Long look­ing for more strength in depth

Bray People - - SPORT -

MON­DAY NIGHT'S dis­ap­point­ing exit from the Le­in­ster Se­nior Cup brought Keith Long crash­ing back down to earth fol­low­ing Fri­day night's re­mark­able 2-3 vic­tory over St. Pa­trick's Ath­letic.

Fol­low­ing the joys of Fri­day, Mon­day's re­al­i­sa­tion that the first team squad lack qual­ity in depth proved a worry for the for­mer Saint, who was de­lighted with debu­tant Conor Mur­phy's im­pact in Fri­day's win, which he felt was a de­served, if not rather odd vic­tory.

'It was a strange game strange in a lot of ways', Long mused on Mon­day evening. 'I thought first half, we done rea­son­ably well but we went in 1-0 down. Again, an­other sloppy goal con­ceded from a set-piece but I thought at half time we cre­ated prob­a­bly the more clear-cut chances, yet we found our­selves 1-0 down.

'At the break, we asked the boys to be pos­i­tive and then they come out and within two min­utes they scored an­other goal from a set­piece.

'Af­ter that, we made a cou­ple of changes and you like to think that your sub­sti­tutes are go­ing to make a bit of an im­pact and we brought Conor Mur­phy on and he got a goal and we got our­selves back in the game, got our tails up a lit­tle bit (and went on to win it).'

Mur­phy grabbed the head­lines with his de­but dou­ble, but it is ex­actly the kind of form Long hopes for from the for­mer Hoop and he would like more the same now that the Seag­ulls are off the mark.

'He did very well. He's a good lad, he's an U19 in­ter­na­tional so you ex­pect him to be of a rea­son­able stan­dard but com­ing in off the bench and mak­ing his de­but like that we're ob­vi­ously de­lighted with him.

Mur­phy played the full 90 min­utes of Mon­day's de­feat to Pete Ma­hon's side but he strug­gled to have much an im­pact, as did the ma­jor­ity of his team-mates.

'It crys­tal­lizes what's wrong with the club. Again, we con­ceded from a set-piece. We had one or two per­for­mances that we're happy with tonight, one or two that we need to work on so in that re­spect we thought we had a lit­tle bit more qual­ity in depth than tonight showed so maybe we have to re­vise that - based on tonight's per­for­mance.'

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