Fingallians go up a gear

by Alen McMahon

FINGALLIANS vice-captain Danny Campion has spoken of the change in styles in moving into the Leinster intermediate championship, after his side defeated St Joseph’s of Louth away in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
“It was quite a physical experience,” Campion said of the 2-15 to 3-6 victory, in which Fingallians found themselves behind with 15 minutes remaining.
“They played the game a little differently to what we’re used to. There was a lot of hand passing at the back, trying to isolate their forwards against our backs, and then long balls into the forwards. We’d be well used to a bit of a physical game, but that’s not quite how teams play in Dublin.
“We felt there were a couple of questionable decisions that might have mattered more in a close game,” Campion argued.
“We’d have issues with both their penalties, but it was played in a good spirit. We were really pleased with the support who came up from Fingallians, there were busloads of them. We had a meal and some beer with Joseph’s afterwards and they were great hosts.”
The sides had gone in at 0-5 a piece at half time, with Campion explaining that they felt they’d left a few points out on the park, but were confident they’d go on to a better second half.
“It was quite an even game in the first period,” he explained. “We had a couple of goal chances and a few points we should have put over in the first half. They really came at us in the first fifteen minutes, which seemed to be a real strategy.
“Once we weathered that, we felt we could cope and we felt in control in the second half, despite a couple of decisions we felt were a little dubious.”
“The second half was a goal fest. It’s great to be involved in such big games at this stage of the season. Sometimes motivation can be an issue by November, but it definitely isn’t this year. Every game is the most important game.
“Next year it’ll be all about the league – but right now this is big.”
Campion thanked the coaching team for their role in getting Fingallians’ back to the senior county level for next season, and having the side competing into November, as they prepare to return to Swords for the county semifinal on Saturday.
They’ll face Westmeath side Rosemount for a place in the Leinster intermediate final, and the first of just three steps remaining on the road to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.
“This is new for us, but we’re here to compete, and when we won Dublin we knew we were in with a chance to go further,” Campion explained. “We’d love to have to take things easy over Christmas.”

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