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Monday 23 October 2017

O'Toole's can make amends

DUBLIN SHC 'A'

GROUP 3: NA FIANNA v O'TOOLE'S (Parnell Park, Today, 4.0)

O'TOOLE'S didn't make the knock-out stages last season. But they are just inches away from securing a quarter-final ticket this term.

They drew with St Brigid's and then beat Faughs. Na Fianna lost by a point to Faughs before tumbling to Brigid's.

The Glasnevin club have moulded plenty of calibre - Joey Boland, Martin Quilty, Shane Barrett, AJ Murphy, Fergal Breatnach and Sean Murphy.

O'Toole's possess seasoned experience and the dash of youth. The Cartons and the Ryans help to backbone the side.

VERDICT: O'Toole's

GROUP 1: ST VINCENT'S v PARNELLS (Parnell Park, Today, 5.45)

PARNELLS have surprised everybody but their manager, Kieran Murphy. They only won the Senior B Championship last year.

But in their opening game in the big-time, they just lost to Cuala by a finger-nail and then they recorded a sensational victory over Craobh Chiarain.

Another win here, and they would be in the last eight. But they'll have to find another first-class performance to overcome St Vincent's.

Vins drew with Craobh and lost to Cuala by four points. And, like Parnell's, they know that a win here will see them through.

VERDICT: St Vincent's

GROUP 3: FAUGHS v ST BRIGID'S (O'Toole Park, Today, 4.0)

BRIGID'S made the semi-final the last time. In this campaign, they drew with O'Toole's and defeated Na Fianna.

Faughs pipped the Mobhi men by a point before losing to the Larriers by four points.

The Tymon manager, PJ Donohue, knows his hurling onions.

Victory for either side would see them advance to the quarter-final. Faughs have class acts in Jake Robinson, John Kelly, Eoin Prendergast, Emmet McKenna and Ciaran Brennan.

The Russell Park crew also purr with quality. And they have the likes of Alan Nolan, Mick Cussen, the McInerney's, Daire Plunkett and Paul Winters.

VERDICT: St Brigid's

GROUP 1: CRAOBH CHIARAIN v CUALA (O'Toole Park, Today, 5.45)

CUALA are already through. The Craobh, like their fellow residents, Parnell's and St Vincent's, are still in with a shout.

Chiarain's drew with Vincent's before their loss to Parnell's. Things are finely balanced in the pool, but the Donnycarney men have top hurlers in Eugene Farrell, Gary Kelly, Darren Kelly and Alan McCrabbe.

The Dalkey side have won two from two, accounting for Parnell's and St Vincent's. They had a handsome collection with Dalo's Dubs, and new manager, Mattie Kenny, has settled in sharply.

VERDICT: Cuala

GROUP 2: ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER v ST PATRICK'S (P) (Blakestown, Today, 4.0)

SOMETIMES, the score-board does lie. Patrick's don't have a point. But they have produced two super displays.

They lost to the champions, Ballyboden St Enda's, by four points, and then gave Kilmacud a right rattle.

Like Plunkett's, they are out of contention. Plunkett's also fell to Crokes and Boden.

Stuart Mullen still lives on Quality Street. And the Navan Road can also offer artists like Paddy Curtin and Cian Boland. Pat's have plenty of polish too - Liam Rushe, Aidan Glennon and Shane Stapleton.

VERDICT: St Patrick's (P)

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