Carlow Senior Football Turlough O’Brien says tonight’s (Wednesday’s) O’Byrne Cup clash against Westmeath is going to be a good challenge as they continue their preparations ahead of the start of the National League.
Speaking to KCLR, Turlough says they will use tonight’s game to give new players a chance…..
“They will indeed. They will be a big step up now from Maynooth I imagine”
“Westmeath are our opponents in the first round of the National League as well in a couple of weeks so it’s a strange fixture”
“Obviously, they were in the last two Leinster Finals as well like so it’s going to be a good challenge for the lads. They brought in a few young players this year and they performed well when they came on in the game on Sunday, so we probably jig it around a bit more again and have a look at a few more lads”.
Turlough also says they are not going to make a whole host of changes for tonight’s O’Byrne Cup clash with Westmeath and will try and give the newcomers in the squad as much game time as possible…..
“We have to try and manage it as best we can. At the same time we are trying to remain competitive in the games and try integrate a system to fit in with the players”
“You can’t make wholesale changes between rounds of the O’Byrne Cup. Certainly we will use other players but to make wholesale changes, it’s not fair on the players coming in either”
“They are not getting a fair crack on the whip so to try and manage it as best we can and at the same time it’s very useful to get the games and see where you are at. You can train all you want, but really games are much more helpful”