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Crokes set to Kil' off Boden

BAD light stopped play at the Kimmage Manor. In Parnell Park last Saturday for the Syls-Plunkett's clash, the lights came on with 10 minutes left.

No such luxury across the city as 'Boden and Crokes were engaged in a tremendous tussle where they were unable to play extra-time.

The 'Boden corner-forward, Andrew Kerin, was the top-scorer with 2-3. The tally recalled his contribution in the county final of 2009.

Boden beat St Jude's that day to secure their second Dublin crown. Andrew hit 2-5 of their 2-12 total, with only one of his points coming from a free.

In the semi-final that season, 'Boden and Crokes had to meet three times in a memorable semi-final saga. It was 0-11 each the first day, 1-10 apiece after extra-time in the replay before extra-time was needed again in the second replay before 'Boden prevailed by four points.

So, you have been warned - bring the soup and sandwiches.

St Sylvester's will play the winners in the quarter-final.

On Saturday, Kerin's collection included three frees and a goal from a measured penalty. It took a late Conal Keaney free to earn 'Boden equality.

Unfortunately, Ray Cosgrove had to leave the action after just 22 minutes with a neck injury that saw him go to hospital.



Storming

It was good to see Mark Vaughan come off the bench. Mark would cheer up any party. The game is always brighter when he's in it. Storming solo runs, points scored from the front row of the stand and frees converted with all the fuss of a gent practising his putting on the sitting room carpet.

He's an entertainer, and long may he reign. Sport needs its MVPs.

Crokes will need a sharper start tonight. It was 'Boden who were bristling from the off in O'Toole Park.

The Firhouse men were six points up after just 18 minutes. Crokes eventually got two hands on the ball.

They played some good stuff in the second half to go into the lead, but 'Boden always remained on their coat-tails.

The Stillorgan defence possess a sturdy back door. David Nestor is one of the most experienced 'keepers around, and in front of him stand an impressive six pack -- Conor Lamb, Rory O'Carroll, Ross O'Carroll, Cian O'Sullivan, Brian McGrath and Kevin Nolan.

Pat Duggan and Darren Magee present a formidable presence in the engine room, and they'll be looking to nick scores from Declan Kelleher, Craig Dias and Pat Burke.

Boden will be bringing along the tar and cement. Paul O'Brien, Daragh Nelson and Mark O'Sullivan won't be giving away the popcorn.

Michael Darragh Macauley will inject energy around the middle, while the noble stickmen add experience to the challenge -- Stephen Hiney, Shane Durkin, Simon Lambert and King Keaney.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes


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