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Friday 9 December 2016

Rónán Mac Lochlainn: Carthy builds for the future

Carthy happy to play anywhere following Vincent's failed campaign for Dublin title

Shane Carthy in action for St Vincent’s. Opposite page: pictured with Eamon Fennnell
Shane Carthy in action for St Vincent’s. Opposite page: pictured with Eamon Fennnell
Shane Carthy and Eamon Fennell

The coveted three-in-a-row may have proved elusive for them but St Vincent's once again illuminated the Dublin Senior Football Championship in 2015.

The Marino Masters blitzed all comers with a series of enterprising displays en route to the final before their ambitions were left in ruins following Ballyboden St Enda's wonderful performance in the county final.

One player who enjoyed a stellar campaign for Vinnies was Shane Carthy, who highlighted his versatility and football intelligence with a string of eye-catching displays at centrefield.

Recognised

Carthy has long been recognised as one of the finest wing-forwards on the club circuit but the chance to play in the engine room was an opportunity he was delighted to grasp with both hands.

"I really enjoyed coming in and playing in midfield and I think it worked well for me on a personal level," said Carthy.

"I'm always looking to improve my versatility and bring my game on and that was something I looked to do all year.

"I believe that playing there is an opportunity for further development and although it didn't really work in the county final, it's something that we will look to build on for the coming season," he added.

Of course, the difficulties at centrefield against Ballyboden proved hugely significant that afternoon as St Enda's enjoyed a marked dominance through their experienced pairing of Michael Darragh Macauley and Declan O'Mahony.

Carthy will line-up alongside Macauley and a number of his 'Boden clubmates in Saturday's Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars match at the Kilmacud Crokes grounds in Páirc de Búrca and he has the height of respect for the team that ended their championship hopes.

"There was a shock factor from the start in the final and it was just something that we never truly recovered from," conceded Carthy.

"We knew going into the game that they were a very good team with really good players and there is no way that we underestimated them.

"They just came out with all guns blazing and it was one of those days for us but we're determined to work away and hopefully get back to winning ways."

One factor that may assist that ambition is the strength in depth inherent within St Vincent's at present with their excellent Intermediate team offering options to the senior management, a fact acknowledged by Carthy.

"We have a very strong team with a really good set-up and we have a fair few lads that are involved with both panels which makes things easier again.

Improve

"Everyone is trying to improve and I'm sure we'll look to blood a few players and I'll just look to carry on my development whether it's in midfield or elsewhere.

"I'm happy to play wherever I get a jersey but I'd like to think I could play alongside Eamon (Fennell), who we missed a lot this year.

"One of my strengths is getting up and down the pitch and kicking a score but I appreciate how competitive it is in Dublin and it's just a case of building on the experiences of last year and taking it from there," he concluded.

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