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Maur's can get better of Raheny in replay

DON'T put your Mullingar Lotto ticket on this one. The first instalment had more swings and roundabouts than the playground in St Anne's Park.

It took place in Rolestown. Tight pitch. Tight game.

And it went the full distance – Raheny 1-8, Maur's 0-11 after extra-time.

At full-time, it was 1-6 to 0-9. Maur's edged in front in extra-time. Points from David Henry and Ger Coady then gave Raheny the advantage, but Ciarán Reddin's strike meant that there would be another enchanting evening.

Both favour a brisk brand of football. They are two fit teams with a Division 1 address. Raheny got back there last season from Division 2.

In their last league games, Maur's beat Kilmacud Crokes and Raheny overcame O'Toole's. No free lunches there.

Brothers and Maur's team-mates, Ronan and Oisín McGinty, were in opposite dugouts as their respective schools reached the Fingal Schools Premier final.

This replay also has a Premiership ring to it. Rival managers Alan Durnin and Ciarán Whelan do more homework than the two Jimmy's – McGuinness and Gavin.

VERDICT: St Maur's

GAA FIXTURES

Tonight (7.30 unless stated)

Ulster U-21HC shield semi-finals

Brewster Park: Fermanagh v Donegal, B Sweeney

Healy Park: Tyrone v Monaghan, H Wallace

Leinster JFC semi-finals

Newbridge: Kildare v Wicklow, P Maguire

Pearse Park: Longford v Cavan, S Murphy

Saturday

Leinster SFC quarter-final

Aughrim: Wicklow v Meath, 7.0, C Lane (Live RTE 2)

Leinster SHC quarter-final replay

(Extra-time if necessary)

Parnell Park: Dublin v Wexford, 7.0, B Gavin

Sunday

Connacht SFC semi-final

Castlebar: Mayo v Roscommon, 4.0, Michael Duffy (Live RTE 2)

Munster SFC semi-final

Ennis: Clare v Cork, 3.30, D Fahy (Longford)

Ulster SFC quarter-final

Brewster Park: Fermanagh v Cavan, 2.0, C Reilly (Meath) *LIVE RTE2/BBC2NI

Leinster SHC semi-final

Portlaoise: Laois v Galway, 3.30, J Owens (Wexford)

Ulster SHC quarter-final

Newry: Down v Armagh, 3.30, O Elliott (Antrim)

Leinster club hurling league Div 1 final

Portlaoise: Coolderry (Offaly) v Ballyboden St Enda's (Dublin), 1.45, M Flynn (Kilkenny)


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