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6 good reasons to go to tonight's Dublin football final replay

Sunday’s game was a gem and now Ballymun and Vincent’s have to do it all again.

CHAMPIONS BALLYMUN KICKHAMS and St Vincent’s have to do it all again tonight after Sunday’s Dublin SFC final ended in a thrilling draw after extra-time.

If you’re in the capital, here are six very good reasons to get down to Parnell Park tonight. Throw-in is at 7.45pm.

Diarmuid Connolly


One of the stars of Dublin’s All-Ireland win this summer, Connolly has shown his importance to Vincent’s over the last two games. After hitting a brilliant 2-2 in the semi-final win over Ballyboden, he followed up by pointing a nerveless final free to deny Ballymun and force a replay for Vincent’s.

Tomas Quinn


Vincents’ main man from dead balls, “Mossy” added two from play to his four frees in Sunday’s drawn game. The week before against Ballyboden he revelled in his creative role, setting up goals for both Connolly and Ciaran Dorney. Even a missed penalty in the second half that day couldn’t spoil a brilliant performance.

Gavin Burke


While he might not get the same recognition as Connolly and Quinn — yet — Gavin Burke truly came of age on Sunday. The 2012 All-Ireland minor final winner kicked a remarkable six points from play and Ballymun will be keeping much closer tabs on him tonight.

Dean Rock


Rock cemented his place as a fan favourite with some brilliant second-half performances for the Dubs this summer and he has continued that form into the club championship. His deadeye from frees mean that any Vincent’s indiscipline will be punished. He is a slight doubt with a knee problem, according to manager Paul Curran, but if Rock is fit he plays — and he scores.

James McCarthy


At his most dangerous when turning defence into attack, McCarthy is just as comfortable in the Ballymun midfield as he is in the Dubs half-back line. Will battle all day alongside usual partner Davey Byrne.

Ted Furman


Full-forward Furman has the presence and the power to be a handful for any defence. Ask St Jude’s, who shipped four points to him in the semis — or the Vins lads who will consider it a job well done to have kept him to two on Sunday.

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