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Marino magic to spell Mary’s end

VINS are on the march with Buster's Army. A legend of Páirc Naomh Uinsionn, Buster Leaney.

The Marino Marvels surprised all with their handsome win over last year's runners-up, St Jude's. Vins were accomplished and highly accurate.

The Vincent's attack moved with menace and understanding from the first whistle as Mossy Quinn and Austin O'Malley caused all sorts of problems, while Dublin U-21 Ciarán Dorney knows how to produce the jackpot shot.

Further out the field Diarmuid Connolly was pulling the strings -- one perfectly-weighted left-footed pass into the path of Quinn in the opening half was pure class.

Another dual jewel, Ruairí Trainor, had polish on the boots and his energy wore down the Jude's defence as he slotted a couple of excellent second-half points.

At the back, Paul Conlon, Eoin Brady, Willie Lowry and Hugh Gill will forage for every crumb -- Conlon is one of the best man-markers in the capital. Just ask Bernard Brogan -- he said as much in a match programme Q&A earlier in the season.

However, the departure of Hugh Coghlan to pastures new (Portlaoise) creates a midfield dilemma.

O'Toole Park suits Mary's compact style. They had one of their greatest days there when Dessie Brennan led the team to the perfect Christmas present a few years ago -- the Division 1 trophy.

Jimmy Callaghan demanded improvement after the defeat by Maur's. He got it. Ballinteer are tricky, talented opponents at the best of times but the Saggart side fully merited their victory.

Dublin senior Blaine Kelly and Dublin U21 of this season, Eoin Murray, signed most of the cheques on the Kiltipper Road, while David Marshall always brings conviction in the kit bag.

Donnacha Corcoran's presence is a boost, while Denis Carrigan and Conor Broderick are nimble inventors.

The game could resemble the pitch -- tight. They'll be hanging out of the rafters in Crumlin's cosy cathedral.

Last Year -- St Vincent's: 4th Round. St Mary's, Saggart: Semi-final.

Last Time Champs -- St Vincent's: 2007. St Mary's: Never.

2010 Championship Road -- St Vincent's: Beat St Mark's by 15 points. Beat St Jude's by 13 points. St Mary's: Lost to Maur's by a point. Bye. Beat Ballinteer by 5 points.

Form -- St Vincent's (Division 1): W9 L5. St Mary's (Div 1): W5 L6 D2.

VERDICT: St Vincent's


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