“Disappointing? Oh yeah.” Limerick football manager John Brudair could barely contain his frustration after his side were caught by Longford at the end of Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 3 game.
“I thought when the lead got to the five-point mark, all we had to do was stay solid for the next few minutes and see the game out. Just a few small basic errors that have been killing us for the last few games. Ball handling, bad passing came back to haunt us in the last few minutes.
"We left Longford back into it just by not being careful enough. When they got a sniff, they had the goal cancelled out in the next few minutes with three reasonable long range scores. But that really shouldn’t have been allowed.”
Making the result even more bitter was the fact that the side surrendered a match-winning lead for the second Sunday in a row.
“That’s twice now in two games. We were three points up against Tipperary with a few minutes to go, five points up with 17 minutes to go against Longford, so we should be able to finish off those sort of games.”
Even the pattern of the side’s play mirrored that of their first round outing. “It was a chalk and cheese performance again today. We didn’t play well in the first half but we did very well for the third quarter and got ourselves into a position where we should have won the game.”
He couldn’t put it down to the team’s commitment. “It wasn’t from the lack of effort in the second half. The lads put in a huge effort again but just lacked that clinical side of knowing how to finish it off.”
As he faces into the remainder of the league schedule, the Dromcollogher man will be looking for greater consistency over the 70 minutes. “The question is why we aren’t putting it together for a full game. We need to crack that. We’re putting an awful lot of emphasis on maybe 30 minutes to winning a game but that won’t be enough. We have to be more consistent throughout.”
Longford would have been targeted by Limerick as perhaps their best chance of an away victory but this disappointing outcome leaves Brudair with just one point out of four.
“We were hoping to end up with at least three points from our first two games. It was within our grasp to do it. You couldn’t say we were dominated in either game by any stretch of the imagination."