New York must review future

Manorhamilton native and former New York selector Frank Brady was a man with a foot in both camps last Sunday and here he analyses last Sunday’s match from a unique perspective.

Manorhamilton native and former New York selector Frank Brady was a man with a foot in both camps last Sunday and here he analyses last Sunday’s match from a unique perspective.

“New York were simply not at the races as there was a vast chasm between the speed, skill and strategy of these teams. Interestingly as the game wore on, the issue in the press box was whether New York would suffer their heaviest defeat since they entered the Connacht Championship in 1999.

“Thankfully they were spared that ignominy, but the margin of defeat was just as bad as last year’s. Leitrim were supposed to be the easiest touch in Connacht, plus they had a rather indifferent league. Well they certainly dispensed with that label, as besides being much fitter, they were certainly much more physically stronger, especially in the tackle.

“Besides winning the possession stakes rather easily, Leitrim moved the ball well to a well-placed team mate most of the time as New York were nearly always chasing the man or the ball. The bottom line is that this was a very demoralising defeat for New York.

“This was Leitrim’s biggest championship win ever, and possibly one of New York’s worst. Leitrim are far from a powerhouse on the Gaelic football landscape, so it raises the question of how good are Leitrim, and consequently how bad were New York.

“Well the answer to that question might not be palatable to the New York folk. Granted they had injury problems, particularly with Wood and Kelly, but the painful reality is that there was a major disparity across every dimension of the game in the respective teams.

“What’s next for New York? The harsh reality is that they were totally demolished by the supposedly the weakest team in Connacht. The process has to be given a major review. It’s one thing to be beaten, but how can a team with limited resources not have all the best players in New York not available to play.

“If New York cannot field their best 15, it’s time to downgrade, or get out of Connacht. Cromwell might not have differentiated between Hell and Connacht, but the Connacht championship has been hell too often for New York.”