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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dublin SFC 2nd round

THE Parnell Park people have had a word with Jean Byrne at the Met Office. Hopefully, the worst of the rain is over.

Last week's weather saw all five Dublin SFC second round Friday night ties called off following early afternoon inspections.

They have been re-scheduled for tomorrow night. Plunkett's v Raheny looks the pick of the crop.

Raheny were excellent against St Mary's of Saggart. It's never easy to get a result against the Saggart Saints, but Raheny's fitness and crisp footballing skills carried the vote.

They top the poll in Division 2. Plunkett's will have to be on the money for this one, even with Bernard Brogan in their side. In many eyes, Plunkett's are still among the chosen few to lift the Holy Grail.

They had near misses in 2008, and last year again in the final when they lost the big Navan Road derby by two points.

The fixture brings together two of Dublin's most cultured footballers, Mick Galvin in the Plunkett's corner, and the man who has long got the freedom of the village, Ciarán Whelan.

Another of the VIP teams are also in action, Kilmacud Crokes, who play St Peregrine's.

Crokes are in Division 2 these days, but could they do a St Brigid's and progress all the way to the final, and maybe even go one better than the Saints in 2010?

Two other clubs striving hard to be up there with the Dublin elite, St Sylvester's and Thomas Davis, also have appointments tomorrow night.

Syls tackle O'Toole's, while Thomas Davis meet Ballinteer St John's, who almost defeated last year's semi-finalists, Lucan Sarsfields, in the first round.

The North County derby between Naomh Mearnóg and Fingal Ravens completes the five-game card.

The Naul will witness a duel of the Deegans, Conor and Mick. Down v Dublin.

Memories of 1994. Maybe not so pleasant ones!

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