Glenn Ryan spoke of his disappointment after Longford were beaten by Limerick in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday last.
It wasn’t just the result that irked the Longford manager but the performance; one that was very uncharacteristic from Longford. “It’s very disappointing; we just did not perform,” he told the Leader. “There just didn’t seem to be the spark in our legs at all. During the week we were conscious of that fact so we tried to keep them fresh. We have played a lot of games and I think that’s our 15th competitive fixture this year. I’m not using it as an excuse because Limerick played well. You are always going to under achieve at some stage and Limerick made the most of it.”
Despite putting in a poor display Longford had a glorious chance to really put the game beyond Limerick near the end when Francis McGee had a clear-cut goal chance. Ryan believes that would have ended the game as a contest. “A goal then would have killed Limerick off but we never felt we got to the same high level that we had achieved in other games. We have had a lot of tough games this season and while I cannot fault the players they just didn’t perform to their potential on this occasion.
He added, “It’s disappointing because I think the lads were capable of going a bit further in the competition. That’s not taking from Limerick at all; they have re-grouped very well and picked themselves up off the ground. They have lots of experience, players out there who have featured in Munster Finals and an All-Ireland Quarter-Final last year.”
Now in his fourth year with Longford, Glenn was asked about his future. “I have not thought about it, not one way or the other. It’s a hard defeat to take because I still think we were capable of going at least one step further in the championship.
Looking back on the 2012 season the Longford manager was delighted with what Longford achieved but to him he felt they didn’t make any progression. “If we had beaten Limerick it would have been progress but we have gone out at the same stage again. At the end of the day it’s about championship and we have done remarkably well with our league performances but we still have not got any further than last year.”