Andy McDonnell’s gone to America, John O’Brien is suspended and word is the unlucky Ray Finnegan is still not within touching distance of a county team comeback. Not the best of situations as Louth seniors prepare to get their All-Ireland qualifiers campaign up and running.
The initial test which Aidan O’Rourke’s men have been set, however, hasn’t got a seriously difficult look about it. Antrim, beaten in the opening round of the Ulster having put a poor NFL Division 4 run behind them, are visitors to Drogheda this weekend. Had he been asked to hand-pick the opposition from the 15 listed, O’Rourke couldn’t have come up with anything more preferable.
But he’ll be preaching caution, just as he did prior to the Leinster meeting with Wexford. The result at the Gaelic Grounds a few weeks ago wasn’t what was expected after the swagger that had been shown in the defeat of Laois. If it was the pitch that was mostly to blame that day, well, sorry, but we’re back there again and it’s just a matter of getting on with it.
There were some who didn’t come up to scratch the last day. Not among them was Shane Lennon. Yes, the Kilkerley player took the wrong option at a crucial stage, but that aside, he posed the greatest threat to the Wexford defence and also top-scored for his side. Expect him to write himself into the record books - playing close to another prolific scorer, Darren Clarke?