TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE ST v PARNELL'S (O'Toole Park, Tonight, 7.30) (Winners' Section)
SYNGER were humming on their opening night performance. A real rock and roll show in O'Toole Park.
Denis Bastick got the golden goal against the fancied Syls, while half-back, Conor McKiernan, was an inspirational figure.
It was a terrific game, one of the best in these, the early pages of the championship. Parnell's had a more comfortable journey against O'Toole's in Parnell Park.
The Coolock club built that victory on a solid first half. Conor Mortimer, Darren Rooney and Johnny Murtagh were in form.
Parnell's used the ball well, and once the hall door came into view, they were prepared to have a pot. When they led by nine points coming to the last bend, the job was done.
They have two sons of the fathers on duty, Conor Talty and Jonathan Bealin. Their Dad's, Brian and Paul, could chew the fat for a couple of hours on the merits of midfield play.
Talts is managing the side, and with a cluster of high profile players on board comes the burden of high expectations.
Dave Cullen's Super Hoops will again be determined to show the pride of the parish. Fergal O'Gara was excellent against Syls. The brother, Eoghan, also helped to empty the dishwasher.
Na Fianna to pass Trinity test
TRINITY GAELS v NA FIANNA (St Margaret's, Tonight, 7.30) (Winners' Section)
BACK out to the North County for Na Fianna. They had a handsome first round victory over Fingal Ravens in Garristown.
Glasnevin is getting super value from Quinnsworth, Paddy and David. Brian Downes and Adam Caffrey are also paying their share of the rent. Jonny Cooper was called into the arena by Pat Gilroy on Sunday. Two years ago he led the Dublin U21s to All-Ireland gold.
Trinity had to go the extra yard and to extra-time against Naomh Mearnóg. Talented soccer player, Hull City's Kealan Dillon, hit 2-2.
His brother, Graham, chipped in with four points, while Brendan O'Brien is still conducting the RTé Concert Orchestra. Craig Reilly is a capable 'keeper and there's the enduring class of Declan Conlon.
The Donaghmede servicemen have given years of noble effort to the cause. They were fully paid up members of the Division 1 club for years. The aim this season is to hold their own in Division 2 as they seek to rebuild. Manager, Tom Behan, can always rely on the lads to empty the tank.
The Glasnevin club also had the builders in following their three-in-a-row years. There's some gifted young personnel on the Mobhi Road Express. Striving to get over the Trinity test will form another part of their footballing education.
VERDICT: Na Fianna
Boden resolve to beat Students
UCD v BALLYBODEN ST ENDA'S (Iveagh Grounds, Tonight, 7.30) (Winners' Section)
BODEN got a bye in the first round. Meeting UCD on your first day back in college is not what you'd call a gentle introduction.
Billers' Belfield Pick and Mix counter never goes short. They had too much in the kit-bag for Whitehall the last day.
At Blakestown, Donie Kingston was the Student Prince. Other worthy donations came from Matt O'Hanlon, Dave Larkin, Conor Downey and Luke Keaney. Boden have had some tight matches in Division 1. They lost a cracker to Parnell's at St David's last week.
Boden played with much heart. They'll have to show the same resolve against UCD, who last won the championship in 2006.
Three years later, 'Boden became champs for the second time. Liam O'Dwyer guided them home. When Liam was playing, he could make the tulips dance in the Iveagh Gardens.
Boden beat St Jude's in that derby final. They could have played it on the Spawell roundabout.
Ace attacker, Andrew Kerin, had a day to remember. Declan O'Mahony and Paul Galvin are 'Boden Braves.
VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's
Mary's ready to topple Tower
ROUND TOWER (C) v St Mary's, saggart (Tonight, Newcastle, 7.30) (Losers Section)
MICK HARNEY will have the kettle on. There should be a decent crowd from both villages. Mary's lost to the impressive Raheny. It was a tasty tussle. Alan Marshall, David Marshall and Blaine Kelly were Mary's maestros. Towers got the shortest of straws in Plunkett's. And the Saggart Saints won't be serving the lemonade and cake.
Cathal Carthy struck some tidy points against Plunkett's. Ian Ward and Conor Lestrange also did well. Keith Graham is the trusty lighthouse keeper, and Barry Keane and Ciarán Corrigan always deliver. Mary's have their own long-time member of the Number One Club, Richie Redmond. Shay Walsh and Denis Carrigan are always busy in the engine room. The big pitch offers the perfect stage. And it's a game that could produce a Finian's Rainbow.
VERDICT: St Mary's