It is not going to be easy but there is no doubt that Leitrim head into this year’s All-Ireland Qualifiers in a much more positive frame of mind as they take on Louth next Saturday evening in Drogheda (7 pm throw-in).
The draw has certainly energised supporters but from reports in Louth, the Wee County are viewing the draw just as positively, believing it to be a way of kick-starting their season and Louth have boast a potent and high scoring attack.
Where Louth appear to fall down is in defence and attack is an area where Leitrim will have to show a major improvement - the Green & Gold had a lot of possession against Galway but never looked like converting enough to trouble the Tribesmen.
Paddy McGowan may have done enough as a sub to get a starting place next Saturday but it is hard to see too many changes, although the tactic of two big men in the full-forward line might change.
No more than the Minor game on Saturday, this is a game that really could go either way. Home advantage could prove crucial to Louth and Leitrim will need their best display of the year to emerge with the win. But there are enough positive signs to suggest that Leitrim are more than capable of advancing to the next round.
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