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Ballymun firepower to leave Isles deserted


Erin's Isle v Ballymun Kickhams

(Parnell Park, Today, 3.45)

PADDY CANNING has been around a few blocks. To Paddy, the bounce of the ball on the turf is still as sweet a sound as James Last with the concert orchestra.

Paddy gets the best out of teams. Players play for him. That's his gift.

And he thinks like the Giller. Once the lads leave everything out there on the pitch, he can live with that. In the other corner this evening will be Paul Curran. Have Dublin ever had a more cultured defender?

Both gents know the game inside out, and they love to see it played in the old fashioned way -- high fielding, high industry and a dash of excitement.

Isles were tested against Mearnóg. And the volume will go up a couple of notches here. Curraner has two Dublin heroes in the camp, James McCarthy and Philip McMahon.

There is also the industry of Alan Hubbard, David Byrne and Collie Moore, plus the polish in attack of Derek Byrne, Kevin Leahy, Ted Furman and Eddie Christie.

The return to fitness following on-going hamstring problems of Dean Rock is also a massive boost to the 'Mun.

Isles have a sound 'keeper in Graham Bedford. And there's silk in the boots of John Noonan, Niall Crossan and Collie Flynn, plus the superb leadership of Gary O'Connell.

When Pat Gilroy and co were assembling their Dublin squad, Gary O'Connell captained the team to win the Regional tournament.

Isles will test Ballymun but the greater firepower of Kickhams should see them into the last 16.

LAST YEAR -- Erin's Isle: Qualifiers. Ballymun Kickhams: 4th round.

LAST TIME -- Erin's Isle: 1997. Ballymun Kickhams: 1985.

SFC 2011 -- Erin's Isle: Beat Mearnóg after replay. Lost to Plunkett's/ER. Ballymun Kickhams: Lost to Sylvester's. Beat Whitehall.

WINNERS TO MEET: Round Tower, Clondalkin.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams