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Kickhams can show intent with Vins scalp

JIM GAVIN and Mick Deegan were comparing notes. There were plenty of moments to fill the pages.

Deano was at the piano again. Four gorgeous first-half points. Cashel has its Rock, but Ballymun has a better one.

On that evening, Kickhams got past Parnell's. It was their hardest test so far in championship 2012.

Now they face an even bigger examination. Another north Dublin derby to keep the ticket touts happy.

The Donegal captain, Michael Murphy, saw Vins beat Maur's in Swords to progress to the quarters.

Like Jimmy, Tommy and Curraner have been winning matches, plenty of them. And they'd love to win this one.

Ballymun have been buzzing this year. And they were only a fingernail away from the big time last season when Brigid's beat them in the semi-final after extra-time.

This term they accounted for Erin's Isle and St Patrick's of Palmerstown before overcoming Parnell's on that super-charged Donnycarney night.

Ted Furman got the golden goal against Bealo's Boys. The Kickhams 'keeper, Seán Currie, doesn't concede too many, and Eoin and Enda Dolan, Philly McMahon and Alan Hubbard keep a close eye on the back garden.

James McCarthy and Davy Byrne will toil for possession, and there's promise in the boots of Kevin Leahy, Elliot Reilly and Jason Whelan.

Ballymun are very fit. They'll need to be quick on the toes to curb the probing runs of Ruairí Trainor and the intelligent movement and vision of Diarmuid Connolly. Mossy had glue on the gloves last week, and young Cormac Diamond again did many bright things. In the opening round in Newcastle against Jude's, he curled in the delicious late winning goal for the Marino marvels.

Vincent's then defeated Skerries Harps, and against Maur's, Eamon Fennell and Daithí ó Murchú impressed at midfield.

Then there's the commander-in-chief, Ger Brennan. Mickey Whelan said he'd go to war with Ger. It could be a night for putting on the tin hat.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams