Tuesday 22 January 2019

Na Fianna can edge out Synger

preview: dublin sfc round 2


(Parnell Park, Tonight, 8.15)

IN round one at Tallaght, Denis Bastick struck three delicious points for Templeogue. A cow was grazing in a nearby field, she would have been forgiven if she had jumped over the moon!

Synger beat St Mary's of Saggart while Na Fianna had too much for Cuala at O'Toole Park, turning on the taps after the tea break.

Jack Caffrey, Eoghan Neville and David Quinn got the Glasnevin goals. Former Dublin U21 Quinn had a cracking match and compliments an exciting Na Fianna attack.

For Templeogue, Conor McKiernan excelled at centre half-back while the industrious Conor O'Reilly was busy in the engine room.


It's not easy to contain Eoghan O'Gara at full-forward, the big man will be eager to bounce back following Dublin's championship exit. Then there's Mark Treanor, Marc Hiney and the quick-silver boots of Niall Scully, who this year was an U21 All-Ireland winner with Dessie's Dubs.

Pillar is enjoying his time back in the Mobhi cockpit.

Ryan O'Flaherty is a fine 'keeper who is never shy of keeping his defenders on their toes, and there's quality in the offerings of Jonny Cooper, Tomás Brady and Conor McHugh.

McHugh progress will be watched closely as many in the county feel he could be next for the step up to the senior intercounty ranks - Synger will certainly be keeping a close eye on him tonight

The tie is bubbling with potential. Both made the second round last season, Synger losing to Parnell's and Na Fianna falling to St Vincent's.

Whoever secures the ticket here will have earned it - but Na Fianna to progress courtesy of the scoring prowess of Quinn, McHugh and Odhrán O Maoileidigh.

VERDICT: Na Fianna

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