Tuesday 23 January 2018

Crokes look to be on easy street against Parnell's men

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Tom Fox
Tom Fox

Kilmacud Crokes v Parnell's, Blakestown Road (7.15)

This looks, on paper, as straightforward a route into the last eight that Crokes could have wished for, as they look to build on their ten-goal hammering of Erin's Isle in the first round.

That it was the second time in a month that Kilmacud had managed ten goals in one game, highlighting the attacking potential within their team, with the more experienced talents of Mark Vaughan and Pat Burke augmented by the energy of Callum Pearson and the continued brilliance of Paul Mannion.

Dan O'Brien, Tom Fox and Cillian O'Shea all prospered in a successful Dublin Under-21 campaign and the youthful side look primed for a prolonged run this year.

Parnell's have successfully retained their senior status for another year after their win over Fingal Ravens but they're unlikely to have a sufficient scoring threat to unduly trouble Crokes.

Verdict: Kilmacud Crokes

Lucan Sarsfields v Skerries Harps, Finglas (7.15)

Both teams enjoyed morale boosting wins in the first round with Lucan beating UCD while Syls eased past St Anne's by 3-14 to 0-5

The Malahide outfit may lack the imported quality of previous years but there is a wealth of talent coming through, as reflected in their U21 'B' triumph earlier this year.

Ross Hazley and Gary Sweeney offer leadership with Dylan Connolly and Jack Hazley making impressive strides at the senior grade.

Brendan Gallagher continues to shine in attack and Darren Gavin's maturity around the middle third could prove pivotal by the final whistle.

Verdict: Lucan Sarsfields, St Jude's v Skerries Harps, Naul (7.15)

Given their consistency in featuring at the business end of the championship, it's difficult to look beyond St Jude's as they seek another quarter-final spot.

Their efficiency is testament to the discipline and focus they exude and Niall Coakley's influence at full-forward looks even more pronounced this campaign.

Harps showed well last year before their limitations were exposed by Castleknock and they'll look to the likes of Sean Rocks and Stephen Smith for inspiration against a battle hardened Jude's outfit.

However, they struggled in beating Fingallians in the 1st round and could suffer in terms of depth this evening.

Verdict: St Jude's

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