Davis march into decider
THE flags were flying on the Kiltipper Road. So were Thomas Davis. They are through to the Tesco All-Ireland Intermediate Championship final. It's their second successive All-Ireland final.
There was a real sense of occasion in Tallaght on Sunday. The band played, there was a programme, a stall sold treats and a big support showed up.
They included many of the club's Dublin friends. Among them were Clanna Gael Fontenoy, who proudly took their place on the terrace.
The Glen from Derry brought a sizeable contingent. It was mild. The rain held off. A couple of wasps were enjoying a late, late show. There was a real sting in the Davis play. They were 1-5 to no score ahead after just five minutes.
Glen had the opening attack into the road end. They looked a useful enough side. But the Dubliners just didn't let them settle into their seats. Davis pressed hard on the ball. In the opening flurry, Glen could hardly get the ball out of their own half. And when the hosts had it, they certainly knew how to turn it to profit.
Davis were so fit and fluent. They displayed quick feet and sure hands. And they kept the cash register chiming all day.
In the first minute, Ciara McGuigan sent over a free. A minute later, Sinead Deegan found the top left-hand corner.
A cluster of points followed. And then the second goal on 16 minutes as McGuigan skipped in from the left and drilled one to the attic.
The job looked oxo at the Bovril – 2-12 to 0-2 to the home team. Deegan's snap-shot brought their third goal 10 minutes from time.
Glen had some bright moments. Caoimhe Milne hit their first point on 22 minutes, and Cathy Collins scored a couple of neat points following the break.
Milne would have had an early second-half goal only for a terrific save from Davis 'keeper Louise Curran. The visitors created some pockets of promise after that, but the Davis defence wasn't sparing the crumbs.
Miriam Liston excelled at midfield. Left half-back and captain Norah Kirby, was an inspiration and, in two weeks' time, she'll lead the team out on the red carpet against Clare-Galway.