U21s ready for Offaly challenge says O’Hanlon

David Lynch

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David Lynch

GOALSCORER Shane O’Hanlon was delighted with the U21’s tremendous victory against Longford last Wednesday night and believes his side are ready to take on anybody now.

GOALSCORER Shane O’Hanlon was delighted with the U21’s tremendous victory against Longford last Wednesday night and believes his side are ready to take on anybody now.

Despite being down a man for the second half, O’Hanlon commented on the spirit the team showed. “We had it all to do in the second half. We were down to 14 men, with our captain gone off. But we just said ‘we’re not done yet lads’, there was thirty minutes to go and we gave it all we had. Everyone put their heart into it. But it was tough towards the end.”

The opening half was hard going for Louth and the step up from the easy victory over Kilkenny last time out was noticeable.

“It is tough going from Kilkenny last week straight into Longford who were a great team today. It took us a while to get going. Eoin O’Connor was a bit of a blow to us when he came off, but we pushed hard in the end and got the result. We can look forward to the Semi final now.”

The two goals from William Woods were crucial at the start of the second half and O’Hanlon had nothing but praise for his teammate. “He was a different class tonight. It was great to have him up there. He’s a very strong man, the hit man.”

But throughout the park Louth showed great character. “You can only score so much and the defence have to do the job as well and they did it superbly tonight. Every man from one to fifteen put their heart into it, in defending and attacking and we got what we deserved.”

Looking to the semi final and their opponents Offaly, O’Hanlon is full of confidence. “Our minor team three years ago were put out by Offaly, so it’ll be great to get another chance to go up against them. I think we’re ready for anything that comes our way.”