Dis­play leaves Tre­anor with mixed feel­ings

Mid Louth Independent - - SPORT - SEAN WALL

A TALLY of 5-18 in a pro­vin­cial semi-fi­nal is im­pres­sive by any stan­dards, but Mi­nor man­ager Joe Tre­anor also pointed out that Meath’s con­ver­sion rate, par­tic­u­larly in the open­ing half against Laois, wasn’t what it might have been.

‘All six start­ing for­wards scored in the open­ing 25 min­utes, but they all missed as well,’ the Mon­aghan na­tive said af­ter the 25-point win over the mid­lan­ders.

‘Our con­ver­sion rate was only 57%, so that was some­what un­ac­cept­able. They had all scored, but they had also been waste­ful as well.

‘They re­fo­cused and did well in the sec­ond half and the subs we in­tro­duced did well also, so we are all happy with the gen­eral per­for­mance.’

Meath made a great start to pro­ceed­ings with a goal in­side a minute and they built on that, which was some­thing that pleased the man­ager.

‘We have done a lot of work over the last num­ber of weeks in par­tic­u­lar with how we start in matches,’ Tre­anor con­tin­ued. ‘The first cou­ple of games this year we were a lit­tle slow out of the blocks. To­day we started off very smartly, we were 1-2 up af­ter two min­utes and it gave us a great plat­form to kick on.

‘The guys started well, kept the pres­sure on, kept Laois on the back foot through­out the first half and we went in at half­time fairly com­fort­able.

‘We set a goal at half-time that we wanted them to win the sec­ond half as well rather than sit back on their lau­rels,

some­thing that young lads can do ev­ery now and then.

‘Com­pla­cency, lack of at­ten­tion to de­tail, could be an is­sue, but it was also hot out there. The heat does cause de­hy­dra­tion and with that con­cen­tra­tion does slip and it did slip on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

‘Hav­ing a 100% scor­ing rate would be an ex­cep­tion to the rule. I’ve been set­ting goals for 80% plus, so we hadn’t been reach­ing those tar­gets in the first half. We talked about it in the dress­ing-room at the break and we kicked on in the sec­ond half.

‘When you look back and do your anal­y­sis of the match you look at the facets of what we did well, what we set out to do, how we ex­e­cuted the plan but also the er­rors we made. We re­in­force the good stuff we did, but we also try and cor­rect what we did wrong.’

Af­ter lin­ing out with vir­tu­ally a sec­ond string in the one re­main­ing group game against fel­low semi-fi­nal­ists Wick­low the pre­vi­ous Tues­day evening, Tre­anor stressed that he had a re­ally strong panel, with plenty of play­ers putting their hand up for a start­ing spot.

‘We talked be­fore that my job wasn’t as much to build a team but build a squad, and when I look around at the bench I have six or eight lads ca­pa­ble of com­ing on.

‘We rested a lot of lads against Wick­low in mid-week and that team ran Wick­low to two points. We have a se­ri­ously strong squad at the mo­ment.’

Strong panel - boss Joe Tre­anor.

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