Sugrue wary of 'testing' Carlow

March 28, 2018

Laois manager John Sugrue.
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Laois manager John Sugrue saw at first hand last weekend the style of football that Carlow are producing and the Kerry native admits its not the easiest to play against.

The Barrowsiders are having huge success playing a defensive system that sees the majority of their players behind the ball and then breaking at pace. A decent run in last year's qualifiers and promotion in the league this year proves that their system is working.

It is certainly not easy on the eye for football purists, not that will worry Carlow, but it takes a good team to break it down, something that Laois struggled to do last weekend.

They needed a win to progress to the final as Antrim won their match also, but the O'Moore County got the job done and will now face Carlow in the final this Saturday.

Sugrue admitted to the Leinster Express that it is not easy to play against the defensive system, but added that he hopes to have learned something from last weekend's game.

"They are a good, strong side and they are organised. We came down here, and we knew who we were facing, we probably played to some degree the way we wanted to, and at times we probably didn't, but that's sometimes the way it turns out," said Sugrue.

"I think if we stiffen our resolve a little bit more disciplined, we can play better, definitely, than we did on the day."

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