Lacken lead the way
THE NEW season may be only five games old, but Lacken boss Jason O’Reilly reveals that his side’s primary objective for the season is already almost complete.
“In previous years, Lacken have been fighting relegation. With six going down from division one this year, our first aim had to be to get as many points on the board early, to try and keep ourselves clear of that relegation battle.”
Boasting five wins from their five games so far, Lacken find themselves top of the division one league table, with a game in hand over fellow table-toppers Lavey.
O’Reilly’s troops are currently in limbo due to Cavan’s outing in the Ulster senior championship this weekend, but the boss dismisses the notion that the break will damage his side’s momentum.
“We’ve been playing since February, and we’ve only played five matches, so I think we’re used to a break at this stage. Every other county is playing at least one, two, sometimes three games a week, and we’re playing one every three weeks.”
No matter how frustrating those breaks have been, mainly due to the extended run of the Cavan u-21 side, there’s no doubting that Lacken have produced the goods every time they have taken to the field. The mood is positive, and O’Reilly believes it is because his men are enjoying life at the opposite end of the table to that which they had grown accustomed to.
“It’s a good position to be in. We knew we had to hit the ground running, because Lacken in years gone by have been fighting relegation. When you’re in a rut and you’re in that losing run, those wins become awful hard to get, so this time we wanted to get the ball rolling early. Hopefully if we can keep going and get another few wins, then the threat off relegation should hopefully be gone for us.”
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