Plunkett’s boss B happy

by Gazette Reporter

St Oliver Plunkett’s senior football manager Dermot Kelly was “absolutely happy” after his side claimed the Dublin SFC B championship title on Sunday morning against Skerries Harps at Chanel.

Despite winning by just a two-point margin in the end, Kelly’s team dominated the game for most parts, with only a couple of five- to ten-minute periods that allowed Skerries a chance to come back into the game.

Speaking to Gazette Sport last week, Kelly was pleased to bring the silverware back to the Navan Road.

“It is always nice to win silverware, you can never complain when you do. I think many expected us to win this game beforehand, but you still have to go out and put in a performance,” the manager said.

Although his side finish the year with the trophy and dominated the game for large parts, Kelly was slightly critical of his team at times when it came to killing the game off. He said: “We definitely over-elaborated at times, and we created our own problems for the most part. There were a number of occasions where we could have scored points to put us in a more comfortable position, but chose to go for goals which were missed.”

Following the defeat to Ballinteer back in May which resulted in them playing out the rest of the year in B, Plunkett’s hammered St Marks, Round Tower and Cuala on the way to the final.

Kelly also spoke about how Sunday’s game reminded him of the performance against Ballinteer at the beginning of the summer.

“When we were beat by Ballinteer, it was just like yesterday, we were wasteful on too many occasions. That loss obviously put us in the competition which we’ve now won, but it is not the competition we want to be challenging for, so we have to learn to be more clever and more clinical.”

Alan Brogan was a key man for Plunkett’s during the final and scored four of their points. He spoke to GazetteSport back in October and his thoughts back then echoed those of his club manager. “The senior B championship is not where we would like to have been at this time of year, but that’s the way it has worked out. We lost out to Ballinteer in the championship before the summer, and so we have had to regroup.”

Kelly was upbeat about his side’s chances next year following this championship win, he said: “I know with the team we have, that we have every chance in the future to do even better. What this Championship win does is give us a great chance to lay a platform for next year and that is exactly what we plan to do.”

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