The Longford senior football championship will stage the first of the County semi-finals tomorrow evening when the defending champions St Columbas face Clonguish at 6.00 in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
The main talking point now in football circles in the county is if anybody can stop Mickey Graham’s side successfully defending their title after they overcame Killoe in the quarter-finals following a replay.
In the drawn encounter the holders of the Connolly cup were rocking on the ropes but thanks to a late goals they survived and in the true fashion of champions they dispatched their opponents at the second time of asking.
The manager of the champions, Mickey Graham is confident that the extra game will benefit his side and after coming so close to being dumped out of the championship by Fergal O’Donnell’s side he now sees a new sharpness in his side. Graham has also manged Clonguish and is well aware of the challenge that they will pose.
Kevin McCabe is a player that Graham would have competed against in the past in Cavan and despite the tactical battle being discussed Graham is claiming that the match will be won or lost by the players.
Collie Clarke from the Clonguish management team has been telling the Shannonside sports department that his side have recovered well from an early defeat in the group stages and their recent win over Dromard in the quarter-finals will be ideal preparation for Saturday’s match. Clarke is full of praise for the opposition they will face on Saturday evening in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
Clarke fears that the extra game in the quarter-finals will be a blessing for their opposition. However Clonguish have a number of experienced and talented footballers and they will also be equally going all out to secure a place in the County final.