One of the cornerstones on which Melvin Gaels dominance of last year’s Intermediate Championship was based, Fabian McMorrow’s club form was recognised last year when he was named as the Intermediate Club Player of the Year. Having been involved in previous years panels, Fabian returned to the Leitrim panel this year and is hoping to nail down a spot at centre-back for Sunday’s clash with London in Ruislip.
With many new players and a new managerial team in place the year began well for Leitrim with an encouraging FBD League campaign and there were promising signs in the opening rounds of the Allianz National League before the push for promotion faded away.
Reflecting on the League campaign Fabian felt there were plenty of positives saying, “I know we had a few bad results but a lot of boys came through, there are a few new faces on the team and that’s been good. There are plenty of positives to take out of the league, our work rate in the games was good. We let it slip in games but looking back we won more than half the games.”
On the flip side the league campaign also contained negatives and when asked what he and his team mates were unhappy with from the League Fabian replied, “The first ten minutes down in Ennis the first half against Wicklow and the Fermanagh game there were a lot of negatives there. Any negatives that we saw in the league, we worked hard on them in the league, trying to correct any mistakes.”
Looking ahead to Leitrim’s Championship encounter with London Fabian was in confident mood and was happy to report that preparations are going well and training since the end of the League campaign has been going very well.
“We’re looking forward to London, we’re well prepared, we’ll have no problem,” said Fabian who corrected himself saying, “I think we’ll have no problem winning.”
“We picked it up a level, it was a kick in the backside for us, at training we really picked it up and the last two weeks it’s been exceptional. The commitment in training has been phenomenal, I couldn’t ask for more.
“We had a good few challenge matches against Longford and Cavan and they were good games to have, good competitive games and two good performances on our behalf.”
While he doesn’t believe the League meeting between the sides will have any bearing on Sunday’s game, Fabian is all too aware of the potential threat posed by London but believes if Leitrim perform to their ability and put into practice what they have been doing in training it will be Leitrim who will progress to face Mayo in the Connacht Championship semi-final.
“I know they probably played it coy enough that day (league match), they didn’t play their full hand. We know what they’re about, it’s not going to be easy over in London, it never is for Leitrim over in Ruislip. They always lift their game when they’re playing Leitrim, they can smell a victory, they can smell blood when they see Leitrim coming over.
“We know what to expect, as long as we’re well prepared and do what we set out to do we’ll have no problem.”