Senior Football – Ballymun call on all their experience in Davis comeback win

by Aaron Dunne
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Ballymun Kickhams 1-12

Thomas Davis 1-10

Reigning champions Ballymun Kickhams had to call on all their big-game experience to come from behind to defeat Thomas Davis in Friday night’s SFC1 Group 3 encounter at Parnell Park.

Ballymun got the opening score of the game, when Fiach Andrews converted a free in the third minute, but didn’t lead again until the 57th minute when sub Dean Rock slotted the fifth of his five frees following his second-half introduction.

The Kiltipper Road men were full value for their 1-9 to 1-4 lead in the 41st minute following an Eoin Kirby free but Ballymun pushed hard over the conclusion of the tie to edge to victory.

Dean Rock (pictured) got their momentum going with two frees, following fouls on Cameron McCormack and Rock himself, then the Mun had a goal chance when pacey sub Ciarán McManus stormed through on goal but his effort was blocked by Adam Fallon.

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A Mark Nolan free from 43 metres briefly gave Thomas Davis a foothold but back came Kickhams again with points from Rock, again McCormack being fouled after great defensive work by John Small initially, another from sub Brian Ashton when he fisted over, Rock and Andrew McCaul to seal victory.

Thomas Davis got off to a great start in the opening quarter and led 1-4 to 0-3 at the first water stoppage.

The goal arrived in the eight minute when Davy Keogh broke through the tackle of James McCarthy before going through on goal and firing low to Evan Comerford’s right. 

Ballymun Kickhams, who started without two of their Dublin seniors Rock, who came on in the second half, and Paddy Small, powered home at the end to bag the win.

In Friday night’s other SFC1 game, Skerries Harps defeated Clontarf 0-11 to 0-7 in their Group 3 contest in Balgriffin.

A Harry Dawson point kickstarted a scoring surge by Harps to see them to victory, while in The Naul nine points from Cormac Howley saw Round Towers Lusk overcome St Oliver Plunkett/ER by 3-16 to 0-19. 

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