The main attraction on the Longford GAA front this weekend is the clash of neighbouring clubs Ardagh St. Patrick’s and Carrickedmond in the Intermediate Football Championship Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next (4pm).
Both sides are hit by injuries going into the battle for the Gerry Hennessy Cup and the general opinion is that Carrickemond, coached by Mullingar Shamrocks clubman Ned Moore, are the favourites to emerge victorious in their bid to regain the county Intermediate title they last captured in 2010.
However, St. Patrick’s will have something to say about that in their quest to be crowned champions in this grade for the first time since 2006 under the driving force of Liam Keenan - the former Ardagh and Longford midfielder who is now the manager of his club.
The curtain-raiser at Pearse Park on Sunday (2pm) is the local derby Junior Football Championship Final between Young Grattans and Longford Slashers and the indications are that the Stonepark side will get the better of their neighbouring rivals.
Grattans, after all, are a solely Junior outfit after suffering the bitter disappointment of relegation from the Intermediate Championship last year but are now on the brink of making an immediate return to the second tier of Longford club football with former Mostrim player Jack Lynn in charge.
It is a big weekend for Slashers as apart from the appearance of their third string in the Junior title decider, the sky-blues are involved in another county final at Pearse Park on Saturday with their U-16 footballers taking on Northern Gaels (Abbeylara/Mullinalaghta) in the Juvenile ‘A’ Championship Final (1pm).
Slashers are bidding to complete a notable underage double as their U-14 footballers won the county title on Saturday last, beating Killoe in the ‘A’ final at Pearse Park, but the U-16s could be hard pressed to beat Northern Gaels who are always in the firing line when it comes to achieving sucess at minor board level.