PLAYED at the excellent facilities of Donaghmore-Ashbourne GAA, Fingal overcame a determined Cavan side on a fine summer's day at the Meath venue.The Fingal squad was drawn from seven clubs with Skerries Harps, St Maur's, St Pat's Donabate, St Sylvesters, St Finians, St Brigids and Castleknock supplying players and with 25 training sessions held between June and the end of August the end certainly justified the means. Fingal were very quick out of the blocks with Collie Byrne Sylvesters finding the back of the inside two minutes. Cavan however remained competitive despite trailing 1-3 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter and were it not for the excellent defence of centre back, Mark Kavanagh, Conor Purcell and Danny Butterly St Maurs the score might have been a lot closer. But towards the end of the first half, Fingal began to pull away with Kevin McLoughney Syls, Ciaran Sullivan helping themselves to two points each while Andy Lonergan Castleknock, Conor Dwyer Syls and Karl Rodgers all found the target to leave Fingal with a commanding lead of 1-12 to 0-4 at the interval. And while Cavan were to find the back of the net straight after the resumption, Fingal dominated after that with goals from Kevin McLoughney and Philip Lennon. With Niall O'Callaghan proving prolific from the dead ball, Fingal won out comfortably in the end by a 19 point margin, which incidentally proved to be the same gap between Kerry and Roscommon in the 'B' decider played at the same venue. And Fingal boss, Willie Bourke, had words of comfort for Cavan afterwards. 'Our senior team were 24 points down to London in last season's Nicky Rackard cup semifinal and we came back to win a Division 3 title the following season, so progress can be made.' And the Brigid's man believes the future is bright for Fingal hurling at both club and county level heading into 2012. 'Is it any coincidence that since the Fingal hurling project began, St Sylvesters have gone up to the Senior 'B' championship, Fingallians have won a Junior 'A' championship and Finians, Maurs and Skerries have all done well in their respective grades? I think not. The talent is starting to come through and the knock on effect of having a Fingal team means the standard has improved throughout all of Fingal.'