Speaking after seeing his side suffer a disappointing eight point defeat at the hands of Fermanagh, manager Niall Kilcrann said that although the manner of the defeat was less than satisfying, it was wholly just.
Leitrim’s lack of urgency and Fermanagh’s ability to turn possession into points was the difference as Niall said “Today’s defeat is all down the fact that we did not use the possession we had wisely.
“We talked at half time about what we needed to do but we simply just didn’t play in the second half and Fermanagh blitzed us off the park and unfortunately there are lessons there for us to learn. There’s no doubting these girls’ determination but they just weren’t let play by Fermanagh, they didn’t give us time on the ball. We didn’t get any possession in the second half and they were far hungrier and that is where it went wrong for us.”
Niall agreed that Aine Tighe needed more support - “Aine was marked out of the game in the second half and that was going to come and maybe we needed a few of the girls to get on the ball, but I don’t think that was where the game was won or lost. It was down the fact that we did not use the possession we had wisely.”
The ladies now face into a do or die game with Limerick on Saturday week – “It’s an absolutely must win game. We know what’s in front of us though and we realise it’s the most important game of the year. We will sit down, have a look at the DVD and pick it up from there.
“I have no doubt the girls will be disappointed as this is their first real big loss. It’s now all about going to Limerick and putting in a big performance.”