Paul Holland Speaks to Lee Duffy

Paul Holland Speaks to Lee Duffy

01 July 2018

By Paul Holland

Lee Duffy is enjoying his second spell at Drogheda after playing with Longford Town and Wexford since his first spell at the club. Originally from Cabra in Dublin, the 26 year old moved to Meath when he was 11 and played with Parkvilla and Navan Cosmos before being spotted by ex-Drog Dave Rogers at Ballymun. Lee is an apprentice plumber and lives in Johnstown in Navan. The striker is recovering well from an ankle ligament injury and loves training at the DIFE All-Weather pitch in Drogheda.

How did you enjoy the break?

“The break came at a good time for me as I was able to rest my ankle. It’s much better and it held up well at training on Wednesday evening at DIFE. I enjoyed a few days break in Barcelona.@

How do you find the all-weather pitch in DIFE?

Photo courtesy of Larry McQuillan/DROGHEDAUTD “We train there on Mondays and Wednesdays now. I much prefer the surface to the one in Ashbourne RFC as it’s much softer. We train in Ashbourne on Thursdays when we usually have a light training session and a team meeting, discussing shape for corners and other set-pieces etc. We would also discuss the previous game we played and try to learn from any mistakes etc.”

We badly need to get back on track tonight against Cobh after losing our last two games before the break

“Yes of course though we were lucky that other teams didn’t capitalise too much on our two defeats. Tonight’s game is a massive game for us and we need to get the momentum going again with nothing less than a win. Against Longford I felt that we were the better team and deserved to win. We hit the post twice and Chris Lyons had a goal disallowed with the last kick of the game.”

How do you find the club compared to the last time that you were here?

“There is a great atmosphere at the club at the moment and we have lots of really good players here. I would say the set-up here now is better than at any of the other clubs I played with in the league. Tim and Kevin make a great partnership and prepare us really well for every game. There is great competition for places as the players on the bench are definitely good enough to play when called upon.”

You had a tough time with injury since your last spell at Drogheda?

“Yes I snapped my ankle ligaments at Longford and had to have cortisone injections, 3 in 3 months. It was a bit of a nightmare to be honest. Travelling down to Wexford wasn’t easy either! All in all I am delighted for lots of reasons to be back at Drogheda.”

Photo courtesy of Larry McQuillan/DROGHEDAUTD Have you been watching many of the games at the World Cup? Who are the best teams for you?

“Yes I watch as many games as I can. It was a big shock to see Germany being beaten again 2-0 by South Korea and on their way home. I would say that Portugal have a great chance though Ronaldo was very lucky not to be sent off for that challenge. Maybe it was because it was Ronaldo who was involved ! Two other teams look really good also, Uruguay and Croatia.

There are maybe six teams in with a chance of winning the league. Who do you think are the best teams and the most likely ones to top the table at the end of the campaign?

“I think UCD and Shels are the teams to watch out for. If we finish ahead of them we will really be doing well. I would say it will be between us and those two teams. Even though lots of people say it is too early for us to go back up to the Premier Division, I would love us to get promotion. Every player wants to be playing at the highest level in the country.”

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