Captain Paddy Maguire didn’t mince his words after last Sunday’s victory over London, stating clearly that Leitrim will have to improve considerably if they are to shock Mayo in McHale Park.
“We’ve a lot of improvements,” Paddy told the Observer, “We were slipping and sliding, our fist passing was going everywhere and our shot selection wasn’t great at times and it is going to take a lot more to beat Mayo.
“But we’re happy enough, we showed a lot of composure towards the end and right through injury time. We never panicked and we are just happy to get out of here with a point win. It was always going to be hard coming here.”
The knowledge that London were going to provide a stern examination served Leitrim well according to the captain – “We’re just happy to get out of here with a win. We always knew it was going to be tough getting out of here.
“Yeah, they had fierce power, they were playing the ball cute, going down with injuries and using up time. They were running and running, bringing the ball into tackles, looking for the free. I think we kicked six wides in a row when we were looking for that point to settle us.
“It took us ages to get that point but once we got that point with five minutes to go, it settled us down. I know they came up the field and got another point.”
Ironically, the expectation was all on London and Paddy felt it helped Leitrim – “I think the pressure was on them as favourites, so i think it was kind of good for us. Thank god, we came out with a win.”