Fingal

Last season: 9th, Mills Cup semi-final, Neville Cup first round, ISC second round
Coach: David Bane (3rd season)

In: Eamon Lynskey (Weston), Rob Kelly (Clontarf), Craig Ellis (Monkstown),
Out: Simon McKeever (Pembroke), Andrew Shekleton (Pembroke), Glen Shekleton (Pembroke)

The lowdown: The most necessary signing for Fingal was the last gasp addition from Monkstown of Craig Ellis in between the posts. With Nigel Grothier emigrating to Sweden and Eoin Connolly picking up a serious knee injury, David Bane desperately needed a goalkeeper and managed to snag one of the best second team keepers of last season.

DSC_0657Bane, himself, has injury issues of his own and is planning on not playing though he has had those intentions before. Adrian Sweeney has stepped down to the second while the departures of Andrew and Glen Shekleton and Leinster U-21 players Simon McKeever to Pembroke have thinned the ranks significantly.

Rob Kelly is a good midfield addition while Eamon Lynskey will try his hand in division one after spells with Navan and Weston in division two but whether they can lift them above ninth in the division is a big ask. A lot depends on the form of Ellis and Eamonn Bane in front of him.

They closed out their preseason with an encouraging 1-0 win over Annadale last Sunday, adding to wins over Weston and Suttonians. But narrow losses to YMCA (4-3) and Railway Union (3-1) may be the more informative results in the form guide.

First three games: Sept 14 – Railway Union (a); Sept 21 – Rathgar (h); Sept 28 – Monkstown (h)
Prediction: 9th

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1