Dias says sevens could be kickstarter to SFC run

by Cóilín Duffy

Londis All-Ireland Sevens final
Kilmacud Crokes 1-11
An Riocht, Down 1-9

KILMACUD CROKES player Karl Dias is hoping that his side can use their Londis All-Ireland Senior Football Sevens victory as a springboard to retaining the Dublin Senior Football Championship.

The 32-year old Dias captained a youthful Crokes side to their sixth Sevens title on Saturday, following a 1-11 to 1-9 win over An Riocht of Down in the final on home soil at Glenalbyn.

Ben Shovlin netted Crokes only goal in the decider, as they beat An Riocht for the second time on the day.

Crokes went unbeaten in the tournament, and claimed wins over Naomh Barrog (2-12 to 1-10); An Riocht (0-15 to 1-11) and Athlone (9-10 to 5-1) in the group stages.

Goals were key in their quarter-final against Killererin of Galway (3-8 to 0-11), before accounting for 2018 winners Corofin in the semi-final by 1-10 to 0-9, with Darragh Jones netting the winners goal.

Dias was the only player in the hometown squad on the day over 30, with the rest between the ages of 18 and 23.

“The younger players were stepping up,” Dias said. “I would have been one of the older lads there today. It’s probably why I got the nod as skipper.

“It’s high standards from the youngest, right through to the oldest.”

Dias is keen the high bar continues to be set ahead of Club Championship action.

“We set high standards for ourselves, we want to move forward and retain the Dublin Championship this year, and even beyond,” he said.

“This is obviously the stepping stone for the year. We have St Sylvesters coming up in the Championship, and we want to get three wins from three in the group, and possibly Lucan in the next round after that.

“We need to win the next match and go on to bigger and better things.”

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