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Friday 24 November 2017

O'Toole's to build on opening night win

ST PAT'S, PALMERSTOWN v O'TOOLE'S

PAT'S had some bright moments despite losing by six points against Vincent's in round 1 of the round-robin games. They possess a terrific defence.

Right half-back, Graham Dunne, got three points from play. Alongside him, Darren Mooney, played with gusto.

This will be another big ask. The Larriers are floating after toppling the Craobh. Jody Bastow and Danny Webster shone as did Ger O'Meara when driving his side on from midfield.

O'Toole's will give nothing away cheaply and Peadar Carton and Kevin Flynn - between them they amassed 2-7 when reigning champions defeating Ballyboden St Enda's last time out. Damien Hernon will be seeking the same tempo that was shown against Craobh

So Far: St Vincent's 2-15; St Patrick's (P) 1-12. O'Toole's 3-11; Ballyboden St Enda's 1-14.

VERDICT: O'Toole's

GROUP 1

RAHENY v NAOMH FIONNBARRA

(St Anne's Park, Tonight, 7.0)

BOTH began with a win. Raheny beat a talented Ballinteer side in Marlay. The 'Barrs were buzzing following their big local derby success against Plunkett's in the Bogies. This is a concert in the park that could shake, rattle and roll.

So Far: Raheny 1-12; Ballinteer St John's 2-8. Naomh Fionnbarra 2-18; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-12.

VERDICT: Raheny

ST VINCENT'S 'B' v BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S

(Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, Tonight, 7.0)

THIS will be a serious exam for Ballinteer. They lost at home to Raheny. Vin's won out in Portmarnock.

So Far: St Vincent's B 1-16; Naomh Mearnog 0-13. Raheny 1-12; Ballinteer St John's 2-8.

VERDICT: St Vincent's B

ST OLIVER PLUNKETT'S/ER v NAOMH MEARNóG

(Martin Savage Park, Tonight, 7.0)

IT'S never a picnic on the Bogies. Plunkett's had their moments. Mearnóg disappointed at home to Vins.

So Far: Naomh Fionnbara 2-18; St Oliver Plunkett's/ER 1-12. St Vincent's B 1-16; Naomh Mearnog 0-13.

VERDICT: Naomh Mearnóg

GROUP 2

ST MARK'S v ROUND TOWER, CLONDALKIN

(McGee Park, Tonight, 7.0)

MARK'S faced a tough one away to 'Boden B. Towers fell at home to Olaf's. Mark's might just have that extra guile.

So Far: Ballyboden St Enda's B 2-16; St Mark's 1-9. Naomh Olaf 1-15; Round Tower, Clonalkin 0-10.

VERDICT: St Mark's

NA FIANNA v BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S 'B'

(Mobhi Road, Tonight, 7.0)

DEFEAT for Na Fianna at nearby Finglas. They'll have to toil for the points here. Boden were bristling against Mark's.

So Far: Erin's Isle 0-16; Na Fianna 0-11. Ballyboden St Enda's B 2-16; St Mark's 1-9.

VERDICT: Na Fianna

NAOMH OLAF v ERIN'S ISLE

(Páirc Uí Bhriain, Tonight, 7.0)

ISLES overcame Na Fianna in Finglas. It was a cracking win. Highly-regarded 'keeper, Derek McCabe, has an assured defence in front of him. Olaf's had a handsome triumph in Clondalkin. Should be a good one.

So Far: Naomh Olaf 1-15; Round Tower, Clondalkin 0-10. Erin's Isle 0-16; Na Fianna 0-11.

VERDICT: Draw

BY NIALL SCULLY

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