Glynn pays trib­ute to team ethic and work rate

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WICK­LOW se­lec­tor and Rath­new and Gle­nealy star Leighton Glynn was de­lighted after the win over Offaly and, like John Evans, he was happy with the con­tri­bu­tion from the younger play­ers as well as the work rate from the more ma­ture ser­vants.

Glynn said that half-time came at the right time fol­low­ing a some­what ner­vous start by the team over­all.

“We were def­i­nitely slow out of the blocks, the younger play­ers were a lit­tle bit ner­vous, a few of our older play­ers made a few mis­takes, drifted a bit from the game plan, but half-time came at the right time for us and we got them in and hand a bit of a chat with them, the sec­ond half was the team that we have been train­ing and worked on.

“It re­ally kicked on in the last 15 min­utes of nor­mal time, and prob­a­bly should have won it in nor­mal time, Eoin (Murtagh) had a great chance, he went from his own goal to the far goal, and nice link play, and it was our younger play­ers, Cathal (Magee) and Saoirse (Kearon) were in­volved.

“But they re­acted great, it wasn’t a sob story or a moral vic­tory and you could see that be­fore they went out for ex­tra-time, and in ex­tra-time there was only one team in it re­ally. They re­ally fo­cused.

Speed and fit­ness were the main in­gre­di­ents in the vic­tory and Leighton Glynn says that the team pos­sesses play­ers with plenty of pace around the mid­dle third.

“We’re very pacey around the wings, the half-back line, the half-for­ward line.

“A few of the younger lads came in, we had Dar­ragh, Saoirse was in, we had Cathal, Conor Healy, we had Mark Kenny and he never stopped.

“I was talk­ing to Nial Darby (Offaly) and he said, “the lad I was on never stopped”, and that was Mark. He was buzzing, they were all buzzing once they got their gan­der up.

“Look, we took ex­pe­ri­enced lads off, you’re al­lowed bring lads back on in ex­tra-time and it all clicked in ex­tra-time.

“Jamie (Snell) was a big loss but Ross was solid. Ross was un­lucky not to start, but he was fo­cused when he came in. Dean was cramp­ing up, we took Stafford off a bit ear­lier than ex­pected, warm day, he did a lot of run­ning for us, a lot of de­fen­sive stuff. It was great now,” he added. And the goal? “Sweet. The game had opened up, young lads again, link­ing through, the same for Eoin Murtagh, the chance he had at the end of nor­mal time, we linked it, a few nice hand­passes and a speed­ster gets in be­hind. I was re­ally impressed with the young play­ers, it will bring them on no end,” he added.

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