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Vinnies to start off on a solid footing

St Vincent's v St Oliver Plunkett's / ER, Parnell Park, Tonight, 7.15

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John Hetherton

John Hetherton

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John Hetherton

St Vincent's will look to make a winning start to their Dublin SHC 'A' campaign as they face newly promoted St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh in Donnycarney this evening.

The Marino outfit have fallen short at the semi-final stage over the past two years, losing to Cuala in 2017 and Ballyboden St Enda's 12 months later.

But they possess more than enough ability in their ranks to be classed as genuine contenders for this year's renewal.

Dara de Poire is one of the smartest goalkeepers in the county and he can count on solid protection in front of him from the likes of Jack Collins, Ruairi Trainor and Sean McCaw.

Scoring has been an issue in the bigger games at times but there's no doubting the potential up front that John Hetherton, Alan Moore and Conor Burke can offer.

When you throw in the quality of Dublin seniors Rian McBride and Tomás Connolly into the mix then it's difficult to make a case for a Plunkett's team that will rely heavily on the brilliance of Cian Boland to help spring what would constitute a major upset.

Their league form has been relatively modest, winning two of their three AHL2 matches this spring.

But this represents a massive step up in class and an exercise in damage limitation could be the height of their ambitions. They have enough team spirit to ensure that's the case.

Verdict: St Vincent's