Limerick the main focus for Owens

Former Leitrim player John Owens might have been expected to have been disappointed that his Waterford side had lost last Sunday but instead the Waterford manager had the calm expression of a man with his sights on bigger objectives.

Former Leitrim player John Owens might have been expected to have been disappointed that his Waterford side had lost last Sunday but instead the Waterford manager had the calm expression of a man with his sights on bigger objectives.

by John Connolly

Owens, whose Waterford team travelled to Carrick on Sunday morning, admitted that his team didn’t have a lot to play for “There was not a lot to play and the main thing was we were trying fellows out.

“I know Barney and George did much the same, to see where they were with fellows coming in. We’re happy enough coming up here and pushing them right to the end and we had a couple of goal chances there.”

The Waterford manager, who won a County title with Allen Gaels in 1991, admitted that the focus is on the championship – “It is, I think the big thing for us is the 20th of May isn’t too far away and we will have boys going back to their clubs the week after next and we need to be making sure that we have everybody ready for the 20th.

“We had a number of fellows we had rested but at the end of the day, it is nice to have a panel of players, they’re there and they are keen to play and it makes a difference there at the end when we were pushing, we could have got something out of it.

“We have Limerick in the first round, it is a tough one, they are in our division but hopefully, we will get something out of it.”

Owens was nevertheless pleased with the effort his players put in – “They did and they ran hard at the boys but I suppose if we turn around at some stage and get a couple of scores at the end and level it up, it would have been grand but it didn’t happen and we will have to keep going until the 20th.”