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St Naul’s are developing after victory

ANDREW Gallagher knows what St Naul’s have to do if they want to pick up the pace in the Senior Championship.

They have won their first game already, but after their performances in the league, the St Naul’s joint manager admitted that they know what they have to do if they want to build on their opening round win over Termon.

“Keeping possession is our biggest problem. Giving away unforced errors has been a huge issue and people can sometime make the wrong decision when we are attacking. We did that a lot in the first half of games. It didn’t happen in the second half as much which suggests that maybe boys were nervous.

“We have worked on that. The way the game is going now if you give away possession then you are not going to get it back too quick.”

In the first round, St Naul’s beat Termon 1-11 to 0-11.

“I was happy enough with it. We got off to a good start and had the breeze at our backs. We needed to have a cushion of six or seven points at half time because of the breeze. We got the goal early, and goals in games like that, that are low scoring, it was a big score.

“Then in the second half they got a purple patch. They scored four points, we weathered the storm and saw out the game well in the last ten minutes.”

Brian McGrory has pulled a hamstring at the weekend and may not feature in this weekend’s clash with Glenfin. John Rose, the captain, is a long-term injury absentee because of a shoulder problem.

Apart from those they will have everyone available.

Gallagher says that St Naul’s have improved since their league campaign finished. They were missing a lot of players during the league but as they have come back, the team has got stronger. They had two county players, Peadar Mogan and Brendan McCole who played just a few games during the league. They are back now.

“We were playing alright in the league. It took us a while to get going in games and we talked about it. We were happy that we got a good start in the championship. We have built on what we were doing in the league.”

Their game against Glenfin is going to be difficult. Players like Stephen Griffin, Stuart Johnson, McCole, Mogan and Barry Griffin must play well if St Naul’s are to beat Glenfin.

Gallagher said: “We played them in the league a few weeks ago. They won by seven or eight points. We didn’t perform that well. A lot of our bigger players didn’t play well and we need those players to step up to get the win.”

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