Kelly's sole focus is on beating Longford

Gavin McLaughlin


Gavin McLaughlin


Kelly's sole focus is on beating Longford

Louth's Paddy Reilly in action against Laois at O'Moore Park

His side got their Allianz National League Division Three campaign off to a flying start in Portlaoise on Saturday evening but Louth manager Colin Kelly is refusing to entertain any talk about promotion.

The Wee County ran out impressive 2-16 to 0-10 winners against Laois under the O’Moore Park floodlights but speaking afterwards, Kelly said that victory over Longford in Drogheda this Sunday was all he was concerned about.

“We’ve got off to a great start in the National League but that’s all that it is,” said Kelly.

“Inside the dressing room, we won't be thinking about anything other than Longford.

“People talk about goals and you can sit here as a coach and talk about goals, whether they be long term, short term or personal but there is only one goal - and that’s winning games.”

The Midlanders will make the trip to the Gaelic Grounds in good form themselves after Larry Moran's goal secured them a five-point victory over Offaly and Kelly said that Louth’s focus should not be distracted by an opening night win.

“If you win enough games then it will look after itself and if you lose enough you are at the other end of the table. At the minute it’s about beating Longford,” he stated.

“If we do well then we have four points but remember we were in that position a number of years ago in Division Three when we took four points from six and the wheels came off in Sligo.

“Tonight's a result and if we don't consolidate it and back it up with a similar performance next Sunday against Longford then we can’t really start talking about progressing.

“But every question we ask of the players, they answer,” he added. “One thing I can't question is the lads. They are giving me everything they have and that’s all you can talk about.”

Louth’s win has seen their odds of winning Division Three cut from 14/1 to 8/1. Longford are now also 8/1 from 14/1 while Armagh are the 2/1 favourites having been available at 5/2 prior to their draw with Sligo. Antrim are the 1/4 favourites to be relegated whilst Offaly have been cut into 13/8 from 5/2 following their opening day defeat to Longford.