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Brigid's can bring Pat's run to a halt

ST BRIGID'S v ST PATRICK'S (P)

(O'TOOLE PARK, TODAY, 3.0)

NED Rushe has got the freedom of Glenaulin Park. Guiding Pat's to the quarter-finals is quite a feat, and especially with a game to spare.

The big Palmerstown triumph came against St Vincent's. They followed that up with a win against Finbarr's before tumbling to the mighty Boden.

Now they'll meet a team that have been moving in the one direction in the last few years. They are playing a tidy brand of hurling under Ger Ryan.

They have gifted personnel in Brendan McInerney, Paddy McAvinue, Daire Plunkett and Paul Winters. And they have a solid spine.

Pat's have one of the best of them all in Liam Rushe. Aidan Glennon and Shane Stapleton will make the most of their chances. Brigid's are unbeaten after wins against Jude's and Faughs, and the draw with Crokes.

VERDICT: St Brigid's

 

CRAOBH TO SEE OFF BALLINTEER

BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S v CRAOBH CHIARáIN

(TODAY, O'TOOLE PARK, 4.30)

THE Craobh and the Championship are forever friends. They bring out the best in each other. This time, though, the omens were looking grim.

A defeat by Cuala; a draw with Lucan. They needed to beat O'Toole's in their remaining game. And the word on the street was that the Larriers were flying.

But Chiaráin's did what comes natural – they dug deep. They'll do so again now against Ballinteer, who beat Faughs, lost to Crumlin but then overcame the poll-toppers, Plunkett's.

A 2-5 from Glen Whelan proved pivotal. Ronan Collins, Cormac O'Brien and Frank O'Donoghue excelled at the back. Aodhán Clabby, Ciaran Walsh and Ciaran Lane brought polish to the attack.

Alan McCrabbe is the heart-beat of Chiaráin's. Eugene Farrell, Derek O'Reilly and Robbie Mahon were purring against O'Toole's. And in his 20th year in senior hurling, Ger Ennis made the net dance.

VERDICT: Craobh Chiaráin


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