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Kevin's bid to crack 'Rock as Kilian's go for Greenhills

ALL-IRELAND champions St Kevin's Community College will look to a new generation of stars to try and guide the school to their third Leinster final in a row.

The reigning provincial and national champions bounced back incredibly last year from final heartache against Greenhills College 12 months earlier, but some of the big names have now moved on.

The likes of Evening Herald Sports Star of the Year Daniel Matthews and All-Ireland semi-final and final goal-scoring hero Marco Chindea have graduated. That leaves Kevin's with a young side looking to maintain the Clondalkin school's momentum.

First up next Thursday is Rockbrook Park School, Rathfarnham, with 2010 champions Coláiste de híde of Tallaght waiting for the winner in round two. Kevin's will be hoping to gain revenge for last year's Metropolitan League Division Three final defeat by Rockbrook and set up a titanic tussle with their near rivals.

Between the likes of Kevin's, Greenhills, De híde and Jobstown in 2009, the cup has stayed in a small part of south Dublin encompassing only a matter of miles for the last four years.

If it is to spend next summer in a trophy cabinet outside of this area than last year's beaten finalists, St Kilian's DSD could be the ones to watch.

Despite their drubbing at the hands of Kevin's in the showpiece last year, the Clonskeagh outfit will be looking to learn from the reaction of their conquerors to their own disappointment 12 months earlier and make it second-time lucky.

Either way, one heavyweight will not make it into the second round, with Kilian's travelling to 2011 champions Greenhills.