Dubs could be in line for Challenge Match says Fitzpatrick

Louth boss Peter Fitzpatrick was delighted with the contribution made by David Reid upon his return to the Louth senior football team.

Louth boss Peter Fitzpatrick was delighted with the contribution made by David Reid upon his return to the Louth senior football team.

Before Friday, the Mattock Rangers player had not featured under Peter Fitzpatrick, but against Down he made his return in impressive fashion, scoring eight out of Louth’s 19 points on the night against last year’s All-Ireland finalists.

Speaking on Reid’s return, Fitzpatrick said: “He was fantastic on Friday night. What we were up against was a strong Down team and he did very well.”

Fitzpatrick added that Reid is now amongst a number of forwards who are jockeying for position for a place in the squad for the Leinster Championship which starts on June 12.

“He is in contention for the main squad for the Championship. The thing was, he got married over Christmas and was away on honeymoon so he was not available at the start of the season.

“We gave him a bit of time and he let us know that he was available and now we could have him for the Championship.

“It will keep the lads on their toes, he is fit and ready to play and he can take frees aswell as score points in open play, so he’s a great addition.”

Reid has been in stunning form for his club over the past number of weeks, something Fitzpatrick knew all too well. He was also the top scorer in last year’s Senior Championship where he captained Mattock Rangers to back-to-back titles.

“Himself and Adrian have been fantastic in Mattock colours, which was on display on Sunday when they beat the Brides so it’s good to have them with us.”

Fitzpatrick also revealed that Dublin could be in line for a Challenge Match on May 22 at St Mochta’s but before that, he is lining up a series of trial matches during training between his senior and junior sides.

The Junior Championship side at the moment is a work in progress, said the Louth boss as he prepares to face Kildare on May 25 in the competition.

“Kildare have been training from the start of January for this. They feel as though they should have beaten us last year in the competition. Our junior side is going to be a squad that can kick on and make the jump to the senior squad.

“Right now, it’s tough to get them altogether as we have to let the players play with their clubs, but we will have a series of games in training and decide on the squad then.”