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Road-hardened Brigid's can put it up to Mobhi men

BRIGID'S showed resolve against the Larriers. They salvaged a late draw. It was a cracking game. Paul Winters was the top teller. Pat Rohan also excelled. Alan Nolan is their competent custodian.

DUBLIN SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

GROUP 3: ST BRIGID'S v NA FIANNA (Parnell Park, Tonight, 6.45)

 

Na Fianna fell to Faughs. Only by a point. Joey Boland is the Mobhi minstrel. The Glasnevin side don't lack quality. It's to be seen in the offerings of Martin Quilty, Fergal Breathnach, AJ Murphy and Seán Murphy.

The Russell Park crew bring plenty of experience to the stage. There's the charm of youth too. The gold blend is enhanced with the presence of artists like Seán Brady, Mick Cussen, the McInerneys and Daire Plunkett.

Brigid's have done well in recent times – reaching the knock-out stages. Last season they made it to the semi-final against 'Boden. Boden eventually pulled away, but Brigid's boss Ger Ryan says the lessons were well learned.

The precious point against O'Toole's was well earned. They'll be keen to build on that.

VERDICT: St Brigid's

GROUP 3: FAUGHS v O'TOOLE'S (Parnell Park, Tonight, 8.15)

O'TOOLE'S are a side to be reckoned with in the championship. They never go down easily. They always give the hour their last drop.

Ger O'Meara excelled against Brigid's the last day. He has long been one of the top players in the city. And the same can be said for the sister, Elaine, an inspirational presence on the Dublin camogie side.

Faughs will be cheered by their opening win over Na Fianna. A good start to the championship campaign for new manager, PJ Donohue.

PJ has vast experience of the sliotar. His son, Trevor, is the Tymon gate-keeper.

Eoin Prendergast was in form against Na Fianna. Pat Robinson, Colin Devane, Maurice O'Brien, Emmet McKenna and Ciarán Brennan can also make an impact.

The Ayrfield Aces possess the Carton clan. So much class. Peadar was as sharp as a beak against Brigid's.

Conor Carton was also on the money, and Kevin Ryan and Christy Mulligan will also bring much to the table.

VERDICT: O'Toole's

GROUP 4: ST JUDE'S v BALLINTEER ST JOHN'S (O'Toole Pk, Tonight, 7.30)

THIS should bring a tidy gathering to the Crumlin Crucible. The arena will be full of marksmen who can find the pockets.

It could be the most interesting fixture of the night. Jude's beat Crumlin at Rathcoole. There were three points in it.

That was a fine result. But even better was Ballinteer's draw in O'Toole Park with Lucan, last year's finalists. Last season, Ballinteer reached the quarter-final. They weren't a million miles away from the semi.

Jude's are also a team on the up. Fionn ó Riain has been in terrific form. Tom Devlin and John Ryan are highly skilled.

Then there's the All-Star, Danny Boy, while Paul Aylward and Ross O'Brien are also impressive figures.

The Marlay men don't lack guile. And they have stylish timber merchants in Aodhán Clabby, James Gilligan, Fergal Chambers, Ronan Collins and Frank O'Donoghue.

VERDICT: Draw

– Compiled by Niall Scully


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