Sunday’s loss to Armagh might have been Leitrim’s first of the campaign but manager Gerry Ballantine stressed the positives, believing that the Ladies side are not that far off the mark.
Armagh now top the group and Gerry said of the challenge posed by the Orchard County - “If they’re the bench mark we’re not that far away. We just have to keep going.
“We had chances and as I said to the girls at the end we have to accept that this is the first setback we’ve had but we did compete with them and I was happy enough with the way we competed.
“We created a lot of chances and probably didn’t put away the chances when we had them but Armagh are very strong. We expected them to be strong and they were every bit as strong as we expected.
“We wanted to see how we would stand up to that and overall I was happy with how we stood up to it. We know what the standard is now with the likes of Armagh and Down and that is where we have to get to.
“We had goal chances but we never felt comfortable in the game in that we were totally in control. They were very powerful around the middle, they handled a lot of ball and they were very dangerous on the counter-attack which is the way they play.
“In the second half I was very happy with the way we played into the breeze and the fact that we kept competing with them.
“For long periods of the game we controlled it but we just couldn’t get the scores when we needed them in order to put more pressure on them.”
One area where Armagh did dominate was physically and Gerry agreed it was an area that needs attention - “We spoke about the physicality that they would bring to it and this is something we need to look at and it’s probably an area we need to improve where we need to be able to break these tackles and go through them and build from there.”
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