tom Devlin can find the pocket.

Maurice O'Brien gives a formidable look to the Faughs back door. Emmet McKenna can control the traffic. Chris Bennett and Ciaran Brennan make the cash register ring.

VERDICT: St Jude's

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S v CUALA

(O'Toole Park, Tomorrow, 4.0)

THEY'LL be up in the trees trying to get a view of this one. The weekend's headline act.

O'Toole Park will be throbbing. Out on stage, there won't be time to light a cigar.

On a famous night in 2012, Cuala ended Boden's dream of a staggering 6-in-a-row. Crokes would beat Cuala in the final.

Their manager then, Harry Roberts, recently won the club Lotto. Now, Mattie Kenny chases Cuala's first jackpot since 1994.

Three wins from three over Parnell's, Vincent's and Chiarain's. Colm Cronin and David Treacy are in fine form. Likewise, Paul Schutte, Oisin Gough and Colm Sheanon.

Boden keep building the bricks. They are backboned by seasoned experience. Jonny Kenny led them back to the Promised Land last autumn.

Gary Maguire, Conor Robinson, Shane Durkin, Conal Keaney and Paul Ryan top the charts. Standing room only in old Crumlin town.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's

- Compiled by Niall Scully

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