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Kilmacud Crokes v O'Toole's

(Silver Park, Tonight, 7.30)

A TEST for the Larriers, who came within a fingernail of making last year's final. They took Boden to a semi replay.

O'Toole's judge their season on their SHC podium finish. And they are sure to be on the leaderboard again this time.

Crokes are a serious hurling outfit. Niall Lillis, Niall Corcoran, Ronan Walsh and Aodan de Paor will block off all the roads.

Gary McMorrow and Dublin U21 midfielder Conor Clinton can deliver good ball inside where Hugh Gannon and Barry O'Rorke, another one of Dublin's U21 Leinster final winning heroes, can take scores.

There will be two first-class keepers on duty, Macdara ó hOgain and Brendan McLoughlin -- the former Dublin netminder lined out for Westmeath this year. Danny Webster is an accomplished Ayrfield half-back, and there's no introduction needed for Philip Brennan, the Ryans, Jody Bastow and Flynner himself.

Championship Form -- Kilmacud Crokes: W1 L1. O'Toole's: W2

VERDICT: O'Toole's

Faughs to deny Pat's


Faughs v St Patrick's, Palmerstown

(Tymon North, Tonight, 7.30)

McNAMARA's band have been raising the volume this season. No free lunches against Faughs, Dublin's most decorated Championship club.

The Banner Boy, Faughs manager Stephen McNamara, has done good work. As ever, goalie Trevor Donohue has helped the cause. Mick Devane, Damien Burke, Lorcan Heavey, and Mick Connolly are diligent in their deeds.

Ciarán Brennan, Colm Crowley and Fergal Heavey are neat finishers and there's a solid work ethic in the Tymon North side. The same can be said for Pats.

They have class defenders in Dan Byrne, Graham Kelly, Graham Dunne and Darren Mooney. Liam Rushe can pull them down out of the clouds, and there's gold in the sticks of Rushe's Dublin U21 team-mate Shane Stapleton, Dave O'Hanlon, Barry O'Hanlon and Aidan Glennon. Like Donohue, Conor Haugh is a capable keeper of the castle. There should be plenty of earnest hurling.

Championship Form -- Faughs: D1L1. St Pat's, Palmerstown: L2.