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Friday 24 November 2017

Sylvester’s set for a shot at retention

PREVIEW: AFL DIVISION 1 SEMI-FINAL

ST SYLVESTER’S v ST JUDE’S, (Parnell Park, Tonight, 7.30)

IT was good to see Brendan McManamon back among the Newbridge cutlery last Sunday.

He’s a class operator. For years, he has been a heartbeat of the Jude’s side. Their golden hour was reaching the 2009 county final.

It was their first time on the blue carpet. But there have been other memorable moments. They have been league champs before when Talts was given the freedom of Tymon.

At their best, Jude’s were tops of the town. Over the years, they have lost several key personnel, but still they remain in the frame.

Kevin McManamon’s presence is always a bonus. His pace, strength and adventure can access all areas.

This tie is a repeat of last year’s final. Syls won it by three points. Party time in Malahide.

Syls have established themselves as one of the leading clubs in Dublin. They are not that far away from the Boardroom.

Young Míceál McCarthy continues to delight. Two cultured feet and the willingness to do his own cooking. Syls have been their consistent selves in the league. They tumbled out of the championship to Parnell’s in Swords.

Retaining the Division 1 crown then became the priority. Kian Cleere, Gavin McArdle, Gary Sweeney and Darren Clarke have been among the leading knights of the village.

Jude’s have been well served by the likes of Paul Copeland, Seamus Ryan, Chris Guckian, Paul Cunningham, the Donnellys and the Gallaghers. They have done well again to secure a Champions League place. And this could be another Donnycarney Dazzler.

VERDICT: St Sylvester’s

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