As well as producing a superb individual performance, which resulted in him scoring 0-3 points from play, Declan Byrne also had the most touches of the ball in Louth’s win over DIT on Sunday.
The St Mochtas man caught up with the Dundalk Democrat afterwards and said that confidence is sky high in the panel following the recent victories over Kildare and the Dublin college.
However he also stressed that nobody is getting carried away and although an O’Byrne Cup semi-final with the old enemy Meath is next up for Louth, the focus remains firmly on the opening National League fixture against London on January 31.
“Yeah there seems to a new lease of confidence reverberating around the group,” he said.
“Winning breeds confidence and momentum can be built when you get a run on teams like we did against Kildare and again today.
“It is a relatively young group and any win is naturally going to give you confidence but we won’t be getting carried away all the same as a clap on the back is just six inches from a kick on the backside!”
Byrne feels that Louth’s decent start to 2016 is down to the hard graft that was put in before the Christmas period.
“Nobody likes pre-season but our lads really took to it this year. A lot of work was done before Christmas which has built a decent foundation from which we seem to be reaping the benefits.
“In fairness to the management team they have left no stone unturned in preparing the team. If you want to succeed at inter county level your lifestyle is one major area that must be addressed and we have been working hard in this area, in particular, along with increasing our fitness levels to cope with the modern day game.”
Byrne was full of praise for the young players who have been introduced into the Louth panel and has been impressed by their work rate.
“Introducing youth will always have a good impact on a team and this has been the case this year during the O’Byrne Cup.
“The young lads have been a breath of fresh air, not only on the pitch but also off it in generating a positive atmosphere around the camp.
“I don’t like singling anyone out because to date everyone has being making a genuine effort in trying to put Louth football back on the map.”
Byrne, like the rest of the team, is hoping that the upcoming league campaign will finish with a return to Division Three.
If the last two performances are anything to go by, then Louth supporters will be filled with hope, excitement and expectation for the year ahead.