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Brigid's can edge Boden out in battle of the giants


IN-FORM: St Brigid’s forward, Philly Ryan.

IN-FORM: St Brigid’s forward, Philly Ryan.

IN-FORM: St Brigid’s forward, Philly Ryan.

THE big one. Anyone buying or selling a ticket?

Boden beat their southside rivals Kilmacud Crokes. Easier written than done. And now they face another of the giants of football in the capital.

In their two championship games, Brigid's have hit a whopping 12 goals. They got seven against Whitehall the first night and five against Thomas Davis.

Philly Ryan collected the man-of-the-match award against Thomas Davis. He compiled 2-5 in a stunning individual display.

Paddy Andrews and Lorcan McCarthy were productive. One of the best goalkeepers around, Shane Supple, hangs his gloves in Russell Park.

Supple by name and by nature – he'd make any team in the country but when the greatest of them all is your county 'keeper, Stephen Cluxton, you have to be a patient man!

Graham Norton, Colin Freeman and Alan Daly never let the jersey down. And it's the same with dual performers, John O'Loughlin and Daire Plunkett.

Like Brigid's, Boden also have their hurlers in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Busy days, and nights, at both clubs.

Boden had to work overtime to get past Lucan in the first round at the Iveagh Grounds. It went to extra-time.

They then had three points to spare over Kilmacud in the controversial Crumlin clash where Ryan Basquel attracted much praise.

Stephen O'Connor, Stephen Hiney, Michael Darragh Macauley, Declan O'Mahony and Andrew Kerin are bustling 'Boden boys.

It's a contest not to be missed. It's sure to rattle and hum. And whoever emerges with the last four ticket will have earned it.

VERDICT: St Brigid's