When the opposition manager admits he was surprised to win so comfortably, you can understand why Shane Ward was mystified by last Saturday’s loss to Carlow.
Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien was delighted with his side’s 0-12 to 1-4 victory but may have inadvertently rubbed salt into Leitrim wounds when he said “I was expecting a tougher game to be honest with you.
“For the last number of years, Leitrim have had the upper hand on Carlow big time, they beat us comfortably in the last three years so it was good today.”
And the Leitrim manager was equally perplexed - “Disappointed with the performance, conditions were tough out there but it is still no excuse. We didn’t start well, we didn’t finish well so it was very disappointing from our perspective.”
Leitrim finish their Allianz League campaign next Sunday against Waterford.
On a positive note, Leitrim Minor and Ladies both recorded impressive victories at the weekend
l See match report and reactions on pages 70-71.