Sunday 19 November 2017

Frustrating afternoon for Fingallians as Thomas Davis spoil Division 3 debut

DIVISION 3 debutants Fingallians endured a frustrating morning on Kiltipper Road as they lost out to Thomas Davis by a solitary point on the opening day of the club hurling season.

Fingallians, playing with the breeze, opened up a 0-10 to 0-4 lead at the break, with JM Sheridan leading the scoring and Barry Mullane and Stephen Downey also contributing scores.

However, the Swords men then missed the chance to extend their lead further when Peter Daly - with Paul Graves outside him - failed to find the target.

Thomas Davis turned the match on its head in the second half, and although Paddy Sheridan, who missed Fingal's league tie with Armagh two Sundays ago, came on with 10 minutes to go, the home side eventually secured a 0-13 to 0-12 victory, with the winning score coming from a free.

Like the footballers a week before them, St Sylvester's travelled to Marino to face St Vincents, with Alan Kenny marking his return with a goal for the Malahide men after a season out through injury.

Martin Ormonde fired over six points in the game as Sylvester's cancelled out a two-point half-time deficit to tie the game - 2-9 to 1-12.

In Division 4 St Finian's matched Faughs point for point in the first period to go in level at half-time at eight points each. Their exciting prospect Eoin O'Connor led the scoring with six points, but the loss of the influential David Hattie - who had gone over awkwardly on his hand - was to change the game.

Faughs took over and duly went in front with a goal mid-way through, before eventually winning on a 1-15 to 0-13 scoreline.

In Division 5, torrential rain turned Skerries Harps' clash with Good Counsel into something of a mudbath in a game which saw Harps field without key man Ross McGarry.

Nonetheless, with Evan Connolly and Rory Noonan both performing well in their respective positions, Skerries were doing well before Good Counsel popped up with a goal to take a 1-3 to 0-5 lead at the break.

Damien Ward was to turn in an outstanding display in midfield, but Skerries were only able to manage two points after the break as Good Counsel ran out 1-6 to 0-7 winners.

In Division 8 newly-promoted Wild Geese recorded a 3-11 to 1-6 win over Clontarf in a game which saw Dublin underage panelist Sean Dunphy make his first full start.

Wild Geese, although understrength on the day, were always in charge, with Nathan McCaffrey in fine form at centre half back alongside fellow minors Andy Bell and Daire O'Brien. The other game in that division saw O'Dwyer's defeat Lucan Sarsfields 3-9 to 2-5 in what was a repeat of last year's championship final.

Fingal Independent

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