Sheedy out to build on positive victory

Longford forward Sean McCormack evades Fermanagh's Ryan McCluskey. Photo: Kevin Leavy
Longford manager Jack Sheedy is hoping that the seniors win on Sunday over Fermanagh will kick-start their season.

Longford manager Jack Sheedy is hoping that the seniors win on Sunday over Fermanagh will kick-start their season.

The victory was Longford’s first in this year’s league campaign and their first league win since April 2012 when they beat Wexford in the Division 3 Final. The Longford boss wants his players to build on the performance and result: “We have to put the Fermanagh game to bed now and will take the positives out of it. We will try and make sure that we don’t let the negatives creep back in on us. When little things get into your head they get in your way and you get a lack of belief in what you are doing. We got a little bit of that out of the way and started to believe in what we were doing. We played the way I wanted them to play for 40 minutes and we need to continue that for the whole game,” he told the Leader.

Sheedy believes his players got their just reward on Sunday. “We have been working on elements of our game that we needed to improve on. I’m delighted for the lads because they deserved to get something out of it. We knew the game was there for us if we wanted it.”

Although he was delighted with the win over Fermanagh the focus for the manager is their next game; away to Offaly on Sunday. Although currently bottom of the table with no points, Sheedy knows Offaly will provide tough opposition. “We have to kick on from this and give ourselves an opportunity when we go to Tullamore on Sunday. I have great experience of Offaly and what they are capable of; having coached there (Edenderry) for a year. The county have some fine players and there is nothing easy at this level. We will have to go there and give the same sort of performance that we produced for the last 40 minutes against Fermanagh in order to get another win.”