Louth U17 manager Gus Flynn is hopeful his team can qualify for the quarter-finals of the Leinster MFC in Wicklow on Wednesday night. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Gus Flynn was pleased with the improvement in his team’s display against Kildare last week, but the Louth U17 manager has called for his charges to move their play up another notch when they face Wicklow on Wednesday night.
The Reds travel to Aughrim knowing nothing but victory will salvage their Leinster Championship hopes - Wicklow having a superior score difference in the race to finish runner-up to Kildare in the group.
A victory would earn Louth a last eight berth and Flynn is confident that that’s achievable, especially given his team’s familiarity with the Garden County, who reached the semi-final of last season’s provincial championship, having drawn with Louth en route.
“If we could bring a little bit more than we did (against Kildare) I think we’ll certainly be more than a match for them,” the Collon man told The Democrat.
“Even had we won tonight, we still had to win next week because the score difference would likely have put us out.
“It’s a two-horse race, winner takes all on the head-to-head, beat Wicklow and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Leinster Championship.”
On the opposition, who had 37 points to spare in their defeat of Kilkenny, who Louth only defeated by eight, Flynn said: “We played them last year in the Fr. Manning so we’d have a good idea of what they’re about and the lads watched them against Kildare, but our Kildare performance was much improved from the Kilkenny game, they really put in a good shift.
“Had we got even one of the goal chances in the first half it could have been a different story and we had a couple of half-chances in the second half.”
The Wee County saw two of their leading players, Ardee St. Marys’ Luke Matthews (groin) and captain Conall McCaul (hand) of St. Joseph’s, go off in the defeat to the Lilies, but Flynn says neither are seriously hurt and should be available for tomorrow night’s game, which throws-in at 7pm.