Monday 19 February 2018

Fins are taught a harsh lesson

SCOIL Ui Chonaill turned in a strong second half display in this Division 4 clash played on Clontarf Road on Saturday.

Fingallians found the back of the net early on through JM Sheridan and then sent over back-to-back scores to build up a four point lead early in the second half.

However, the loss of David Mills at centre back left a gap at the back with the home side hitting Fins for two goals to kill the game as a contest.

Nonetheless Fingallians remain in second spot and coach Derry Murphy believes that the work being done at grassroots level will bring hurling on a step further.

'We were missing a few key players in Dermot Vaughan, Stephen Keegan and Barry Mullane.

'And in an area like Fingal, when your core players aren't there you can struggle so it's a case of trying to bring on the rest of the players.'

As part of the club's hurling initiative, senior players have been assigned to mentors with the underage teams which Murphy believes is important.

'We are trying to raise the standard all the time and one of things we try to teach the younger kids is to hit the ball at pace.'

'And you can see it with Dublin at the weekend. Before they had the players, but now they are able to compete with the likes of the Tipps and Kilkenny in terms of matching them for pace.'

Fingal Independent

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