“This year is different”

“What we have to do is so what no Leitrim team has done in a few years and that’s beat two Connacht teams in succession” is the not unsurpirsing assessment of Leitrim captain James Glancy as he is determined to extend Leitrim’s Connacht Championship run to three games.

“What we have to do is so what no Leitrim team has done in a few years and that’s beat two Connacht teams in succession” is the not unsurpirsing assessment of Leitrim captain James Glancy as he is determined to extend Leitrim’s Connacht Championship run to three games.

By Philip Rooney

A man who knows as well as anyone the struggles faced by the Leitrim footballers year in year out, James is adamant all within the county set-up are now focusing all their energies on Sunday’s clash with Connacht champions Roscommon, admitting that in previous years, the win over Sligo would have been enough.

“I think we have to forget about it (the Sligo game), if we do what we did every other year that we won that would be it, we would be finished,” the captain noted, “We’d be looking at patting ourselves and looking at being happy with winning one game.

“Over the years, you wouldn’t like saying it, but it has happened, we have sat back on our laurels. We’re a young panel, we’ve training really hard since January and we just want to go out and give a really good account of ourselves.

“If we can bring everything that we brought to the table in Sligo to the table in Carrick on June 12 there is no doubt we are going to be in a Connacht final,” proclaimed James.

“The other side of the coin is that if we don’t bring that to the table there is only going to be one winner and that is going to be Roscommon. You can’t put in all that work that they’ve put in at underage level and not reap the rewards and they have reaped the rewards. We do bring the passion, desire, will to win, determination - it was all evident there in Markievicz Park, if that can be brought to Carrick-on-Shannon it’s a no brainer for me.

“We definitely have the capabilities with the young squad that we have with the talent is there, the young lads are showing no fear at all.”

Those young lads that James spoke of have been the main talking point surrounding the Leitrim team for many and James acknowledged the new faces have had a very positive impact on the squad.

“They have brought a fresh impetus into the thing. They don’t care what anybody says about them, there is a great buzz around training and they are really happy to be there. Not too many boys miss training and over the years that has been a bit of a problem.

“We have the so called As v Bs and the As are really getting shown up, they are really putting it up to us. They know our game and are pushing and pushing. We played in Markievicz Park without one of the best defenders in the country over the past seven or eight years, John McKeon, he didn’t make the team and that speaks volumes of the young lads that are in there doing a job.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.