New look Louth are looking to build for the future

Louth's Ryan Burns gets the better of Westmeath's Killian Daly
No more than his Leitrim counterpart Shane Ward, Louth manager Colin Kelly is trying to build a new team after a raft of retirements and defections in recent years.

No more than his Leitrim counterpart Shane Ward, Louth manager Colin Kelly is trying to build a new team after a raft of retirements and defections in recent years.

And the Louth manager is stressing that putting together a performance and building something for the future is the main focus for the Wee County.

“It is about combining everything together. We won’t have 70 minutes of total dominance against anyone, very few teams do, in any game and it would be naive to think you do.

“There will be pressure in this game and it is how we deal with that when we are under it, which we haven’t did well enough yet.

“If we can play well defensively and not cough up silly goal chances when we are under pressure then the performance becomes more rounded and you can go from there.”

After the disappointment of defeat to Westmeath, Kelly is looking forward - “Everything we do now though is with a view to looking to the future. The league is well and truly behind us and we can’t look back. It is about getting experience into younger guys and about having a look at what’s down the line.”