Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Cheddar' the right man to lead Laois forward - Reilly

Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly insists that manager Seamus Plunkett remains in charge of the squad
Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly insists that manager Seamus Plunkett remains in charge of the squad
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Laois hurling goalkeeper Eoin Reilly wants Seamus 'Cheddar' Plunkett to remain in charge of the county's hurlers next year, insisting the squad would 'die' for their manager.

Since taking charge, Plunkett has transformed the fortunes of Laois as they have restored some pride in the jersey after taking some awful hammerings under different management teams.

"There's not a player that doesn't have 100pc respect and commitment for Cheddar Plunkett. Its what he's brought to the table. The managers before that would have had mixed dressing-rooms and that, with managers from outside the county but with Cheddar, players would die on the field.

"He brought Laois from a very, very bad place in hurling, and where he has brought us to now; every game you go to play there is a chance you are going to win. Whereas before it was just not a nice dressing-room to be in before some games."


Reilly believes the county's run in the championship this year will help them develop. And he wants his side to build on their consistency if they are to continue to progress.

"We kind of relied on the sweeper system a bit this year. We play the sweeper very well, I think it's just getting back to what other teams are doing, they are getting the work rate up and getting the physicality up.

"The workrate against Offaly, if we had played any team at all we would have put it up to them but I suppose consistency is one thing. Against Galway we came out and they had a strong wind in the first half.

"Galway came out and did what they do best, they put us away early and the previous two years before that we went in at half time leading against them.

"I'd say consistency is the main thing we have to work on."

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