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Na Fianna to edge Jude's in tight clash

NA FIANNA v ST JUDE'S (Tonight, Parnell Park, 6.45)

THERE will be plenty of lovely hurling played in Group C. Crokes and Brigid's are also in the building.

Jude's have that artful elegance about them. And they possess a Dublin jewel in Danny Sutcliffe.

Danny is one of the finest stick-smiths in the county. Worth the admittance money alone.

But there will also be much else to savour. Na Fianna also have gold in the presence of Joey Boland, a pillar of Dalo's Dublin.

The Mobhi men reached the quarter-final last season following group wins over Faughs and Naomh Fionnbarra. Crumlin foiled them of a place in the last four.

Jude's lost out in the play-off. Their three-team group concluded in a photo finish. Crumlin progressed on scoring difference, while in the play-off, Brigid's pipped the Tymon Troops.

The Parnell Park stewards might have to get ready for another photo finish tonight.

VERDICT: Na Fianna

 

Vincent's to capitalise on kinder draw

ST PATRICK'S (P) v ST VINCENT'S (Tonight, O'Toole Park, 7.15)

LIAM RUSHE will have the Crumlin turnstiles spinning. In Dublin hurling, he's a wonder of the modern age.

He was awesome in the Division 2 final against Limerick. Wise Thurles hurling men doffed their caps.

There's always a fine spirit about the men from Glenaulin Park. They proved it against Kilmacud last season when they produced a noble second-half show, with two Dave O'Hanlon goals enhancing their effort.

Aidan Glennon and Shane Stapleton have been long-time Palmerstown princes, and keeping two senior teams on the road has been quite a feat.

St Vincent's will feel that the draw was a little kinder to them this time. Last year they were in the same group as Ballyboden, Lucan and Cuala. No loose change there. In 2011, Vins lost to Brigid's in the quarter-final, but they have never been far from the business end, reaching the finals of 2007 and 2010.

Ruairí Trainor has the speed to match the road-runner, and a win here will have the Páirc Naomh Uinsionn faithful putting John Sheahan on the car CD.

VERDICT: St Vincent's

– NIALL SCULLY


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