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flying Na fianna can floor faughsMobhi Roaders primed for victory with Brady back in mix

FAUGHS have long been the Dublin Hurling Kings. A record 31 senior hurling championships in the satchel.

You can't argue with that. Their last one came in 1999. Of late, they have been making steady progress back to the summit.

Their juvenile department is buzzing. They have installed top-of-the-range facilities. Their name is cherished all around the globe. The past has been glorious -- the future has never looked better.


Na Fianna are also busy making strides. They have had their pockets of optimism in recent seasons. Not so long ago, they were a finger-nail away from the semi-final.

Last year they were well beaten by Ballinteer St John's, one of the new kids on Dublin hurling's upper block.

Joey Boland has long had the freedom of St Mobhi Road. Tomás Brady also has that distinction.

The return of the comeback kid has cheered the city. Brady played for the hour against Setanta and his progress will be watched closely.

It was Na Fianna's third win on the spin in Division 2. They also carved out victories against Ballyboden 'B' and Whitehall Colmcille.

The guile of Martin Quilty is a major asset, and against Setanta there were valuable shifts from Neil ó Ceallachain, Mickey Brennan and Kieran Murphy.

Faughs have a few miles of wisdom in the boots at this stage. Trevor Donohue is one of the most capable 'keepers on the wicket. They had a notable Division 1 win against Kilmacud last month. New signing, Tom Kearns scored 0-9. Manager, Martin McKenna, was highly pleased with the display.

Ciarán Brennan and Mikey Ryan are slick finishers, and the Tymon Troops have always been well served by the Heaveys, Karl O'Brien and the ir Dublin senior, Maurice O'Brien.

The Glasnevin club will hope to carry over their Division 2 form. And there's nothing like the scent of the championship to raise the volume. It could be an interesting late Donnycarney debate.

The lights will be on. O'Toole's and the Barrs will be in the audience.

They are in the same hotel. It won't be easy to check out.

VERDICT: Na Fianna