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Brigid's have the air force to blow away Boden's dream

BEATING the mighty Crokes -- now that's something to email home about. Brigid's were disappointed they didn't do it last year in the final.

Yet that victory last Saturday will increase the morale. And Brigid's have proven they can live with the best.

Last year in the semi-final, they beat Plunkett's. Like last weekend's result, that caused a stir.

Now, another big name await. Boden are always the team for the hard road. They take extra-time and replays in their stride.

There was no likelihood of a replay against St Peregrine's the last day -- they blew the Blakestown Road men out of the water, 2-11 to 0-0 by the break tells the story.

Their previous ties against Ravens were much more of a test. It's games like that which put chalk on the cue.

Andy Kerin rarely misses the pocket, while the dash of Seán Gibbons and Bob Dwane also bring much to the Firhouse effort.

Gibbons in particular is enjoying a fine championship and chipped in with three points from play against Peregrine's.

Daire Walsh displays authority in the number one jersey, and they have a solid back door which includes Paul O'Brien, Darragh Kiernan and Mark O'Sullivan.

Declan O'Mahony and Michael Darragh Macauley are the chief engineers in the engine room -- arguably the strongest midfield partnership in Dublin club football -- while Danny Davey is flying at the moment.

Liam O'Dwyer's side will have to battle for every crust. Just like Brigid's did against Crokes. In the second half, Brigid's dominated the sky like Ryanair. Mark Cahill won so much ball and he was clever with it, Ken Darcy showed all his craft at full-forward. Seán Murray excelled at the back while Lorcan McCarthy came off the bench to telling effect. Shane Supple would get his place on 31 intercounty teams in the country. He made two fabulous stops against Crokes.

John O'Loughlin and Barry Cahill are also influential figures, while Ken Kilmurray, Paddy Andrews and Philly Ryan can cash the dockets.

LAST YEAR -- St Brigid's: Runners-up. Ballyboden St Enda's: Quarter-final.

LAST TIME SFC WINNERS -- St Brigid's: 2003. Ballyboden St Enda's: 2009.

SFC 2011 -- St Brigid's: Lost to Templeogue/SS. Beat Mark's, Na Fianna and Kilmacud Crokes. Ballyboden St Enda's: Lost to Thomas Davis. Beat Mary's, Fingal Ravens, after replay, and St Peregrine's.

VERDICT: St Brigid's