After producing an exceptional second half performance in their surprise win over Clonguish in the previous round, Colmcille will be quietly confident of catching Longford Slashers in the Senior Football Championship semi-final at Pearse Park on Sunday evening next.
With the demise of the strongly fancied title holders Killoe who were defeated by Slashers in the quarter-final, the general opinion is that the race for the Connolly Cup is now wide open and thus Colmcille will rightly feel that they have a good chance of getting through to the county final they last contested in 2008.
That turned out to be a memorable season for the north Longford club as they succeeded in winning the senior championship for the first time in 50 years and, ironically, their victims in that title decider were none other than Slashers. The main man for Colmcille on that occasion was Declan C Reilly, who received the man-of-the-match award in the terrific 2008 triumph, and the county defender will be hoping to make the same sort of major impact in the latest showdown against Slashers.
Noel Farrell, John Paul Reilly, Padraig Murtagh, Barry McKeon, Declan Farrell and Paul McKeon are other key figures on the current Colmcille team, featuring a number of promising younger players, and new manager Tony Mc Kiernan has done a fine job in guiding his native club to the last four.
With such experiened players as Paul Kelly and Stephen Phillips ruled out, Slashers supremo Denis Connerton now has other injury problems to contend with as Longford midfielder Michael Brady is considered extremely doubtful to face Colmcille while also added to a lengthy casualty list are Philip Dobson and Mark Smith. There is some good news for Connerton as county U-21 Andrew Dalton returns after serving a suspension and while Slashers could be hard pressed to qualify for the senior championship final for the sixth time in the space of eight years, their superior physical strength will probably prove to be a decisive factor.