Glenn Ryan is expecting nothing easy against London

Longford manager Glenn Ryan is taking nothing for granted as his side look ahead to a trip to London for the National League Division 4 game in Ruislip on Saturday next.

Longford manager Glenn Ryan is taking nothing for granted as his side look ahead to a trip to London for the National League Division 4 game in Ruislip on Saturday next.

The county squad will embark on a day-trip to the English capital and although they go into this game on the back of some excellent performances Ryan is wary of the Exiles.

“I have said it before, it is a potential banana-skin. We had a tough game against London last year and we are expecting nothing easy on this occasion. We will approach it in the same way we have the other games,” he told the Leader.

Longford are boosted by the return of ace forward Brian Kavanagh following Kilmacud Crokes defeat in the All-Ireland Club Football semi-final. Ryan played a very strong side against Kilkenny on Sunday last and will do the same against London. He said, “Fellas are after earning their positions and I don’t want to take it off them. Longford football isn’t in a position to be disrespectful to anybody and we have to put out our strongest team at every opportunity. We can’t take anything for granted.”

Looking back on the Kilkenny game the Longford boss admitted that there’s not much he can take out of the demolition job. “We can’t read too much out of it, except that we got the two points. You have to admire the Kilkenny lads for doing what they are doing.

They are flying the football flag. It was a great effort for them to come up here and put in 70 minutes the way they did. We had a good first half, poor second half and now we have to get ready for London on Saturday,” said Ryan.

The Kilkenny footballers have found it extremely tough and there had been talk of them pulling out of the league. After Sunday’s game Ryan went over to offer words of encouragement to the players.

“Anything you do that might help them along is good. They are a team that are doing their best to keep things going. At the end of the day we would all like to see gaelic football promoted fairly all over the country,” the Longford boss said.