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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Boden bruiser gives Crokes the edge over Tymon lords

Kilmacud Crokes v Faughs
(Tonight, Silver Park, 7.30)

FAUGHS have won the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship more than anybody else. They drew with another of the competition's aristocrats, St Vincent's, on Wednesday night.

It was a good start to Championship business for Faughs. Vincent's had already beaten St Patrick's of Palmerstown.

Stephen McNamara is the new Tymon Lord. He played with Anthony Daly. Dalo was present the other evening.

One of his Blues, Maurice O'Brien, plays with Faughs. Crokes have a few Blue chips of their own.

Two years ago, Kilmacud were in the final. Last year they tumbled out in the quarter-final.

They had the toughest of opening assignments this week -- away to the champions, Ballyboden, who were wounded after losing to the Larriers.

It took a while for Crokes to get to the pace of it. They were more like themselves in the second half.

The game will have done them the world of good. Niall Corcoran will bring conviction and craft to the arena.

Rory O'Carroll, Ronan Walsh and Donal McGovern had their moments. Barry O'Rorke, Fergal Armstrong and Conor Clinton also made valuable donations.

Faughs put in the hard yards against Vins, and they'll be doing the same from the off at Leopardstown.

Conor McCann is still a member of the Culture Club.

It will take a good shot to beat Trevor Donohue. The Faughs keeper is always so neat and tidy.

Ciaran Brennan, John Heneghan, Cal Aherne, Cathal Heavey and Padraig Ryan are all capable of potting the colours.

It should be a earnest contest. Plenty of honest hurling.

Two teams deadly serious about the small ball and very capable of turning the occasion into one enchanted evening.

SO Far: Faughs 3-7 St Vincent's 1-13. Ballyboden St Enda's 2-23 Kilmacud Crokes 1-15.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes

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