Friday 28 October 2016

Dublin SHC A Previews: Craobh and Brigid's set to go down to the wire in race for supremacy

Alan McCrabbe of Craobh Chiarain
Alan McCrabbe of Craobh Chiarain

Previews of tonight's big clashes

Group 1: St Brigid's v Craobh Chiaráin

(Parnell Park, Tonight, 6.45)

THIS could be a telling tussle. Both remain unbeaten.Brigid's drew with O'Toole's. Chiarain's beat Na Fianna.

A win here for either side would keep them well on the road for a quarter-final place.

Brigid's struck late to secure the draw against the Larrier's. A goal from Kieran Kellett, proved vital.

It was another Kieran, McGouran, who got the critical goal for the Craobh against Na Fianna.

The Craobh trailed for much of the hour. Their conviction pleased manager, Dave Kelly.

Alan McCrabbe was humming at the other end Paul Winters struck nine frees for the men from Russell Park while Laois lion John O'Loughlin is more than a handfuly for any defence with his power and athleticism.

The sliotar will be spinning from dawn to dusk and there could be absolutely nothing in it!


Larriers to edge Na Fianna


(Parnell Park, Tonight, 8.15)

THE Glasnevin side played well against Chiaráins. They were pipped coming to the post.

This will be another hard exam. O'Toole's have a worthy craft shop. Making the knock-out stages is a way of life on Blunden Drive. They almost made it back to the final last year. Edged out by a point against Jude's in the semi-final.

Victory here for the Mobhi men would put them back in the race. A win for O'Toole's would move them closer to the last-eight.

Na Fianna was be extra determined to get off the mark but O'Toole's great strength in depth, especially in attack with Peadar and Conor Carton and the Arthurs among their numbers, and the all-round ability of Dublin senior Michael Carton (inset), should see the Larriers safely into the winner's enclosure.

VERDICT: O'Toole's

Faughs to add to John's woe


(O'Toole Park, Tonight, 7.15)

FAUGHS will take much encouragement from their draw the last day out against Lucan.

They fought for every morsel. The point was richly deserved. They made the quarter-final last season.

Two points here would put them in a promising position. The Marlay men are seeking to recover from the defeat to Cuala.

The Dalkey men were in blistering form and romped to a massive 7-16 to 1-10 victory. St John's possess some nimble hurlers. Two seasons ago, they were within a whisker of the semi-final but they will need to produce something remarkable to get their this term.


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