History books there to be rewritten

He may profess a lack of knowledge of Leitrim’s awful record in McHale Park but ahead of next Sunday’s daunting trip to Castlebar, keeper Cathal McCrann believes that history books are there to be rewritten.

He may profess a lack of knowledge of Leitrim’s awful record in McHale Park but ahead of next Sunday’s daunting trip to Castlebar, keeper Cathal McCrann believes that history books are there to be rewritten.

Told by the Observer that no Leitrim team have ever won at the famed McHale Park, Cathal said “I didn’t even know that but aren’t history books there to be rewritten.

“We’re not going to read into any of that, sure we don’t really have a great record in Pairc Sean either. We’ll be hoping to work hard and give a good account of ourselves over there.”

Not many will give Leitrim a chance of advancing to the Provincial Final and although many would see Leitrim are occupying the perfect position for an ambush but Cathal is not so sure that being such rank underdogs is a good thing.

“It is hard to know,” agreed the Gortletteragh clubman, “Going in so lax can be a bad thing too. We want to go in and give the best that we are able to give.”

Cathal is also hoping to draw inspiration from Sligo’s win over Galway – “We’re a good bunch of footballers and I know Mayo are a big team, they’re national League finalists but like I say, we’re not going to fear them, we’re going to give it our best and see what happens on the day.

“When we look at it, we beat Sligo last year and we’re both nearly the same teams, we’re missing a few, they’re missing a few. They way they won against Galway, if we can work as hard as Sligo did, we’ll have a chance anyway.

“Mayo will be hot favourites but if we can work hard, we have a chance and that is all we’re looking for. When we started out at the end of the year, we were concentrating on London but the winners went on to play Mayo.

“Mayo are Connacht Champions and National League finalists but they are the teams you want to be playing so we’re looking forward to it. Their forwards are well experienced, they’ve been there a good while. They gave Dublin a good beating in Castlebar and we’ll really have to punch above our weight to control that forward line.

“Moran is very good player, he lets them take over, Mortimer is going to be very hard handled but that is what you play county football for, you want to play against these guys.

“Mayo are the kingpins and that is who you want to play against but we’ll give everything we have in our bodies and hopefully, we’ll give a good account of ourselves,” said Cathal.