Tuesday 22 January 2019

Fingallians can't match slick Saints

St Vincents 1-15 Fingallians 1-7

Rory Kerr

St Vincents remain top of group one after this convincing eight-point win over Fingallians at Pairc Na Uinsionn on Wednesday night.

For Fingallians the worries mount for the management team as they are now without a win in their opening three championship games to date.

This fixture in Marino would see the Swords men go almost an entire half without scoring, with only a late Danny Lynch goal putting a more respectable look on the scoreboard in the end.

Fingallians certainly showed plenty of battling qualities on the night but came up against a tough Vincents side who committed plenty of numbers behind the ball as they successfully protected a wind-assisted lead after the break.

The home side were able to pick off a number of long-range scores in the second half, with Stephen McCarthy opening up a nine-point lead for his team with ten minutes to go.

Vincents' shooting was in marked contrast to the first half, where they hit a number of wides in what was a low-scoring affair.

Indeed, neither team was that dominant, although Fingallians in fairness were hampered by the absence of former Fingal forward TJ Howard, who watched from the sidelines on what was a dry night at the Dublin 3 venue.

And while Dublin underage star Sean Hickey looked to be back to his best form after a quiet enough game against St Sylvester's in the last round, the question as to what is his best position still remains.

Hickey certainly showed plenty of industry on the night, but his physicality and aerial height was probably underused as Fingallians lacked a clear goal threat up front.

Their best work was probably done in the other half of the field where Ian Kennedy was a confident performer at full back, while Sam Thompson certainly gave the management plenty to think about with a very accomplished display in the number five shirt.

To the game where both teams had struggled to find the target in the first quarter. although Mark Cullen was forced to produce a save on 10 minutes before Eoin Brady eventually got Fingallians off the mark on 15 minutes to cancel out a first-minute effort from the home side.

The action picked up a bit after that, with Shane Howard (a 65') and Hickey scoring points each side of a Vincents score to edge Fingallians ahead for the first time in the game.

Fingallians then came close to a goal after that, with Danny Mythen hooked just as he looked set to pounce.

Nonetheless, points from Howard and Williams would open up a three-point point lead before Vincent replied with back-to-back frees from Kevin McDonnell to trail by just the bare minimum at half time.

Fingallians would double their advantage shortly after the break off a Paul Graves freen but the visitors were to lose their way after that and they would have to wait until the very end for their goal when Danny Lynch converted from the left after a good run from Angi de Tunede.

Fingallians: Mark Cullen, Cian Brady, Ian Kennedy, Gavin Campbell, Sam Thompson Shane Howard 0-2(0-1 65), Paul Murphy Angi de Tunde, Conor O'Brien, Eoin Brady 0-1, Paul Graves 0-1(0-1f), Mark Smith, Donnagh Williams 0-2, Sean Hickey 0-1, Danny Mythen. Subs: Danny Lynch 1-0, David Cullen.

Fingal Independent