Display leaves Treanor with mixed feelings
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.