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Syls tuned up to vote off Synger

TEMPLEOGUE SYNGE ST v ST SYLVESTER'S (O'Toole Park, Tonight, 7.15)

SYNGER had people turning the radio up in round one last season. They beat Brigid's by a point. Cue the Coronas.

Lucan eventually ended the Templeogue concert in a terrific tie in O'Toole Park. Declan Treanor is a polished half-back. The McKiernans, Alan O'Brien and Ger Vickery always contribute much to the pot.

The Hoops will have to be rolling from the off to beat Syls, the Division 1 champs of a year ago and a team not all that far from Dublin's inner-circle.

The Malahide men have plenty of calibre in the boots, including Gary Sweeney, Miceál McCarthy and Darren Clarke. The prize is a second round joust with O'Toole's or Parnell's.

VERDICT: St Sylvester's

CLONTARF v ST PEREGRINE'S (Tonight, Parnell Park, 6.45)

JACK McCAFFREY is a Tarf topper. Just like the Da. Much attention will focus on the young Leaving Cert student if he plays.

Clontarf would love to leave their Division 3 apartment. They have made a solid start -- three wins from three.

Peregrine's are a floor above. They are also well placed among the market leaders.

Ciarán McGuinness is quality. He's the captain. He'll be hoping to lead the Blakestown Boys into a round two date against Kilmacud or St Maur's.

VERDICT: St Peregrine's

ST PATRICK'S (P) v ST MARK'S (Tonight, Kiltipper Road, 7.15)

MARK'S won't need the Sat Nav. The Kiltipper Road is a place they know well.

Last season, they met St Brigid's, who were smarting from their first round defeat to Templeogue Synger. The likes of John Kelly, Stephen Cowap and Barry Kennedy have brought much to Fortunestown Lane, and Dublin football.

The two teams are Division 2 neighbours. The form of Pat's is more impressive. They'll bring energy to the hour. Ballymun or Isles await in round two.

VERDICT: St Patrick's (P)


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