Hard work only just begun: Peter Canavan
Peter Canavan has watched his Fermanagh side chalk up three wins on the bounce in Division Four of the National League — but views this as nothing more than a preamble to what he regards as the most demanding part of their itinerary.
Fermanagh ran riot against Kilkenny last Sunday having already disposed of London and Clare but Canavan warns that the second half of the league will pose much bigger challenges.
“Surely it’s great to have six points in the bag at this juncture but we have some really tough battles ahead of us. You are looking at teams like Wicklow, Limerick, Carlow and Leitrim all of whom can be very sticky opponents. We have to fully respect the fact that they are all as keen as we are to get out of Division Four,” insists Canavan.
The All-Ireland winner has been handed another fillip in his ongoing efforts to restore Fermanagh’s credibility now that veteran Martin McGrath has returned to the fold.
The Ederney clubman has been troubled by tendonitis lately and has been missing for some time.
But his return means that Canavan will now have a further selection option although it is possible that company representative McGrath may be deployed in attack rather than in his rather more familiar role of midfield.
Eoin Donnelly and James Sherry have been doing well for the Ernesiders’ in the engine-room and Canavan is unlikely to tamper with this formation. But McGrath’s experience, ball-winning capacity and ability to take scores could certainly be of use in the half-forward line.
“Martin has given Fermanagh great service and it’s tremendous to have him back in full training again,” said a Fermanagh spokesman.