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Eight cracking ties expected as precious quarter-final spots are up for grabs

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Simon Lambert and his Ballyboden St Enda’s team-mates are steeling themselves for Friday’s Dublin SHC clash with Whitehall Colmcilles in Parnell Park

Simon Lambert and his Ballyboden St Enda’s team-mates are steeling themselves for Friday’s Dublin SHC clash with Whitehall Colmcilles in Parnell Park

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Simon Lambert and his Ballyboden St Enda’s team-mates are steeling themselves for Friday’s Dublin SHC clash with Whitehall Colmcilles in Parnell Park

After a weekend dominated by the big ball, hurling will take centre stage from tomorrow evening as team's look to take progressive steps towards securing spots in the quarter-finals of the Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship.

The winners in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Cuala, will seek to build on their comfortable win over St Brigid's last Saturday week when they meet St Jude's in Monastery Road while O'Toole's face Kilmacud Crokes and Na Fianna face Faughs in a double header at Parnell Park.

Two nights later, holders Ballyboden St Enda's will meet a talented Whitehall Colmcille side in Donnycarney (7.30) with both teams entering the contest in fine fettle following their first round wins over Lucan Sarsfields and Setanta respectively, victories that have them well placed to advance from the group.

"It's another big challenge for us but one that we are really looking forward to and a win on Friday would leave us in a good position for when the championship resumes after the summer," said Boden manager Joe Fortune.

"I would know a decent number of people involved with Whitehall and they are great hurling people and there would be massive respect between the two clubs. I have managed a number of their players when involved with underage Dublin teams and I know at first hand the talent that they have.

"Eoghan O'Donnell is an inspiration, not just for Whitehall but for Dublin too and then they have lads like Lee Gannon, Enda O'Donnell, Daire Gray and Sean Gray, who are all excellent hurlers.

"They have two players on the current Dublin starting 15 while we don't have any and they are a team that are certainly heading in the right direction in terms of the progress that they are making.

"For now though, we have to focus on ourselves and hopefully put in a display on Friday.

"The lads seem to have that hunger and it will be another good test for them at the weekend," said Fortune.