No-nonsense as a player, no-nonsense as a manager, George Dugdale believes that the hard fought win over London last Sunday could be the making of a young Leitrim team.
“Wins like that bring you on no end that no amount of training can,” George agreed minutes after the final whistle, “We’ll enjoy the win and refocus next Tuesday but we’re over our first championship game and it is nice to get there.“
Analysing the game, George felt that if Leitrim could remain patient under the pressure, victory would eventually come for the Green & Gold – “It was a typical championship match, we knew we were in for a tough game.
“We had a good start, we were solid for the first 30 minutes and then we had four or five minutes of madness before halftime when we conceded five points of a game we were in good control of.
“Then we had to work harder to recoup those scores but I had a good feeling that if we could get level and get the lead point, we’d go on to win because they looked to be out on their feet towards the end, our extra fitness seemed to count towards the end.”
The value of patience was something George and Brian Breen emphasised at halftime as no matter the shock of London’s 1-3 in the last five minutes before the break, there was still only three points between the teams!
“We said to the boys at halftime ‘you’ve got to stay composed, it is only a three point game.’ We got to grind out the result, not to be anxious, we had to be patient because things weren’t going according to plan but the subs who came on had a huge impact.
“That is what it is all about, you have a 26, 27 man squad and everybody was needed there today.
As for the Semi-Final and a date with Mayo, George said “We haven’t even thought about them, we were looking to get over today, that is for another day. We’ll take it one game at a time.”