It’s RARE that you can say it was a sweltering day in March, but that’s just how it was on Sunday against Derry and Mattock Rangers forward Mark Brennan knew it was going to be a heated contest as well.
“That’s one thing we’ve found since coming up last year, all games in Division Two start at one hundred miles an hour and go like that the whole way through. You have to be very fit and if you take a couple of weeks to get into it, you get left behind.”
As he looked back on the match Brennan praised the fighting spirit of his side and their will to come back into games.
“We were five points behind at one stage, but that’s happened to us before this year. It happened in Galway and we managed to fight back to draw. We won’t lie down.”
The Mattock man is also sensing a change in fortune for Louth.
“We were lucky with Clarkey’s point at the end, it was half blocked but still went over. So, maybe the luck is changing for us now. We’re looking good for two weeks time.”
On Sunday Louth might even have won the game and Brennan was disappointed that they didn’t do it.
“I think we’ll be a bit disappointed. We know we have the firepower up front and if we had’ve gotten the ball into them more often we could have won the match.
“We’d a couple of frees at the end and the form Clarkey is in you wouldn’t expect him to miss, but that happens sometimes and we can’t be that dependent on him either.
“Things go well one day and things go bad the other day. But we dug in deep and got the result in the end.”
For the second weekend in a row Louth backed off in the second half and allowed Derry on to them, luckily they managed to recover just in time.
“We went in at half time and we were confident once we had the wind that we’d continue to play good football. But in the second half we stopped playing the ball into the full forward line and then Derry started to get the ball up to their forwards and they began taking their scores,” added the Louth forward.
The absence of some big name players, namely Paddy Keenan and Gerard Hoey, didn’t hinder Louth’s chances according to Brennan.
“Since I started playing with Louth this is the best squad I’ve played with. Everyone on the whole panel is fit enough and good enough to come on and play their part. So we’re not relying on anyone player.”
In two weeks Louth travel to Navan for the relegation showdown with Meath and Brennan can’t wait for the big occasion.
“If we win that game, we’ll stay up. But we’re just going to look at it as if it’s any other game. It’s going to be like a championship match. There should be a big crowd. The north east will be mad for a couple of weeks.”