Dromahair player says big win is major morale boost
PADDY MCGOWAN, one of several North Leitrim players who featured in his county's impressive win over Sligo in the Connacht FBD League final at Markievicz Park on Sunday, said the victory would be a major confidence boost for the forthcoming season.
The Dromahair midfielder explained that Leitrim had set the Connacht League as an early-season priority.
"When we came back for pre-season training, we looked at the Connacht League as a competition we could win.
"We had a lot of hunger and desire and this win will give us great confidence for the year ahead.
"We're facing into a very tough League campaign in Division Four and this will give us added motivation as we go forward.
"Counties like Leitrim don't win a lot of silverware but our supporters are very passionate about football and it's great to be able to give them something to celebrate", he added.
Sligo and Leitrim could meet again in the Connacht semi-final next year but McGowan doesn't think last Sunday's game will have much bearing on that game.
"There's a lot football to be played before then. Sligo will be a much different proposition in the summer so we'll see how things go from here. For now, it's just great to have the Connacht League in the bag"
Glencar/ Manorhamilton forward, James Glancy, believes Leitrim can take great encouragement from last Sunday's win.
"We've beaten Mayo, Roscomon and Sligo along the way to the taking the Connacht League so that's a great source of encouragement", he said.
"We're not getting carried away but it was an important breakthrough. We've hadn't won anything for a long time so now we have that monkey off our back. It's now a question of keeping the momentum going", Glancy added.
Victorious Leitrim manager, Brian Breen, said the League triumph would be a timely distraction from the recession.
"These are tough times for everybody but for the next week at least Leitrim people can talk about football and have something to be happy about", he said.
"It's our first piece of silverware in eighteen years and it's a big thing for the county. We'll keep it all in context but it's another important step for us. We've turned the corner and got rid of the fear of winning."
"We've got a bit of selfbelief and confidence now and hopefully we can build on this during the League", Breen added