Tuesday 20 February 2018

Magee confident of win

Westmeath will ask big questions of Wicklow

Wicklow Senior football manager Johnny Magee has every confidence that his side can go to Mullingar and take two points off Westmeath this Sunday, providing they play to their abilities and bring consistency to their game.

Wicklow have two points to their name in Division 4 thanks to victory over London on a horrendous day in Aughrim. Defeats to Leitrim, Waterford, and more recently Wexford have doomed any hopes of promotion but the Garden County boss says that the remainder of the games in the league have to be played with an eye on the Leinster Championship clash with Louth.

"The lads are going well. They were disappointed with the earlier league games and the intensity level has risen at training because they're determined to do better," he said.

"It was disappointing to lose the Wexford game. It was a soft goal we conceded and we had opportunities to win the game but there was a massive improvement. We've so many of those examples of when we apply ourselves and when we up the work rate that shows we have good footballers.

"It's just about getting consistency. If we had brought the intensity from the Wexford game to the Waterford and Leitrim games would we be sitting on six points now instead of two," he added.

The Westmeath men are sitting in second spot in the basement division with Wexford above them; Tom Cribbin's men's only slip up coming against Carlow in a 2-10 draw at the start of the league campaign.

In their facile win over Leitrim, their marquee player, John Heslin, weighed in with a worrying tally of 1-11 and with quality all over the field they will be a stern test for the Wicklow men at Cusack Park this Sunday.

"It's a difficult game for us," said Johnny Magee. "They've played in the last two Leinster finals and they've some very good footballers and they're capable of putting it up to the top teams.

"But we showed against Wexford that we are well capable of putting it up to the stronger teams in this division and we need to apply ourselves and build on that performance and bring the same work rate, the same intensity on Sunday. Then we have a great chance of getting the win," added the Wicklow boss.

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