Padraic Davis admitted Longford were well off the mark in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final but believes the real business is to begin.
Longford managed just four points, all from dead balls in their heavy 2-10 to four points defeat to Westmeath, Davis’s first defeat as Longford boss.
“We’re not going to look for excuses” explained Davis afterward. “For whatever reason, we were just never really came out of the blocks.”
“We knew what we were facing into coming here, Westmeath would be very defensive, even when they playing into the wind, that’s the style of their play.”
Longford only managed one score in the first half, thanks to Barry McKeon’s free, the Longford boss though wasn’t making excuses, more disappointed with how his side let Westmeath boss the game.
“We can’t make excuses we were flat for whatever reason, but we can’t make excuses. Yes we had a heavy week, but four points is what we ended up with that’s very disappointing.”
“We played the game on their terms from the word go and we just couldn’t seem to get a grip on the ball, particularly in that vital middle third area.”
“As a result they bossed us, they had the lion’s share of possession, our shots at goal, I think we had 70% didn’t hit the target, that’s hugely disappointing.”
The Longford boss however was able to draw on the positives of what was a positive O’Byrne Cup campaign, having been down some 15 players of the expected panel.
“You’d hope that the after a flat performance. That the next performances that follows is energetic and gives us a real chance of taking Louth.”
“It’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve had four games and undefeated in three of them. We stepped up a level and we showed little or no energy and we were found out.”
“It’s just a matter of picking it up now, I’d rather it came today than in the first round of the league, we’ll have two good weeks of preparation ahead of that game with Louth” explained Davis.