Hyland Warns Table Toppers Leitrim

Leitrim Manager Terry Hyland has warned his players not to get complaisant as they sit atop division four after two rounds.

Wicklow had led 1-5 to seven points at the interval but points from Damien Martin, Evan Sweeney, Jack Heslin and Ryan O’Rourke moved Leitrim into a three point lead 10 minutes into the second half.

“It’s dangerous to be leaving yourself in that position” explained Hyland, whose side have a habit of early second half points. “It might come, when uh-oh one day were that won’t come to you.”


“Like we popped four points and were back in the game and then we kicked on at the end when we got the goal at the end” added Hyland.

Ryan O’Rourke’s goal in the last minute set Leitrim to victory, having trailed by one point at that stage with Shane Moran and Gary Plunkett points securing victory.

“The goal typified more” our character explaind Hyland. “Had they got a lead, people would say they would have closed the game out. But it was us who got the lead and saw the game out.”

While happy with the result, the  Leitrim boss moves to two from two in competitive fixtures, declaring that its business as usual for his side.

“That’s what we come down here for, to be fair to the lads they worked and they got it” the result, explained Hyland.

“You just have to do it to the best of your ability and to be fair to the lads that’s what they did and they got it.”

“Considering people would say we play an expansive defensive game rather than an expansive attacking game, lads use a lot of energy up and down the park, and it’s gratifying for the team to get the result.”

Round three see’s Antrim travel to Avantcard Pairc Sean MacDiarmada, who have yet to collect any league points, but Hyland was playing down the significance of the game.

“It’s just Antrim, we have to produce the goods” responded a flat pan Hyland. “It’s the same as anything you go into work and have a bad day and don’t produce anything.”

“It’s the day that happens and it will in a football match.”