This season, the club has produced some amazing comebacks, overturning a 3-1 half-time deficit against Corinthian to win 5-3, a late tie with Pembroke and afinal whistle David Bane goal to seal the points against UCD.
Co-coach John McInerney says his side “got out of jail” against the students buthas shown great mental fortitude thus far: “We have a habit of coming from behind. I’d really prefer to be way out ahead but we have that belief that, in the last 15 minutes, we can pull something out.”
One thing of concern for Fingal, though, is the number of sin-binnings they have picked up – five thus far this term. Another is the loss of Ben Chillingworth (pictured above) with a knee injury for a few weeks at the very least while David Bane carriesa slight groin strain but should be available for the visit of YMCA. YM look a team revived after a four-week break.
They won their first game of the season on Tuesday, beating UCD 3-1 with David Robinson and Andy Walker making their returns from injury while Patrick Good and Graham O’Neill made first starts since joining the club.
McInerney adds “YM are a very different side from the one that started the season. They play nice open hockey so it’ll be a good game.”
Last year, Fingal again recovered from a 2-1 deficit to win with two goals in the last five minutes and have the hex on YM, having not lost at home or away for almost five years.
Elsewhere, Three Rock return from their European adventure with a home tie against Corinthian for whom Brian Doherty returns. Railway host Pembroke in a local derby, Franny Lee visits the old school for Monkstown and Kilkenny while Glenanne play UCD.
Division Two has a couple of crackers in store. Clontarf and Dublin Uni’s four matches to date this season have produced 31 goals but the north Dublin battle between Skerries and Suttonians sees the current top two lock horns. Weston play Navan for the second time in a week and Bray face Naas.
Three Rock Rovers vs Corinthians, 3pm, Grange Road; Kilkenny vs Monkstown, 1pm, Kilkenny College; Railway Union vs Pembroke Wanderers, 12pm, Park Avenue; Glenanne vs UCD, 1pm, Glenanne Park; Fingal vs YMCA, 12.45pm, ALSAA
Bray vs Naas, 2.45pm, Loreto Bray; Clontarf vs Dublin University, Mount Temple; Skerries vs Suttonians, 1pm, Skerries; Weston vs Navan, 2.30pm, Esker