Sunday 18 March 2018

Royals rule over Fingal

FINGAL manager, Mick Deegan, insisted his team will bounce back from a crushing 27-point reversal away to Meath in Trim on Sunday.

The defeat put a severe dent in Fingal hopes of qualifying for a successive league final and they now face a six day turnaround against last season's Christy Ring champions, Down.

That game has been provisionally fixed for Parnell Park this Saturday as an undercard to the Dublin Kilkenny game which takes place at 7pm.

Fingal lost heavily to Down in the Kehoe Cup earlier on in the season but Kennedy is fully backing his squad in what will be a crucial month for them.

'They aren't machines and everyone had a bad day at the office. It has to be remembered that Paddy Sheridan was only back from injury and our captain Niall Ring had been unwell this week,' he said.

Nonetheless Kennedy conceded that Fingal had fallen short on the day against a Meath team who will are now be firmly in the reckoning for a promotion spot.

'A lot of things went wrong. We just didn't perform and they were better all over the field.

'They were able to dictate a game they wanted to play and we went back to some old habits and showed some naivety at times.'

'Realistically we need to get two points from one of our remaining two games to maintain our Division 2B status.

'And while it's not where we want to be, I don't think we are that far off the pace at the end of the day. We cant afford to dwell on things.'

Meath's full forward, Derek Doran, proved a major thorn in Fingal's side as he registered 3-3 on the day.

Adam Gannon netted inside the first minute and Meath had posted 1-4 without reply before Fingal registered their first score on 12 minutes.

And while Colm Foley scored off a rebound to put four between the sides midway through the half, Meath pulled away with Doran grabbing his first goal right on half time to hand Meath a commanding 2-12 to 1-2 lead at the break.

And with Meath midfielder, Paddy Coneely, bring his tally to seven points shortly after the restart, the game was already over by the time Doran completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes with Willie McGrath rubbing salt into the wounds at the very death.

Fingal: Adam McGrane; Peter Coyne, Danny Butterly, Alan Morris; Paddy Sheridan, Robbie Sheridan, Ian Kennedy; Cillian O'Flynn, Ross McGarry; Peter Daly, Kevin O'Flynn, Niall Ring; Colm Foley 1-1, Andrew Richardson, J M Sheridan 0-6 (0-4f, 0-1 65). Subs: Niall Feeney for Morris (18), Davy Smyth for Kennedy (25), Paul Graves for O'Flynn (39), Paul Quinn for Feeney (45), Darragh De Burca for Butterley (66).

Fingal Independent