Paduric Davis laid praise on his new look Longford team as they secured a Bord Na Mona O’Byrne Cup semi-final with Westmeath.
Longford secured their place in O’Byrne Cup semi-final with a 1-16 each draw with Louth in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday, having survived a Louth second-half onslaught.
Longford led 1-12 to 1-6 at the break, however only managed four second half points compared to the 10 Louth scores including Declan Byrne’s last gasp point.
“It looks like we put everything into the first half and nothing into the second” explained Davis, “but we were very impressive in the first half and just couldn’t get going in the second.”
While admitting the drop in performance, Davis was quick to highlight that as many as 15 of his expected panel are absent with five or six 5 or 6 of last year’s Longford team playing against Louth.
“It is what it is” Davis explained, “and it’s a brilliant opportunity for these lads to come in and some of them are doing very, very well.”
“I think it’s something like 15 players are missing in total, we’ve six injuries, one exam tied and eight with Mullinalaghta, and if we had all those available there would be a bulk of guys who’ll play the O’Byrne cup or the national league, that we’d never see.”
“That’s just the nature of the way things are” declared Davis.
“It’s a great opportunity for these young lads, I’m very happy with the way their responding, there training and application have been brilliant.”
Davis was quick to praise his new look team who will face Westmeath in Saturday’s O’Byrne Cup semi-final after their 1-13 to 1-7 win over Kildare.
“We’ve played four games and we still haven’t been beaten, so we’re happy with that.”
“It’s all about building momentum, it’s a competitive game for us, if we hadn’t of got there we would have played a challenge match.”
“But no challenge match gives you what a competitive fixture does particularly against a team you’re playing in the first round of the national league.”