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Brigid's must be on ball to silence Synger

NO mistake from the Hoops at the second time of asking in Parnell Park last Wednesday night.

The plucky Palmerstown Pat's had drawn with them the previous Saturday, but at half-time in the replay, they trailed by 1-9 to 0-2.

Pat's did mount a mini rally, but Synger's place in the last-eight looked assured a long way from home.

It's their first time in the quarter-final since the two clubs, Templeogue and Synge Street, merged. Synge Street did make the semi-final in 1983, losing narrowly to St Vincent's.

Brigid's won't have to be reminded of the Templeogue threat. This term, Templeogue Synge St have had significant championship victories over Sylvester's and Parnell's. And last year, Templeogue beat Brigid's in the first round. Brigid's recovered to become champions.

Brigid's had a worthy victory over Thomas Davis the last day. But the Tallaght side made them work for it.

It wasn't until Barry Cahill's goal, ten minutes from time, that the script began to go according to plan.

John O'Loughlin had a hell of a game for the Russell Park lads. The energetic Alan Daly also impressed, and you are never far away from three stars on your ticket when Paddy Andrews is in the building.

Brigid's had already beaten Thomas Davis in the first round before accounting for Lucan Sarsfields.

The Brigid's rearguard will have to be sturdy to curtail young Niall Scully, a fabulous footballer and one of Dessie's Diamonds.

He showed that Templeogue SS meant business in the replay versus Pat's. Straight from the throw-in, he raced off down towards the church end to lash over the first point. There were barely ten seconds gone on the watch.

Denis Bastick and Alan O'Brien put in the miles, and there were some neat scores from Cathal Morley, Eoghan O'Gara and Mark Hiney.

Synger 'keeper, Eamonn Spillane, and his house band could find themselves a little busier this evening. Ken Darcy and Co will be looking to take advantage of any wrong notes.

VERDICT: St Brigid's