Wednesday 23 October 2019

Words from Wallace

ON SUNDAY evening Toddy Wilson told me that tomorrow was another day. That was as good as it got.

Losing 1-0 at home to Monaghan was a big disappointment. The manner of it even more so than the result.

After ten minutes, we should have had three goals, but failed to take our chances, as we took the game to the opposition, looking fitter and technically superior. But then we gave away a disaster of a goal and it was a different game.

We lost our way, we lost our shape, we lost our swagger, we lost our confidence. One of those times when you have to give yourself a reality check – after all, I have four good healthy kids that enrich my life. Well, they're good some of the time anyway.

In all sport, confidence plays a huge role and represents a trick of the mind.

To do well you've got to feel good about yourself and Sunday's game was a perfect example. Danny Furlong is a wonderful talent but doesn't believe it enough at the moment. Positive thinking, a goal or two and Danny will flourish.

In contrast, Jimmy Keohane was our best player against Monaghan, getting stronger all the time, and feeling good about himself. Next week he joins up with Seán McCaffrey's Under-19s for two games against Poland – there a lot of young Under-19s over in England signed with professional clubs who are not making the squad.

The second period saw some improvement but not enough. Having the mental strength to completely forget the first-half and start anew in the second, doesn't grow on trees. You need to develop that.

With a bit of luck, we could have grabbed an equaliser which would have gone some way towards making things well. It didn't happen. Some credit for that must go to Mick Cooke and his Monaghan players. Physically strong, older, more experienced, they have that knack of etching out results and you can expect them to have a decent season again this year.

A positive note in that period was the introduction and performance of Kevin Rowe.

I've never doubted his talent – I just hope he has the hunger to maximise it.

I should add that despite Gary Sheahan being unfortunate not to get a penalty in the first-half, referee Dave McKeon was very good and I hope we see more of him in Ferrycarrig.

The Youths may have failed to put their first-half behind them in the second, but the time between then and next Sunday's game against Salthill Devon gives them the opportunity to get their act together, mind and body.

Salthill are new to the league, will be fit and full of enthusiasm, just as we were starting off.

But this is our fourth season in the league; we have generated some experience in that time and must realise and believe that in terms of organisation and technical ability, we can play ball with anyone.

Ernest Hemmingway was a beautiful writer and an intelligent one – he did say that 'the sun also rises'.

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