Longford step into 2019 just one result away from the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup semi-final when they meet Louth on Saturday.
Wins over Wicklow and Meath mean’s a draw would secure a second O’Byrne Cup semi-final in a row for Longford, even though Padraic Davis side are admittedly understrength.
Conor Berry, Padraic and Sean McCormack, Ronan McIntyre, Conor Farrell and Shane Kenny are all unavailable to Davis, limiting Davis hand as he begins his Longford managerial career.
“When you add to that, eight of the Mullinalaghta lads are unavailable, that’s an unfortunate situation in one way” admits Davis.
“On the other hand it gives a great opportunity to lads who otherwise may have struggled to get game time,” Davis added.
“It gives other lads a chance, we are trying to build really a very different squad to the one that was available to us in October and November.”
“I’m happy with what I’ve seen” declared Davis “and they’ve been getting the results so it’s confidence building.”
A weakened hand may has impacted Davis plans, but one thing remains is his determination to make Longford a winning force.
“We always play to win” declares Davis, “any day that we go out we have to have that mindset and obviously you want to implement our style.”
“The style can only suit the setting and the players available to us, we go out and make ourselves very hard to beat, but on transition and going forward we want to ask questions of Louth and anyone we come up against.”
Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup
Longford v Louth
Saturday January 5th
Glennon Brothers Pearse Park
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