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Kickhams can put Parnell's to the sword

THE Mun have been warned - the men in the white boots will be in Donnycarney tonight.

Conor Mortimer, MJ Tierney and Johnny Murtagh hit some elegant points against Whitehall in the last round.

But as the Parnell's boss, Paul Bealin, says, the bar will be raised significantly for this encounter.

Ballymun are the form team. Last season it took extra-time for St Brigid's to beat them in the semi-final.

When it comes to the Dublin SFC, Kickhams have been knocking on the door with gusto for several years. They have frequently been just a couple of steps away from gold. This season's campaign threw-in with victory over Isles. Dean Rock hit a stunning 11 points, six from play.

He then added another five to his collection as Ballymun danced in the Crumlin rain against St Patrick's of Palmerstown, the Mun goals coming from Conor Weir, Shane Forde and a bolt from Jason Whelan.

Parnell's began their journey with a win against O'Toole's. Then they lost a real belter of a match to Templeogue Synge Street in O'Toole Park.

They were always going to be the heavy favourites against Whitehall, yet Paddy Canning's boys showed pride in the shirt.

Paul Curran has aces in Philly McMahon, Alan Hubbard, James McCarthy and the legendary Paddy Christie, up there with the best full-backs that ever played in the capital.

Kevin Leahy and Derek Byrne are proven finishers, while the Coolock club always get worthy offerings from Andy Shore and Darren Rooney, plus from the sons of the fathers, Bealo and Talts. It should be a good night's entertainment down in the theatre.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams


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