A strong second half performance from a spirited Fingal side saw them overcome a tough Monaghan team to claim 2 important points in this National Hurling League Div 3A clash.
Played in Inniskeen in wintry conditions Monaghan enjoyed a strong wind advantage in the first half and made use of it to turn over at the break leading by 7 points on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-3. Six of their points came from frees taken by their centre forward Hugh Byrne who was dismissed on a red card 5 minutes before the interval. The Monaghan goal came from a mistake in the Fingal defence and with only three points on the board things looked bleak for the visitors at halftime.
The second half, however, started brightly for Fingal when a sweeping move ended with corner forward Brian McCarthy finishing to the net in the 3rd minute. Fingal then took over and played some excellent hurling with JM Sheridan knocking over 3 points from frees before Monaghan registered a point in the 12th minute. A superb save from Monaghan keeper denied Dave Smyth a goal before two more Fingal points from Sheridan and Dean Flood. Then a real turning point came when Dave Smyth smashed home a goal in the 19th minute to put Fingal in front for the first time.
Monaghan reduced the gap to the minimum from a free in 22nd minute but Fingal had their tails up and finished the game strongly to notch three more points (Sheridan 2 and Flood 1) to finish up deserved winners.
Fingal’s next game is against Tyrone in Healy Park, Omagh next Saturday 16th March at 2pm before they take on Fermanagh in Croke Park on Saturday 23rd March at 5.15pm in a double bill with the Dublin footballers facing Down.
Team: Craig Harford, St Maurs. Graham Morris St Sylvesters. David Markey Fingallians. Alan Morris St Sylvesters. Niall Ring Naomh Barrog. Dermot Vaughan Fingallians. Aidan Kirwan Naomh Barrog. Dave Hattie St Finians. Andrew Richardson (Capt) St Sylvesters. JM Sheridan Fingallians. Peter Daly Fingallians. Cillian O’Flynn St Sylvesters. Colm Foley St Peregrines. Dave Smyth St Brigids. Brian McCarthy Naomh Mearnog.
Subs: Dean Flood Naomh Barrog for O’Flynn. Ian Kennedy Fingallians for Kirwan. Paul McAllister Naomh Maur for Foley. Kevin Larkin Erin go Bragh for McCarthy