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MetiNews.Com - It’s a far cry from the majestic sporting cathedral that is Croke Park to the more modest confines of a club ground in rural Louth yet triple Tyrone All-Ireland winning boss Mickey Harte made this transformation at the weekend without losing the slightest element of his famed commitment, passion and drive.
Breaking News ! "It’s a far cry from the majestic sporting cathedral that is Croke Park to the more modest confines of a club ground in rural Louth yet triple Tyrone All-Ireland winning boss Mickey Harte made this transformation at the weekend without losing the slightest element of his famed commitment, passion and drive. The gods on this occasion may have conspired against him in what proved an absorbing climax yet Harte accepted the outcome with his traditional level of equanimity and honesty.“We had chances in the closing stages we didn’t take them and that cost us, but you have to say that Antrim got some super scores at that juncture. That’s life, though. You either win it or you don’t,” admitted Harte.“I think we maybe went for goals too often when we could instead have picked off a few points, but there were a lot of unforced errors throughout the game on the part of both teams which maybe could be attributed to a combination of nerves and rustiness.”“Having said that, everyone on the field put in a good effort, there’s no question about that, but there’s only one winner at the end of the day and on this occasion it wasn’t us. The sad thing for us is that we missed a lot of good chances after Sam Mulroy got his second goal to put us ahead.”“We will obviously be under pressure for our next game against Leitrim, but that’s a challenge that we will confront.”Nonetheless when a spectacular 14th minute goal from Declan McAleese propelled Antrim into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead there was more than a hint that they were just getting into their stride.Harte’s touchline nous, coupled with his side’s raw energy, transformed this into a 2-5 to 1-6 interval lead for Louth, Sam Mulroy’s goal from a 24th minute penalty and a similar score from play by Sean Marry proving crucial in their team’s recovery.And there was even better to come for the ‘Wee County’ when Mulroy blazed his way through to fire home his second goal six minutes from time, but it was then that joint Antrim boss Enda McGinley, who was one of Harte’s generals in the teams that won three All-Ireland titles, showed he has inherited some of his former manager’s guile and tactical skills.
.He received a black card just before the interval and was then dismissed in the closing moments – but by then Antrim had what could prove to be two invaluable league points in the bag.McGinley and his management colleague Stephen O’Neill thus enjoyed a highly satisfying baptism with the Saffrons, but are acutely aware that there is a hard road ahead.“ I thought we had missed a lot of chances before we got those late scores and that’s something we’ll have to sit down and have a discussion about,” said McGinley, “This win is hugely important for us in the context that our next two league games against Sligo and Leitrim are at home and the challenge for us is to show that we can push on from here.“It’s understandable that football is not going to be tidy just now because the players are only coming back and there are going to be a lot of mistakes.“I think we have to learn how to cope with those mistakes and keep ourselves in games, this is absolutely vital. There were stages in this game that we missed chances and you could see the heart going down in the players, but we came good in the end.”ANTRIM: M Byrne; J McAuley, D Lynch, P Healy; M Jordan, 0-1, J Laverty, D McAleese 1-0; C Stewart, N McKeever; R Murray 0-6 (4f), A Loughran, R McCann 0-1 (‘45’); O Eastwood 0-2 (2f), K Small, C Murray 0-2. Subs: P McBride for McKeever (53), E McCabe 0-1 for Jordan (57), P Cunningham 0-1 for Eastwood (60), E Walsh 0-1 for McAleese (72).LOUTH: M McEneaney; D Corcoran, D Campbell, D McKenny; L Jackson, A Williams 0-1, E Callaghan; B Duffy, C Byrne; A McDonnell, C Keenan 0-2, C Downey 0-1; S Marry 1-0, S Mulroy 2-2 (1-0 pen, 1 ‘45’, 1f) , D Byrne 0-2. Subs: E Carolan for Corcoran (43), T Durnin for Marry (53), L Gray for Jackson (61), R Nally for D Byrne (61), J Clutterbuck for McKenny (64), E Duffy for B Duffy (73)."
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