The Longford under 21football team will play Meath in the Hastings cup final on Sunday next in Lynch Park, Abbeylara. The game will commence at 2.30 p.m. and will be of the featured games on the Shannonside FM, Sunday Sport show.
The former popular Longford goalkeeper Damien Sheridan is part of the current under 21 management set up, alongside manager Frank McNamee and the rest of the backroom team they have guided this promising young bunch of footballers to the final of the January competition. As a result of their exploits in the early part of 2017 there is a quiet feeling of confidence in the county as regards their prospects of success ahead of the start of the Leinster under 21 championship at the beginning of March.
So far Longford have drawn with Westmeath and defeated both Cavan and Roscommon in their group games. Last weekend they edged out Leitrim 2-13 to 3-8 in a thrilling semi-final so Sheridan is confident that those games will stand to what he describes as “a fantastic bunch of players to work with”.
Longford have had to show plenty of spirt in all of their matches so far, and when it comes to the tournament serving as preparation for the upcoming provincial championship, the Dromard club man could not be happier with the Hastings Cup. Sheridan is thrilled with the quality of matches and has also praised the approach taken by manager Frank McNamee in making sure that no players in the squad are dealing with burnout issues at this stage of the season.
Damien Sheridan is one of the most positive people you are likely ever to meet on the GAA circuit and that positivity is very much evident when it comes to describing how preparations are going ahead of Sunday’s final. He feels that there is serious competition for places on the team and with only one injury to concern them the management team face a very difficult collective decision when it comes to settling on a starting fifteen.
Whereas the main objectives from the Hastings cup at the beginning of the year was to form a panel, get players familiar with each other and to try and establish their own style of play. Longford now have different objectives to try and take from the tournament. As time has progressed the Blue & Gold have gathered momentum and they have also managed to manufacture a winning feeling, something that they will want to continue on Sunday next when they entertain the Royal County in Abbeylara. Both sides will have bigger fish to fry later in the year, however Sunday’s encounter promises to be competitive and a lively match will surely be on offer for those that decide to make the journey to Lynch Park on Sunday.
Take a listen to the full interview with Damien Sheridan