Fermanagh hurlers have two more games wherein they’ll try to retain Division 3A status next year. With only one win, against Tyrone, under their belts and having suffered defeats to Louth and Donegal, the next two games are massively important for the Erne men.
Saturday’s defeat to Donegal puts a bit more pressure on the Fermanagh lads now, to at least put two more points on the board. Reflecting on their performance against Donegal, Seamus said:
“We conceded too many goals, it was as simple as that. When you give away four goals, no matter what team you’re playing, it’s unlikely you’re going to win. Donegal are flying at the minute though. We got a great start but these things happen. The boys fought back from 12 or 13 points down and in the end there was only 5 points between the sides, so I am happy with the fact they didn’t give up.”
This Saturday, Fermanagh will travel to CrokePark?where they’ll line out against second placed Fingal and Seamus is confident they can get the points, at GAA headquarters:
“I definitely think we can win. Fingal beat Tyrone by five points and we beat Tyrone by four, so we’re not a million miles behind them. Fingal are used to playing in Croke?Park?though, whereas, it’s only the second time in the history of Fermanagh hurling that we’ve played there.”
The Erne men have been dogged by injuries in recent weeks and the list of absentees is getting no shorter for McCusker. Francis McBrien sustained a broken collarbone during the Louth game which continues to rule him out and Peter Timoney broke his thumb during last Saturday’s defeat to Donegal. Seamus believes the fixture congestion is adding to their woes:
“The injuries are stacking up and it’s unfortunate. Amateur players being asked to play five league games in six weeks is a bit much and something I really think the GAA needs to look at,” says Seamus.
Nevertheless, Fermanagh are looking forward to having the opportunity to play in Croke Park again but they’re under no illusions and are expecting another tough test. They will be looking to make amends for last Saturday’s defeat:
“Last weekend was our heaviest defeat and we always knew Louth, Donegal and Fingal would be three tough games. Hopefully we can cut out conceding goals the next day. We definitely need to get two more points to make us safe” concludes Seamus.