Ahead of tomorrow’s Leitrim senior Football Quarter-final replay against Glencar Manorhamilton, the Aughawillan manger, Tommy Mc Cormack has called on his side to be more adventurous even if they find themselves in a similar position to last weekend’s drawn encounter where they were leading entering into the closing stages of the match.
Glencar Manor rallied well towards the end of last weekend’s encounter to force a replay, and as a result will probably start tomorrow’s encounter as favourites to advance to the semi-finals against Ballinamore Sean O Heslins.
The experienced Aughawillan manager does not agree with this school of thought, he admitted that his side going defensive in the closing stages of the match last weekend was not in the script, but he feels that his charges will learn from the match and the extra game will be of huge benefit to his side.
The defending County champions have had a difficult defence of their title. A number of players were unavailable in the early part of the season and they are only now returning to the fold. Experience has taught us to never write off Aughawillan and if they click tomorrow evening then there is every chance that they will be providing the opposition for their close neighbours and rivals in the semi-final.
McCormack who also led Mohill to the Fenagh cup back in 2006 must try and work on getting those players that have only recently returned to the fold fit and at the same time avoid picking up any injuries which would severely hamper their chances of successfully defending the title which they won last year after defeating Glencar Manor in a very exciting County final.
In typical and honest fashion McCormack is very realistic about the challenge that confronts him at present. With matches coming fast and furious the team are only training once a week and it’s now all about fine tuning the team for the challenge that lie ahead.
The eventual winners are facing a short turnaround with Ballinamore Sean O’ Heslin’s waiting in the long grass as opposition when it comes to the County semi-final which has been pencilled in by the CCC for next weekend.
Expect another massive battle tomorrow evening and when it comes to predictions, well remember never write off Aughawillan.
Take a listen to the full interview with Tommy Mc Cormack: