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Absent Peter Kelly says defeats can spur Two Mile House to JFC glory

Updated: Friday, 07 Feb 2014 17:02 | Comments

Niall Browne (l) of Two Mile House with Fuerty captain Niall Kilroy
Niall Browne (l) of Two Mile House with Fuerty captain Niall Kilroy

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Two Mile House and Kildare star Peter Kelly is hopeful that recent years of hurt will propel the village side to All-Ireland JFC glory against Roscommon’s Fuerty.

The Leinster and Connacht junior champions clash in Croke Park at 2pm on Sunday.

It is the first time that a club side from the Short Grass county has reached an All-Ireland final and it comes on the back of a number of defeats in recent seasons.

And the task has been made harder through the absence of the county star, who misses out through injury. 

“We lost four out of six finals. We went through a lot of heartache over the years," Kelly told RTÉ Sport.

“For the last two or three years we’ve had a good underage set-up coming through. We had four lads on the county minor panel last year that got to the Leinster final and we’ve three of them on our starting team now.

"They’ve really kind of given us a boost and a lift. I’d put a lot of it down to them coming through this year.

“We’re the first Kildare club side to get to an All-Ireland final so we’ve all ready made history by even getting here.”

Kelly also outlined how the club's progress had affected Two Mile House.

“It’s a fantastic day for both the club and the village as well," he said. "Unfortunately, I won’t get to take part on the pitch.

“The village is kind of going a bit mad at the moment, it’s such a small area and everyone knows each other so well.

"Everyone has really got on board over the Leinster Championship campaign and then into the All-Ireland series, there’s a great buzz around the village, it really is fantastic.”

“The village is kind of going a bit mad"

Kelly will be absent with a knee injury, however, he is on the road to recovery.

Asked when he would be back in action, Kelly said: “Hopefully sooner rather than later, everything’s going well.

"I’m working hard in the gym and the strength in the knee is up nearly [at] full strength now so it’s just a matter of easing back into training and get running again, it won’t be too long now.”

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