After watching his side defeat Offaly in the first round of the Leinster Championship on Sunday Longford manager Jack Sheedy was honest in his assessment of the game.
Speaking to the Leader after the game he admitted there are things to improve on but it was an important win: “It’s was extremely important. Our lads have worked so hard over the last 5 or 6 weeks in particular to get this right. We weren’t pretty for a lot of it but we have guys who delivered today. There is big room for improvement and there’ll have to be improvement to come here in three weeks time and beat Wexford. But there are a lot of good things out there.”
Longford’s record in the Leinster Championship in recent years had been poor and they came into this game on the back of a poor league campaign. The players worked hard in the lead-up to this game and the Longford boss was delighted they got their rewards.
“We put in a lot of hard work. We did some soul searching and discussion after the league. There were a lot of things that we needed to improve in and a good lot of that has improved. There are a lot of other things we need to improve on and we’ll work on that. I’m delighted for the lads because they got a reward for what they’ve been doing and that’s so important.”
For Sheedy and Longford they now look towards a meeting against Wexford in the quarter-finals. The Dubliner knows there is room for improvement but is hopeful his side can build on their win.
“We were by no means hugely efficient but we did enough to win. We have things to improve on and that’s part and parcel of football. We have the guys who are willing to do that and are capable of it. If we can keep that bit of momentum that we got from today going over the course of the next couple of weeks we’re going in the right direction. We need to make sure that we don’t leave it behind us.”