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Monday 20 November 2017

Raheny aim to hit top note in league

Manager McMahon hopes for strong finish to league

THE evenings shorten and the pulse quickens. Colm McMahon loves this time of year.

It takes him back to his own playing days with Raheny and making the semi-final of the Dublin Senior Football Championship.

"I remember we won the Intermediate League and Championship back in 1997, and two years later we were in the semi-final of the Senior Championship.

"Brian Ladden was training us. We had a very good, solid side. UCD beat us in the semi-final, but it was tight enough."

DIDN'T PERFORM

In the second round this season, Raheny lost to Lucan Sarsfields. "We didn't perform in the first half, and it cost us."

Lucan now meet Ballyboden St Enda's.

"Lucan will be looking to reproduce their first half display that they gave against us for the hour."

Colm says there are some cracking ties to relish, and he judges that the most intriguing of them all could be St Brigid's against St Jude's.

"Jude's are very consistent. They can grind out results. They have some decent players.

"You'd have to expect a response from Brigid's after they just managed to get over Skerries the last day. It is a very hard one to call."

Templeogue Synge Street knocking out Na Fianna surprised many. "To be honest, I fancied Templeogue. They are a very different team with their county players.

"But St Vincent's are such a well-drilled side. They work very well as a team.

"Ballymun against Plunkett's is the big one. Ballymun's performance levels have been outstanding.

"Not only in the championship, but also in the league. Paul Curran has done a serious job there. There's a single-mindedness about them."

It's a game Colm would love to see, but he'll have pressing business of his own on Saturday evening.

Raheny host St Patrick's of Donabate in Division 1 of the AFL.

"If we win that, it will be our highest ever finish in Division 1.

"We have had a good league campaign, and the lads are anxious to finish on a high.

"Yet we'd love to be still in the championship and to have a crack at the quarter-final."

Still, two points against Pat's on Saturday will have the birds of St Anne's singing as sweetly as Bernadette Greevy.

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