Sunday 18 March 2018

Page pleased with team's response

ALAN Page has been around long enough to realise that football is all about the next game and after a painful championship final defeat to Newtown Blues and a much less-important reversal against neighbours St Pat's in the League, it was just nice to get back to winning ways on Sunday.

'Yeah sure it's always good to get get back at it, all you can do is keep trying - it's not life or death at the end of the day. We're just glad to get over that today, we scored well and played well. It's good to get it [Blues' defeat] out of the system and we're looking forward to the final now.'

Cooley did look vulnerable in the opening stages as a David Dowling goal gave Sean O'Mahony's a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but Page wasn't surprised by the stiff test. It was how his colleagues responded that pleased the former Louth defender.

'Anytime you play the O'Mahony's they put it up to you, but we showed fierce well up front and took the scores. I think we scored nearly every time we went up and our handling was good. It was great to see the likes of Michael Kane, Mickey Rafferty and Larry Reilly showing up so well too. That's what it's all about blooding young fellas.

'In fairness the goal was a mistake in our full back line with two lads going for the same ball, but these things happen in football. There was plenty of time left and we shook ourselves off and put up a good score in the second-half.'

The win sets up another joust with bitter rivals St Pat's and after an edgy final round league clash between the sides it's a mouth-watering propect. For Page it's an added bonus to be playing their neighbours in the decider.

'Anytime you're playing your neighbours it's something to look forward to. We've another week to get back to training and get the show back on he road, so we'll see how it goes.

'It would be nice to get one over them especially in a final, but we're under no illusions - it's going to be tough. Everyone will have their own particular battle to win and that's what it's all about.

'We'd like to finish this year off with a bit of silverware. It was a long year and we put an awful lot of effort into it and I'm sure if we show up on he day and play a bit of football we have every chance.'

Drogheda Independent