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How Many Counties Would This Combined St. Vincent's-Ballymun Team Beat?

How Many Counties Would This Combined St. Vincent's-Ballymun Team Beat?

Dublin senior semi-finals are being played this week.

Tomorrow night, St. Jude's (that's of Templeogue) play Castleknock, not long out of intermediate. For headline writers, that means Kevin McManamon v Ciaran Kilkenny. Both sides have little history at this level. St. Jude's were founded in the 70s and have never won a senior championship while Castleknock were only founded in 1998 and have made an incredibly rapid rise through the ranks.

Tonight, however, sees the meeting of two teams more familiar with this stage of the championship. St. Vincent's meet Ballymun, and without question, the winner this evening is expected to go on and win the county championship out.

Ballymun, their starting lineup stuffed with inter-county stars, skinned Raheny alive last week, winning by eighteen points in the end.

2014 All-Ireland champions Vincent's found life tougher against Lucan but battled through in the end. The manner of their win has contributed to them entering tonight's game as underdogs.

How would a combined team of the two sides fare in the All-Ireland championship? Surely, they'd be looking at a semi-final place at worst. Here's the best combined XV.

1. Michael Savage

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An understudy to Stephen Cluxton in the county setup. As John Leonard will tell you, it's not a role which sees much action. At 30 years of age, he has two All-Ireland medals and a few Leinster titles under his belt.

2. Hugh Gill

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Former Dublin defender, Gill recovered from a broken leg to win his second All-Ireland club title in 2014. Injuries have hampered his inter-county career but he's had loads of success at club level.

3. Jarlath Curley

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Called up to the Dublin squad this year following Rory O'Carroll's departure. Won an All-Ireland club title in 2014.

4. Philly McMahon

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All-Ireland winner, entrepreneur, Claire Byrne Live contributor. It's superfluous to write anything more about Philly McMahon. Might have won Footballer of the Year in 2015 but for a couple of dodgy incidents.

5. James McCarthy

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Has struggled with injuries all year. McCarthy nonetheless has now four All-Ireland senior titles. Spoke about tonight's match to GAA.ie the other day.

6. Ger Brennan

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Retired at inter-county level, Brennan is a two-time All-Ireland winner at both club and county level. Also a political campaigner and a ladies football promoter, he became the first captain in GAA history to thank players boyfriends from the steps of the Hogan Stand in 2014.

7. John Small

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The drive to rename him Emmannuel Petit hasn't really gotten off the ground. Small was Jack McCaffrey's replacement for the 2016 season. By the end he has an All-Ireland medal and a Man of the Match award from an All-Ireland final.

8. Davey Byrne

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Ballymun Kickhams midfielder Byrne is best known to the population at large for that unfortunate incident in a challenge match against Armagh. The one that really put Jim Gavin's stonewalling talents to the test. Byrne suffered a broken eye socket.

Cardinal sin by the way to mix up your Dav(e)y Byrnes. Would love to say we have never done that. But that wouldn't be true.

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9. Shane Carthy

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Arrived in St. Vincent's via the US. Not, we are happy to remind everyone, the same Shane Carthy who has played inter-county for Dublin in years past. Grew up in America but travelled to DCU to study. Drafted onto the inter-county panel for the 2014 hockeying of Meath.

10. Jason Whelan

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Ballymun half forward Whelan has achieved recognition from the county panel in the past. Unfortunately, he is best known to the masses beyond Dublin for his eight week ban following a biting incident in the 2014 O'Byrne Cup.

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11 Diarmuid Connolly

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Plays for Dublin, as far as we're aware.

12. Enda Varley

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A teacher in Dublin, Varley is the only outside player selected on this side. The high point of his Mayo career - from a personal point of view at least - came in the 2012 All-Ireland final where he kicked a couple of scores.

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13. Dean Rock

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Kicked 0-9 - admittedly with the bulk of them coming from frees - as Ballymun destroyed Raheny in the quarter-final. Won his third All-Ireland senior title this year. Two ahead of his Dad now. Becomes more prominent as time passes.

14. Ted Furman

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Featured heavily in the 2012-13 run to the All-Ireland final. Furman is renowned for ball winning ability and making life hellish for full-back lines.

15. Tomás Quinn

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A veteran at this point. Played the bulk of his inter-county football in frustrating times for Dublin. Unlike many others, he hung around long enough to win an All-Ireland medal under Pat Gilroy in 2011. Departed before the Jim Gavin era. Has won two All-Ireland clubs with Vincent's.

Read more: 9 Clubs Teams You'll Find In Nearly Every County In The Country

 

Conor Neville
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Perennial finalist in stand-up comedy competitions and former Contract Lawyer/ Coal Salesman with Corless, Corless and Sweeney

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