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Vins to vanquish Cuala

CUALA back in the big-time. They beat Fingallians in the Intermediate Championship final. They beat Fins again in Division 2 this term, losing their two other games.

ST VINCENT'S v CUALA (tonight, Parnell Park, 8.30)

Vins are the aristocrats of Dublin football. They top the charts with 24 titles. Mickey Whelan last led them to the Promised Land in 2007.

St Vincent's are seeking their first victory in the top tier where they have lost twice and drawn once. Last year they tasted defeat in a thrilling quarter-final to Ballymun under the lights at Parnell Park.

There was only a point in it. Dean Rock's injury-time free settled it. Vins don't lack calibre – Ger Brennan, Eamon Fennell, Diarmuid Connolly and Mossy Quinn.

Cuala have All-Ireland winner, Michael Fitzsimons. John Sheanon is another Dalkey Diamond. And then there's Philip O'Donnell, Ronan Murdock and Adam Hudson.

Verdict: St Vincent's

 

Davis can do damage

THOMAS DAVIS v TRINITY GAELS (tonight, Cloghran, 7.0)

TOMO BEHAN is a Trinity Topper. With Tom in the dugout, the Gaels will be forever blowing bubbles. They are building again now. In Division 2 they have lost three and drawn one.

The Tallaght team have won one and lost three in Division 1. Brigid's beat them in round three last summer. But not without a stout debate.

Shane McGrath and Ciarán Farrelly bring the panache.

Verdict: Thomas Davis


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