Ballyboden to pull through
Ballyboden St Enda's v Faughs (O'Toole Park, Today, 4.45)
Ballyboden St Enda's will look to take some impressive recent form into championship fare as they meet near neighbours Faughs this afternoon (4.45).
After gaining serious confidence when beating Cuala in their opening group game, St Enda's missed a wonderful opportunity of confirming their progress to the quarter-finals when falling to Crumlin a week later.
The concession of 2-22 that night was not in keeping with the historic obduracy that was a feature of their dominant team from the start of the decade.
Malachy Travers has returned to the fold to offer a greater level of experience to the team and the versatile Simon Lambert seems to have found a happy home in the pivotal centre-back position.
Niall McMorrow will again carry a burden in terms of creating opportunities from deep while the impressive form of Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley has given an added dimension to a St Enda's attack that has proved overly-reliant on Paul Ryan for scores.
The well-being of Ryan is essential for Ballyboden's chances of overall success and the derby aspect of today's clash adds to the challenge facing them today.
While Faughs retain an outside chance of advancing should they prevail by a healthy margin and Crumlin beat Cuala, this looks a tricky task but the thoughts of scuppering the chances of their neighbours should also lead to a fully committed display and in Fergal Heavey they possess a natural goalscorer.
VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's