Interim Offaly supervisor Joachim Kelly admits his group is quick on health and confidence as they wish for different groups to do them a favor in the Joe McDonagh relegation scrap.
The double All-Ireland winner and hero of the outstanding Offaly groups of the eighties was given the task on a brief-term basis following Kevin Martin’s dismissal after a dark begin to 2019.
The Faithful County have only one competitive win, a lifeless rubber within the League against Carlow, from 12 games this season across Walsh Cup, Division 1B and the McDonagh Cup.
Defeat to Antrim at home in Kelly’s first in shape in fee leaves them hoping that Laois beat Kerry next weekend, which means Offaly can live up in the event that they beat the Kingdom themselves. Their survival though is no longer of their very own arms.
“This group are down due to the fact they’re after dropping such a lot of games and it become difficult to upward push them,” said Kelly, who become a part of the Offaly team that gained the county’s first ever senior hurling All-Ireland in 1981.
“They have been fearful accessible – they have been afraid making errors within the first 1/2. We’ll attempt to resurrect it for the next day.”
When requested were his crew struggling for health even though they had an additional guy towards Antrim for forty five mins in Bord na Mona O’Connor Park he spoke back: “You hit it proper at the nail; Antrim were flying everywhere in the field.
“We’re training considering that last October, but our health degree isn’t always where it must be and you may turn that round in a fortnight. Antrim had been flying around, studying the breaks, coming on to the breaks, using out of defence with it and we weren’t.”
Kelly revealed that he knew he became going to take the Offaly activity on a brief-term foundation – he will vacate the position at the end of the modern-day marketing campaign but it ends – even before it changed into supplied to him.
When he saw the county board delegation on foot towards his door, he knew.
“I wasn’t expecting the call at all; it turned into remaining Monday week when the lads became up at my returned door,” he defined.
“I were given hours to think about it and that become it, however I had my mind made up when I saw them coming. I stated, ‘look, I love Offaly hurling, I’m an Offaly guy and I’ll do what I can, even supposing it’s handiest for a month. If it doesn’t work out, positioned a new structure in vicinity’.
“I’m gutted. I’m an Offaly guy. I came in there weeks in the past for a month to try to show this round.
“We came to get the result against Antrim and we didn’t get it. There have been appropriate performances available from lads, we gave crowd a piece of a boost when we got here back from 8 points down with six minutes to go to get it to a percent-of-the-ball game.
“We were given our probabilities to win the sport, they were given their chances and that they received it – excellent crew won at the day, no question about that.
“It’s a work in progress. We have every other weeks to prepare now for Kerry, which goes to be another dogfight in Tralee and our intention is to avoid happening to the Christy Ring.”