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Crokes to put manners on Pat's


ST PATRICK'S (P) v KILMACUD CROKES (O'Toole Park, Today, 5.0)

LIAM RUSHE will be in the Crumlin Coliseum. As they said about Joe Canning in Portlaoise, he'll be worth the admittance money alone.

Pat's continue to climb the stairs. They came within a finger-nail of the Senior 'B' Championship title last term. They possess some tidy players. Shane Stapleton can rattle the chimney pot.

Crokes are always in the championship mix, year after year. They have been champions four times, the last occasion in 1985. Their devotion to the sliotar indicates the long wait will end soon enough.

They don't lack calibre -- Niall Corcoran, Ross, Rory and Bill O'Carroll, Barry O'Rorke and Ryan O'Dwyer to name just a few. They lost to O'Toole's in last season's quarter-final. Making the last eight is within their compass.

VERDICT: Kilmacud Crokes