Mind-set must change if Leitrim clubs are to win

Peter McGowan battles for the ball with Hollymount Carramore's Keelan McNamara. Photo by David Farrell Photography
Leitrim club football needs a change of mindset if it is to achieve Provincial success according to Melvin Gaels manager Liam Gilmartin.

Leitrim club football needs a change of mindset if it is to achieve Provincial success according to Melvin Gaels manager Liam Gilmartin.

When it was put to Liam that he and his players could take heart from having run Hollymount/Carramore in aftermath of the extra-time loss in McHale Park last Sunday, a team near the top of Division 1 in Mayo, Liam insisted such an attitude needed to change.

“How good are they though?,” asked Liam, “Do we bow to Mayo and Galway teams for all our lives. The mindset of Leitrim clubs must change. We genuinely believed we had a chance coming up here today.

“We got them to extra-time and we had a chance to win it in normal time but the young lads tired with the physicality of the game but good luck to Hollymount, you hope they go one and win something and they probably will. They are a seasoned senior team really. In the age profile they are definitely ahead of us.”

And Liam’s attitude was echoed by Fabian McMorrow who insisted that the Connacht Intermediate Championship is a competition he believes his team should not be competing in again.

“We said it at a couple of meetings over the last few weeks that this should be the only opportunity we ever have to win an Intermediate title in Connacht because we shouldn’t be playing Intermediate. There is no point going in and just making up the numbers when you get into Connacht, there is no point going into it blind.

“You have to look at the tactics and the opposition, it is not like going into a league game. You have to do the work and you have to study. We have been building for this. We took on the Sligo champions and we have been building and building and for the last month or two we have been building for this game. It’s very disappointing at the moment.”

See page 70-71 for match report and reaction.