Mearnogs’ Carthy has 2020 ambition

by Cóilín Duffy

NAOMH MEARNÓG’S Shane Carthy is keen to make an impact at both club and county levels in 2020.

The 25-year old didn’t feature for Dublin senior footballers this year as he spent part of his summer abroad before he came back to help Naomh Mearnóg claim Division 1 status for next year.

The Portmarnock outfit achieved top-flight status for next year thanks to a 1-10 to 0-8 promotion playoff win over neighbours St Sylvester’s earlier this month, and Carthy says there’s exciting times ahead on the club front.

“Getting promoted to Division 1 is a big, big thing for the area and it’s great,” he told Dublin Gazette.

”It’s incredible what the likes of Ballyboden St Enda’s and Kilmacud Crokes have done recently and we are just aspiring to get up to that level.

“It’s difficult at the minute, they are at a different level to us. But as sport is, you are aspiring to be the best and compete against the best.

“The structures that are in those clubs are absolutely incredible, and we have tried to mirror that in our own club.

“It may be in a smaller context at the minute, but all of these things take time.

“Hopefully, it will come to fruition in the next few years down the line.”

There’s a lot of talk recently about having a fixtures programme that’s fair to both club and county players across the counties, but Carthy says that players in Dublin are very lucky, with a fair structure.

“I’ve seen it from both sides of the coin,” he said.

“2019 was the first year that I wasn’t involved from the league with Dublin, so I’ve seen what the club player has to go through.

“I’ve the utmost respect for the slog that goes on from very early on in November/December for a season that’s busy in nature.

“I’ve been on the other side, coming back from the county team, and Jim [Gavin] gives that leeway to players, if you aren’t playing for Dublin, to go and play with your club.

“He’s a big club man himself, as has been well publicised and it’s fantastic. As players you want to be playing football. It may need to be rolled out a bit better, but it’s all on a trial and error basis.”

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