Promotion would’ve been gone if Leitrim lost

The chase for promotion would have ended had Leitrim not secured victory against Fermanagh according to manager Mickey Moran who was the first to acknowledge that lady luck shone brightly on the Green & Gold in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

The chase for promotion would have ended had Leitrim not secured victory against Fermanagh according to manager Mickey Moran who was the first to acknowledge that lady luck shone brightly on the Green & Gold in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

by John Connolly

The chase for promotion would have ended had Leitrim not secured victory against Fermanagh according to manager Mickey Moran who was the first to acknowledge that lady luck shone brightly on the Green & Gold in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.

Speaking in the aftermath of Fermanagh missing a free to draw the game, the Leitrim boss was the first to admit that Leitrim had a bit of luck – “As I said to the players, the last two years and probably the years before that, Leitrim always came on the wrong end of a point defeat with no luck. Today we finished a point ahead with a wee bit of luck and it might be a turning point.

“We’ll take the two points, it gives us the chance to stay in the hunt for promotion, the chance to go back to training on Tuesday with that difficult match over us and hopefully, we will be that bit sharper against Carlow, of playing with that intensity from the start.

“We have a lot of work to do, sport can be cruel and it can be generous to people. We have had bad results and bad games go against us in terms of no luck but we’ll take this here.”

And Mickey acknowledged that defeat would have been a body blow – “The win doesn’t guarantee us anything other than we are still in the hunt for promotion. Our season would have been over in terms of promotion, you would have been sort of going through the motions and getting ready for Sligo.”

Mickey might have been thrilled with Leitrim’s spirit in the second half but he wasn’t so happy with the first half display – “Without a doubt, I can stand up and say it was the worst performance of this team in the first half. But we knew at halftime that if we just got together, got to grips with it, that they had that fight in them if they could just pick off the scores.

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