Paul Kelly – We’ve Made A Bit Of History Getting To The Final


Thomas Davis manager Paul Kelly wants to add to the clubs history this Sunday in the Senior 1 Football Final

We’re just a few days away from the Dublin Senior Football Championship Finals. Whitehall Colmcille will face Round Towers of Lusk in the Senior 2 Final. Then the focus changes to the Senior 1 Final as Thomas Davis face Ballyboden St. Endas.

Ballyboden have had success in recent years and might well be favourites going into Sunday’s final. But there’s no denying that the momentum is well and truly behind Thomas Davis ahead of Sunday’s decider.

The Tallaght side have stunned everyone this year. Promoted to Senior 1 having captured last year’s Senior 2 football title, no one ever expected Thomas Davis to run the gauntlet and reach the Senior 1 Final a year later.

But manager Paul Kelly is aware of what’s at stake this weekend, and knows the calibre of their opponents.

“Look, Ballyboden are a class act”, Kelly told DUBSTV this week.

“One of Dublin’s, one of the country’s super clubs effectively. Lots of county players, lad with All Ireland medals at club and county level. We played them in the league there in August, and they’re a superb outfit”.

Kelly admits the task will be difficult task, and even guesses where people would put their money if they were into gambling.

But let’s not deviate from the manner in which Thomas Davis have found themselves into Sunday’s Final.

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Thomas Davis have shown impressive form since advancing from the round robin section of the championship. Their 3-12 to 1-17 win over Castleknock in the last eight was full of action. Two goals inside a minute during the first half gave Thomas Davis great self-belief and they held on in a frenetic finish to progress to the last-four.

In their semi final they defeated Crokes 2-12 to 1-10 with Ciarán Farrelly’s goal immediately on the restart of the second half putting Paul Kelly’s men on the road to victory.

Kelly wants to bring some history back to the club in the “little village”. The last time Thomas Davis were in a Senior Final was when the club captured a third consecutive title in 1991. Nothing would be sweeter for him to start a new chapter in the clubs honours.

“The guys in the three in a row team made history, and it is history. We’ve made a bit of history getting to a final. But now, obviously, one would like to win it and be on a par with those guys”.