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Thursday 8 December 2016

O'Toole's hope to build on Arthurs' firepower

Dublin SHC 'A' quarter-finals

16 April 2015; Cuala hurler Mark Schutte poses for a portrait at the 2015 Dublin Club Senior Football and Hurling Championships launch. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
16 April 2015; Cuala hurler Mark Schutte poses for a portrait at the 2015 Dublin Club Senior Football and Hurling Championships launch. Parnell Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Lucan Sarsfields v O'Toole's (Parnell Park, Tonight, 6.45)

O'Toole's and Lucan Sarfields come face-to-face for the second successive year at the last eight stage when meeting in their SHC quarter-final this evening.

The Larriers will look to replicate a storming second-half display from 12 months ago that saw them ease out comfortable winners by 1-20 to 0-14 that night.

With both Niall Arthur and Gerry Arthur having increased the firepower at O'Toole's disposal over the close season, the Ayrfield outfit have enjoyed an unbeaten group stage with wins over Na Fianna and Craobh Chiaráin after drawing their opening fixture against St Brigid's.

They will look to improve from those displays however against a Lucan side that impressed when defeating Ballinteer St John's by 0-22 to 0-14 last Saturday week.

Sarsfields have traditionally enjoyed a strong defence with Matthew McCaffrey, Mick May and Tommy Somers to the fore against St John's but a greater goal threat is required from the 2013 finalists.

Their opponents seem to possess a more rounded and fluent forward line and that should be enough to see them through to the last four.

Verdict: O'TOOLE'S

CRAOBH CHIARÁIN V CUALA

(Parnell Park, Tonight, 8.15)

Despite preserving their unbeaten group record when drawing with Faughs 11 days ago, Cuala will recognise that a lethargic show will not do tonight.

That 1-16 apiece draw in O'Toole Park reflected their collective listlessness on the day although the fact they had already secured their progression may well have affected their mindset.

Similarly, key defensive personnel in Oisin Gough and Paul Schutte were rested that day and their return to the fold will augment a rearguard that includes the talents of Cian O'Callaghan, Simon Timlin and Sean Moran.

Mark Schutte was one of few players to keep his form against Faughs and he'll need support in the scoring stakes from the likes of David Treacy, Colm Cronin and Sean Treacy.

Craobh certainly won't fear the challenge that awaits them and how their expected midfield pairing of Robbie Mahon and the consistently excellent Alan McCrabbe fare against opposite numbers Darragh O'Connell and Jake Malone could prove instructive as to the final outcome.

While reluctant to ever dismiss Craobh's chances, Cuala look better placed at present to post a winning tally.

Verdict: CUALA

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