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Fianna head fab four in semis

THE race for the Michael Murphy Cup is approaching the last bend. Tomorrow night is semi-final night in the city.

And as the Dublin Championship sponsors, Tesco, are sure to say -- there will be a trolley load of compelling action in the senior, intermediate and junior departments.

In the senior grade, Na Fianna are wearing the yellow jersey. They beat Ballyboden St Enda's in the final last July. The tide has certainly changed in Dublin Ladies Football as Boden, the 10-time champions, are not in the last four.

Na Fianna's victory saw them progress to lift the Leinster Claret Jug, and then they made it all the way to the All-Ireland final. A wonder woman by the name of Cora Staunton ended the party.

Now, the Glasnevin side tackle Clanna Gael Fontenoy on the Mobhi Road. The Ringsend club possess Kim Flood (pictured), who came off the bench in Dublin's Leinster final victory over Meath last week.

Dublin selector, Pat Ring of Foxrock Cabinteely, is predicting a corker of a clash in the second senior semi-final between Fingallians and Foxrock Cabinteely at Lawless Memorial Park.

"We came out of a very difficult group that included Na Fianna, Ballyboden and St Brigid's, so we were pleased with that," remarked Pat.

"We are happy enough with our form. Last season we reached the semi-final for the first time, so the girls deserve credit for making their second semi-final in succession.

"But now we face a big test in playing away to Fingallians. They won all their games, and they also have done very well in the league, so we know we'll be up against it. But I'd say it will be a marvellous match."

There will be no lack of county calibre on view. Fins contain Fiona Hudson and Amy McGuinness, while the Fox-Cabs have Sinead Goldrick, Ciara Murphy and Niamh Collins.

In the intermediate semi-final, there should be a Broomfield Belter of a tussle between St Sylvester's and Kilmacud Crokes. The Malahide maestros boast the Dublin Fab Four -- Sinead Aherne, Niamh McEvoy, Sinead Treacy and Nicole Owens.

Syls won the Junior A crown last season, and they advanced to lift Leinster gold. Crokes have the wise Camillus Kilpatrick in their dugout.

Parnell's face Garda/Westmanstown Gaels in the other Intermediate semi-final. Parnell's reached the final in 2010, losing to Clanna Gael Fontenoy by two points.

The Junior Championship semi-finals see St Peregrine's clash with Thomas Davis, while Lucan Sarsfields face Man O War.