Cawley’s main aim for Leitrim is to get a team for Antrim

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Gavin Cawley has been around various teams over the past number of years and knows exactly the work that goes in preparing for league and championship campaigns. Despite all his  previous experience Cawley found himself in a tough situation when he was named new Leitrim Ladies Football manager last week.

The Sligo man has had just over a week to prepare Leitrim for their opening Division 4 encounter away to Antrim on Sunday (3rd February). Speaking to Sportstalk at the launch of the Lidl Ladies National Football League on Tuesday in Croke Park, Cawley admitted his aim for the moment is getting a team organised to take to the field on Sunday.

He said: “The first goal is to get a team on the pitch for the Antrim game. After that, realistic goal is to try and make the league semi-finals. It’s Top 4 in Division 4, like all the other divisions.”

Last year Leitrim only played two Division 3 games and were thus relegated to Division 4. The Leitrim County Board then got a dispensation from the LGFA not to field a team in the adult inter-county championship in 2018. Due to this no Leitrim Club teams could partake in the Club Championship.

As well as being involved with various ladies teams, Cawley was also PRO of Sligo Men’s County Board. He hopes that a good league campaign will augur well for their Connacht Championship campaign: “Anything is possible. We know football at this stage, long enough. If you get to the knock-out stages (of the league) anything is possible. We will try to be competitive in the Connacht Championship, for a start and then hopefully have a good run in the All-Ireland series. We’ll take it from there, one game at a time.”