Deadly Dan conjures up special brew
HAPPY bus home. The Milky Bars were on Danny Butterly.
He scored a hat-trick of goals at Brewster Park. The cheers could be heard back in Rush.
Fingal beat Fermanagh, 3-13 to 1-16, on Sunday afternoon. Mick Kennedy's men were up and running in Division 3A of the Allianz National Hurling League.
Danny scored one of his goal before the tea. His second and third goals came from close-range. And they were coated in courage.
His bravery summed up the attitude of the side. They trailed by five points during the opening period.
But the heads didn't drop. Far from it. "They kept at it," stated Mick.
The boss-man was chuffed to get the victory on the opening day. Fingal host Tyrone next Sunday. Then they are at home to Roscommon, away to Monaghan and home to Louth.
Three home games is a plus.
"We'll be targeting them," says Mick.
But, as always, he can see the bigger picture.
"Fingal hurling is all about giving lads the opportunity to play inter-county hurling.
"We had four lads who started last Sunday who weren't even part of the Fingal panel last year.
"People can have their opinions about Fingal hurling, but the purpose of it is to improve hurling in the clubs of the North County.
"And since it's inception, every club has progressed. No club has regressed.
"I don't think that's a coincidence. We have lads playing from Division 1 to Division 9. That is what it is all about. Giving fellas the chance to experience inter-county hurling."
Fermanagh led at the break, 1-9 to 1-6. Fingal produced a carton of cream after the interval.
"We went five points up, but we gave away too many frees to let them back into it again.
"Overall, we conceded too many frees. They got 14 points from frees and only 1-2 from play, so we have to work on that," added Mick.
Colm Byrne contributed nine points for Fingal, seven from frees. James Sheridan hit 0-3 and David Smith's point completed the tally.
"It was great to get the win, especially as it was the first time the team played together as a group. With so many new players, to go away from home and win a match in the National Hurling League is a fine achievement. It takes time for lads to gel, so things can only get better."