Paschal Kellaghan: 'Offaly will need to show more patience on the ball'
By Paul Shaughnessy
Former Offaly Senior footballer Paschal Kellaghan is now current senior football manager of Summerhill in County Meath. Kellaghan has said 'Offaly's main goal at the start of the year was to achieve promotion and that was achieved'. Huge questions will be asked of Offaly this week and whether they can recover from a 12 point defeat at the hands of Derry in the Division 3 National Football League Final.
Although Offaly will be disappointed with their performance the former Rhode boss believes 'the faithful county didn't take some of their chances in front of goal and that this team hadn't played much in Croke Park and that their inexperience in GAA headquarters contributed to their performance'. Kellaghan also thinks 'that Offaly had not met a side like Derry this year where they play with huge intensity and huge aggression in the tackle. The former Offaly footballer said 'that this could be a huge learning curve for John Maughan's side and could be a blessing in disguise heading into championship for Offaly.
Kellaghan feels that biggest learning curve for Offaly last weekend is to avoid 'forcing the ball and be more patient on the ball when coming up against a blanket defense'. The rise of this Offaly team does not surprise him ' The talent has always been there, I've worked with some of these lads at underage level and with Rhode''. The form of Cian Farrell and Anton Sullivan has not surprised him and the Summerhill boss still believes that their is a place for veteran Niall McNameee in the starting line-up.
Offaly face Louth on Sunday 27th June in the opening round of the Leinster Senior Football Championship in Navan. 'Louth will pose a huge challenge and seem to be very well organised'.
'In the end Offaly still have that quality up front and if they can get their running game going I think that could be the difference in the end but it will be a close game'.