Sunday 29 November 2015

Ravens rally behind their man Darren

Published 17/09/2013 | 15:45

Darren Daly with his sons, Caolán and Tadhg, after this year’s Leinster final win over Meath.
Darren Daly with his sons, Caolán and Tadhg, after this year’s Leinster final win over Meath.

DARREN 'Butsy' Daly made Fingal Ravens history this year as the first man from the club to start a senior championship game for Dublin and he will carry the hopes of the club and the small community of Rolestown into the All-Ireland Final.

Darren is a huge figure in Rolestown and a man that the children in the Ravens thriving juvenile section worship as a hometown hero.

When Darren is released from his Dublin commitments to play for his hometown club, the man with the pleasure of coaching him at Ravens is their senior manager, Ian Donnelly.

As a player to manage, Ian said Darren is simply 'perfect'.

'His commitment is second to none and it has to be at the level he is playing at. When he plays for us, he really encourages the other lads and we are a better team with him, without doubt.'

'He has really pushed on this year and I'm actually disappointed he hasn't got more game time in the championship. He hasn't done anything wrong and it just shows you how competitive the squad is at the moment,' Ian told the Fingal Independent.

Ian said everyone connected with Fingal Ravens is 'living in hope' that Darren gets to play an active part in Sunday's final and takes to the pitch against the men of Mayo.

The Ravens manager wants to be there to see it but as yet, has not managed to find himself one of those all too rare tickets for the final.

How does he think the match will go? Well Ian has fancied Mayo to do well all year but Dublin's heroics against Kerry has forced a rethink. He reckons it will be tight but said: 'It will be a smashing game and obviously we hope Dublin will win.'

Fingal Independent

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