Paddy glows in the dark

LOUTH Captain Paddy Keenan admitted that his team found it hard to see during the second half in Croke Park as someone inside Headquarters forgot to turn on the floodlights.

LOUTH Captain Paddy Keenan admitted that his team found it hard to see during the second half in Croke Park as someone inside Headquarters forgot to turn on the floodlights.

Only at the end, when the presentation was being made by President Christy Cooney to Keenan did the lights go on, but during the second half, the 30 players on the pitch found themselves in darkness.

Although it did not matter for Louth in the end as they won the title, Keenan was bemused with it.

“I don’t know what was the point of them putting the lights on when the game was over because there was a whole second half there when it was dark”, said the Louth captain.

He then joked: “I’ve bad enough eye sight at the best of times without it being dark.

“It was very dark. If we were training in that we would be complaining to get the lights on so I don’t know what the decision was with it.”

However, the captain was delighted to win a trophy after a topsy turvy league campaign.

“We are delighted to win it. It’s not the Championship, but it’s another step for us to try and get more success in the Championship and we will take it.

“It’s a training ground really. We weren’t brilliant in the league but we finished the last two games very strongly. We finished most games well in the league.

“Hopefully we will push on.”

Once more the Louth captain insisted that his side are moving on from last year and that this win perhaps puts July 11 of last year to bed.

“We’re trying to move on to be honest. For a couple of years there, we had a bit of bad luck, maybe with the bounce of a ball and we need all the help we can get. We are a small county. We need every bouncing ball that can go with us. We will put the work in and we need every bit of luck we can get with us.”

Keenan also admitted that after losing three games in a row, the team kept their heads down and worked hard to turn things around.

“In the games we lost, we lost three in a trot there and the heads might have gone but even the ones we lost, we finished the stronger team as well.

“We put the head down, we never gave out, we never complained as a team. We kept working on it. If you keep working at it and keep the head at it, it will eventually come around unless you are a very unlucky team so we are delighted that we kept at it.

“We finally made the breakthrough. After the Waterford game, we got the luck we needed with results and today (Saturday) we got a lucky goal so we will take it.”