Never one to mince his words, Cathal McCrann wasn’t particularly keen on the idea of praise coming Leitrim’s way last Saturday but rather the keeper felt that his team had left a golden opportunity slip away.
“It is very hard to take,” was Cathal’s initial reaction, “We were very slow to start there at the start of the second half. Looking at the score-board at one stage, they had six points and we had one and it is very hard to come back from something like that.
“It is very disappointing, I know you are saying we had a very good performance but people have been writing us off, they don’t show much respect to us and Laois didn’t really there today. We knew that we are a good team and they got the full of it to get out of here today.
“It is hard to take because we feel we should have won. I always say that you’re better off being well beaten than to come so close. We were the dominant team there, their goal was totally against the run of play. It is just a pity for this group of lads, we feel we should have won and we’ve left something behind.”
Cathal was impressed by the impact of Brendan Quigley but less impressed by a decision that gave Laois a two point gap as the game entered injury time – “Quigley is a great fielder of the ball, he was the difference the last day too.
“The referee called me for picking it off the ground but I heard from other people close to me wearing white jackets that it wasn’t off the ground. I thought in fairness that one of their points was off the ground, them little things went our way the last time but it is disappointing.”
Cathal is adamant that Leitrim need to keep this group of players together – “The main thing is to keep this group of lads in Ireland, give them jobs. Problem is guys are leaving but if we can keep this whole thing together and get back in lads, we’ll give Division 4 a good rattle.
“It is a pity if boys do leave, we’d be really back to square one because as I said earlier in the year, Longford have kept their team together for a couple of years and they are in Division 2. If we keep losing players, we’re going to be in Division 4 for a long time.”