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Kenny refuses to look beyond Mount Leinster

FOLLOW us down to Carlow ... that is the plea of the Ballyboden St Enda's senior hurling manager, Jonny Kenny, writes Niall Scully.

Next Sunday, the Dublin champions will open their AIB Leinster Club SHC campaign by travelling to play Mount Leinster Rangers.

"I know on paper that it looks as if we are on the easier side of the draw, but we are not looking any further than Sunday," stressed the Boden boss after the Firhouse Fliers won their sixth Dublin SHC title in Parnell Park last Sunday.

They defeated Lucan Sarsfields by three points, and Jonny says Sunday afternoon could also be a testing experience.

"Mount Leinster ran an Offaly team very close a couple of years ago. They won the All-Ireland Intermediate championship, so they will be no push-over. We are looking no further than this game. It's a match we have to get over. I believe they are a big, strong team who know how to hurl and they have played in the Leinster Championship before."

The Boden manager has enjoyed a memorable first year in the job, having taken over from Liam Hogan, the messiah that guided the club to the famous five-in-a-row.

Sunday night was party night at Páirc Uí Mhurchú as the club's minor hurling champs were also welcomed back from Donnycarney.

Now the word on the street is that all of Dublin are backing the Boden boys in their quest to secure that elusive first Leinster crown.