Longford manager Jack Sheedy admitted that his side’s loss to Roscommon in the opening game of Division 3 at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last was both frustrating and disappointing.
Having led at the break by 0-7 to 0-4, mistakes in the second half proved costly for Longford as Roscommon ran out winners by 3 points. “It’s a bit frustrating,” Sheedy told the Leader. “I thought we worked really hard. We did a lot of the right things for most of the game but made a couple of tired mistakes near the end which made it easy for Roscommon. We gave the ball away in a couple of situations where we had possession. You got to give the opposition credit because they worked hard. It’s frustrating and also disappointing to lose.”
Longford also rued missed chances, especially the goal opportunity they created in the 61st minute when substitute Mark Hughes shot over the bar. The Longford boss stressed that his side need to put away their chances but couldn’t criticise his players: “Mark (Hughes) is good in those situations and he did get a score out of it but a three pointer would have really helped us at that stage. Shane Doyle also got into the square early in the second half and was unlucky not to find the net. When you get chances you got to take them. I’m not being critical of the lads but when you do get them you have to put them away.”
Just like their O’Byrne Cup campaign, Longford had a number of new faces in their starting line-up for the opening National League fixture and Sheedy was pleased with the general performance: “Shane Doyle worked very hard. We spent some time discussing his role and stuff like that. He gave a good performance. He’s a great athlete and a good footballer. His hamstring got tight towards the end so we had to take him off. But his work-rate was super and his decision making was very good. He’s going in the right direction.
“I certainly cannot fault any of the lads. They put in a good effort; just a few tired mistakes cost us in the end. We will step up against Limerick on Sunday and will give a good account of ourselves in the quest for a win.”