Kelly hopeful of being fit for Croker duel with Rebels
PETER KELLY has eased Dublin concerns about his latest knee injury, which flared up in the closing stages of yesterday's NHL defeat to Galway.
The full-back had only resumed full training last Tuesday, having recovered from a minor knee problem that sidelined him for the previous few weeks.
But he was forced off after 66 minutes in Pearse Stadium, leaving the trailing visitors with 14 men as they had already used their full quota of five subs.
"I twisted my knee and just felt it give way a little bit, so I came off as a precaution really. Hopefully it's not too bad," Kelly told the Evening Herald afterwards. It remains to be seen, though, whether the All Star nominee recovers in time for Dublin's next Division 1A outing, against Cork in Croke Park on Sunday week.
And he isn't the only injury concern as All Star Liam Rushe -- just back from a broken hand -- failed to resurface for the second half.
Manager Anthony Daly explained: "Liam Rushe picked up a bit of a hip injury and is going for an MRI. Peter Kelly twisted his knee slightly. It's been at him, it's nothing like a cruciate or anything like that - it's just a strain. He'll be under pressure for two weeks' time, I presume. Maybe, given a bit of time, he'll make it."
Kelly will be keen to do so, given Dublin's inability to bring their training ground form onto the field yesterday. "We felt we had all our preparation done and we felt we were ready to go," said the Dublin No 3. "I just felt we couldn't get going ... to be fair to Galway, they played well and they thoroughly deserved their victory. It's really disappointing, but we'll pick our heads back up again and move on for Cork."
As for whether Dublin can expect to be targeted in their role as league champions, he said: "That's a good thing in a way, because everyone always lifts their game for the good teams. So, I suppose the fact that we're being put in that bracket and other teams are lifting their games for us is where we want to be. We have to learn to prepare for that tag."
FINGAL launched their NHL Division 3A campaign with a 1-13 to 0-12 win over Louth in Darver. Trailing by a point at the break, the north Dubs exploded from the second half traps with four unanswered points before 'Man of the Match' John Matthew Sheridan struck for the only goal on his way to a 1-6 haul.