Dublin SFC: Thomas Davis set up derby date with destiny
Neighbours Ballyboden St Enda's form a daunting final obstacle for Thomas Davis as the Kiltipper side chase a remarkable Dublin SFC success on Sunday.
It's the reward for seeing off Kilmacud Crokes - another heavyweight in the capital - by 2-12 to 1-10.
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"It took us a while to settle, but once we got going, we played well," said Davis' full-back Brian Kirby.
Crokes led four points to one by the midpoint of the opening half, but it was 0-6 each at the break, and last year's champions had lost two of their most influential performers, Paul Mannion and Craig Dias, through injury by the interval.
As the game went on, Davis looked more assured. Ryan Deegan and Eoin Kirby landed gems and full-forward Ciarán Farrelly hit a crucial goal.
The second Tallaght goal came on 39 minutes. Brendan Kirby set off on a storming run on the left and fired Thomas Davis into a 2-7 to 0-8 lead.
To their credit Crokes got back in the match but Davis didn't buckle.
Meanwhile, Ballyboden showed great character against St Jude's.
Six points down (1-8 to 1-2) against a team who had conceded an average of fewer than nine points a game in their run to the semi-final, Ballyboden rallied to a 2-10 to 1-10 win.
Jude's had scored 1-8 by half-time, the goal coming courtesy of Chris Guckian, to Ballyboden's 1-2, and looked like scoring something similar in the second half.
But Boden inched back within two points by the 44th minute, and Michael Darragh Macauley was a colossus in that period.
Collie Basquel, meanwhile, kicked three frees, scored a gem from play off his left and, in the 56th minute, the goal that sunk Jude's hopes.
That was the first time Ballyboden led but they kept pressing and scored two more points.
Meanwhile Jude's scored just two points in the second half.
Boden left their surge late, with Basquel and Macauley turning an exasperating evening into another Dublin SFC final appearance.