Defeat in a Connacht Championship semi-final is always tough to come to terms with but when you see your players under perform and be out-muscled it must be very difficult for the manager to watch. Speaking after his Leitrim U-21 side were defeated in Markievicz Park on Saturday afternoon last by Sligo, Benny Guckian offered no excuses and acknowledged the better side had won.
“The lads unfortunately didn’t just arrive on the day,” rued Benny, adding, “Their commitment has been great the last three months and they put in a huge effort but I think Sligo were just physically stronger than us and I have to say the better team won today.
“We had a lot of young lads out there today and that would have made a difference. Some of them were pushed off the ball, the physical strength of Sligo was definitely the difference today.”
When asked whether any of the players simply froze as a result of any possible big match nerves Benny remarked, “I don’t think so, I don’t think you could blame nerves. I think it was just the physical strength of Sligo, we weren’t able to cope with it, it’s as simple as that.”
Leitrim played with a strong wind during the opening half but were unable to use it to their advantage and they trailed by two points at the interval. When asked what he said to his players during the break, “Benny replied, “What can you say”.
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