On NF/Vins - great game of football compared to that misery we were subject to watching before it. Hugely open game, both teams going for it and both teams with an excellent set of forwards. For Vinnies, Varley and Quinn as mentioned were class, I’d imagine if they meet Na Fianna again (could happen this year) Cooper would pick up one of them as he was slightly out of place at 6, and I don’t think NF got the best of him.
I was very impressed with the Vins midfield again also. Galvin looks a serious athlete/prospect and Mullins has come on tenfold over the past two or three years, almost to the point where he could offer something for Dublin were he not playing with Donegal!
Poor Shane Carthy will have nightmares about marking Eoin Murchan. Usually one to pick up 5 or 6 points in games like these and ooze around in acres of space, Murchan dispossesed him repeatedly, beat him to the ball, and blocked him when he had it, so much so that he seemed to stand in the corner to keep Murchan out of the game in the second half. Murchan in with a definite shout for Dubs this summer.
Na Fianna very good up front also, although Concarr and Curley tightened up second half to make it more difficult. Between McHugh, James Doran (only 18), Glenn O’Reilly and Sean Caffrey they have a serious dangerous line, all of them scored 3 points+ and average age between them is around 20. Could be a force.
All to play for now going into the last round with Lucan vs Skerries drawing, NF should qualify. Benefits of this system is that the quarter finals should be class games, looking forward to it.
Finally, a word for Michael Savage. His kickouts are impeccable, he plays them into the tiniest spaces, Vins win nearly 100% of their own kickouts, many of which are under immense pressure. He also made a great save along the ground from Doran very early on. Great keeper, probably doesn’t get the respect he deserves.