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Experience of Jude's to prove vital

UCD are usually at the business end of the championship. Maybe not the force of a few years ago, but formidable just the same.

(Iveagh Grounds, Tonight, 7.30)

They prove dangerous opponents. They are never easily beaten. Some of their number might come from the four country roads, but Billers always has them playing for the jersey.

Jude's also put it in. They are the Division 1 champs. They reached their first county final in 2009.

They had been close before. Over the years, they have been one of the most consistent sides in the city.

This year they were pipped late on against St Vincent's in the first round. They turned on the charm the next night in the Tallaght rain as they accounted for St Anne's.

Then it was Lucan in round three. The Tymon boys had to go deep into the Newcastle colliery. They'll have to bring their shovels to the Guinness estate once more.

Ronan Joyce and the McManamon brothers, Brendan and Kevin, hit some tidy scores against Lucan. Kevin has that darting pace and strength that causes concern to all defences.

At Belfield, Donie Kingston is the Student Prince. On his last visit to the Iveagh, he was inspirational as College defeated Ballyboden St Enda's. Playing UCD always means a hard day's night. It could be tight. It could also be a cracker.

VERDICT: St Jude's

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