Hard work paid dividends - Ryan

At the start of the year promotion was the aim for Longford and on Sunday last they achieved that when they defeated Carlow by nine points in their final league game.

At the start of the year promotion was the aim for Longford and on Sunday last they achieved that when they defeated Carlow by nine points in their final league game.

Speaking to the Leader after the game Longford manager Glenn Ryan was pleased that his players achieved their target.

“I am delighted for these fellas. Today was a reward for all their hard work. It’s great that they got a performance like that when they needed it most.”

In the opening half Longford produced their best 35 minutes of football and took an eleven point lead going in at the break. Ryan was full of praise for the way his team worked.

“It was some of the best football we played all year. The big thing is they did it on the day that it was most required. You are always hopeful that we can create the chances we have been creating all year and that the lads will perform on the day, just purely from their own personal point of view,” he said.

What pleased the Longford boss most about the win was the way his players performed when they were under pressure.

“All the pressure was on us. One huge thing we can take out of this win is that the lads performed under pressure. You can’t single out any of the lads because they have all worked equally hard all year. It’s a reward for a lot of hard work,” he said.

Compared to previous games the wide count for Longford was relatively low. The Longford boss was pleased with his players’ work ethic.

“The difference today was the lads took the extra little pass to a player who was in a better position. We got some good scores today which is always a sign of how the team played. They worked hard as a team.”

As well as promotion Longford now have the added bonus of playing neighbours Roscommon in the Division 4 Final in Croke Park. Ryan is looking forward to the game.

“We don’t get too many chances to go up there and we’ll take that. We’ll look forward to our day out up there and hopefully we can claim some silverware,” he said.