After seeing his Leitrim team slump to a four point defeat joint Leitrim manager Barney Breen was understandably disappointed with the final outcome but he saw more than enough over the course of the 60 minutes to be able to focus on the positives.
Reflecting on the game, Barney who took charge of the Leitrim team alongside George Dugdale for the first time said, “We asked for a good, gutsy performance and that’s what we got today.
“There were a couple of silly mistakes that probably even cost us the game and there were a couple of simple frees missed that probably cost us the game in the heel of the hunt. Overall we’re happy enough with our endeavour and hard work.”
Speaking about what he and George have been trying to instill into the Leitirm team Barney commented, “We said before the game that in order to compete with any other county you have to be the hardest working team in Ireland because we mightn’t match the physical strength of other teams. We showed that today.
“It was a good start, even though the result didn’t go our way. We looked for a performance and we’re quite happy with the performance. We’re trying to play a little bit more direct if we can.
One of the stand out features of the Leitrim display was the performance of the full-back line and Barney was quick to praise debutant Alan Wynne, Ciaran Egan and Paddy Maguire.
“Ciaran Egan is back, he missed most of last year through injury but the year before he had a great performance against Kildare in the qualifier. We have him back and provided he stays injury free he will be a big addition to us.
“Paddy Maguire was on the other side and Paddy is probably one of the better defenders now at this stage, he’s a seasoned campaigner even though he’s only a couple of years on the panel. Alan Wynne had a great start, he had a great debut today.”
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