GAA Digest - Meath back on the right road after Louth O’Byrne Cup clash
Meath 0-11 Louth 0-5 in the O’Byrne Cup clash at Navan on Sunday
NEW Fermanagh boss Peter Canavan believes his side can continue to improve after a second successive Dr. McKenna Cup after a nine point win over Queen’s University on Sunday.
“This latest result is satisfactory in that we’re playing at home here and the supporters are going home happy because they have seen their team win,” said Canavan.
“But it is only the second or third Sunday in January and fitness levels definitely are not what they should be. At times the pace of the game was somewhat slow.
“We have plenty to work at. There were a lot of wides today and a number fell short into the goalkeeper’s hands. We have plenty to work on and I don’t think our boys are getting carried away because they have won two games in the McKenna Cup.”
DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy is out for at least eight weeks after an operation to repair a groin injury, and manager Jim McGuinness has promised not to rush his star man back.
“Whatever decision is made will be made in Michael’s best interests,” said McGuinness.
“It won’t be a decision based on trying to get him back within a timeframe or trying to get him back for the start of the league or halfway through the league or whatever it takes.
“It is important that we get the proper treatment and rehabilitation plan for him. He is 22 years of age so obviously we want to protect him as best we can and make sure he is playing football when he is 32.
“Rushing players back when an injury is anyway serious would be a danger.”
MIKE Moloney may make an effort to return to the Kerry squad after moving back to Ireland from London. Moloney will play his club football with Dr. Crokes again and could catch the eye of Kerry boss Jack O’Connor.
Moloney told the Irish Examiner, “I want to get back playing with the Crokes first and see how that goes. Whatever happens after that, we’ll just take it as it comes.”
KILKENNY legend Eddie Brennan has joined the retirement bandwagon and announced the end of his time with the Cats squad after eight All-Ireland titles.
Brennan has been startled by the goodwill directed towards after news of his decision broke at the weekend.
“I didn’t expect it to cause this much of a stir. I’ve been inundated with best wishes but I’m surprised by the overwhelming reaction,” he said.
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