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Horgan boost for O'Toole's

KEITH HORGAN'S return has lifted the mood on Blunden Drive. The Comeback Kid has lost none of his polish.

He didn't play last year, and the break from the ash and sliotar has done him the world of good.

He looks fitter, sharper and hungrier than ever. His presence is a major plus as O'Toole's bid to reach the quarter-final of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship.

The former Dublin player was a member of the exclusive O'Toole's three-in-a-row club, and he was on board when the Larriers last lifted Dublin gold in 2002. They beat their old foes, and friends, the Craobh, to do it.

Keith's late equaliser sent the final to a replay. It proved an enticing derby dish. Hot stuff on the Donnycarney Domain.

O'Toole's are still swinging at the business end of Dublin hurling. Last year they made the final.

Last week, they made their passage to the last eight a little more comfortable as they overcame Naomh Fionnbarra.

And they'll be looking to cement their progress in Group D with victory over Faughs, who fell to Na Fianna.

Another man from Clare, Stephen McNamara, did a good job when he sat in the manager's chair at Tymon.

Martin McKenna now wears the bib, and they gave Na Fianna quite a game of it after trailing by nine points at one stage.

Nobody has to tell them they can't afford to repeat that sluggish start here as Na Fianna will be planning to get two more vital points against the Barrs on Friday night.

Tomás Brady's long and lonely road had a bad turning when he was red-carded against Faughs.

Sometimes, it seems, even being a member of Dublin's celebrated Cruciate Trio doesn't get you the best seat in the restaurant.

The Cabra Colts, the Senior 'B' champs, produced a late rally against O'Toole's, and they'll have to be humming for the hour to nick a result that will keep their quarter-final chances on the boil.

In Group A tomorrow night, O'Toole Park houses what should be a humdinger between Kilmacud and the Craobh.



INJURY

Both had wins the last day, but it's a pity that McCrabber won't be lacing up the boots. Last week at the same venue, his hurling was doing everything except making the tea.

Unfortunately, he shipped a shoulder injury late on in that tie against Ballinteer. He had scored 10 points, and he is the heartbeat of the Donnycarney side.

Without him, the size of their task is much taller against Crokes, who had to endure a late revival from St Pat's (Palmerstown).

Friday will see Crumlin's first appearance in the championship in the tight, three-team pool which saw St Brigid's lose to St Jude's.

Ger Ryan will be demanding a Brigid's win, and he'll look to the likes of John O'Loughlin, Paddy McAvinue and Daire Plunkett to buy the milk.


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