Sunday 20 January 2019

Davey plays in tune for for Capital gains and Harps glory

THE new clubhouse in Skerries is well on its way.

All cherish the night Bryan Cullen came home with Sam. The memories will last forever.

The bus slowly picking its way through the crowds. The lights of the harbour twinkling in the distance.

Like Bryan, Lyndsey Davey (pictured) is an iconic figure in the village. The prospects for the club's senior ladies team cheers her. "We have a very young side with lots of potential," she says.

They are closing in on promotion. "It would be terrific to get to Division 3."

But such thoughts will remain on pause for this week as she prepares for the TG4 All-Ireland Senior final against Cork.

She knows the experience well. She was on the score-sheet when Cork beat the Dubs in the 2009 final.

There was only a point between them. A better day arrived in 2010 when the Dubs secured the Brendan Martin Cup for the first time, overcoming Tyrone with a swagger.

For both those games, almost 22,000 spectators arrived at HQ. Lyndsey would love to see that figure swell.

"The game is in Croke Park. The Dubs don't have to travel, so hopefully they'll come out in their droves to support us."

Every extra voice counts against the modern-day masters.

"We had two very competitive games against them in the league this year. We are very similar in style, so Sunday could be another close one."

Back in March, the counties drew in Parnell Park in Division 1 of the Tesco National League. It was a cracking contest.

When it was over, the Cork boss, Eamonn Ryan, wondered, sadly, why the crowd was so small.

Eamonn was back in Donnycarney for the league final in May, and it was another show-stopper.

A bigger audience this time and Cork edged it by two points.

Lyndsey got her customary couple of scores. "The result went against us, but we learned a lot from that game. The matches between us are just so competitive and it will be the same again now. Hopefully, we can come out on top this time."

She is having a sparkling campaign. She covers the acres every time she laces up the boots.

She is forever providing an option for colleagues and she is so intelligent and inventive on the ball.

"We have had a solid campaign. The aim was always to get to the All-Ireland final.

"We are there now, so fingers crossed we can go out and get the result.

"We have had two big tests against Galway and Kerry, and those games will stand to us."

And when they cut the ribbon on the new Skerries Harps clubhouse, wouldn't it be marvellous to have Brendan Martin in the building.

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