Longford heading to Derry with just a glimmer of hope

Longford manager Glenn Ryan admitted that the defeat to Galway on Sunday last has left it very tough for them to avoid relegation back to Division 3.

Longford manager Glenn Ryan admitted that the defeat to Galway on Sunday last has left it very tough for them to avoid relegation back to Division 3.

A fourth league defeat has left Longford still rooted to the bottom of Division 2 with no points. For Ryan now it’s a case of using the last three league games as a build-up to their Leinster Championship clash against Wicklow on May 26th because he can’t see his side staying up:

“It’s very unlikely at this stage. I’m being realistic. We are now going to do everything we can do to prepare for Aughrim at the end of May,” he told the Leader.

The league campaign has become a lot like Groundhog Day for Longford; compete well and be in with a chance of getting something out of the game but then left to rue silly mistakes. On Sunday last Longford conceded three goals against Galway, two of them the result of bad mistakes. Ryan was disappointed with his team’s performance: “It was a disappointing performance and it was obviously a very disappointing result. Any goal you give away is a bad one. We have been speaking about that of late trying to get things right. Obviously we need to do a lot more talking to the lads. You just can’t afford to make mistakes like we have been doing. It’s something that we have to just keep consistent in our efforts to try to try and correct them.”

What frustrated the Longford boss was the manner in which his side let a four point second half lead slip: “We got ourselves back into the game and got into a strong position. But we didn’t utilise that. We were four points up and we thought we didn’t need to get many more scores. We conceded far too much in that final quarter and that’s what cost us.”

Next up for Longford is a very difficult away game to Derry on Saturday night and who are currently lying second in the table. But Glenn Ryan feels it’s the type of game that Longford need: “We need to get a win up there. It’s going to be a very tough proposition going up to Derry but it’s a good challenge at this stage as they are a very good side.”