Tuesday 27 September 2016

Reynolds says Leitrim consistency can yield shock win

Daragh Small

Published 16/05/2015 | 02:30

Leitrim centre-back Gary Reynolds says consistency is the key if they are to cause a shock in the the Connacht SFC quarter-fina against Galway at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada tomorrow (Sportsfile)
Leitrim centre-back Gary Reynolds says consistency is the key if they are to cause a shock in the the Connacht SFC quarter-fina against Galway at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada tomorrow (Sportsfile)

Leitrim centre-back Gary Reynolds says consistency is the key if they are to cause a shock in the Connacht SFC quarter-final against Galway at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada tomorrow (3.30pm).

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The 28-year-old is one of the more senior members of a young Leitrim panel who progressed well throughout the league this year.

They finished fourth in Division 4, reeling off three wins in a row at the end and also drew with both Offaly and Longford who contested the league final at Cork Park.

Leitrim were knocked out of the Connacht championship at this stage last year when Roscommon beat them 1-18 to 0-13 at Dr Hyde Park.

But the Carrigallen clubman thinks if his side can build on their momentum towards the latter end of the league, which saw them beat Waterford, Carlow and London without conceding a goal, they may pull off a shock and go one step further here.

"We are looking forward all the time and we are trying to meet a standard of consistency from every player within that squad.

"We are looking for 30 players that are going to be consistent on any given day if the gauntlet is thrown to them that they can come in and do their job.

"The good thing about this campaign, I know we had a couple of defeats, but we started well and we finished really, really strongly.

"We are the enjoying our football. As the year goes on we seem to be getting more confidence and more fitness and more sharpness and more young lads are getting more time which is great," he said.

Leitrim will tomorrow take on a Tribesmen outfit who beat New York by 16 points at Gaelic Park in the preliminary round earlier this month after a turbulent Division 2 campaign which saw them stave off relegation with wins over Roscommon and Kildare late on.

The last time these sides met in the Connacht championship was in 2008, Galway went on to win the final after beating Leitrim 2-14 to 1-13 in the semi-final at Carrick-on-Shannon. The Tribesmen have not won it since and Reynolds is not sure what to expect when they go toe-to-toe with one of the big guns.

"Galway are something of an unknown quantity. They are probably in transition at the moment so maybe it's a good time to be getting them as we are. Hopefully we will get a good crowd in Pairc Sean and I am really, really looking forward to it," added Reynolds (pictured).

His captain Sean McWeeney says that recent underage success over Galway has also given cause for hope, not least as new manager Shane Ward has not been slow to draft in the young guns.

"We've a young panel this year and them underage lads coming through this year has given us confidence again.

"They've played the Galways, the Mayos and Roscommons and whoever else outside of Connacht and they've put it to them and they've beaten them and that's exactly what we have to do," said the Aughnasheelin clubman.

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