“We need the 16th man to get us across the line” appeals Stephen

Leitrim supporters in Banagher last Saturday cheering on the Green & Gold in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final. Photo by anoisphotography.com
Leitrim Ladies Board Secretary Stephen Flynn has appealed to the county’s supporters to turn out in force in Mullingar next Saturday to cheer on the Green & Gold against Down in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, 1.30 throw-in.

Leitrim Ladies Board Secretary Stephen Flynn has appealed to the county’s supporters to turn out in force in Mullingar next Saturday to cheer on the Green & Gold against Down in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, 1.30 throw-in.

“I’d appeal to our supporters to turn out in force next Saturday,” said Stephen, “knowing how vocal they can be in support of a Leitrim team. This team train equally as hard as any men’s team and are deserving of the support of the Leitrim GAA public.

“We could do with every edge against Down next Saturday and I’d appeal to supporters to travel in big numbers to Mullingar and give us the 16th man we need to get across the line,” said Stephen.

Looking back to the win over Limerick, Leitrim manager Martin Dolan highlighted Leitrim’s good start but said there were plenty of things to work on ahead of next Saturday’s Semi-Final.

Martin told the Observer “We had to focus on starting the game fast and well and we did that. We scored a goal and three points and went 1-3 to no score up (early on).

“We took the foot off the gas after that and we allowed a very spirited Limerick team back into it. They clawed their way back for a long time and we had to regroup again at halftime and straighten out a few flaws.

“We went in at halftime two points up after shooting nine wides which was a bit worrying on our side seeing that we were going to be playing against the win in the second half.

“Limerick hunted hard and they went in two points down at halftime and they had all to play for in the second half. Thank God in the last ten minutes we got a grip on the game and got the scores when we needed them.

“We had 16 or 17 wides which is far too many wides to win many major games but it was lucky we got the goals which gave us the launch pad to finished out the game.”