Longford ladies manager Diane O’Hora couldn’t contain her pride after her side defeated Limerick in the National League Division 4 Final on Sunday last and in doing so gained promotion to Division 3.
Speaking to the Leader after the game she was delighted with their achievement. “It’s a credit to the team, their work-rate is great. I’m unbelievably proud. I can’t even explain it. I kind of take these things in my stride but you wouldn’t have wanted to see me if we had lost. I’m so happy right now.”
It was a game that Longford deserved to win but Limerick put it up to them. In the first half Longford squandered several scoring chances; something unusual for them. “Out of character for us would be kicking seven shots into the keeper’s hands. That’s the most punishable kind of offence you can do. It demoralises your back-line; I was a defender for long enough. I was very confused after that but lucky we got things going in the second half,” said O’Hora.
The mixture of experience and the substitutions that were introduced changed things for Longford after the break. The Mayo woman was pleased with the way the game went and especially the performance of the younger players. She said, “Steve (Coy) has been working with the minors and they won the Leinster ‘C’ title and he has brought in four players that were on that team to play with us now and look at the difference they made. When you have young players who come in with that kind of confidence and that ability it’s fantastic for us. We have that mix of experience along with the new players that have come in. Those new players have gained that little bit extra experience. I’m happy that we have all gained from it and achieved a title win.”
Diane O’Hora has set aims for this year and promotion was the first but she is keeping quiet on the other targets. “We had three goals at the start of the year and this is the first win. I’m not going to say what the other two are. I wouldn’t think it would be rocket science though. This was pretty much our first goal. We weren’t aware until a few weeks ago that only one team went up. The pressure was on from then for us. To get that league win and to breed the experience into the young players was essential.”