Tuesday 17 July 2018

Guckian lauds 'unified panel' in high point of Leitrim tenure

Leitrim 0-25 Louth 1-12

Emmet Carolan of Louth in action against Damien Moran of Leitrim. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Emmet Carolan of Louth in action against Damien Moran of Leitrim. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian says victory over Louth has been the highlight of his tenure as his side produced a superb display at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada on Saturday.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks for Leitrim after their exit from the Connacht championship, with six panellists leaving following their 0-24 to 0-10 defeat to Roscommon.

Donal Wrynn of Leitrim in action against Tommy Durnin of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donal Wrynn of Leitrim in action against Tommy Durnin of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

But they regrouped and after the concession of an early William Woods goal, Emlyn Mulligan starred in their third ever qualifier victory.

"I am just happy for the lads. All week people have been talking about guys leaving the panel. But we have a very unified panel, and dressing room," Guckian said.

"It's not about individuals. Emlyn Mulligan is a great example.

"But the young fellas stood up - Jack Heslin, Ryan O'Rourke, Darragh Rooney, Damien Moran. And the older guys - Emlyn, Michael McWeeney. It was a great team, a great panel effort.

Damien Moran of Leitrim in action against Emmet Carolan of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Damien Moran of Leitrim in action against Emmet Carolan of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"I would like to say it was the high point of my tenure so far. It's your home pitch, to kick 25 points against a Division 2 team, I would be very happy with today."

Woods scored his goal in the third minute but James Craven was sent off. Louth only led by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time and imploded in the second half.

"I will consider my first season. I will make a decision which will be in the interest of Louth football and in my own," said disappointed Louth manager Pete McGrath.

"You have to look at that very objectively and pragmatically. There is no point in being romantic. I don't know if the players are there. I don't know Louth football well enough.

Ryan O'Rourke of Leitrim in action against Darren Marks of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ryan O'Rourke of Leitrim in action against Darren Marks of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

"I will talk with one or two officials. Whatever decision I make, or they make, we will take it from there."

Emlyn Mulligan of Leitrim in action against Gerard McSorley of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Emlyn Mulligan of Leitrim in action against Gerard McSorley of Louth. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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