Kelly still in driving seat for Four Roads!

Micheal Kelly. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Micheal Kelly is the heart and soul of the Four Roads team. The centre half-back has been an inspirational leader of the team for a decade and a half and is still driving his team on from his familiar position.

When Micheal spoke to the Roscommon People ahead of another county final, he reflected on what has been a long year.

“We have done a lot of work this year since February. We felt we let ourselves down badly last year in the semi-final and that’s what has driven us on this year. Against Athleague in the semi-final a couple of weeks ago we were lucky to have gone in at half-time level. We hung in there and drove on in the last few minutes, but we know that we won’t get away with that sort of a performance in the final”.

Micheal says that Four Roads were glad of such a tough test from Athleague in the semi-final.

“We won our three group games easily enough but we needed to be tested to show what we are made of. Athleague gave us a great game. We needed a game where we had to grind out a result”.

The Four Roads captain says that it was looking like Pearses and Four Roads would be the final pairing from early on in the championship.

“Both sides fell badly at the semi-final stage last year and I think it has driven both sides on this year. We know that we are in for a huge battle this weekend”.

After all his time playing the game Micheal is just as enthusiastic about this latest county final as he has been about any in the past.

“Any time that you get to a county final is very special. I just love those days…to be part of it is very special. Hopefully we can go out and do ourselves justice on the day”.