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08 Dec 2021

Louth up against it to survive says Clarke

Speaking after Louth’s third National League defeat on the spin, Clarke bemoaned the lack of goals which has hindered the Wee County’s progress this year, with Sunday being no exception.

Speaking after Louth’s third National League defeat on the spin, Clarke bemoaned the lack of goals which has hindered the Wee County’s progress this year, with Sunday being no exception.

Speaking after Louth’s third National League defeat on the spin, Clarke bemoaned the lack of goals which has hindered the Wee County’s progress this year, with Sunday being no exception.

Louth full forward Derek Maguire was deeply unlucky to strike the Lilywhites bar on no less than three occasions and Clarke is certain that Peter Fitzpatrick and the whole squad will apply themselves completely to the task of staying up.

“Everybody is beating each other in this division so we’re going to have to regroup and come together as players and try and drive it on for next week against Derry.”

That match in Celtic Park coupled with the final game of the league season against Meath in Navan are must win games according to manager Peter Fitzpatrick.

“We’ve two games left and we know ourselves if we don’t get four points we’ll be playing Division Three football next year. We need to win the two matches to stay up,” stated Fitzer after Sunday’s encounter.

The local TD is also well aware of the lack of goal scoring from his side this season.

“It was just one of those days. Sometimes the ball goes into the back of the net, some days it doesn’t. We seem to be a bit shy with scoring goals lately.”

The four point loss to Kildare on Sunday, together with wins for fellow strugglers Westmeath and Derry has added to the pressure on the Louth side and Darren Clarke also alluded to the need to shore up the defence if they are to stand any chance of survival in Division Two.

““We tried to rectify that problem, but it seems that teams are coming in waves against us and it seems impossible at times to stop them.

“We are in a dogfight but our main focus is to try and avoid relegation in our next two games,” added the Sylvesters man.

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