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Saturday 10 December 2016

Dublin SHC 'A' previews: Jude's dream of a return to big stage

The St Jude's manager Sean Fallon and Danny Sutcliff celebrate victory
The St Jude's manager Sean Fallon and Danny Sutcliff celebrate victory

Previews of tonights SHC A games

GROUP 3: ST JUDE'S v CRUMLIN

(KILTIPPER ROAD, TONIGHT, 7.15)

JUDE'S boss, Sean Fallon, looked up to the Donnycarney sky. Dreams do come true. Jude's had beaten the Larriers. They were in their first Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final.

They'd love to return to the magic carpet. Some say the surprise element is gone. But along the Tymon corridors, there was never any surprise.

A talented young squad putting in the hours was the ticket to the big-time. The ever enduring story of sport. And they came so close to returning to Templeogue with the coveted chalice.

Crumlin have known their own days in the sun. Boggan's Boys. And girls. All-Star Brian McMahon. Liam Martin, the last man to captain Dublin to the All-Ireland Minor Hurling title. The golden jubilee anniversary of that triumph is getting close.

The computer doctor hasn't been kind to Crumlin. They lost to Ballyboden St Enda's in their opening match.

But there was a good spirit to them in the second half. Adam McGreal and Alex Quinn impressed.

Jude's defeated St Patrick's of Palmerstown. Joseph McManus and Danny Sutcliffe got the goals.

VERDICT: St Jude's

GROUP 3: BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S v ST PATRICK'S (P)

(O'TOOLE PARK, TONIGHT, 7.15)

BODEN are back bouncing. They showed their desire against Crumlin.

When the claret jug is being presented in the autumn, they won't be far away. Maybe they could even top the leader-board.

They lost in the semi-final to Kilmacud last season. They were the champions the year before. Their five-in-a-row feat made them the undisputed masters of modern-day Dublin hurling.

Like Crumlin, Patrick's are in formidable company. Pat's lost to Jude's the last day. But the Palmerstown performance lifted after the Bovril.

They have a respected reputation on the big stage - quarter-finalists two seasons ago. Glenaulin grit is embedded in the timber.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda'

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