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Vins face up to Plunkett's tie

THE quarter-finals of the 2011 Evening Herald Dublin SFC have thrown up two heavyweight battles.

With champions Kilmacud Crokes knocked out on Saturday evening it really opens the race up for the remaining eight teams.

The tie of the last-eight is Marino kingpins St Vincent's against St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh. The umpires will surely earn their crust in what will be a battle of two brilliant forward lines.

However, two men who are likely to miss out, however, are All-Ireland-winning team-mates Ger Brennan and Alan Brogan, both of whom are suffering with knee injuries.

The sides met earlier in the championship, when two late goals gave the Navan Road side the win.

Crokes conquerors and beaten 2010 finalists St Brigid's have been rewarded with a tie against Ballyboden St Enda's, who's form so far has been mixed, but their 21-point defeat of Peregrine's was a signal of their intent.

Boden are minus the talents of dual stars Stephen Hiney and Conal Keaney while fellow dual aces Simon Lambert and Shane Durkin have not lined out of their club footballers in the club SFC to date.

The Blanchardstown men, who have tasted defeat in two finals since their breakthrough year in 2003, will be hoping they can go one better than last year.

Another mouth-watering prospect is the battle of Parnell's and Ballymun Kickhams.

The 'Mun have been solidly laying the foundations over the past number of seasons and many observers believe that this could be the year when that work comes into fruition.

Parnell's rise has been well documented and their influx of county stars from outside Dublin means that they can't be discounted.

In the remaining last-eight game, Lucan Sarsfields will come up against the men from Kiltipper Road, Thomas Davis.

Davis were comprehensive victors over Nh Maur in their fourth round tie and both sides will strongly fancy their chances of reaching the last four.

One thing for sure is that there is not one clear favourite in any of these games, in what promises to be a frantic Super Saturday of championship action.

Evening Herald Dublin SFC Quarter-final draw
Saturday October 22

Parnell's v Ballymun Kickhams, Parnell Park, 3.0
St Vincent's v St Oliver Plunkett's/ER, Parnell Park, 4.30
Thomas Davis v Lucan Sarsfields, O'Toole Park, 3.0
St Brigid's v Ballyboden St Enda's, O'Toole Park, 4.30