Leinster Senior Football Championship

Kierans expects experienced campaigner to return to Louth squad for Leinster quarter-final against Dublin

Leinster Senior Football Championship

Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly



Kierans expects experienced campaigner to return to Louth squad for Leinster quarter-final against Dublin

Louth's Derek Maguire. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Louth manager Wayne Kierans has confirmed that Derek Maguire will come back into conten- tion for Saturday week’s Leinster quarter-final against Dublin.

The Young Irelands man played for his club against Kilkerley last Saturday night having not made the Reds’ matchday squad for the win over Wexford.

However, his county boss says the experienced player will return for the O’Moore Park clash with the All-Ireland champions.

“Derek hasn’t done a lot at training recently so that’s why he wasn’t considered,” Kierans told The Democrat.

“He’d commitments at work with year-end and things like that, but he will come into contention for the next game, no doubt.”

Having narrowly overcome Wexford, thoughts immediately turned to 13 days down the line and the game against the Dubs.

Asked if he felt playing Jim Gavin’s men could have a negative effect on his youthful team’s development, Kierans said: “I don’t see a downside.

“It’s up to us to compete, there’s no point in thinking negatively that we’re going to get a hammering here.

“I can guarantee that no matter what way that game goes we’re going to learn something; our young players are going to learn, our experienced ones are going to learn. I’m an inexperienced manager and I’m going to learn, so I don’t see any negativity in it.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a very tough game, they’re the best of the best. We just have to measure ourselves and learn from it.”

Teams have tended to play very defensively when facing Dublin over the last decade, but for Louth to do that would mean they’d abandon an offensive approach which has served them well so far this year.

“In two weeks it’d be difficult to come up with something to compete with them, but we will compete with them,” Kierans added.

“We’ll be a lot further down the line in terms of our level of intensity two weeks down the line.

“We’ll have the players in over the next two weeks exclusively and we’ll definitely come up with something, but it’s still 90 percent Louth and 10 percent the opposition approach-wise.”