Gle­nealy fail to hit the high notes in Le­in­ster

Laf­fan says his side weren’t clin­i­cal enough

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT - DANIEL GOR­MAN Sport re­porter

GARRY Laf­fan spent Sun­day night at the opera mulling over the fact that Gle­nealy failed to hit the high notes against Port­laoise in their Le­in­ster cham­pi­onship.

Laf­fan says it was his first time at such an event and prob­a­bly the last time and Gle­nealy fans will be glad to know he was re­fer­ring to the opera and not the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

Danny Staunton’s late penalty heartache saw Gle­nealy fall at the first hur­dle but Laf­fan ad­mits that the blame lies at their own doorstep.

‘We gave our­selves a bit much to do. We made a lot of un­forced er­rors at dif­fer­ent stages of the game and we didn’t cap­i­talise on our scor­ing chances ei­ther in the first half or the se­cond half. We missed prob­a­bly four goal chances and that’s not even count­ing the penalty so if you’re be­ing harsh; you have to score those chances and that’s prob­a­bly the most dis­ap­point­ing part of it.

‘I thought they (Port­laoise) got some great long-range scores and es­pe­cially against the wind. They got some lovely scores. It’s very hard to judge it player-by-player at that level and the con­di­tions that were in it (made it dif­fi­cult too). With the amount of chances we cre­ated, we didn’t score a very high per­cent­age.

‘Our work-rate was never in ques­tion but I just don’t think we were clin­i­cal enough. You need to be clin­i­cal to get these games over the line and when we look back on it that’s where we’ll have a few re­grets.’

De­feat will hurt for now. Gle­nealy were treat­ing the com­pe­ti­tion with the ut­most re­spect and had no in­ten­tion of ex­it­ing the train at the first stop but it was due to a lack of ef­fort.

‘Once we won Wick­low, we took the Le­in­ster chal­lenge very se­ri­ously. We worked hard on it and we were nine points down at one stage and then a minute into in­jury time we got the penalty and if we had have scored that, I think we would have won it in the two min­utes left. We’d have had all the mo­men­tum and they were strug­gling to get the ball past half-way. An­other day, we get it over the line but it didn’t hap­pen for us. The boys gave ev­ery­thing they had in the tank but on cer­tain days; things will hap­pen for you and on cer­tain days; they won’t. That was one of the days where it didn’t hap­pen for us.’

Laf­fan also has sym­pa­thy for Danny Staunton - a Gle­nealy war­rior for many years who had the mis­for­tune of miss­ing the penalty but Laf­fan does not hold him re­spon­si­ble for a mil­lisec­ond.

‘The way he put the first one away (there was no doubt). The con­di­tions were just so bad. It’s just one of those things. On an­other day that ball would’ve been in the net. We would have gone on to win it be­cause they were flap­ping but we weren’t clin­i­cal enough for that level. That’s the way it is.’

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