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'Mun look primed to give Jude's the boot

BALLYMUN know all about semi-finals. They have been in quite a few in recent times.

Victory tomorrow would be one small step for Curraner but one giant leap for Mun-Kind.

They overcame St Vincent's in a thrilling quarter-final. The contest was one of the highlights of the championship.

Three times, Vincent's knocked on Donnycarney wood. But in injury-time, Dean Rock sunk the black.

Jude's also have experience at being at the business end of the tournament over several years. In 2009, they reached their first final. Ciarán McGovern was one of their top players for many seasons. He has settled snugly into the manager's chair.

The Templeogue team lost narrowly in the first round to St Vincent's at Newcastle. They recovered to beat St Anne's, Lucan Sarsfields, UCD and Na Fianna. Declan Donnelly's early goal proved especially valuable against Na Fianna in the quarter-final -- he has been in impressive form.

The Tymon troops had to withstand a Glasnevin comeback.

But they have the temperament to deal with such situations. They have an admirable consistency about them, and they are not Division 1 champions for nothing.

Kickhams contain plenty of energy and invention. And they bring a 100 per cent record into the tie following wins over Erin's Isle, St Patrick's (Palmerstown), Parnell's and St Vincent's.

The tussles against Parnell's and Vincent's had a real championship flavour to them, and Ballymun will be seeking a sharper start than they enjoyed against Vins.

On that evening, Vincent's dominated most of the early pages, and some costly wides made the job a little less taxing for Ballymun, who grew more and more into the hour.

They'll be hoping for generous offerings from Philly McMahon, Alan Hubbard, James Burke, James McCarthy, Davy Byrne, Elliot Reilly, Ted Furman and Kevin Leahy.

Jude's possess calibre personnel in Seán Breheny, Seamus Ryan, Paul Cunningham, Collie Murphy, Enda Dalton and the McManamon's. Curbing King Kev will be a chief concern for Kickhams.

The 'Mun to shade it.

VERDICT: Ballymun Kickhams


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