Fingallians ladies footballers delivered a statement of intent when they demolished Round Tower of Clondalkin in the opening match of the 2013 senior football championship by a thumping 40 points at Monastery Road last week.
The Broomfield side went into the match expecting a stiff examination, but the match ended up with manager Packie Barnwell able to spring fresh talent from the bench to blood them ahead of what will be tough tests against the last two years’ SFC champions, Na Fianna and Foxrock Cabinteely in the next two rounds of group 1 action.
Fingallians were slow to get out of the blocks, but they managed to register their first goal in the opening ten minutes when Naimh Hurley took advantage to net.
After that relatively quiet opening to the game, Fins took the bit between their teeth and did not let go from that point onward.
With the score at 3-6 to 0-3 by half-time, the writing was on the wall for the second half, but few would have expected the cricket score that the match finished on.
The goalscorers on the day for the Fins were former Skerries Harps player Lindsay Davy, who netted twice, Niamh Hurley, Amy McGuinness, Rebecca Davy and Ann-Marie McDonagh.
Speaking to Gazette Sport on the eve of their match against Na Fianna at home, Barnwell was sanguine when reflecting on Fingallians’ first match in the championship, and the matches to come.
“We did well, although we had a very slow start. After that, we got a few breaks and things went well for us. They faded out, and we just got going in the second half.
“We were able to bring on Deborah Doherty at corner back, who did very well, Aisling Clements in midfield and Hazel Harford into the forward line from the bench in the second half.”
Asked about the next match against Na Fianna, Barnwell was confident.
“We are up for it, we have everyone fit, and we are going to give it our best shot. We have home advantage, and we are certainly going to give it a good go.”