Sheedy believes his side will bounce back

Longford's John Keegan on the ball against Wexford. Photo: Declan Gilmore
Longford manager Jack Sheedy spoke of his disappointment after defeat to Wexford on Sunday last relegated his side to Division 4 of the National Football League.

Longford manager Jack Sheedy spoke of his disappointment after defeat to Wexford on Sunday last relegated his side to Division 4 of the National Football League.

He tried to take some positives from the game but the truth of the matter was Longford lost the and therefore couldn’t avoid the drop. “You can’t hide from that, that’s the reality of the situation. We are extremely disappointed. To lose out in a tight game like that. There are no words to say. The solace we can take out of it is the level of performance in the second half, when our backs were against the wall. We got the scores and we probably should have had another goal. Again our first half performance wasn’t good enough,” he said.

It was always going to be a tough league campaign for Longford. But two wins out of seven games says it all. Sheedy wasn’t happy that his side didn’t pick up more points: “Four points is not enough. We thought that six to eight points would be enough at the start of the league. It shouldn’t have come down to this game. We had opportunities from the very first game. We have created the opportunities but haven’t always taken them, unfortunately. You have got to take the opportunities and we didn’t do that.”

Longford cannot dwell too much on this game or relegation. They will turn their attentions to their Leinster Championship opener with Offaly next month. The Longford boss believes his side will bounce back from this disappointment. “The next week will be tough but we have another competition to aim at. The players have great resolve in them. They have been in this situation before and have bounced back. From what I have seen over the last few months there is a lot of character in there and I’d be very surprised if they don’t stand up and give a seriously good account of themselves in the course of the next few weeks. We have to prepare now for the first round of the Leinster Championship against Offaly and prepare we will in a very strong fashion,” said Sheedy.