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Vins have talent to top Maur's

TOMMY CONROY could turn on a six-pence. His boots came from Graceland.

These days, he's managing St Vincent's. They'll have to sing for their supper tonight. It's the third successive season that Maur's have made it to the last 16. In the last few years they have carved out some notable championship wins against respected clubs and against the odds.

They now have a Division 1 address. And three talented Dublin U21s who all tasted All-Ireland gold this season -- Danny Byrne, Luke Fletcher and Ciarán Reddin.

Vins have a few gems of their own. They edged past St Jude's in the first round on a rainy night in Newcastle. Cormac Diamond curled in the exquisite winning goal five minutes from time.

They then proved too strong for Skerries Harps. Cormac again hit the garden gate in that game, as did his older brother, Tiernan, who runs a marathon in every match.

The Rush club have electric pace and a sharp passing style. They are easy on the eye. Coach, Alan Durnin, says Division 1 safety is the priority, but they'll relish this challenge against the High Kings of Dublin football.

Maur's emerged with plenty of credit following their first round reverse against another of the heavyweights, Kilmacud Crokes.

They then overcame Clontarf with comfort before hitting six goals against Trinity Gaels, Conor McGuire and Byrne getting two apiece. The Marino shop-keeper, Michael Savage, will have to be on his toes. Vins possess excellent defenders in Eoin Brady, Willie Lowry and the genial Ger Brady.

At midfield, Eamon Fennell will be spinning the discs. Nathan Mullins can pick a pass, Diarmuid Connolly can open windows and Mossy is still turning the water into wine.

VERDICT: St Vincent's