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Thursday 14 December 2017

Boden to hold edge on goal-shy Sars

Ballyboden St Enda's v Lucan Sarsfields (O'Toole Park, Tomorrow, 2.15)

Boden’s Shane Durkin
Boden’s Shane Durkin

This clash between two teams that have endured relative struggles in recent times has the makings of an intriguing encounter with a precious Dublin SHC semi-final spot on the agenda in Kimmage.

St Enda's enter the tie in a typically confident manner and they looked in sharp enough form when defeating Faughs in their last group match.

They possess a nice blend of youth and experience with Luke Corcoran adapting well to the full-back role while there are still plenty of players involved with numerous county titles to back up their ability and the form of Conal Keaney at wing-forward offers encouragement for a prolonged campaign.

Conor Dooley's displays at full-forward have also been a positive from a Ballyboden perspective which is all the more important given that traditional scoring talisman Paul Ryan has seen little action of late.

They will face a Lucan side that has always proved difficult to beat and they pride themselves on the quality of their defensive performances.

However, they can be infuriatingly inconsistent at times and after beating St Brigid's handsomely in their opening match, they subsequently fell to Naomh Fionnbarra, restricted to just nine points over the hour.

They have failed to find the net in their three games to date despite the promise of Ciarán Dowling and the feeling persists that St Enda's enjoy an advantage in terms of proven quality provided by Shane Durkin and Niall McMorrow, and that should see them through to the last four.

Verdict: Ballyboden St Enda's

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