It’s been a baptism of fire since Colum O’Meara took over as manager of the Longford hurlers.
While landing the Keogh Cup for the very first time earlier this month, O’Meara’s men are routed to the bottom of division 3A after three games.
“Hurling in Longford is a tough gig” admitted O’Meara. “They don’t play enough of it in Longford.”
“If you walked down the town in Longford you wouldn’t see a hurl, someone walking down the road might think that’s a weapon!” joked the Galway man.
“You just don’t see enough hurl’s in Longford, but there a great bunch of lads and I’m not going to knock them” it’s just a fact.
While the league table might say zero points from three games for the Longford men, there has been some highs, in particular the first Keogh Cup win over Wicklow.
Last Sunday O’Meara’s men had trailed Roscommon by just three points, before the Roscommon ability told to win out 1-25 to 1-10.
“The first two games we could have won, but against Roscommon we definitely weren’t up to it” admitted O’Meara.
“When you’re missing a couple of your key players, especially in Longford with the numbers being so low, people don’t realise there are only three senior teams in the county.”
“I’m not going to knock anyone, I’m just disappointed in the end. If Cathal Mullane doesn’t score or Joe O’Brien doesn’t score we are limited up front” explained O’Meara.
“We brought Carl Murray out of the backs and into the forwards last week, maybe it didn’t work but we don’t have the material so we just have to keep trying.
The Longford boss is refusing to be negative ahead of Sunday’s visit of Louth to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
“There’s no point in being negative” added O’Meara, “Our main target is the Nicky Rackard so please god onwards and upwards.”
Longford v Louth
Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
Referee: Chris Mooney (Dublin)