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Davis rule the Leinster roost

THE pride of Tallaght and all Dublin – Thomas Davis – are Leinster champions once again.

They beat the highly-rated Westmeath side, Milltown, in Kinnegad on Sunday afternoon, 2-13 to 0-10, in the Tesco Leinster Intermediate Championship final.

It's the second year in succession that Thomas Davis have claimed the Leinster prize. Last season, they collected All-Ireland Junior Championship gold.

They had a tremendous run this term in the Leinster competition. Sunday marked their fourth successive away game in the tournament.

"That's just the way it has turned out. We just get on with it, no matter where the fixtures are," says Niall Kelly.

Kelly is managing the side with Stephen Bates and Mary McGrath.

There is a huge work ethic in the side and everybody puts it in for the common cause.

Kelly says that the high quality of Dublin football has been a big help on their journey.

"We have met senior champions. The standard in Leinster is very high.



"We have had some tough matches, but the fact that we are playing at such a good level in Dublin is a big bonus."

The Kiltipper side performed well in Division One. They overcame Kilmacud Crokes in the Intermediate Championship final, and they'll be gracing the senior championship stage next season.

They are a very fit unit. And they hit some lovely points against Milltown.

Sinéad Deegan played superbly and took the Player-of-the-Match award. But in Kelly's eyes, all the Davis Diamonds were players-of-the-match.

That's the down-to-earth approach that has seen them become Leinster leaders in such style once more.