Wednesday 17 January 2018

Defeat doesn't spell the end for St Maur's

Rory Kerr

DESPITE finishing off their season with a defeat in Rush last Saturday, St Maur's retained their top-division status after St Mary's Saggart lost away to Ballymun Kickhams.

A Chris Carthy penalty had helped Maur's into a 1-7 to 1-4 lead, but a Judes attack led by Dublin forward Kevin McManamon was to chip away at their lead in the final quarter.

McManamon, who operated at full forward - his brother Kevin played at half forward - was to draw Judes level with five minutes to go, with a fisted score from Paul Maguire then putting Judes in front.

And while Carthy would level proceedings, an overlap down the left was to see midfielder Ger McMahon send over the winning score from close in with moments to go.

Shortly after the game, Maur's coach Alan Durnin dashed up the M50 for Maur's Strictly Come Dancing event in Croke Park, and having rested his limbs was able to reflect on the season.

'It was our highest placing in Division 1. We are only up two years, so we are very happy with our league performance. We had very good wins against Kilmacud Crokes, St Brigid's and Raheny in the league.

'This year we brought in Shane Traynor to train the team and he did a magnificent job in preparing us, but what hurt us was injuries, particularly in the championship. I think we had as many as 10 players out of at one stage.'

Durnin believes the physical demands of Division 1 football certainly left its toll this season.

'It's harder hitting, it's faster, high-impact football, so you are going to have to carry a squad of 30 or you are going to be hurt.

'Between college, work and injuries this year we averaged out at about 20, which is pretty much what we had last year.'

And while Maur's geographical location may prove a hindrance in terms of attracting players, Durnin believes this will further bring on the team in the long run.

'We are much happier to be developing our own players anyway, so it's a better future for us. Jack Burke, Kevin Nugent and Mark Browne have had a very good campaign this year and they are part of a very good minor team, and we also have the likes of Stephen and David Carthy and Aaron Kelly which bodes well for the future.'

St Maur's: Mark Butterly, Eoin Fletcher, Oisin McGinty, Kieran Sweetman, David McGuinness, Luke Fletcher, Kevin Nugent, Mikey O Reilly, David Carrick, Danny Byrne 0-1, Jack Burke, Ciaran Reddin, Chris Carthy 1-1 (1-0 pen), Conor McGuire 0-6, David O Donnell.

Fingal Independent

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