The battle for survival in Division three of the Allianz Football league will heat up a notch or two for the senior footballers of Laois and Longford when the sides clash in a vital Division three encounter later this evening. The match will take place in O’Moore Park and will commence at 7.00. Shannonside FM will carry live commentary on the encounter.
When the Shannonside sports department caught up with the Longford manager Denis Connerton this week he seemed like a man relieved after his charges defeated Sligo in last Sundays final home game in the current campaign. Longford finish up the league run with two difficult away matches against Laois tonight, and Antrim on Sunday next.
The Longford manager was happy to have beaten the Yates County and secured two league points that has afforded them some breathing space in the relegation battle in Division three. Longford also manged a more all-round performance against Sligo which Connerton described as “workman like”. Longford also started the game well and that was a stark contrast from previous matches against Tipperary, Armagh and Louth where they were slow out of the blocks and ultimately paid the price by suffering defeat in all of those encounters.
Connerton has praised his side for their commitment to the Longford cause, however their chances of survival are not helped by a lack of training venues. Even this week their plans were thrown up into the air by the lack of suitable venues and this is one of the obstacles that they must overcome in order to be successful.
Laois will provide a serious challenge on Saturday night, the O’Moore County are in real danger of being relegated themselves and must win in order to give them a decent chance of staying in Division three. The sides will also clash in the Leinster championship later in the summer and with all focus for the moment at least on the survival Connerton claims that neither side can even look at the championship yet.
Take a listen to the full interview with Denis Connerton: