'We stood up to the physical challenge'
Back between the posts for Fermanagh.....Ronan Gallagher, who played in the win over London on Sunday.
Fermanagh goalkeeper Ronan Gallagher feels there are plenty of plus points for them to take out of their opening two league games to date - but he is very aware that there is still an awful lot of work to be done if they are to continue to push at the top of Division Four.
"We didn't play all that well against Clare but we had a good second half and we got the result. Against London we started really well and although they came back at us a bit in the second half we managed to finish the game strongly. I think the story for us so far would be that there are positives for us to take out of the games but there is still plenty to work on," said the St. Gall's goalkeeper.
Both games so far have been tough physical battles and Gallagher states that they can expect more of the same throughout the league campaign.
"London were very physical, as were Clare, but that's what you have to expect in Division Four where everybody is fighting tooth and nail to get out of it," he commented. "We have stood up well to the physical challenge so far and while our performances might not have been great, we have got the points on the board and it gives us something to build on as they league continues."
Kilkenny are next up for Peter Canavan's side and they have been the whipping boys in the league. However, Ronan feels that they must bring the right application into every game if they are to challenge for promotion.
"Most games will be games that we will have to approach with the right attitude and commitment. It is hard being in Division Four and it is very, very hard to get out of it."
And Gallagher acknowledges that if players don't produce the goods then there is a no shortage of others chomping at the bit to take their place in the side.
"It is up the fellas who can't get in at the minute to grab their chance when it comes along. There is great competition for places right from goalkeeper to corner forward and there are plenty of boys waiting on the bench for their turn so you have to keep performing if you want to stay in the team, and that can only be good."
On man who has been showing superb form has been full forward Seamus Quigley, the Roslea man notching 1-05 on Sunday. Last week Quigley registered 0-06, all from deadballs, while his goal on Sunday came from the penalty spot.
"Seamie has done well and he just needs to keep his head down and work hard. Fermanagh have probably struggled for a reliable free taker over this last number of years and hopefully Seamie will fill that role. It is important though for everybody, not just Seamie, to keep trying to work hard and improve," said Gallagher.
He added: "The big thing for me is that everybody is putting in the effort and are working hard."
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 23 Feb 12