Padraig McCormack out for Longford this Sunday

With the Allianz League done and dusted with and their division 3 status intact for next year the focus now turns to the Leinster Championship for Longford which starts this Sunday at O’Moore Park against Laois in round one.

Speaking to Benny O’Brien Longford manager Denis Connerton was asked about how the team is heading into the big game and the importance of making such a good start

“That’s what we’re hoping for we’re working hard towards that and our preparations have gone very well”

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Denis has been dealt a blow going into the game with Padraig McCormack out injured

“He’s an exceptional player and very influential”

Longfords recent record in Leinster has been far from impressive and their record in Portlaoise is one of concern is well but there is a young squad developing under the Longford Slashers man that he hopes can bring a change of fortune for them

“We have a lot of young players that are establishing themselves in the team and are playing really well for us”

While Longford avoided relegation to the bottom tier Laois were not as lucky as they found themselves bottom of the third division so there will be a lot of pressure on this side to perform well and bring some hope that this team is a lot better than what they showed in spring

“This is all or nothing for them, they really have to redeem themselves and get something out of this season and this will be how they look at doing that by beating us”

Confidence will be very low for Laois but they have some quality players that can really hurt teams and make an impact on a game like Donie Kingston, Brendan Quigley and Mark Timmons so it will be a real test for Longford but it is one they can step up to.

Throw in at O’Moore 3:30pm on Sunday with live coverage right here on Shannonside FM

To hear the full interview with Denis Connerton click the audio below