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Jude's to push on at expense of Mobhi men

ST JUDE'S came through a challenge all clubs dread - UCD. Only two points in it up at the Iveagh Gardens.

The Tymon lads also endured a tight one against Lucan Sarsfields in the third round after they had overcome St Anne's.

On opening night, they fell to a slender defeat by St Vincent's, so they have had a difficult enough road to get to the last eight.

Na Fianna beat Fingal Ravens, Trinity Gaels and Erin's Isle. They are a young, exciting side.

Paddy Quinn is an accomplished finisher, and David Quinn can also make the till sing. Against Isles, they had one foot, and four toes, in the quarter-final by the seventh minute of the second half.

Paddy Quinn scored their first goal. Carl O'Connor squeezed in their second. Dublin All-Ireland-winning U21 captain, Jonny Cooper, brings experience to the cockpit. It was Paul Maguire who made a telling impact off the bench for Jude's in their victory over the students. Also in that game, Paul Copeland made a brilliant save.

Copeland is one of the best security guards in Dublin, while Colly Murphy and Paul Cunningham did well at midfield.

It is never an easy task to contain the powerful surges of Kevin McManamon. Kevin, on the burst, with the ball in his custody, is one of the most exciting images of Dublin football.

The brother, Brendan, adds guile, and Andy Glover and Declan Donnelly also contribute much for the Division 1 champs.

Conor McBride, Gareth Roche and Seán Breheny are secure sentries, and they'll have to keep tabs on the Mobhi movements of Adam Caffrey, Brian Downes and full-forward, Tomás Brady.

Brady's hurling colleague, Joey Boland, is part of a competent looking Glasnevin back six. Opening doors and windows won't be easy in the theatre tonight. Jude's did not over impress against UCD but can throw off the shackles now.

VERDICT: St Jude's


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