Paul wants to take Ruislip spirit into Castlebar

Most of the team might have wanted to savour the win in Ruislip but Paul Brennan, a contender for man of the match, was already setting his sights on a bigger target – a win in McHale Park against Mayo!

Most of the team might have wanted to savour the win in Ruislip but Paul Brennan, a contender for man of the match, was already setting his sights on a bigger target – a win in McHale Park against Mayo!

Speaking after the match, Paul proclaimed “Mayo, I tell you, I’d not be one bit afraid of coming into Mayo. We’ll get them in Castlebar, good sunny weather, anything can happen!”

Paul’s delight at the final whistle was clearly evident and the Melvin Gaels man felt that Leitrim had proven a point – “I’m over the moon, it took some work from the whole team to pull it out of the bag.

“People had us written off back home, all the papers were writing us off but we knew we had it in us to beat London and hopefully, we can take it on into Mayo.”

Nevertheless, Paul was the first to admit that improvements are needed – “We were just saying in the dressing room if we had played the first 30 minutes like we ended, we were well on top and they got a lucky break. We showed what we were all about and scored seven points in the second half.

“I was just saying to one of the boys that it was a bad day for us but we were fit to overcome it so hopefully, we can carry the same intensity into Mayo.”

And Paul sees great things in the future for Leitrim – “James Glancy is our oldest players, we’re a fierce young team and we have a lot to learn.

“Still, the men that we have are hugely experienced in big games, see Sligo last year, we had seven debutants and we fit to overcome them. We’re very experienced for a young team and we’ve a lot of build on.”