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Carthy primed for championship



Naomh Mearnog's Shane Carthy.

Naomh Mearnog's Shane Carthy.

Naomh Mearnog's Shane Carthy.


Shane Carthy is ready and raring to go as Naomh Mearnog prepare to host St Patrick’s Donabate in this Saturday’s Senior 2 group one opener in Portmarnock (throw-in 6.30pm).

And Carthy believes Donabate will be more than up for the challenge, having being promoted from Intermediate last season.

“They are really well organised, really well drilled, good in the tackle, good with their scores,” he told the Fingal Independent.

“There is a lot to be said for it, but winning becomes a habit and I think they’ve only lost one game in the league this year.”

Mearnog, in their first full year up in Division 1, have struggled, with a number of key players choosing to travel for the summer, but Carthy believes the experience will stand to his team.

‘Look, it’s been tough, but it’s been a learning curve and sometimes you can learn more from those defeats.”

Carthy turned 27 this year and he feels that the decision to take a bit of time out from football recently was the right one.

“I had a period there where I just needed a break, just needed to take the foot off the gas and kind of get away.

“There were a few niggling injuries, nothing too serious like, but I did everything between running, swimming and cycling and I’ve been in really good fettle in the last three or four months. I’ve been injury-free and, personally, I’m feeling really, really good.”

Two seasons back Carthy turned in a terrific display against St Maur’s in the first round of the championship, albeit in a game played behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions that were in place at the time.

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Carthy, for one, is looking forward to the return of supporters once more for Saturday’s clash.

“First day out in the championship at home is no better way to start,” he said. “We have the crowds back and everyone in the club is hugely supportive of us.

“I know with Donabate they have a huge following as well, so that just adds a little more to it and first day out they are going to be chomping at the bit.”

In group four St Sylvester’s take on last season’s beaten Intermediate finalists Round Towers Clondalkin at Monastery Road, while in group two Ballyboughal are away to Parnells.

The most open of the three sections would seem to be group three where Fingallians, having beaten Fingal Ravens in last season’s relegation play-off, have a tricky home tie against Erin’s Isle.

St Maur’s face a long trip out to Bohernabreena to face St Annes but will see the game as a chance to refocus after being relegated from Division 1.

In the top tier Skerries Harps are drawn in arguably the toughest of the four sections, group three, along with Thomas Davis, Na Fianna and St Jude’s. The latter are their opening-round opponents in Balgriffin.

Round Towers Lusk, drawn in group four, will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s heroics when they beat St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh in their opening game, a result that played a big part in sending Plunketts down to the second tier.

Lusk have a tough opening game against Whitehall Colmcille in Garristown, where the presence of Dublin trio Lee Gannon, Cormac Costello and Eoghan O’Donnell should draw a big crowd.