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Laois ladies football team got their All-Ireland campaign off to a winning start against Longford at the weekend and qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-final with a game to spare – but manager Kevin Doogue is not complacent about the need to improve performances coming up to tougher games.
Laois play Sligo this Sunday in Westmeath where a win will ensure they take top spot in the group and stretch their unbeaten record to five games.
If Laois win then they are more than likely set to face Wicklow again, who they beat in the Leinster final. If they lose then they will play the top team in Group 4, which will most likely be Roscommon.
“We’ll look for a 60 minute performance – we looked for that today (against Longford) and got about a 45 or 50 minute performance.
“We got sloppy in the last 10 minutes. Girls got tired when they shouldn’t have got tired.
“There were girls fighting for places and still they weren’t pushing hard enough. So we still have a good bit to improve on for next week,” said Doogue.
However the Graiguecullen man is pleased with the performances of some of the younger girls pushing for places on the starting 15.
“They all are pushing for places. I had Ali (Alison McEvoy), Clare Conlon, Laura Nerney and regular goalkeeper Fiona Kelly on the line. Our goalie was superb, Sarah Walsh was superb and Eva played very well in the middle of the field.
New game, same attitude
Although Laois now automatically qualify for a spot in an All-Ireland – Doogue says they will go into the match against Sligo with the same attitude they have tried to go into every match with.
“It’s just another game, another step then towards an All-Ireland. We’ve still the same goals as the start of the year.
“Picking a team for next week is going to be a tough job but that’s what we were looking for,” he added.
Laois will now take on Sligo in the second of their group matches in Kinnegad this Sunday, July 29. That game throws in at 2pm.