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Monday 22 October 2018

It's Boden well

Rainbow predicts tough Crokes semi

NO LOVE LOST: Ballyboden St Enda’s Michael Darragh Macauley in action against his Dublin teammate Jonny Cooper of Na Fianna during their Dublin SFC1 quarter-final at Parnell Park. Pic: Caroline Quinn
NO LOVE LOST: Ballyboden St Enda’s Michael Darragh Macauley in action against his Dublin teammate Jonny Cooper of Na Fianna during their Dublin SFC1 quarter-final at Parnell Park. Pic: Caroline Quinn

With the finalists for the Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship decided last Sunday, it's time for the football championship to take hold as Parnell Park hosts two eagerly anticipated Dublin SFC1 semi-finals next Saturday and Sunday.

All four teams remaining will be quietly confident of progressing to the most important date on the club calendar as St Vincent's will look to qualify for their sixth successive final when they meet St Jude's on Sunday.

A day earlier, the 2015 winners Ballyboden St Enda's will face their local rivals Kilmacud Crokes in a match that could go right down to the wire and Boden manager Anthony Rainbow is anticipating a tough contest against a Crokes team that have held the upper hand on his side this year.

"Looking ahead to the Kilmacud game, I would certainly see them as hot favourites given that they beat us in both the championship and the league this year.

"Of course, it's going to be a very tough game for both teams and the local element to it adds further spice.

"It is such a massive game for both teams and it's all about who performs on the day.

"Kilmacud have some excellent players all the way through their team and they have forwards that are more than capable of putting up some big scores," he said.

Ballyboden finished in second spot behind Kilmacud in the most testing of groups but they showed their well-being in the manner in which they brushed aside Na Fianna in the quarter-finals.

A similar level of performance at the weekend will do their chances no harm, especially if Ryan Basquel can influence the game in the manner in which he has done hereto now.

"We were very pleased with how the lads performed in the quarter-final and I think that our movement and set-up was in keeping with some very good performances that we have had in the league," said Rainbow.

"The lads have all put an awful lot of work in to the season and it's great for them to have a championship semi-final to look forward to.

"Of course, we know how tough it will be at the weekend but it's a match that you want to be involved in at this stage of the season," he added.

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