Connerton looks forward to clash with former club

Longford Slashers manager Denis Connerton is hoping that a four week wait won’t affect his side in Sunday’s County Final. Speaking to the Leader Connerton knows how tough Sunday’s game will be for his side.

Longford Slashers manager Denis Connerton is hoping that a four week wait won’t affect his side in Sunday’s County Final. Speaking to the Leader Connerton knows how tough Sunday’s game will be for his side.

“It’s hard to defend a title but even harder to win three-in-a-row. We have a lot of work to do to get ourselves in the right frame of mind for the game. The fact that we have been waiting for a few weeks is no advantage to us.”

Despite the break Connerton is actually in favour of the date of the game: “It’s a great time of year for a major match. Last year I thought the county final was very early. My only concern is that we are out of football for four weeks. Killoe possibly know their team better than we do at this stage.

When Slashers won their first title under Connerton in 2010 the county final was against his former club Dromard and on Sunday he faces another one: “It’s the way it goes. I must be leaving good clubs behind me,” he joked. “Killoe are a good team and I have been impressed by them. They tend to get scores when they need them. They are going to be very determined and hungry for success.”

Connerton noted the versatility in the Killoe side; a number of players can play in several positions. “They are very selectable and mobile players. Everybody knows this and that Michael Quinn and Sean McCormack are two of the best players in the country, not just in our county. They are two lovely footballers and have been outstanding for Longford this year.”

Killoe will not fear Slashers on Sunday and Connerton pointed out their good record over the town side. “Killoe have a very good record against Slashers. They beat them in the Leader Cup Final two years ago in the last significant game between the two sides. They have no fear of Slashers and it’s a big local derby. It’ll be a good county final.”

The Lanesboro man is looking forward to a good game of football on Sunday with some intriguing battles in prospect: “There will be lots of good match-ups on the day and two good teams in it. What we have in experience Killoe will counteract that with sheer enthusiasm. If our hunger and desire doesn’t match theirs on the day we are not going to pull through. Whoever raises their game in the county final will win. I said it many times before that there are a lot of factors to take into consideration on final day to decide the outcome.”