Annaduff manager Karl Foley. Photo by Willie Donnellan
Championship games can sometimes be won by a stroke of luck so when a plan works, it is great for the management team. And there is no doubting that Annaduff manager Karl Foley had a plan for Eslin the semi-final of this year’s Smith Monumentals Intermediate Championship.
It is a lesson Fenagh St. Caillin’s would do well to note as Karl told the Observer “To be fair, we had a look at each team throughout the championship and we looked at their strengths and where we could capitalise.
“We had a plan, straight out, we knew Eslin could get goals and quite simply our plan was look if they are going to get goals, so could we. We got players that could hurt them, I thought we handled the likes of the Beirnes and these lads fairly well, albeit we lost concentration towards the end of the game.
“That is something for us to work on. Eslin posed a different threat to what Fenagh are going to throw at us on Sunday and we have to try and do something different to counteract their threat,” said Karl.
For Karl, it is actually his third Intermediate Final in a row having been involved with Leitrim Gaels last year and the year before that with his native Kilmore. But he denies he is the man with the midas touch - “I won’t say that. It is my third Intermediate Final in three years because I was involved with Kilmore three years ago, that was a fantastic experience.
“The experience I gained working under the likes of Stephen Coy a couple of years ago that guided Kilmore to Intermediate Championship and League success, I took so much from him.
“I got the opportunity to manage the Roscommon Minors last year as well and you try and bring a bit of everything into the frame but there is no magic wand, it is down to hard work at the end of the day for any footballer player.”
SEE THIS WEEK’S LEITRIM OBSERVER FOR MORE INTERVIEWS AHEAD OF THIS YEAR’S INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL