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Mileage can make 'Mun

THE Ballymun Bus will take to the road again this Sunday. Another chance to write headlines in the Leinster Express.

The Dublin champions will meet Sarsfields of Kildare in the semi-final of the Leinster SFC in Newbridge.

Kickhams have already been to Cusack Park on their travels where they swept past the Mullingar Shamrocks.

Yet filling up the tank again is no bad thing according to the doyen of Dublin football, Brian Talty.

"When I was playing in the Leinster Championship with Parnell's we had many trips down the country and I think it helps to focus a team," said Brian.

"It's something different. You are going to a different venue, etc, and I feel it's a good way of increasing the spirit in a side."

Ballymun will once again be seeking to begin sharply, just as they did in the Dublin final against Kilmacud Crokes, and against Shamrocks the last day.

Many had expected the Shamrocks duel to be much tighter, including Mullingar manager, Ray Smyth. The Sarsfields boss, John Crofton, the former Kildare defender, knows his Dublin football. He managed Round Tower of Clondalkin.

Sarsfields played St Brigid's in a couple of challenges and he couldn't believe how a side of their calibre could have let a half-time semi-final eight-point lead slip.

Add in the ingredient that their conquerors were then beaten by Ballymun in the final has heightened his awareness of Curraner's Colts.

Sarsfields beat St Patrick's of Louth in their opening assignment, and they'll be hoping that home advantage will be worth a couple of points, or three.

A priority in the early pages will be to curb the Ballymun Bolt-like start. But Talts indicates that won't be easy.

"Ballymun are a seriously good side. They have been unlucky in Dublin over the years. They have the hunger and they have a manager in Paul Curran that knows what playing at this level is all about."