Gleeson thought the first half was the worst he has witnessed

Walsh Cup – Senior Hurling

Antrim manager Darren Gleeson felt that the first half of Sunday’s defeat to Offaly was the worst performance he has withnessed since taking charge of Antrim,

“A very disappointing first 37 or 38 minutes in the first half.

I genuinely felt that was as poor a first half of hurling we have played in my time here.

We just lost every battle, every individual battle, didn’t look hungry for it, then lost a man to two yellow cards. 

That happens, but I think we then mentally switched on after that happened and we came to life a bit. Looking at it on the other side, maybe Offaly felt they had their work done.”

The Tippeary native went on to add “It was a good second half performance – I can’t fault that second half. A few bodies came in who made a big difference, but again, our old failings were there. We gave away too many soft scores and I’d say we had six or seven goal chances.”

“You can be positive too far. The fact of the matter is that when you are playing inter-county hurling, you’ve got to be ruthless and if you’re not ruthless, you’re not going to be winning games.

It’s a pre-season game so it is what it is. Both teams are in the middle of a training cycle and the results that matter will come in the league, but all counties are improving and we need to keep our progress chart going in the right direction.”

Antrim’s final game in the Walsh Cup is against Galway next Sunday at Abbotstown , a Galway team who lost heavily on Sunday to Dublin at Parnell Park.

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