Fingallians’ tough return to the top finally complete

by Dave Donnelly

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Fingallians have returned to Dublin Senior Men’s League Division One after a nine-year absence as they sealed second spot in Division Two with a win over Na Fianna.

The Swords club ran out comfortable 2-10 to 0-8 points to edge out Round Towers and take the second promotion spot behind Templeogue Synge Street.

It’s Fingallians’ second promotion in as many seasons as their revival continues under manager Wayne Knight.

Vice-captain Danny Campion is one of the few players in the current squad who was around when they last played in Division One.

“It’s years since we were at this level and it’s been our goals since we were demoted to get back to Division One,” the Swords native told the Dublin Gazette.

“Obviously, when teams are doing well, the club starts to get behind you and you get more spectators down and kids are interested, so it’s a great buzz around the place.”

The team endured a tough opening to their first campaign back in Division Two as they suffered two defeats in their opening three matches.

Remarkably, they would lose just one more game in the league all season, which Campion puts down to the young players’ determination to step up to the level required.

“Coming up from Division Three last year, we were fairly confident. Division Two in Dublin is crazy competitive, with teams coming down from Division One all the time.

“We’d a bit of a slow start, losing a couple of games at the start of the season, but we just needed to adjust to the pace. A lot of our younger players would never have played at this standard before.

“They say winning is a habit, so that sort of momentum obviously follows on. On the other side, maybe you can be a little bit complacent and maybe we weren’t ready at the start.

“In our first game, we might not have expected the pace to pick up so much from Division Three.

“But only two or three of us had every played Division Two football before, so for a lot of the lads, while they had that winning mentality, it might have dulled the senses a little bit.

“Once we got a handle on the pace, we started to put together a string of victories. “

A one-point defeat to St Mary’s in the semi-finals of the Senior 2 Football Championship was disappointing but, as Campion notes, their main objective was always promotion.

“Obviously, as team, we’re very disappointing losing the game – we’d have liked to get to the final of the B Championship.

“We’re a very young team and even to get their in their first or second year of senior was great. It was just a bit of inexperience in the end that let us down, but overall it was very positive.

“Our goal from two or three years ago, when our management team came on board, was to get promoted to Division One.

“I think in the past two years we’ve only lost five or six competitive games and been promoted two divisions in successive years. We’ve achieved our goal, and things like championships are bonuses.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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