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Cuala facing more misery at Chiaráins

Craobh Chiaráin v Cuala

(Clonshaugh, Tonight, 6.0)

NOT the match Cuala would have chosen to pick up crucial points. On home ground, the Craobh resemble an immovable force.

Cuala's injury worries continue. They'll be missing Paul Schutte and David Treacy. Oisín Gough's presence will be a big help and Eoghan Dunne will have to sink every putt that comes his way.

Chiarains got over Brigid's in their re-fixed game on Wednesday night. James Ryan got the goal, while Ger Ennis and Peter O'Boyle potted the reds.

Darren Kelly, Dave Kirwan and the All-Star bring much calibre to Chiarain's, who always reserve their best for this time of the year.

SO FAR - Craobh Chiaráin's: Lost to Lucan by 8 points. Beat Jude's by 12 points. Beat Brigid's by 4 points. Cuala: Lost to Brigid's by 3 points. Lost to Lucan by 4 points. Drew with Crumlin.

VERDICT: Craobh Chiaráin

St Jude's v St Brigid's

(Tymon North, Tonight, 6.0)

THE first defeat for Brigid's this week. They were humming the old Meatloaf tune out in Russell Park.

Timmy O'Mahony can be pleased with the work. Brigid's are still on the scent of a quarter-final spot. Likewise St Jude's if they get a win here.

Brigid's gave Craobh a late run on Wednesday, Cian O'Mahony's two goals helping matters. Mick Cussen, Conor Woodgate, Daire Plunkett and Tom Cleere can influence the flowing tide.

Jude's proved their potential when they beat Lucan. That was the shock of the tournament. They have a neat style about them, and fine craftsmen in Stephen Larkin, John Ryan, Neil Mangan, Sean O'Connor, Sam Lehane and Cormac Grogan. A tricky one for both teams.

SO FAR -- St Jude's: Lost to Crumlin by 4 points. Lost to Chiarain's by 12 points. Beat Lucan by 5 points. St Brigid's: Beat Cuala by 3 points. Beat Crumlin by 6 points. Lost to Chiarain's by 4 points.

VERDICT: St Brigid's

Lucan Sarsfields v Crumlin

(Newcastle, Tonight, 6.0)

It's a tight enough Pool. Two points here would be just what the doctor and nurses ordered.

Lucan have been one of the leading Championship sides in the last few years. They have been a step away from the final. Boden got in the way twice and then last year it was Chiarain's.

Crumlin are a young side with experience too. Paul O'Brien and Colin Martin are worthy defenders, and then there's the class of John Cullen, Shane Martin and Darren Whelan.

Lucan will need to be motoring well to take it, and helping their cause will be Mick May, Johnny McCaffrey, Peter Kelly and David Quinn.

SO FAR -- Lucan Sarsfields: Beat Chiarain's by 8 points. Beat Cuala by 4 points. Lost to St Jude's by 5 points. Crumlin: Beat Jude's by 4 points. Lost to Brigid's by 6 points. Drew with Cuala.

VERDICT: Lucan Sarsfields


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