More support needed for Louth hurling

Having endured his fourth Nicky Rackard Cup final defeat on Saturday, Louth captain Shane Callan called out for more support for hurling in the county, if the Reds are to progress further and compete at a higher level.

Having endured his fourth Nicky Rackard Cup final defeat on Saturday, Louth captain Shane Callan called out for more support for hurling in the county, if the Reds are to progress further and compete at a higher level.

“If you look at Armagh, they’ve plenty to pick from. We need to get more and more lads.

“The more we can get onboard the more we can get up to training and the better we’ll be.”

Even though the defeat on Saturday was hard to swallow, Callan sees signs of progress.

“There are some things going right – that’s two Nicky Rackard finals in a row. It’s my fourth. It’s going to come right.”

One player who has firmly established himself has been Shane Fennell, The Knockbridge man has come to the rescue with his free scoring on countless occasions and is a shining example for all young hurlers.

“Shane has come into his own this year. He’s been fantastic from frees but also in open play as well. You can only build on it.”

Callan singled out both Fennell and Corcoran as examples for budding hurlers in the county.

“Young lads in the stands today looking on and on the bench should look at the likes of Shane and also Brian Corcoran, who scored a cracker of a goal. It can all change for you in an instant.”

He also alluded to the work rate and dedication of veteran David Dunne as another to emulate.

“David Dunne has been here, god knows how many years.

“We hope he’ll give us another one. He was instrumental in the second half.”

Midway through the second half on Saturday Louth got to within nine points of their opponents, but although that was as good as it got, the Pearse Og man referred to belief that still existed at half time.

“We never stopped believing. I said it at half time – ‘lads if we’re a beaten team there’s no point going out in the second half’ – the boys talked about pride, but pride is one thing.

“You still have to believe that you can overturn it. Worse has been overturned before.

“When we got to within nine, our tails were up, but unfortunately they just kept tagging on the scores. Every time we’d score they’d score. We just couldn’t get a strangle hold.”

The Louth captain is hopeful for the future and realises that the county must build upon the last couple of years, if they are to achieve success.

“Look, it doesn’t happen every day for you. The lads have to realise that, but we’ll build again. We’re confident we can go again.