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Synger primed to sink Saints' voyage

ANOTHER stirring result for Palmerstown's St Patrick's. Drawing with the Super Hoops.

Templeogue Synge Street have been one of the teams of championship 2012. Two excellent wins against St Sylvester's and Parnell's.

Pat's felt pain in the rain against Ballymun, but then they got up off the floor to knock out St Mary's.

Beating the Saggart men is never an easy task, but the Pat's heroes were applauded off the pitch on that Saturday night in Newcastle.

The manager, Paul Faughnan, had asked his Saints to go into the mine, and they couldn't get on their hard hats quickly enough.

On that particular evening, Aidan Glennon was singing with the concert orchestra. And last Saturday in O'Toole Park, there was also no shortage of Patrick's pluck.

The game stretched to extra-time. It was Brian Carson's late, late free that earned Pat's the draw and now sees the show move to Donnycarney.

St Brigid's will be in the audience. They'll play the winners in the quarter-final. Last year, Templeogue beat Brigid's in the first round.


Dave Cullen has done a fine job on the Street. There's a freshness about their approach. Conor McKiernan is a mighty man. He gets more mud on his boots than you'd see at the Ploughing Championships.

Denis Bastick is another key driving force, and Eoghan O'Gara brings much to the table as the go-to man in attack. Alan O'Brien is full of invention, and Niall Scully and Ger Vickery have no problem in finding the pockets.

Pat's have won many friends with their collective spirit. It's just the type that the new Dublin boss, Jim Gavin, from just up the road, is trying to bottle.

Dan Gallagher, Barry O'Hanlon and Graham Dunne will arrive with the shovels once more. Peter Keaney and Dave O'Hanlon will bid to gather up any leaves around the park, and Graham Kelly and Colm Driver are among those that will hope to turn promise to profit.

VERDICT: Templeogue Synge Street