Brilliant Thomas Davis come back in from the cold
Thomas Davis 2-12 Kilmacud Crokes 1-10, Dublin SFC1 semi-final
The Boys are Back in Town. Thomas Davis, into their frst Dublin Senior Football Championship final in 28 years.
They certainly deserved their ticket on Saturday night.
"It took us a while to settle, but once we got going, we played well," said Davis full-back, Brian Kirby.
It was perishing in Parnell Park.
A busker rubbed his hands to keep warm. Like a Rhinestone Cowboy. Nearby, a man shouted "Get your colours of the game."
There was a sharp flow to the hour right from the off. Davis had electricity in the boots. They put in the hard yards.
Early on, their forward, Davy Keogh, said hello, getting in a brave block on Shane Horan. Crokes played into the score-board end. They held a lead of four points to one by the midpoint of the opening half, but it was 0-6 each at the break.
The champions of last year had lost two of their most influential performers through injury, Paul Mannion and Craig Dias by the interval.
At the game went on, Davis looked more assured. They.struck some picture points. Ryan Deegan and Eoin Kirby landed gems. A minute into the second half, Deegan lofted a high one in towards the front porch. Full-forward, Ciarán Farrelly, climbed with goalkeeper, David Nestor, the Crokes keeper mishandled the ball and Farrelly managed to turn the ball into the net.
The second Tallaght goal came on 39 minutes. Brendan Kirby set off on a storming run on the left. The street opened up, and he planted a shot deep into the cobwebs - 2-7 to 0-8.
Crokes had serious work to do now. Three minutes later, Cian O'Connor went on a surging burst before lofting in a looping delivery. Pat Burke and full-back Brian Kirby rose to contest the aerial ball and it looked to have ended in the net off Kirby's hand. Crokes were back in the match.
That goal left just two points in it, but the next two scores came from Davis feet - Shane McGrath and Farrelly.
As the clock ticked down, it was looking more and more like a famous victory for a club that are members of Dublin's three-in-a-row club having won the Championship in 1989,1990 and 1991.
On the hour, Eoin Kirby converted another free before deep in injury-time, Seán Reilly added an insurance score. Davis will face Ballyboden St Enda's in the final next Sunday in Parnell Park (4.0).
The curtain-raiser for the SFC1 decider is the meeting of Whitehall Colmcille and Round Tower, Lusk in the SFC2 final (2.0).
SCORERS - Thomas Davis: E Kirby 0-5 (4f), C Farrelly 1-1, Brendan Kirby 1-0, R Deegan 0-2, C Murphy, S McGrath, O Kelly, S Reilly 0-1 each. Kilmacud Crokes: P Burke 1-4 (0-3f), S Horan 0-2, A McGowan, C Dias, C Pearson, D Mullin 0-1 each.
THOMAS DAVIS: R Crilly; Brian Kirby, A Fallon, A Shorten; C Murphy, P Quinn, S Kennedy; R Deegan, Brendan Kirby; O Kelly, E Kirby, E Lambert; D Keogh, C Farrelly, S McGrath. Subs: E O'Toole for Kelly (37); S Reilly for McGrath (53); M Nolan for Farrelly (65).
KILMACUD CROKES: D Nestor; A McGowan, Rory O'Carroll, R McGowan; C O'Connor, C O'Shea, C Russell; C Dias, B Shovlin; S Horan, P Mannion, S Cunningham; C Pearson, D Mullin, P Burke. Subs: T Fox for Mannion (inj, 11); N O'Leary for Dias (inj, 33); A Jones for Cunningham (43); H Kenny for O'Connor (43); D Jones for Pearson (47); S Williams for Mullin (52).
Ref: R Malone (St Mary's, Saggart).