After defeating Laois in the Leinster Minor Football Championship last year, Longford manager Martin Mulleady hopes his side can repeat that success when the counties clash in the first round at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise this Wednesday evening , April 17, throw-in 7.30pm.
Home advantage though was the key for Longford last year and Mulleady feels that playing in O’Moore Park could help Laois this time around: “We always struggle down there. It’s an advantage for Laois and that’s why they will be favourites to win this game. Having a home game means an awful lot. But we have a good team and we will be hoping that we can upset the odds.”
Longford minors Luke Meehan (Northern Gaels), Aidan McElligott (Northern Gaels), Mattie Gorman (Granard/Ballymore), David McGivney (Northern Gaels), Nigel Rabbitte (Northern Gaels), Rian Brady (Northern Gaels) and Liam Sullivan (Granard/Ballymore) were all in action for Cnoc Mhuire, Granard who won the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship Final at Croke Park on Saturday last and thus the county will be hoping to make a big impact in this year’s Leinster U-18 Championship.