“There are areas of Seamus’s play we’ll look at, where he made mistakes and got caught up in a few things, but certainly his goal was a fantastic finish, and not too many could find it the way Seamie did,” said Canavan afterwards.
“I can only judge him on this past couple of weeks and I must say he has been as dedicated as any player that has come to training. He’s putting in maximum effort and that’s what I am judging him on so far. He’s no different to the other 30 on the panel.”
The relatively easy win for Fermanagh did take new boss Canavan by surprise.
He added, “I was a bit worried coming into the game about our standard of fitness, but I must say I’ve been very impressed with the players’ attitude in training and it was very much displayed here today.”
MAYO great Conor Mortimer celebrated his return to inter-county action after an 18 month injury nightmare with two points as a substitute in the FBD League win over Leitrim at the weekend.
“The obvious thing to say is it’s good to be back, but it is. It’s a long road but you do the hard work and you do your program. You put your head down and that’s the way it is,” Mortimer told the Irish Examiner.
“When you’re talking to some people who have broken down the second time and the cruciate has gone on them again, it rings home just how important it is to do things right.
“But I played a few club games before Christmas and I’ve been training the last four months. The confidence is back in the head, as such.
“When that’s there, you know you’re on the right track. You can only go by what the surgeon tells you and I’ve done that.”
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DOWN rallied late on to beat Armagh by eight points in the Dr. McKenna Cup on Sunday when Tyrone beat Queens University and Monaghan were too good for the students of St. Mary’s. Derry beat visitors Cavan while Ulster champions Donegal went down by two points at home to UUJ . . .
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THE GAA will introduce match suspensions for some offenses this season in the national league and inter-county championships. Bans will now be for a set number of games rather than weeks for some offenses . . .
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ALL-Ireland winner Ross O’Carroll has dropped off the Dublin football panel and switched allegiances to the county hurlers for the 2012 season . . .
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