Michael Quinn points to the belief within the side

Since the County Final there’s a banner that hangs on the back of the stand in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park every time Killoe take the field with the word ‘BELIEVE’ on it. It’s a word that epitomises this current Young Emmets side.

On Sunday next the Longford champions take on Portlaoise in the Leinster semi-final. Killoe and Longford county star Michael Quinn admits there’s a great belief within the side as they hope to become the first Longford club to reach a provincial senior club decider.

“No Longford team has ever got to a Leinster club senior final and it would be great if we could do that. There’s a belief about Longford football at the moment.

“That belief has come into the county team and it’s now there at club level,” he told the Leader.

Being in the last four of the provincial championship is a huge achievement for Killoe but All-Star nominee Quinn knows Sunday’s game will be a huge test for them.

“You are up against the best teams now. Portlaoise have won six county titles in a row and are a very good team. But we will concentrate on our own game and play the way we have been playing and see what happens on the day. It’s bonus territory for us now. We are representing our club and county. We are the underdogs but that doesn’t bother us.”

In their quarter-final clash against Navan O’Mahony’s Killoe produced their best performance of the year and are growing in confidence.

“The pressure is off us in some ways and we are enjoying our football,” admitted Quinn. “It’s probably having so many young players. People say ‘you are not mature or you are a young team so give it a couple of years’.

“But although we have young players they are mature in other ways and have that bit of flair. When we won the county championship we felt that we had a lot more to offer.

“We know what we can do and we are looking forward to Sunday’s game.”

It has been a hectic year on the football field for Quinn since his return from Australia but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It has been a long year. I haven’t had a holiday either and the girlfriend wouldn’t be too happy with that,” joked Michael. “It’s a good problem to have to be still playing championship football in November.”