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Thursday 8 December 2016

Parnell's face big hurdle in boys from Ballymun

Dean Rock
Dean Rock

This evening's Championship previews

BALLYMUN KICKHAMS v PARNELL'S

(PARNELL PARK, TONIGHT, 6.45)

BALLYMUN post-Curran. Three wise men on the bridge - Anto McCaul, Declan Sheehan and Val Andrews.

Curraner led them to Dublin and Leinster gold. And to Croke Park. And back again to the Dublin final. Heady days on the autobahn.

Last year, Kickhams fell to Plunkett's/ER in the quarter-final after beating Olaf's and Ravens.

The form is good in Division 1 where Parnell's are looking to edge away from the basement.

The Coolock club have won the Clery Cup six times, the last occasion in 1988. Last season they lost to Lucan on the first day.

They have drawn the shortest of straws here. Ballymun are one of the leading contenders for ultimate glory, especially with quality like Philly McMahon, Alan Hubbard, James McCarthy, Davy Byrne, John Small and Dean Rock.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams

 

BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S v ST MAUR'S

(PARNEL PARK, TONIGHT, 8.15)

BODEN got to the semi-final last time. The champs beat them.

The Boden boys are never far from the hall door. They last collected the claret jug in 2009. Liam O'Dwyer in the cockpit.

Andy McEntee is doing a solid job at Pairc Ui Mhurchu. Prospering in Division 1.

The Rush club are at the other end of the table. They are the Senior B champs. They beat Towers of Clondalkin in the final.

Julian Sweetman is a legend of the North County. He's the chief pilot. All know of the calibre of Ciaran Reddin, Chris Carthy and Vinny Whelan.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's

 

ST ANNE'S v ROUND TOWERS (C)

(O'TOOLE PARK, TONIGHT, 7.0)

THE Tallaght derby still echoes. Anne's beat Thomas Davis. It shortened the winter in Bohernabreena.

Anne's then lost to Plunkett's. They reside in Division 2 where their young side are playing bright football.

Towers are doing well in Division 2. The Super Hoops lost to Final Ravens at the first fence last term.

They reached the Senior B final. This could be a close one.

VERDICT: St Anne's

 

WHITEHALL COLMCILLE v KILMACUD CROKES

(KILTIPPER ROAD, TONIGHT, 7.0)

CROKES won't be far from the leader-board. They have won the Clery Cup seven times.

Three times in the 90's and four times in the noughties. They are a modern super-power.

Their first round KO to Plunkett's lingered like the sting of a wasp all summer long.

Whitehall had a memorable victory over Erin's Isle at Balgriffin. Paddy Canning and Anto Holly got the freedom of Collins Avenue.

They lost to Jude's after that. Crokes are flourishing at the top table. Whitehall, two floors below, are doing well.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes

 

ST BRIGID'S v ERIN'S ISLE

(GARRISTOWN, TONIGHT, 7.0)

THE Championship always sends a tingle down Farnham Drive. Danny Reilly is the Isles managers. His cohorts are Fergie Browne, Joe Tarpey and David Moher. They campaign in Division 2.

Linders Renault, Finglas are the team sponsors. The Isles tank never runs out of parish pride. Brigid's will be keen to get on their bike early.

They came within seconds of tumbling to Skerries Harps last season. It was a Coolock classic that extended to extra-time.

Brigid's lost to Jude's in the quarter-final. The Russell Park crew are mid-table in Division 1. Isles lost to Whitehall by two points in the first round last time.

VERDICT: St Brigid's

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