Leahy ‘gutted’ by late defeat against Laois

OFFALY minor manager John Leahy cut an obviously disappointed figure as he exited the dressing room in the wake of his side’s last second defeat at the hands of Laois on Saturday.

Midway through the second-half it looked as if Offaly were on course to win the game but Laois rallied late against the wind to advance to the semi-final. Leahy was in doubt as to how the defeat felt.

“It guts you to be honest. You see the boys inside there. You see minors at 18 years of age. Everyone says the modern teenager has no feelings. You can see a lot of lads in there with tears in their eyes so it just shows it means a lot to them and that’s one thing we wanted to do this year was to get a team where it meant something to lose or to win. There’s a lot of emotions flying around. To lose that way it’s a killer.”

Listen to the full interview by clicking play on the video above which includes John Leahy’s thoughts on the future and his plan to bring young hurlers through at the required standard.