THE FIRST game of any league campaign may not decide the outcome of the league but it does give an indication of where a team is in terms of preparation, confidence and most importantly what needs to be addressed and Louth Manager Pat Clancy was quick to highlight those areas.
“That was an improvement from where we started in the Kehoe Cup (preliminary league competition). We played them in that competition and I thought we put it up to them better today. But we’re not scoring freely enough. We’re not doing enough in that area and we need to do a lot of work there.”
Honest work and endeavour are a vital part of Clancy’s game plan and more needs to done there also.
“A lot of the lads are working harder and we’re gradually getting there,” he added.
On the positive side the Westmeath native praised the hard graft of his defence.
“Our defence, especially our blocking and hooking has tightened up considerably. Fingal won the Kehoe Cup so they are going well. We closed them down well at the back, it’s just we need to be scoring a lot more. But that will come with games.”