It’s a long way to Tipperary according to the famous song. The Longford senior football team will make the journey to the Premier county for round four of the Allianz football league on Sunday and they will face a tough test against a team that were one of the big success stories from the championship of 2016.
There have been some signs that the Munster side are suffering a slight hangover from their exploits of last year, however they will start as the prematch favourites for Sunday’s double header which will also include a very attractive hurling game between the 2016 Liam McCarthy cup winners and the men from the Banner County.
Longford Football received another timely boost during the week following the brilliant win for the under 21 team against Kildare in the Leinster Championship. The senior manager Denis Connerton was full of praise for the under 21 players when he spoke to the Shannonside Sports department during the week. You can also sense that Connerton is a manger that cares about players Welfare and he will assess how the Under 21 players that are also part of the senior squad are feeling before even considering deploying them against Tipperary on Sunday.
There is no doubt that at this stage Division three is seriously competitive and teams are taking points of each other all over the place so trying to predict results here is somewhat of wasted exercise.
Playing for and indeed watching Longford must be a little frustrating at present. I don’t apply that in a disrespectful manner in any way, what I am trying to say is that consistency is missing during all their performances to date in the Allianz league.
Denis Connerton has described the recent starts to the matches against Armagh and Louth as poor. It’s a problem for him and the players and it’s something he wants to get to the bottom of sooner rather than later. On the flip side Longford have produced some brilliant periods of football and if they could replicate this on a larger scale then the topic of the interview would be more directed to a promotion challenge instead of League three consolidation.
The Longford team will not be named until just before throw in on Sunday and despite recent setbacks the Longford manager says the focus has not changed it’s still one game at a time and trying to secure as many points as possible in order to at least stay in Division three which is important for the long term development of the Longford team.
Take a listen to the full interview with Denis Connerton