Thursday, March 30, 2017

AFTER Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien conducted his usual post-match analysis with the management team, he took time out to discuss his feelings on what was a decent Carlow showing.
“I am very happy with the performance,” was his initial reaction.
“We played the way we set up to play. We didn’t do it in previous games. We use the foot pass but the space was there for us. They played very high and we got the ball in behind them.”
While he would have preferred to talk about the overall team performance there was no getting away from the fact one player scored 2-6 out of a total of 2-10.
“That game has been coming for a long time with Paul (Broderick). I’m delighted for him. He has been in and out with injuries for nearly two years and he is back to his prime now,” said O’Brien.
If Broderick stole the show then the performance of Mark Rennick and Graham Power at the back was also a contributing factor to the win. The Carlow defence did a great closing-down job on Waterford. These two may not have been listed on the starting 15 in the programme but they were very effective.
“The lads who were called in to start did very well. The subs who came in did well too and I am quite pleased with the panel’s contribution.”
Unfortunately, two league defeats and a draw mean hopes of league promotion are gone. O’Brien is looking forward to a meeting with Wexford in the Leinster championship in May but insists the last two league games against Wicklow and the Model County are vital preparatory tests for the championship.
“There is nothing you can do about it now. Hopefully we have learned lessons and I think today we did learn lessons.
“We have two games. These are important games. The league is an important competition and we want to finish as high as we can in the league.
“That is as far as we are thinking. Training will be normal. The league is our most important competition.”
He says the level of application is good in training and, despite injuries, the spirit is good. Daniel St Ledger, Kieran Nolan and Darragh O’Brien were all unavailable for Sunday.
“The squad is good and we are working hard together.”

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