Slashers and Granard to battle it out

While Longford Slashers are living dangerously in the current Senior Football Championship campaign, last year’s beaten finalists will make sure of their place in the Senior Championship quarter-finals if they manage to overcome the challenge of Granard on Saturday evening next.

While Longford Slashers are living dangerously in the current Senior Football Championship campaign, last year’s beaten finalists will make sure of their place in the Senior Championship quarter-finals if they manage to overcome the challenge of Granard on Saturday evening next.

Denis Connerton’s charges showed a lot of character in coming from five points down to eventually emerge victorious against Mostrim in the Round 2 clash last weekend by the minimum of margins (1-14 to 1-13) and are now just ahead of St. Mary’s on scores difference in the group table.

Slashers and Granard are in 8th and 9th positions respectively and a draw will suffice for the 2010 and 2011 county champions in their fierce battle to make further progress in the race for the coveted Connolly Cup.

While St. Mary’s will give it their best shot in the hope of avoiding the dreaded drop into the relegation play-offs, Slashers will call on all their vast experience in the quest for survival.

Although most of the other seven places in the knock-out stages are sorted out, a defeat for Mullinalaghta in their very intriguing showdown against neighbouring rivals Abbeylara would leave them in danger of missing the last eight cut if the Slashers and Granard game should happen to finish in a draw. Abbeylara, of course, are already safely through along with Dromard and also set to book their places in the quarter-final line-up are the title holders Killoe, Clonguish and Mostrim with the Edgeworthstown side drawn to meet Killashee and Enda Macken’s side will win easily. Joining them in the last eight will be Colmcille, providing they avoid defeat against Fr. Manning Gaels who are struggling badly in the senior championship this year.

ROUND 3 FIXTURES

Killoe v Ballymahon. Prediction: Killoe. Clonguish v Dromard. Prediction: Clonguish. Granard v Longford Slashers. Prediction: Slashers. Fr. Manning Gaels v Colmcille. Prediction: Colmcille. Killashee v Mostrim. Prediction: Mostrim. Abbeylara v Mullinalaghta. Prediction: Mullinalaghta.