Louth full forward Shane Lennon gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance on Sunday when he said that the whole squad knew that they were disappointing.
Speaking after the game, a dejected Lennon acknowledged that his side did not perform, but he vowed that they would bounce back and put in a more solid showing against Limerick next week.
Lennon said: “We know ourselves. that we were disappointing.
“I don’t know what was wrong, we just could not get the ball, the breaking ball in the middle, it was not going for us today.
“But we are going to have them days but thankfully we have not lost ground on anyone and there’s no one ahead of us.”
Despite the loss, Louth are still top of the division with destiny still very much in their own hands.
“We’re still sitting top of the pile. It’s how we react to that performance. We will regroup Tuesday night and refocus on Limerick.”
Louth were one kick away from drawing the game, but Lennon thinks if the game had of gone on five more minutes, Louth would have won.
“If the game had of gone on another minute or two, I’d say we could of got the equaliser or even the winner if it had of been another five minutes.
“We did not come out of the blocks at the start of the second half. They got a goal and two points with no reply and a goal and two points against that wind is almost worth double.
“It was disappointing that the first ten minutes of the second half we did not come out right.”
Looking at the first half, Lennon thought the defence played it’s part in keeping Offaly down to just five points as they kicked ten wides.
“I thought the defence did very well in the first half. They were shooting from long distances and tough angles. None of them were real easy chances that they missed.
“It was a bit of wayward shooting and I think if we were shooting from there, Peter would be eating the heads of us, but just things like that, they are probably they kicked so many wide but they got out with two points and was probably a bit of revenge from last year, but hopefully we will meet them down the line again.”
Despite the bad luck of the senior football team, Lennon was delighted to see the Dundalk Schools win the Leinster Colleges Senior A Championship.
He was part of the squad that won the title in 2002, and he hopes that some of the current crop can come through the ranks just as he has, along with Paddy Keenan, Ronan Carroll and Neil Gallagher who were also on the 2002 team.
“It was a great boost for the county. There’s been a lot of work put into uderage football for the past five or six years, even the nine years since we were playing with the schools.
“Hopefully those lads will push on now. I know we were bet in the All-Ireland semi-final by St Michael’s Enniskillen, but it would be great if they could take a scalp in the semi-final against whoever they are playing.
“I missed the final as I was at an open day in the Geraldines, but I heard it was a great performance, from one to 15 and even the subs who came on that it was great all round and hopefully some of those young lads will be pushing the lads on the senior team in a couple of years.”