Saturday 21 April 2018

Some harsh lessons to be learnt from defeat

SLIGO MANAGER, Kevin Walsh, admitted that there were harsh lessons to be learned after his side's shock defeat to Leitrim in the final of the Connacht FBD League at Markievicz Park last Sunday.

Sligo showed signs of real promise when accounting for Galway the previous week but never reached that level of performance as they crashed to a highly disappointing setback in Sunday's decider.

"The Connacht League was all about a learning process and there were certainly hard lessons to be learned from our performance against Leitrim", he said.

"We had about eighty per cent of the possession but we just couldn't turn that into scores. I wouldn't say it was a brutal performance because we were always in with a chance of winning and maybe a few decisions went against us near the end which could have swung things our way.

"But overall there was a lot about the performance which I wouldn't be happy with.

"We didn't get the ball in quickly enough and when we did play it forward it was out to the corner flags quite a lot which certainly wasn't in the game plan.

"The Connacht League wasn't a major priority for us but when you get to any final you want to win it. In that context, it was a disappointing day for us.

"In these situations, you can do two things - you can go away and hide in a corner and feel sorry for yourselves or you can learn the hard lessons and move on.

"This was an extra game for us which we probably didn't expect. It's out of the way now and we've got to turn our attentions to the League. We haven't much time to pick ourselves up but that's what we have to do", Walsh added.