Crokes' graft can put Davis to sword
THIS could be one enchanted evening. Thomas Davis like the compact Crumlin theatre.
They play well there. They got a big result against Ballyboden the last time at the venue.
They’ll have to be again sprinting from the start against Crokes. Kilmacud were well in control against Mary’s in the delayed Parnell Park clash.
They have been boosted by the return from France of Rory O’Carroll, who looked as comfortable as a tea-cosy in the full-back position against Laois.
But the holders will be without Paul Griffin as injury is once again an unwelcome caller at the door of this most majestic of defenders.
Pat Burke was the chief teller against the Saggart side. Declan Kelleher was busy at centre half-forward, Paddy Duggan and Craig Diaz patrolled the midfield with assurance, while the half-back line had a formidable look about it – Adrian Morrissey, Kevin Nolan and Ronan Ryan.
Yet it doesn’t matter who wears the jerseys that are ironed out in Páirc de Burca. The Crokes work ethic never dips.
It was two of Kiltipper’s most respected sons, James O’Connor and Shane McGrath, who got the goals for Davis against Boden.
O’Connor brings much guile to the arena, where the thrust and vision of McGrath is always a major asset.
Young Paul Hudson was also in scoring form against Boden, and there is merit in the contributions of Peter Boland, Eoghan Behan, the Kirbys and Ciaran Farrelly.
Both sides hit 2-13 on the opening day. They’ll do well to reach those heights again.