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Friday 9 December 2016

Dublin SHC 'A' Previews: Kilmacud can edge Parnell's

Kilmacud Crokes' Ryan O'Dwyer
Kilmacud Crokes' Ryan O'Dwyer

All the previews of tonight's games

GROUP 4: KILMACUD CROKES v PARNELL'S

(PARNELL PARK, TONIGHT, 8.15)

THE six-time champs had to work hard for their supper against St Vincent's the last day.

Ryan O'Dwyer got the only goal in Parnell Park. It was all his own work.

With strength and determination, he wrestled free on the right at the church end. And he showed commendable composure to produce a gentle finish.

Seán McGrath struck a couple of nuggets, while Oisín O'Rorke, Ross O'Carroll and Bill O'Carroll all made valuable donations.

It was just the kind of test that will sharpen the Stillorgan touch. Manager, Ollie Baker, will be demanding another convincing performance tonight.

The memory of their near defeat to St Jude's in last year's final still lingers around Páirc de Burca.

The Baker Bible will say to get the job done - and get it done early.

Parnell's almost made it the quarter-final last year. They beat the Craobh and came close to Cuala.

This season's journey didn't start so well as they fell to Setanta in Clonshaugh.They face another testing time here.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes

 

Vinnies to halt Setanta's run

GROUP 4: ST VINCENT'S v SETANTA

(PARNELL PARK, TONIGHT, 6.45)

VINS pushed the champs. They'll take much from that tussle.

Alan Moore impressed at top of the left. He always puts in an honest shift.

Tomás McGrane, Cian McBride and Cathal Billings also sent over elegant e-mails. John Hetherton converted a delicious sideline in front of the main stand into the score-board end.

Such a rich slice of skill should be rewarded with two points. Maybe Congress will vote on it someday!

It's Setanta's first-time on the top floor this season. And what an introduction they made - a handsome debut victory over Parnell's.

Ballymun was buzzing with that result. And it was certainly deserved. Now, they sit at the head of the table.

They brought a real spirit to that display. Ryan Swift excelled. Fiontán Magibb lives on Quality Street.

They'll relish a tilt at the mighty Vins. These are magical times for the much respected club. Sonny days are here again.

VERDICT: St Vincent's

 

Treacys hold key for Cuala

GROUP 2: CUALA v LUCAN SARSFIELDS

(O'TOOLE PARK, TONIGHT, 7.15)

CUALA were bubbling against Ballinteer St John's. David Treacy bagged a hat-trick of goals.

His brother, Seán, hit two goals. Even the Da, John, the prince of full-backs and former Dublin captain, would have found it difficult to contain this pair.

Cuala scored a stunning seven goals. That's a rarity in senior hurling. Things will be much, much tighter tonight.

Lucan have a nice mix about them. No lack of wisdom. Damian Fox guided them to the first final in 2013.

They lost to O'Toole's in last year's quarter-final. They drew with Faughs the last day. There should be some lovely hurling in this one but Cuala look to carry the greater firepower between the Treacys and Mark Schutte.

VERDICT: Cuala

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