Four successive wins at the start of the league campaign suggested Leitrim were in for a memorable year but with injuries and players unavailable it has been in the words of Leitrim manager Gerry Ballantine, “a rollercoaster year.”
Assessing his first year in charge of the county team Gerry said, “It’s been a rollercoaster year between injuries and people going abroad. There has been people coming and going from the panel.
“Really we have only consolidated the panel again in the last three to four weeks. Some girls came in at the end and they did very well for the amount of time they were on it. Topsy-turvy I would say, in order to drive forward you need a solid panel that’s competing and training from the beginning of the year and right throughout the year.”
Gerry added, “I felt we were getting back into a position where we could challenge intermediate teams again and if we could get over this game today we would be competitive in the quarter finals.
“I think Roscommon will be competitive in the quarter finals and fair play to them, they’ve worked hard all year and they deserve to be in them, there is no doubt about that.”