The semi-final line-up of the Peter Hanley Motors Longford SFC will be completed this weekend as club GAA circles reverberate to St.Columba’s Mullinalaghta surprise exit.
Abbeylara and Carrickedmond will meet in the counties third quarter-final while Clonguish and Longford Slashers rounding out the action.
The winners of these two ties will meet in the semi-final.
Both games take place in Glennon Brothers Pearse Pak this Saturday evening with live updates on Saturday Sport and into the Wind That Blows with Martin Donohoue.
Carrickedmond v Abbeylara – 4:45pm
In the build up to last year’s final most commentators believed that Abbeylara would go uncredited as one of the great Longford club sides.
The team that denied them this title, Mullinalaghta bowed out of the championship last weekend, but injuries have ravaged at Mickey Harkin’s team.
“We’ll have a team to play” explained Harkin. “You’d be happy not to have those injuries at this time of the year, we’re down about seven lads.”
“It’s a big experience loss as well as the quality of players we have lost out on. We were fotunatune to get through with the injuries.”
“There’ll be very little between us, there was nothing between us in the group, hard work wins through just look at Colmcille and Mullinalaghta, just hard work and hopefully the results comes through.”
The sides last met on July 27 as Abbeylara scored a five point win but the absence of Colm Smyth, Mickey McHugh, Shane Mahon and Jason Kelly puts Abbeylara under a bit too much pressure.
Results so far
Abbeylara 1-13 Mostrim 1-12
Carrickedmond 2-9 Abbeylara 1-17
Killoe 1-13 Carrickedmond 0-9
Mostrim 0-10 Carrickedmond 0-11
Killoe 1-12 Abbeylara 0-12
Clonguish v Longford Slashers – 6.30pm
The so called weaker side of the draw, may just have a thing or two to prove in what promises to be a nip and tuck encounter.
While Slashers drew 2-12 a piece with Mullinalaghta’s conquers Colmcille, Clonguish did find the net twice against the 2018 Leinster champions.
“There’s six teams left at this stage and after Colmcille getting past Mullinalaghta, Slashers will draw confidence from that as they drew with them in the group stages” explained Clonguish manager John Rogers.
“They have good experience in Dermott Brady, Peter Foy, Barry Gilleran and they’ve won county finals before, I never called it the weaker side of the draw.”
They’re a good lively team, they put up big scores and won’t fear Clonguish. All I can do is look after my own and hopefully the team can do the business” explained Rogers.
While Slashers can find scores all over the park, especially across the half-forward line, Clonguish know where the net is.
This game will hinge on Slashers defence and if space is open to Chris Gordon, Joe O’Brien or Niall O’Reilly then it will be a first week of school exit for the townies.
Results so far:
Longford Slashers 2-12 Colmcille 2-12
Rathcline 0-8 Longford Slashers 0-14
Dromard 0-10 Clonguish 0-12
Clonguish 2-6 Mullinalaghta 0-16
Granard 0-4 Clonguish 4-13