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Thursday 8 December 2016

Harps can play the right tune

Donal McIlgorm, Dublin, in action against Shane Tierney, left, and Dylan Hyland, Offaly
Donal McIlgorm, Dublin, in action against Shane Tierney, left, and Dylan Hyland, Offaly

Dublin SFC match focus

SKERRIES HARPS v O'TOOLE'S

(BALGRIFFIN, TONIGHT, 7.0)

SKERRIES came close to recording a shock win over St Brigid's at Parnell's last season.

Brigid's prevailed in extra-time, but it was a splendid effort from Harps, who are doing nicely in Division 2.

Manager Terry McGinnis has brought through a cluster of young prospects. They have fine performers in Jack Smith, Collie Daly, Donal McIlgorm and Harry Dawson.

O'Toole's are in the same apartment block where they have recorded two wins. The Larriers will always give the Championship a rattle. They have a proud history in the competition stretching back through the decades. Most of their number are dual players.

They lost to Ballinteer St John's in the first round last season. Harps beat UCD before their Coolock heroics.

VERDICT: Skerries Harps

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER v ST PEREGRINE'S

(RUSSELL PARK, TONIGHT, 7.0)

PLUNKETT'S returned to the final last October. Their third. Not many saw it coming. Except those looking out their windows on the Navan Road.

They got there the hard way, overcoming Kilmacud, St Anne's, Ballymun and St Jude's.

Teams had trouble getting into their front garden. They had the tallest of security gates. And when the chance came to break, they took it. With such a high calibre forward unit, they didn't miss the dart board too often.

Peregrine's were beaten by Raheny in last year's opening round. They reside in Division 2. They have made noble progress over the years.

VERDICT St Oliver Plunkett's/ER

ST JUDE'S v ST MARY'S

(BOHERNABREENA, TONIGHT, 7.0)

MARY'S will bring resolve to the foothills of the mountains. Buckets of it.

In Tallaght last year, they were defeated by Templeogue Synge Street on opening night. Donnacha Corcoran's duel with Eoghan O'Gara was worth the LUAS fare.

Jude's had the big quarter-final victory over St Brigid's at O'Toole Park. Kevin McManamon scored a hat-trick.

On the way, they had beaten Mearnog and Whitehall. Plunkett's beat them in the semi. Jude's are mid-table in Division 1. Mary's are mid-table in Division 2.

VERDICT: St Jude's

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