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Champs to kick on past Raheny

A WHILE back, TG4 did a lovely programme on David Henry. In it, he picked out a few of his favourite places in Dublin. His beloved St Anne's Park and wearing the Raheny jersey was top of the list. You can see what the jersey means everytime he goes out.

He's always such a heartbeat of the side. David is a teacher. So many could learn so much from just watching him play.

He gives it everything, on good days and bad. Last Tuesday was one of the good days. Victory over the Clondalkin Tower's.

Henry scored 0-6 (two frees, one sideline), but it was his overall contribution that impressed most of all.

The Boden boss, Liam O'Dwyer, was taking the notes. He'll have his best traffic wardens on Henry Street.

The conviction of Daragh Pelly is another big Raheny asset. He combined well with Tiernan ó Doinn at midfield. John Ryan is a super footballer. Excellent vision and distribution. Greg Bennett and Neil Sullivan will pack the Energiser.

For a young man Eoghan Keogh conducts his attack to telling effect and is tidy in front of the posts. However, their is a doubt over the participation of Mick O'Keeffe who sent over two points, one from either foot, against Tower's while Ciarán Whelan is still out (hamstring injury).

Boden were happy to leave St Margaret's with their fourth round ticket. O'Toole's had made their journey an uncomfortable one. Danny Davey prospered. He's an exciting player. He takes defenders on and he's always willing to have a crack.

Boden had to defend well that evening. Darragh Kiernan was a leader of men. Ian Clarke was his chief lieutenant. Stephen Hiney kept it simple around the engine room where the drive and direct style of Michael Darragh Macauley would cheer up any game.

It could be another busy night for Conor Dolan, David Ryan and James O'Hara but they are diligent sentries while in Darragh Nelson Boden have a genuine gem. Boden will have to be on their guard but their greater physicality, experience and scoring prowess, from Conal Keaney and Davey in particular, should tell.

Last Year -- Ballyboden St Enda's: Champions. Raheny: 4th Round.

Last Time Champs -- Ballyboden St Enda's: 2009. Raheny: Never.

2010 Championship Road -- Ballyboden St Enda's: Beat Trinity Gaels by 12 points. Beat O'Toole's by 4 points. Raheny: First round bye. Lost to Lucan by 9 points. Beat Tower's, Clondalkin by 9 points.

Form - Ballyboden St Enda's (Division 1): W5 L6 D2. Raheny: (Division 1): W3 L 10.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's