Managers may be notoriously difficult to please but Melvin Gaels manager Billy Gavigan truly believes that the newly crowned Intermediate champions are far better than they showed in the nine point win over Gortletteragh last Saturday in Ballinamore.
By John Connolly
Billy’s immediate reaction seemed to be one of delight mixed with relief – “Delighted, over the moon, it is great. First half, we were in trouble because we just weren’t playing football. Second half, we came out and we played football.
“We kicked the scores, we used the ball well and we didn’t do stupid things like we did in the first half. I think the fitness told in the last 15 minutes. That’s what we were supposed to do in the first half but we sat back and hoped to see what would happen.
“In the dressing room, we told them to go out and do what they did in the second half. I wouldn’t like to repeat what I said in the dressing room at halftime. They did listen to it because when I start giving out, there are a lot of bad words.
“We moved a midfielder, we moved a half-back, we changed about five places at halftime and they worked, sometimes they don’t but they did today.”
If Billy was delighted, he was quick to point out that there is far more to come from Melvin Gaels – “I couldn’t be any prouder of the boys. They were unbelievable and they deserve what they get because they work very hard in training.
“There is more in them, they are better than that, they can play for 60 minutes if they put it in, they only played for half an hour.”
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