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Sunday 4 December 2016

Boden can book semi slot

Macauley to drive St Enda's troops to a narrow victory

18 October 2014; Conal Keaney, Ballyboden St Endas. Dublin County Senior Football Championship, Semi-Final, St Vincents v Ballyboden St Endas. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
18 October 2014; Conal Keaney, Ballyboden St Endas. Dublin County Senior Football Championship, Semi-Final, St Vincents v Ballyboden St Endas. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Without being disrespectful to the remaining protagonists, it would appear that the biggest challenge that awaits holders St Vincent's will be posed by whoever comes through this eagerly-anticipated encounter at teatime.

Of course, Plunkett's came desperately close to Vinnies in last year's county final and they have strengthened a previously tight defence with the presence of Armagh's Ciarán McKeever in their side.

There were understandable signs of rustiness against Raheny earlier in the month with Garreth Smith the sole exception in a forward line that failed to impress on the night but with two weeks training under their belt, both Alan Brogan and Bernard Brogan look set for more consistent displays.

Impressed

Their best form will be required against a Ballyboden team that impressed defensively in their 1-11 to 0-10 win over Kilmacud Crokes in the last round with Darragh Nelson, Stephen Hiney, Shane Clayton and Stephen O'Connor highlighting their defensive capabilities, notwithstanding the absence of the injured Robbie McDaid.

There was further encouragement in the form of Michael Darragh Macauley, who arguably delivered his most convincing club championship display for a number of years against Kilmacud and his battle alongside Declan O'Mahony with Plunkett's pair Ross McConnell and Craig Dunleavy will have a huge bearing on the tie.

The St Enda's attack is littered with star quality in the form of Ryan Basquel, Conal Keaney and the hugely underrated Andrew Kerin and a more balanced Ballyboden outfit could well progress, albeit in another tight, low-scoring affair.

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