NHL 3A Tyrone 0-15 Fingal 2-11
An insipid opening quarter performance saw Fingal trailing by 5 points to no score when corner forward Colm Foley was harshly redcarded in the 18th minute. Tyrone forwards Damien Casey, Kiefer Morgan and Marc Devine were particularly dangerous during this period.
Fingal wing back Aidan Kirwan was then forced off with a hamstring injury and Tyrone added two more points before Fingal opened their account with a goal by Dave Smyth in the 28th minute. Tyrone who were favoured by a strong wind were dominant in most areas and responded with three more points but just before the break Dean Flood broke through for a 2nd Fingal goal which took a deflection from a Tyrone defender en route to the net.
Fingal came out for the second half and, although conceding the first score to the home side, hurled with great spirit and began to cut back the deficit. In spite of being a man short, they registered 6 unanswered points in 12 minutes to edge in front. One of these points came from a 90 yard free converted with aplomb by substitute Paddy Sheridan while Peter Daly Dean Smyth and JM Sheridan added the others.
Tyrone fought back and for the remainder of the game it was nip and tuck between the sides as they exchanged points. However Fingal managed to keep their noses in front and a final point by JM Sheridan in the last minute gave them a 2 point victory in the end.
In defence Niall Feeney, Niall Ring and sub Paddy Sheridan impressed while midfielders Dave Hattie and Andrew Richardson worked their socks off. Up front Dean Flood JM Sheridan and Peter Daly did best.
Although they remain unbeaten in the league, having drawn with Louth and beating Monaghan, Fingal will have to address their opening half lethargy if they are to challenge for honours. They cannot keep relying on a second half comeback in every game. Their remaining fixtures see them face Fermanagh in Croke Park next Saturday and they then travel to Letterkenny to tackle league leaders Donegal on Easter Sunday.