It wasn’t so much delight as relief that the job was finally completed but you got the sense from Gortletteragh’s players as they trooped off the field last Sunday that their thoughts had already turned to the final and taking on Dromahair.
Joint manager Sean Hynes, who is in charge of Gortletteragh along with Tom Ward and former Longford legend Dessie Barry, admitted that the management team was pleased with the improvement in Gortletteragh’s form from one game to next.
“Definitely, we’re pleased with that,” said Sean “We weren’t pleased with last week’s performance but I think we upped it this week. I think the injuries caused to Glenfarne last weekend didn’t really help them either. We’re happy with our fellows, we have a lot of work to do for the final.
“The final is another match, the lads felt last year that they left it behind them but hopefully, we’ll take it on another step this year. It is going to be a very tough game, Dromahair are a good side, they play with a good system so we’ll just have to look for a way around that.”
Upping their intensity and making the most of their physical advantage was a key factor according to Sean – “We spoke about that during the week that we felt in the two games against them, even in the qualifying stages that we didn’t start well against them and we gave them a head of steam so we concentrated on that during the week.
“Thankfully the lads brought it into today, they pushed off from the word go. We put a big emphasis on that and it worked out, it worked out today and hopefully it will work out the next day, the lads are really focussed on trying to win this championship and hopefully, they can do it.”
Improving on the converting that possession into scores is something Sean wants to see in the final “Absolutely, I’d totally agree with that for the amount of possession we had, and we spoke about that at halftime, we didn’t seem to be putting them away.
“We had been clocking up scores during the year but they are a tough side to play against, they have a good system of play and they open you up at the back. We wouldn’t be happy with our performance as regards scoring but we’re happy with the overall performance.”
And Sean believes that last year’s experience could prove crucial for Gortletteragh – “It is great for the parish, it is great for the club and it is great for everybody involved with the club. They had the disappointment of last year and they can take that and use it to their benefit the next day and hopefully, they can do it.”