Daniel Flynn put in the best performance of his championship season on Saturday evening as he took the Fermanagh full-back line to the cleaners on his way to bagging 1-3, and the burly Johnstownbridge man was delighted with how his side made light work of what was supposed to be a stringent Fermanagh backline.
“We handled it well,” Flynn told the Kildare Post afterwards.
“We were really measured in attack and we went hard when we had to go hard and kept the ball and didn't turn it over that much in the first half. We put up a big score early to try and draw them out and that worked, so it was a really good performance.”
“We know how to play like that - we train for this the whole time. We couldn't do that against Carlow and it had to do with the league and all the stuff going on outside of the camp. The couple of wins I think just pushed us over the line.”
Asked whether the loss to Carlow played a part in their preparations for this game due to the similarities of the Fermanagh and Carlow styles, Flynn said it didn’t have that much effect but the defeat to their neighbours is still somewhat of a driving factor.
“We haven’t forgot about it,” he said.
“The thought of it is still in the back of our mind driving us on, but we didn’t really focus on it, we just focused on the defensive system really.”
He also gave an insight into how Kildare were preparing in training this week for this type of game, though it is quite like how many would imagine.
“You just have one team that plays sort of defensive and another team that plays normal and you just go at it really,” explained Flynn.
“You don’t really do too much different. We’re just starting to do things better, making better decisions on the ball and we’re getting over different types of challenges all the time.”
Onto the last eight of the All-Ireland, and the former AFL player is looking forward to another three games of intense championship action.
“It’s super looking forward to three games. Who would have thought this a couple of months ago that we’d be playing in the middle of July and going into August – it’s great.”
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