Saturday 19 January 2019

Clash of champions to light up stage


KILMACUD CROKES v BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S, Parnell Park, Tonight, (8.15)

BOTH sides have already secured their ticket to the quarter-final. But that won't stop the music here.

They'd both value a win against such highly-regarded opposition, even if there is a safety net.

Boden are the camps. They lifted the crown for the sixth time last year.

On the way, they beat Crokes in the quarter-final. Kilmacud had been the holders.

Crokes' win in 2012 ended a wait of a quarter-of-a-century. Even the good old 46A wouldn't keep you waiting that long.

Ollie Baker is the new man on the bridge at Páirc de Burca. The mood is good. All-Ireland Sevens champs for the first time last Saturday. It was another long wait - 42 years.

They began the championship campaign by overcoming St Oliver Plunkett's/ER. Seán McGrath hit 13 points, 12 frees.

Crokes got a stiffer test against from St Patrick's of Palmerstown.

The noble Pat's also gave Boden a run for it. Boden also accounted for Plunkett's/ER.

Jonny Kenny is the man who led the Firhouse men back to the summit, taking over from Liam Hogan, who steered the club to the famous five.

The stage will be packed with quality.

For Crokes, there's names like Jack Doughan, Bill O'Carroll, Dillon Mulligan and Ryan O'Dwyer.

Boden's brass section include performers like Tim Sweeney, Dean Curran, Conor Robinson, Shane Durkin and Paul Ryan.

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