Gavin Cawley admits it’s a big moment for Leitrim Ladies footballers as they begin their 2019 campaign away to Antrim on Sunday.
Leitrim forfeited their 2018 league campaign, meaning that championship and club championship activity was lost for the 2018 season.
However, things have turned the corner with a new county and the IT Sligo ladies manager Gavin Cawley appointed inter-county boss and begin their LIDL national League division four campaign on Sunday.
“The main thing is getting us out on the football pitch and hopefully Leitrim ladies football can move on from here and we won’t have to talk about it again in the future” explained Cawley on the events of 2018.
“It’s been a quick turnaround” added Cawley, “it will be a tough task to get the team all together in time and it’s a bit of a learning curve to get the team ready for Sunday.”
While successful as a ladies football team, Cawley admitted the pressure was off his Leitrim players for the season as he looks to build a new team, with a number of last year’s minor side.
“It’s important to have a good league campaign, we won’t be putting any pressure on the players after last year, if we get into the semi-final’s that is one of the objectives of the year.”
“With the mixture of players, players who are experienced at this level and players who haven’t played this standard again. If we get out of those league semi-finals anything can happen.”
“We’re looking to getting the best teams out on the pitch and hopefully things can take itself from there” added Cawley.
“There’s plenty of current minors eager to get into the team this year, everyone wants to wear that Leitrim jersey.”
“The new county board have put a big emphasis on getting everyone as part of this setup, so hopefully we can get the right result on Sunday.”
“The supporters can get out and enjoy watching their team again” added Cawley stressing the return of senior inter-county will benefit everyone in ladies football.