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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Vinnies to maintain title hopes

DUBLIN SFC QUARTER-FINAL

ST VINCENT'S v TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE STREET

(Parnell Park, Today, 5.0)

PEOPLE are still talking about Diarmuid Connolly's goal against Sylvester's in the second round. It was a work of art. It belonged to one of the great masters.

The conclusion of the master-piece saw him play a one-two with Mossy Quinn, and as the return ball arrived back to him, Diarmuid volleyed it deep into the curtain.

These are the magic moments that bring home what a glorious gift that sport can be, and what a privilege it is to have such an entertainer on the stage.

Tommy Conroy was also well able to thread the needle, he knew how to put his forward line on the front foot also. He will thread with care. Synger knocked out Na Fianna in the second round.

It will be a hard day's night trying to contain Eoghan O'Gara, his duel with Eoin Brady will be a real battle of the braves. He is the ideal target man.

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He brings a flavour of the 'Star' Donaghy to Tempelogue Synge St and Vins will have to have the sentries on the toes.

Conor McKiernan, Denis Bastick, Niall Scully and Declan Treanor are among the super Hoops, who toppled St Mary's on the opening night in Tallaght.

The All-Ireland champions have accounted for St Patrick's (Palmerstown) and St Sylvester's, and they have moulded a formidable team spirit.

That was underlined when it mattered most in the two games against Ballymun in the final last season. Vins were on the ropes - even the canvas - but back they kept bouncing. Such an attitude doesn't come in any guide book.

Ger Brennan at centre half-back is like the Traffic Policeman. He can stop an attack with one wave of his hand. Hugh Gill, Diarmuid Murphy, Ruairí Trainor, Eamon Fennell and Gavin Burke can keep the parcel moving briskly.The Vincent's forwards always have the boots polished. Mossy continues to out-chart the Rolling Stones.

VERDICT: St Vincent's

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