Sheedy reflects on too many mistakes

Longford's Paul Barden breaks away from Cavan opponent Martin Reilly. Photo: Kevin Leavy
Longford manager Jack Sheedy was critical of his side’s second half performance as they fell to a two point defeat against Cavan at Pearse Park on Sunday last.

Longford manager Jack Sheedy was critical of his side’s second half performance as they fell to a two point defeat against Cavan at Pearse Park on Sunday last.

Leading by two at the break (0-6 to 0-4), Longford struggled on the changeover as Cavan dominated and got the win that clinched promotion. Speaking to the Leader Sheedy said, “We made too many mistakes, they capitalised on most of them and made us pay. It’s a tough one for us to take because I thought we performed well in the first half. I am disappointed in terms of our performance level in the second half. It wasn’t anywhere close to what we expected.”

Sheedy praised goalkeeper Paddy Collum who pulled off a terrific double save in the first half. “Cavan are a very good team and created a lot of chances. Paddy was excellent. They had chances but didn’t take them because we did a lot of good defending at times. Paddy defended his goal well and that’s why he’s there. But we have to look at where those opportunities came from.”

The decisive score was Martin Dunne’s 44th minute penalty. It was harsh on Longford because before that they should probably have had a free when Sean McCormack was fouled.

Sheedy didn’t want to criticise the referee too much but felt he got some decisions wrong.

“He was poor for both sides. I thought he got an awful lot of calls wrong throughout the game. But we made too many mistakes regardless of what the referee did and didn’t do.”

Longford’s next game is a crucial away trip to Sligo and manager Sheedy hopes to have a strong panel to choose from.

“We hope to have everybody back in contention and it was a blow for us with John Keegan missing the Cavan game because of flu. We always want all our players available and hopefully that will be the case for the Sligo game in two weeks time.”