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Boden to dim shining Sars'

WISE men say, and some women too, that this could be the match of the night.

Ballyboden St Enda's v Lucan Sarsfields (tonight, Iveagh Grounds, 7.0)

Up at the Iveagh Grounds, they'll drink to that. Two sides that bristle with conviction.

Conor Deegan is the new Boden boss. He's one of football's deepest thinkers. You only have to listen to him on Newstalk to know that.

He's been down here for a while now. He knows the scene. And so does Ciarán O'Hare, the Lucan manager.

Ciarán was part of the glory days at Erin's Isle. He realises, better than most, the class and commitment needed to lift the Clery Cup.

Boden last won it in 2009. Liam O'Dwyer was the manager then. When he was with St James's Gaels, he was lord of the manor at his beloved Iveagh Grounds.

Those Herald Floodlit Cup nights used to overflow with drama. Big Joe taking the points ... and the applause.

Hopefully, this contest will reach those levels of excitement.

Last season, Boden tumbled out in round four in a replay to Crokes. Pat Burke's late goal decided it.

Declan O'Mahony's return to the blue has been lauded by all. Michael Darragh Macauley has the engine of a jaguar. Dara Nelson moves like a Mercedes.

Paul Casey has long been the leading ferryman at the 12th Lock. And there's the culture of Emmet O'Conghaile.

Two Division 1 sides that have been dealt a difficult draw. But who should bring a big crowd to the Crumlin Road.

Verdict: Ballyboden St Enda's


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