Missed chances cost Gar­den dear

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG Sports Re­porter

WICK­LOW man­ager Johnny Evans has ad­mit­ted an in­abil­ity to take their chances cost them dearly in their se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier de­feat to Leitrim on Satur­day last.

While they may have been un­able to break their cham­pi­onship duck, Evans will take fur­ther time out to re­flect on his fu­ture with Wick­low foot­ball.

Evans’ men have a dread­ful record in the qual­i­fiers, this was their sixth straight de­feat and they have never won away from home.

But the sides lack of scor­ing power which was re­flected upon by Evans was given fur­ther cre­dence when keeper Mark Jack­son emerged with seven of his side’s 0-13 from placed balls, a sad in­dit­ment of the at­tack, par­tic­u­larly in light of their near miss with Kil­dare in the provin­cial cham­pi­onship when they also suf­fered a two point de­feat.

‘I am very proud of the lads,’ said Evans. They bat­tled ex­tremely hard against Kil­dare, and again against Leitrim, and we have lost both games by two points.

‘We had three goal chances and did not take them.

‘Had we taken even one it would have got us over the line but in tight game one has to take their chances. The sides were level on eight to nine oc­ca­sions which showed the im­por­tance of tak­ing goal chances. In cham­pi­onship games, goal win games, and that’s how im­por­tant it is.

‘Also one has to be able score from play. that’s not been critical of the lads, for they put in a huge ef­fort and deserved to take more from this game. We had plenty of pos­ses­sion but it’s the man­ner in which this pos­ses­sion is utilised which is im­por­tant.

This game some­what mir­rored Wick­low’s sea­son for not un­like the league they suf­fered nar­row de­feats. In sev­eral league games they were within a kick of the ball of win­ning which would have pro­pelled them into a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge but for some rea­son they fell short de­spite a mas­sive ef­fort on the part of the play­ers.

It’s their in­abil­ity to fin­ish off clear-cut chances, cre­ated through some quality foot­ball, that has seen them end up with shat­ter­ing de­feats.

But Evans will not yet de­cide on his fu­ture with Wick­low foot­ball for some time.

‘I am in­volved with the U20 team and will see out my com­mit­ments. We have a game with Clare in Aughrim on Satur­day (2p.m.),

‘Last Sun­day we were due to play Lim­er­ick but ow­ing to Leav­ing Cer­tifi­cate and player in­volve­ment with se­nior side we were un­able to ful­fil fix­ture. There was no point in ful­fill­ing the fix­ture for the sake of it. We had a full panel for the Of­faly game, which will also be avail­able this Satur­day.’

On his own fu­ture with Wick­low. ‘To tell you the truth I have given it no con­sid­er­a­tion at this time.

‘I will see out my com­mit­ments with the county, then take time out to con­sider my fu­ture.

‘I will talk with the county man­age­ment before ar­riv­ing at a de­ci­sion.

‘But it’s not some­thing that’s com­mand­ing my at­ten­tion at the mo­ment,’ Evans said.

Wick­low boss John Evans in Car­rick on Shan­non.

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