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Ballinteer will look to Dev' to lead the way

IT was either Ballinteer St John's or O'Toole's for the drop to the AFL Division 3 on a Sunday morning at the end of last season in Blunden Drive. Johnny McNally's display which preserved St John's Division 2 status should have been released on DVD.

Staying afloat was just the boost Ballinteer needed as they prepared to open up their new all-weather pitch at the community school. They'll be looking to produce more young players of the quality of flying Dublin U21 wing-back, Nicky Devereux.

The Blakestown Road has unearthed some nuggets of their own. At long last, they have taken their place in the senior grade. They suffered hardship along the road.

Peregrine's have grown as a team. And for such a young side, they have gathered much experience. Talented forwards Dublin U21 Robert McCarthy, who kicked three golden points in the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Roscommon, and Ciarán McGuinness can turn openings into profit. It could be tight.

Last Year - Ballinteer St John's: 3rd round. St Peregrine's: 4th round.

Last Time Champs - Ballinteer St John's: Never. St Peregrine's: Never.

Form - Ballinteer St John's (Div 2): W2 L2 D1. St Peregrine's (Div 2): W3 L2.

VERDICT: Ballinteer St John's