There was no were to hide for Louth on Sunday, as Pat Gilroy’s potent All Ireland Champions tore apart Peter Fitzpatrick’s Red Army.
Speaking after the match the Louth manager spoke of his awe for the Dubs and the way they powered past his charges.
“I’m gobsmacked by the performance of Dublin today.”
Fitzer went on to commend Pat Gilroy for the work he has done in shaping the Dublin team into a formidable outfit.
“Pat Gilroy has had that team for the last three years and you could see that.”
“We played them in a challenge match last year and to be honest I’ve never seen a team so hungry, especially in the first round of the championship.”
The Louth manager was hoping the previous match against Westmeath might have gotten his side up to the level expected for a battle with the All Ireland Champions.
“We were lucky that we had a game against Westmeath and we thought that would take us on for this match.
“We just didn’t have the physical strength to get past them.
“I’ve no excuses whatsoever. I thought we’d a chance against this Dublin team today”, added Fitzpatrick.
Despite the manner of the defeat, Fitzpatrick managed to find a silver lining amongst the gloom.
“The only thing I can take away from the game was that we were fourteen points down at half time.
“The team came out in the second half, they could’ve dropped their heads but they kept plugging away and took their points.”
Dublin displayed none of the rustiness that might be associated with a team that hadn’t played a competitive match in a number of weeks and Fitzer pin-pointed the ability of the All Ireland Champions to outnumber and over run Louth whenever they got into a potential scoring position.
“Their defence was hunting in packs. Every time our forwards got the ball there were three or four blue shirts around them.”
Louth must now await to find out who they face in the qualifiers, which will be staged on the last weekend in June.