Louth captain Paddy Keenan pulls no punches

The win was lucky, while the performance was patchy to say the least and afterwards Louth captain Paddy Keenan didn’t pull any punches in his assessment.

The win was lucky, while the performance was patchy to say the least and afterwards Louth captain Paddy Keenan didn’t pull any punches in his assessment.

“To be honest it wasn’t a great performance in the second half. It was really bad from our point of view.”

Having built up a two point lead at half time, Keenan felt it should have been much more and some slack playing cost the Wee County some much needed scores.

“We kicked I think ten wides and missed two frees and a couple of short ones as well.

“The shooting wasn’t great. But we’re just delighted to get over the line, but I suppose Westmeath didn’t really deserve that.”

As for the match winning goal, Keenan was fully aware of the luck that contributed to it going in.

“It was just a scramble, it wasn’t the cleanest shot in the world but it managed to roll under the keeper’s legs, it’s a bit of luck that we’ll take in the championship.”

His fellow clubman Daniel O’Connor turned out to be the hero of the hour and the Louth All Star was full of praise for the young man.

“He’s from my own club (St Patricks)and he’s been playing great stuff all last year and the start of this year he’s been playing brilliantly.

“So he got drafted in and he’s always good for a goal and thankfully he’s doing it for us now.”

With the Dubs next up, Keenan knows that a performance of similar style will not be acceptable.

“We’ve a lot of work to do and we’re not getting carried away with today’s result and the way we performed.

“We know ourselves that in the middle of the field we were pretty poor. There’s an awful lot of work to do.

After rest and recuperation, the real work of planning for Dublin and eradicating the errors of Sunday’s display will begin in earnest.

“We’ll sit down tomorrow night for a bit of recovery but from Tuesday night onwards we’ll blast at it again.

“But we all know we’ve a lot of work to do and we’re not going to Croke Park to make up the numbers. We have to have a go at them and be confident and take them on.”

Keenan had sympathy for Westmeath, knowing full well the heartbreak of losing to a late goal, but he is happy that Louth are getting the rub of the green at last.

“We know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of it (a late goal) and it’s not too often that Louth come out of a tight game like that with a last minute goal or a point to win a game so we’ll take it.

“But we can’t paper over the cracks, there’s a lot of things we did wrong and a lot of things we need to work on so we’ll not get too carried away just yet.”