Bevan Duffy isn’t looking beyond Wexford, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Louth travel to the sunny south-east today for their Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final and despite the Wee County being favourites and the Yellowbellies having fallen on hard times, Duffy knows all too well that they can’t be looking past the Division 4 outfit.
“It’s the first round of the championship so it will be tricky,” Duffy told Pundit Arena.
“It’s down in Wexford, they’d an average enough league campaign, mid-table, you’d obviously like to think they’d have been targeting promotion but look, it’s going to be very difficult to go down there and pick up the win but I’m fully confident that if we can perform to the level that we know we can then we should have enough to come away with a win.”
The tie is made all the more intriguing by the fact that that the winner will go on to face All-Ireland champions, Dublin, as they begin their quest for five-in-a-row.
The chance to take on one of Gaelic football’s greatest ever teams in a season were they look to make history is a great opportunity according to Duffy.
“That’s the thing, it’s a great opportunity. People will be talking about this Dublin team for years to come so it’s an opportunity to test ourselves against them, match ourselves up against them and see how far we’ve come along and how far we’ve progressed and look depending on that result, no matter what the positives will far outweigh the negatives out of that game because you’re playing against a team as good as the Dubs.”
While the thought of taking on Jim Gavin’s men is enough to drive Louth on. Duffy knows too well that they can’t get swept away by the hype, the first obstacle is Wexford and only by beating them will they get the chance to test themselves against the best.
“We take it game by game if we lose the game against Wexford all of a sudden it’s down in the dumps. We need to get over Wexford that’s our goal and if we do then we go into the Dublin game and that’s an opportunity to play against one of the greatest Gaelic football teams of all time. That’s the level you want to be at and the competition you want to be up against, it’s a huge carrot at the end of the stick.”