Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan will be hoping to make it two wins out of two tomorrow when Fermanagh host St. Mary’s at Brewster Park in the Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup.
Canavan saw his side open their campaign with an eight point victory over an experimental Donegal on Wednesday night and Fermanagh could take a step closer to a semi-final spot if they can overcome St. Mary’s.
The game may see changes to the Fermanagh line up with the manager admitting that there are plenty of players keen to get their chance.
“The boys who played (against Donegal) were tired in the last ten minutes and at this time of the year it takes a lot out of you playing 70 minutes of football. There are a lot of young lads in the panel at the minute and there is no shortage of men chomping at the bit to get in so I’ll leave my options open,” he commented.
Canavan saw his side cruise into a 14 point lead at one stage in the second half against Donegal at a foggy Brewster Park on Wednesday night and although Donegal got in for a couple of goals in the final quarter, Fermanagh were comfortable winners at the conclusion.? In general, it was a pleasing start for the Fermanagh boss.
“I think we made hard work out of it at times,” said Canavan. “There was some very good passages of football and we created some very good chances, both goal and point chances. Midway through the second half things were going very well and the boys were looking comfortable but they took the foot of the pedal and left things that they had to work harder over the last five minutes or so. Overall though I felt there was a lot of good performances and its not a bad start considering it has been six months since out last match.”
Canavan named a relatively experienced side for the game although there was a debut for Devenish’s Anthony McGuinness at full back while Ederney’s Declan McCusker was one of those to catch the eye in the half back line.
“Declan hasn’t played much inter-county football so he is finding his feet and worked very hard but I must say that I was impressed with the work rate throughout the game and the boys made a good effort. Yes, there was some mistakes made and there is plenty of things to work on, there is not doubt about that, but we’ll work on those in training and we’re looking forward to Sunday ‘s game against St. Mary’s,” he added.