Mark happy Leitrim are on right track

It might have been a two point loss but Leitrim Minor manager Mark Heslin was more than happy with his team’s progress ahead of the Championship, particularly after a strong showing against Galway in Tuam.

It might have been a two point loss but Leitrim Minor manager Mark Heslin was more than happy with his team’s progress ahead of the Championship, particularly after a strong showing against Galway in Tuam.

“I rate it as a progression,” Mark told the Observer, “We came into the Minor League wanting to learn about players and seeing the group we were dealing with. It has progressed definitely and we got our full squad back for the first time last week between different things they were at.

“Again, they were the two best performances we had when we had everyone back and again it shows us in a good light when we have everybody together.”

Pleased at his side’s progression, Mark was nonetheless less than happy with his team’s first half display – “Very pleased with the second half but again, as through the campaign, we can’t keep starting slow.

“The wind had a major factor on it but the work-rate that goes with it, if you are playing against a wind like that, the work-rate has to be up there and it just wasn’t there in the first half. We sorted a few things out at halftime and the lads put in a very good performance in the second half but it just wasn’t enough unfortunately.”

That championship sees them take on Roscommon but Mark sees plenty of positive signs – “Roscommon, they’ve wiped everyone out of sight in the Connacht League this year and there is no doubt about it that they are the team to beat, they’re the big team in Connacht at Minor level. But look, everyone has their day and if we prepare properly and the lads are tuned into it, we will give them a good game of it.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.