Promotion Recap

by louthandproud on March 28, 2016

in County

We did it.

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We made our stay in Division 4 a quick one.
Absolutely Delighted!

#GreatStart

We shot out of the blocks yesterday. We were decisive.
We meant business straightaway.

Right from the throw in Conor Grimes was our target.

He hit two terrific points in the corner on right hand side he had no right to score and he did. He showed his class and lived up to his potential yesterday. In fact Wexford had no match for him all afternoon.

His presence and confidence on the edge of the square injected into the whole side. He set us up.

#Leaders

With captain Reido out, Pop was captain for the day and he was solid he was more than solid he gave his whole defence an insurance policy and they feed off it.

Darren McMahon, James Stewart and Jim won dirty ball. They also showed the moral courage to get on the ball when it would have been easier to shy away.

Decky lifted the boys with scores showing his leadership by setting the standard.

On the day it seemed like we had a number of captains.

Head and Shoulders above the rest however was Derek Maguire.
He was just tremendous all day long. He was all of the above. He battled, he tackled, he intercepted, he drove forward (i’ll get to that later) he scored, he was intelligent, he never stopped.

kudos to him and this past 12 months work he, like the Louth team has transformed themselves for the better.

#System

If Maguire deserves the plaudits then the System devised by Management and Paddy Crozier needs to take a bow.
When it came to the crunch and yesterday was the crunch our system stood tall and won us the game.

Sure, we defended bravely in numbers and intelligently but our transition from defence to attack was the best yet under the system.

We got forward in numbers, the directness was key and the speed we got the ball to the scoring zones made the system work.

The players

#Composure

executed the system to perfection.

Either by hard running from Stewart or Maguire or a footpass to or by Jim.
After 6 games, the attacking side of the system came together.

An example was Decky and Peach. They took on the responsibility to take shots at goal. They knew their range and duly backed themselves to score and it was a rewarding risk everytime.

All day, the players knew to work the ball and not to panic, have patience and then execute the decisive score or pass at pace!

30 minutes without a score in the second half we sure needed all of the above traits of composure!

#SubsSquad

Another example was Cian Doyle pop pass to link up with Grimes for his third point of the day.

Yes, I did just mention Cian Doyle. The O’Connells man bolted into the squad for the Carlow game and amazingly came in to start yesterday. It just shows the talent pool and competition we have and Colin Kelly has at his disposal.

CK still had to make some calls though, dropping Ryan Burns for disciplinary reasons was a big one. The call could have been fatal one but thankfully it worked out.

With our starting fifteen there on merit and on the back of mangers call, they played with alot of trust and we had really impactful introductions (all forwards!) as a result.

McKeever, Gea, Burnsey, and especially Judge nudged us over the line. Judge won a free and breaking ball in that final period that only a player of his experience could.

#Next

You could see and can see in this video what promotion meant to this group.

They are a young set of players and take serious pride in representing their county.

They got their reward yesterday.

They now face a really good Antrim side next week and a trip to Croke Park against them.

Both games are/will be brilliant for the young squads development for differing reasons. I’ll talk about Antrim for weeks to come but for now.

The Whole county can be proud, and I for one am very LouthandProud today!

Thanks for reading folks…
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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shanks March 29, 2016 at 10:41 am

Huge credit has to be given for plugging last year’s defence. Well done to the squad.

Wayne March 28, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Fantastic reward for the whole squad. Well done Louth.

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