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Boden win lit the fuse -- Kenny

THE Wicklow Way led Hugh Kenny to Páirc de Burca. He's enjoying the Stillorgan scenery.

"It's a fantastic club. It's like being involved with an inter-county side again," says Hugh, the manager of Kilmacud Crokes.

"I have been here since February working with the players, and I can't say enough about them.

"Anything you ask them to do, they don't think twice. What more could you want as a manager?"

Hugh played on the renowned Baltinglass team that became All-Ireland champions (1990). He managed Wicklow before Micko's arrival in the Garden.

He has seen the quality that is in Dublin football. He reckons it's up there with the best.

"Wouldn't any county be delighted to have the calibre of player that is in Dublin. And there's such a wide spread of them. Some of the football played by ourselves and Brigid's in the semi-final was first class."

Yet Hugh looks back on the Evening Herald Dublin SFC fourth-round clash with Ballyboden St Enda's as the crucial fixture so far.


In O'Toole Park the first day, Crokes were in deep trouble -- trailing by six points coming up to half-time. They recovered to earn the replay.

And it took a late strike from one of the club's most distinguished servants, Pat Burke, to bring them through the replay in Parnell Park.

"Those two games against 'Boden brought us on so much. They were such demanding matches.

"They gave us the platform to produce the kind of performances we gave against St Sylvester's in the quarter-final and in the second half against Brigid's."

The comeback against Brigid's still has them talking. Crokes were eight points down at half-time.

"The last thing I said to them going out for the second half was that I believe in miracles and miracles do happen. We had to perform a miracle in that second half, and we did it.

"We shared the burden, and the talk, at half-time. There's enough experience in the squad to be able to do that.

"We said the key to the second half was to try and get early scores. Okay, it worked out in the end, but as I have repeated since, you don't win anything in a semi-final.

"The final is another day now. We face a completely different challenge in Ballymun. And we'll have to make sure we are ready for it."