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Jude's too big an ask for an earnest Anne's

ST JUDE'S v ST ANNE'S (Tonight, O'Toole Park, 7.0)

JUDE'S reached their first final in 2009. They had come close before that. They were back in the semi-final last season.

Ciarán McGovern runs a good show. Kevin McManamon would run all day. Chris Guckian too.

Jude's have won two and lost two in Division 1. Anne's have the same record in Division 2.

They have a father and son on the team, Darren and Scott Fulham. Not many can match that.

The Tymon side were Division 1 champs in 2011. Anne's are a young team on the rise. They always pull out something extra on championship nights.

VERDICT: St Jude's

Mobhi Roaders to make Mearnóg pay

NA FIANNA v NAOMH MEARNóG (Tonight, Donabate, 7.0)

NA FIANNA are the Division 1 champions. They beat St Sylvester's in the final at Balgriffin last November.

It was their first Division 1 crown in 30 years. The achievement cemented their progress.

Two years previously, they had survived relegation. The following term they reached the league final.

Last term, St Jude's beat them in the championship quarter-final. The Glasnevin team are doing well in Division 1, with three wins from four, and with experienced personnel like Jonny Cooper, Paddy Quinn and Tomás Brady.

Kevin O'Brien and Shane Carty play their football on the coast. Mearnóg are striving to move up the Division 2 table. Gerry Harrington has returned as manager.

Last season, Mearnóg were knocked out in round three by Ballyboden, who scored the winning point in injury-time. Harrington's Heroes will endeavour to bring the same spirit to this contest.

VERDICT: Na Fianna

Isle's set to leave St Mark's all at sea

ERIN'S ISLE v ST MARK'S (Tonight, Chanel, 7.0)

MARK'S are in Division 3. They have possessed some gifted footballers over the years. Last season they had championship defeats by St Patrick's of Palmerstown and Isles.

There were only two points in it against Isle's. John Kelly got a goal-of-the-month contender. Mark's displayed commendable conviction.

The Finglas club always carry that commodity in the kit bag. They were unlucky to draw Ballymun in round one last time.

Isle's have won two and lost one in Division 2. Their 2012 championship journey ended against Na Fianna. But they had super shows from Luke Sweetman, Kevin Nicholson and the man with the golden boot, Niall Crossan.

VERDICT: Erin's Isle


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