| 16.9°C Dublin

Davis heroes make history

HOME are the heroes -- Thomas Davis, the Tesco All-Ireland Junior champions.

A warm welcome for the first All-Ireland title ever to arrive on the Kiltipper Road.

"We are delighted to have created that bit of history in the club," said Niall Kelly, co-manager with Stephen Bates and Mary McGrath.



milestone

"Only Foxrock-Cabinteely have won it before us, so that's another milestone for Dublin, and it's a further boost for Dublin Ladies Football."

The Tallaght team beat Cork's Boherbue, 1-12 to 0-7, in Birr on Saturday afternoon. Two bus-loads, plus a convoy of cars, made the trip from the capital.

Siobhan McGrath was again magnificent. She collected the player of the match award.

In attack, the iconic figure of Christina McGinty proved priceless in the campaign which included a trip to London for the All-Ireland quarter-final.

McGinty's presence acted as an inspiration to the rest of the squad. Their fitness told of all the hard miles that have been put in on the training ground.

They needed that deep reservoir of stamina against the Leesiders.

"They were a very decent side. They are a young team and they never gave up," noted Niall.

"It was one of those typical championship matches in testing conditions at this time of year. Scores were at a premium.

"We didn't score as much as we have done in the other matches, but 1-12 proved good enough on the day, and we were just happy to get over the line."

The Dubliners' defence earned their supper. They gave nothing away easy.

"Our defence was brilliant. Boherbue had a useful attack, so to restrict them to mostly scoring from frees says a lot."

Davis's got a crucial penalty in the first half. Sinead Deegan converted.

"That was an important goal because it gave us a bit of breathing space. It had been very tight up till then."

It helped the Dubs lead by 1-5 to 0-1 at the break.

"They came back at us again in the second half, but the girls responded so well."

The victory concludes a memorable 2012 for the Thomas Davis women. They also won the Dublin Division 2 league.



ADVANTAGE

"Without a doubt, it was the best year we ever had.

"It took us a few years to get out of Dublin but we took full advantage this time.

"The entire panel worked so hard. We'll take a break now over the Christmas and reflect on what we have achieved.

"Next year we'll be playing Division 1 football in Dublin, so we'll be looking forward to that."


Privacy