Tuesday 23 January 2018

Fins preserve Division 2 status

FINGALLIANS secured their Division 2 status with a game to spare as they overwhelmed a below-strength Naomh Mearnóg on a 1-18 to 0-3 scoreline at Lawless Park.

The result means that their game with St Peregrines, a fixture which attracted so much controversy recently, is now rendered meaningless, with neighbours Fingal Ravens and St Finian's now involved in the dreaded relegation play-off.

Fingallians had made a few positional switches to the team beaten by Olafs in the Intermediate Championship Final, with Darragh Deasy partnering Paul Flynn in midfield.

And with David Killeen in at corner forward, Fingallians skinned the Mearnóg defence with a series of scores through Killeen, Eoin Collins, David Markey and Donal Farrell.

Gibson then fired into the back of the net on 20 minutes and Mearnóg, who were missing Dublin footballers Kevin O'Brien and Shane Carthy, struggled to make an impact as Fingallians held firm.

Meanwhile, Skerries Harps, who had Eoin McGinley and Paul Cashman called up into the Dublin Under-21 squad, were beaten comprehensively on a 2-15 to 0-8 scoreline.

Still, a win over Erins Isle in the remaining league game would see Charlie Redmond's side make the promotion play-offs.

Fingal Independent

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