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Classy Kickhams can put away Parnell's

THIS could be a corker. Talts against the Curraner.

The Coolock club looked in trouble against Syls in the early part of the second half at Swords last Sunday.

But they held on tight and clawed their way back up the tree. The contributions of John Murtagh and MJ Tierney were critical in their advancement.

The deep resolve of Darren Rooney also impressed. That was no surprise.

When Darren was out injured some months ago, he'd still be at every match carrying the water bottles.

Ballymun didn't leak anything against Tower's last week. Dean Rock and Derek Byrne brought their pocket calculators.

Davy Byrne and Brian McCullagh form a prominent midfield unit, and there's also considerable merit in the deeds of Philip McMahon, Tom Hayes, Alan Hubbard and Karl Connolly. Elliott Reilly is a grafter, and Kevin Leahy and Ted Furman can also work the till. But beating Mr Cluxton is another day's work.

The Parnell's captain made one of the saves-of-the-season last Sunday. Darren Clarke, to the left of the posts, struck a belter that was soaring to the sack. But the Top Cat, in full flight, managed to direct it out for a '45'. It was a magnificent stop.

Parnell's possess a compact defence, and they'll expect much from Colm Begley, Andy Doyle, Rory Quinlivan and Conor Talty.

LAST YEAR -- Parnells: Qualifiers. Ballymun Kickhams: 4th round.

LAST TIME SFC WINNERS -- Parnell's: 1988. Ballymun Kickhams: 1985.

SFC 2011 -- Parnell's: Beat Whitehall. Lost to Sylvester's. Beat Raheny and Sylvester's. Ballymun Kickhams: Lost to Sylvester's. Beat Whitehall, Isles and Tower's, Clondalkin.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams