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Shining Saints' spirit to prove the difference

ST PATRICK'S win against St Vincent's was the talk of the town.

DUBLIN SHC GROUP D

NAOMH FIONNBARRA v ST PATRICK'S (P)

(TONIGHT, PARNELL PARK, 6.45)

It was richly deserved. The sun shone at O'Toole Park, but not as bright as the Saints. It was a case of red and white was dynamite, writes Niall Scully.

It was the collective spirit that won the hour. It was a tremendous contest. Only two points in it at the finish. It had been level three times. James 'Shiner' Brennan of Kilkenny and Dublin was refereeing. It was a game he would have loved to have played in.

The outcome was in doubt even when the Fat Lady was reaching for the lozenges. The Glenaulin Gladiators brought such desire to the stage. At the same venue, Naomh Fionnbarra ran into the five-time champions. Boden bore a lean and hungry look.

All Luke Lawlor was short of playing on the Crumlin tannoy was The Boys Are Back In Town. Ger Dodrill showed his Cabra class at centre half-back. Eamon Dillon was the Barr's top teller, and Lar Sweetman is still guarding the garden gate.

The Finbarr's defence will have to contain Shane Stapleton (pictured) and Aidan Glennon. Stapo hit 0-11 against Vins, eight from the placed ball. Glennon contributed 1-3. VERDICT: St Patrick's (P)


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