We should have been in Croke Park

Brian Breen pictured with fellow joint manager George Dugdale during the recent Allianz League Division 4 victory over London. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Inconsistent performances during the Allianz League means that Leitrim will not be in Croke Park this Saturday contesting the Division Four Final according to joint Leitrim manager Brian Breen as he prepares the Green & Gold for their opening Championship match against New York on Sunday, May 5.

Inconsistent performances during the Allianz League means that Leitrim will not be in Croke Park this Saturday contesting the Division Four Final according to joint Leitrim manager Brian Breen as he prepares the Green & Gold for their opening Championship match against New York on Sunday, May 5.

Leitrim open the 2013 Championship season with a trip to Gaelic Park on Sunday week but Breen believes that Leitrim should be in Croke Park this weekend - “Due to our inconsistent performances, we gave games away. We played Offaly the other night and we beat them quite well and we played 25-26 players.

“Unfortunately, it is hitting home to a lot of players that we should have been in Croke Park instead of Offaly. If it means it is a learning curve for us as manager and the players, that’s a good thing.”

And Breen believes that Leitrim made progress during the League - “We’ve always recognised that we need to have a full squad available to us to progress. During the FBD we had a full squad and I’m not one for making excuses but we were missing Cathal McCrann for a couple of games, even though Brendan Flynn did quite well, we were missing Wayne McKeon and Kevin Conlan for a couple of games, all at the one time.

“It caught up with us at the end but the good thing was that compared to last year, I think we progressed. The Tipperary match we had a big loss but, as I’ve said before, every other match we lost whereas last year, Clare comprehensively beat us, Fermanagh comprehensively beat us and Wicklow comprehensively beat us.”

See next week’s Leitrim Observer for more from the Leitrim camp ahead of the big game in Gaelic Park.