FINGAL BELIED their lowly league position with a rishly deserved victory over high-flying YMCA on Saturday.
The home side got off to a teriffic start when David Baines converted a penalty on 10 minutes and a shock was very much on the cards when replacement Chris Neville doubled their lead on 25. It was no more than Fingal deserved and but for some poor finishing and the inpsired from of YMCA stopper Ian Walker, it could been a whole lot better.
David Spencer pulled one back for YMCA 10 minutes into the second half and Fingal lost their way a bit despite their opponenets being reduced to 10 men for 10 minutes. Spencer struck again to draw YMCA level, but despite a couple of green and yellow cards, Fingal defended resolutely and found their rhythm again in the closing stages when back to the full compliment.
They were harshly denied a penalty corner, but the ref eventually awarded one as full-time approached and Simon McKeever popped up to slam home from a well-worked set-piece. With a young squad finsding its feet in the world of top-class hockey, Fingal have been struggling this season, but they will be hoping this victory can prove to be a turning point in their season.
FINGAL: Nigel Grothier, David Baines, Eamon Baines, Conor Connolly, Andy Marshall, Andrew Shekleton, Simon McKeever, Luke Hayden, Paddy Gahan, Marcus O'Brien, Shane Dempsey. Replacements: Chris Neville, Adrian Sweeney, Alan Davis, Jeremey McKeever, Ben Shillingworth.