Longford manager Glenn Ryan admitted that the Seanie Furlong goal in the early stages of the second half was the difference between the sides as the midlanders were knocked out of the Leinster Senior Football Championship by Wicklow in the first round clash in Aughrim on Sunday last.
“I felt it was going to be the difference between the sides and it was,” he told the Leader. “I can’t put my finger though on what happened out there for us. We were way off what I expected us to be. It was a poor performance. It was very disappointing. We played poorly. As a team we did that. You can’t pinpoint individuals, good or bad. We have to look at how we performed as a team.”
The Longford manager got on the defensive when questioned about the style of play and his tactics: “We did well in the second half and we hand passed then. That’s how we always play. When we played well we hand passed. Our problem was we made too many mistakes in the first half when we had the advantage of the breeze. Unfortunately we are licking our wounds in the end because of that.”
2013 has been one to forget so far for Longford; relegated to Division 3 without winning a game and now falling at the first hurdle in the Leinster Championship. That’s a stat that Ryan isn’t happy with: “I understand that 100% and it’s not good. We can’t figure out what happened to us today or what went wrong.”
The Leinster Championship has not been good for Glenn Ryan as manager of Longford. In their five first round games under his guidance the county have won just once - last year against Laois in Pearse Park. Ryan though isn’t bothered about his record: “It doesn’t matter one bit about me. It’s about the players. They went through all the hard work and put the effort in. It’s not nice for anyone to lose.”
Longford will have to wait until the 29th of June for the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. The Longford boss is hoping to right the wrongs between this defeat and then, so Longford can bounce back and give their loyal supporters something to cheer about: “We have a lot of work to do. We have to see what we can do to get ourselves right between now and then. The players are capable of doing a lot better.”