Monday 19 February 2018

Crilly hoping improved display will trigger revival

THE roller-coaster finale to Sunday's clash left most supporters unsure whether a draw was a good result and goalscorer Derek Crilly was no different as he tried to make sense of a dramatic contest.

A point up with just injury-time remaining, a win would have really eased the pressure on Sunday week's trip to Ballyshannon, but defeat would have made relegation all but a mathematical certainty.

As it stand Louth must avoid defeat against Donegal to have any hope of staying in Division 2.

'There's still four points to play for,' Crilly said. 'Going up to Donegal is a big ask, but Down beat them today and Meath went up there and got a draw last week. We'll approach that game believing we can win it and if we perform we know we can win it. I think we are getting better as the weeks go on, so hopefully we can peak at the right time.

'Teams likes Donegal probably have one eye on the championship and I'm sure Jim McGuinnness is training them hard, so it's up to us to take advantage of that. I think if we get to six points we'll have a very good chance of staying up.'

Looking back on the Galway game Crilly felt both sides had chances to push on and open match-winning leads, while both will feel they should have closed it out in the dying minutes too.

'At half-time we were in the driving seat and then we went completely out of it in the second-half, so to come back and get a draw, I suppose it's something.

'We were a point up with a minute or two to go, so we could just as easily have won it, but I suppose a point is a fair reflection.'

If Louth feel they should have pushed on in the first-half, Galway will be disappointed not to have made more of their second-half supremacy and Crilly felt the Reds just didn't compete well enough after the interval.

'They won seven or eight breaks in a row and we were pinned in our own half. They just seemed hungrier for the breaks, but we responded well towards the end and there are a lot of positives we can take out of this game.

'We probably should have been further ahead at half-time, I think that was the problem. They kicked two points just before half-time and we missed a good few chances, so we probably should have been eight or nine points up and out of sight, but then the other key spell was after half-time when we seemed to fall asleep.

'They missed a couple of chances when they went four points up and I suppose it does give you a bit of a boost when they miss chances. Paddy took the goal very well and it could have gone other way then.

'They had another great chance after they equalised, I think it was their centre half who probably should have scored. Then we went down again at the end and nearly had another score, so maybe it was one of those games that was destined to be a draw.'

Overall Crilly felt the future is looking brighter, while he also weclomed the two-week break to the Donegal game.

'We played very well in the first half and probably should have been further ahead, but I think we're heading in the right direction. The break will give the likes of Shane Lennon a chance to get back and Derek Maguire picked up an injury today, so hopefully that's not too serious.

'We have to use it as a chance to work on fitness levels and we can't forget that it's all abut the champpionship too, so we'll have that in the back of our minds too.'

The Argus

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