Vins scalp a lost cause for Jude's
THERE'S now two All-Ireland-winning U21 Football goalkeepers on the hills of Tymon - Paul Copeland (2003) and John Brian Carthy (2012). Not many clubs can match that.
ST JUDE'S v ST VINCENT'S (Tonight, Newcastle, 7.15)
Newcastle will resemble a little gathering of the Goalkeeper's Union as Dublin's Michael Savage will also be in the building.
The tie will rekindle memories of the famous quarter-final clash in Parnell Park in 2006, when Vins were awarded two penalties and made it through by two points.
Pat Gilroy was adjudged to have been fouled for one of the spot-kicks. It was a night the Jude's folk were calling for the TMO.
Vincent's won the title the following year. It was their 24th crown. They are still the Dublin SFC poll toppers by some distance.
Jude's reached their first final in 2009. Boden beat them. Jude's are the AFL Division 1 champs. They have been one of the most consistent clubs on the circuit for a long time now.
The personnel might change, but their conviction doesn't. Kevin McManamon is now known throughout the land. Colm Murphy is also on board the Giller's Express.
So are Marino men like Ger Brennan, Eamon Fennell, Diarmuid Connolly and the man that bagged those two penalties in 2006, the bould Mossy Quinn. Mick Concarr was in the Dublin U21 defence that recently tasted All-Ireland U21 gold.
Last term, Vins made the quarter-final where they fell to Plunkett's/ER. Jude's tasted defeats by Anne's and Lucan. These two Division 1 sides should produce quite a tango in the West Wing but the forward threat and telepathy of Quinn and Connolly likely to see Vins through - just. VERDICT: St Vincent's
Slick Harps poised to pull St Anne's strings
SKERRIES HARPS v ST ANNE'S (Tonight, Rolestown, 7.15)
IT was 2001 when Skerries last played in the Dublin Senior Football Championship. They gave Vincent's a fright that day. Andrew Stack's goal proved telling.
Bryan Cullen made his championship debut for Harps when he came on as sub. Later that year, he captained the Irish U17s in Australia.
Both sides are in Division 2. Harps have beaten Anne's in the league, but up on the hills of Bohernabreena, the championship is their favourite ball-game.
John Nolan and Kevin Keyes are captains of the ship. Last season Anne's had a stirring victory over Jude's. They had earlier lost a humdinger after extra-time to St Peregrine's before giving Lucan a run for their euro.
Anne's have the dashing duo Martin O'Driscoll and Daniel Watson, plus father and son Darren and Scott Fulham.
Donnacha Reilly is the Harps' skipper. The great Charlie Redmond is the boss-man. Harry Dawson might pull a few strings.
VERDICT: Skerries Harps
Skillful Students can teach Whitehall lesson
UCD v WHITEHALL COLMCILLE (Tonight, Blakestown, 7.15)
THE Belfield Boys are back in town. They last won gold in 2006. A huge audience saw them pip Vincent's by a point in the final.
Last season, UCD defeated St Patrick's (P) and Fingal Ravens but lost to Vincent's in the last 16. Donie Kingston and Tommy Warburton were the student princes.
Whitehall fell to Parnell's and Paul Curran's Ballymun Kickhams. But Declan McGrath had them knocking hard on the promotion door. Whitehall had to endure injuries and emigration, but they kept the show on the road. They still reside in Division 3. Now another Dublin diamond, Paddy Canning, is wearing the bib. UCD are always formidable opposition, especially with Billers on the bus.