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Lilies must leave League agony in past - Callaghan


Eamonn Callaghan in action for Kildare

Eamonn Callaghan in action for Kildare


Eamonn Callaghan in action for Kildare

Eamonn Callaghan wants Kildare to put their League nightmare behind them and view the Championship as a "new season."

The Lilies suffered a second successive relegation in the spring when they slipped out of Division 2 but open their Leinster campaign when they meet Laois in Tullamore tomorrow night.

"There's a nine-week gap in between the League and the Championship so we've had plenty time to turn things around and look at a few things which obviously we need to do," he agreed.

"What's happened in the League is gone, we can't do anything about that now, it's done. We just have to move forward, prepare as well as we can for Championship."

Callaghan can trace their problems back to the first round of the League. They led Down by three points as the clock ticked into injury-time but the concession of two goals in a minute sent them into a tailspin.

The Ulster men went on to secure promotion back to the top flight.

"(We were) cruising," Callaghan recalled. "All of a sudden, a bit of a collapse and we didn't really recover after that. We struggled to deal with that.

"Division 2 is so competitive with the teams in it. There's not a whole lot between any of the teams. I think five teams could have got relegated on the last day so it was very close.

"At the same time, it's not somewhere we had imagined or wanted to be, fighting to avoid relegation.

"We obviously had hopes of getting back to Division 1. That's where we were trying to go. Certain things happen and those games got away from us. It cost us in the end."

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