FINGALLIANS landed the Under-16 Division 2 hurling league title last weekend in devastating fashion, running up a 3-14 to 0-3 win over Lucan Sarsfields in the final at Lawless Park.
It was a surprisingly one-sided affair as Fins raced into a 14-point lead facing into the wind in the first half and scarcely looked back.
What was even more surprising was that Lucan had won two previous meetings between the sides earlier in the year in particularly close fought battles.
The pair went nip and tuck throughout most of the regular season with Lucan ending up topping those standings with Fins ending up in second place.
“They were the only two league games we lost,” mentor Alan Comiskey told GazetteSport. “Okay, we were up for the game but we didn’t think it would be as comprehensive as that. We lost the first game to a last minute goal and, in the last game of the regular season, they beat us by three or four points.
“The result on the day, nobody would have said that would have been possible.”
Conditions were a big factor with a soaked pitch which ended as a mud-path and Fins adapted much the better to the adverse situation, winning all the key battles for possession.
They were in top form from the start and duly raced to a comprehensive victory with Daniel Mythen netting a couple of goals and Dylan Staunton nabbing the other.
Donagh Williams, TJ Howard, Danny Lynch, Aaron Maughan and Karl Daly also weighed in with the points to put Fins out of reach. Lucan missed a couple of early frees that chipped away at their confidence as Fins scored 1-4 in the opening quarter to get off to a flyer.
“That start rattled them and those missed frees would have affected them psychologically. The way the game was, every single one of our lads put their body on the line. It was a super team performance. Everybody gave everything.”
The side was masterminded by John Williams and delivers the players to minor level in good shape following fine underage years, winning Division 2 at Under-14 and 16 level while they also competed well at Under-15 level in 2013.
They now move on to minor level with a large number of the squad already with some experience at that age group having played their part with the second team in recent times.