U17 Reaction: “There Is Room For Improvement” – Boland

U17 Reaction: "There Is Room For Improvement" - Boland

Limerick Under-17 manager Willie Boland feels “there is room for improvement” and he is hoping his players will learn following their 1-1 draw with Salthill Devon in the SSE Airtricity Southern Elite Division at Drom on Saturday afternoon.

The game had initially been called off in Galway but having eventually got underway 75 minutes late, Salthill hit the front past the quarter-hour with a volley from a corner. That had come shortly after Ger Barry struck the crossbar for Limerick.

The young Shannonsiders – who also hit the woodwork through Gearóid Murphy in the second half – eventually found a leveller midway through that period when Will Fitzgerald netted after connecting with Jack Callaghan’s cross, to earn them a share of the spoils.

That leaves them on four points after two games, but Boland admitted the display was not what he “had hoped for”, though he still felt they were “the better side in regards to playing football”.

“From a performance point of view, it was okay. I felt we were the better side in regards to playing football,” Willie told LimerickFC.ie. “We created some decent chances.

Will Fitzgerald scored Limerick’s equaliser on 70 minutes in Drom

“On the other side of things, defensively we were naïve and made a lot of mistakes which is fine for development as long as they’re learning from it.

“We could have been more ruthless in front of goal and maybe a little better in regards to the intensity of the game. In general, it was a decent tempo but out of possession we could have worked harder.

“To sum it up, it was a good enough performance but not as good as I had hoped for. Defensively, we conceded from a set-piece which is disappointing and we made some silly mistakes.

“We made more chances and could have won it, but we also could have lost it at certain times with naïve defending. But 1-0 down and getting a point, we’ll take it.

“We always felt we could win the game throughout because we had enough people on the pitch who could create and score, although we could easily have lost it due to concentration not being at the level it should have been.

“There is room for improvement. On the performance, we’ll be looking for a little bit better.”

Date: Saturday 9 April 2016