Exciting IFC decider in prospect

Exciting IFC decider in prospect
Carrickedmond and Sean Connolly’s collide in the eagerly anticipated Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship Final this Sunday at 4pm in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Carrickedmond and Sean Connolly’s collide in the eagerly anticipated Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship Final this Sunday at 4pm in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

It is 25 years since Sean Connolly’s won the Intermediate Championship and they would dearly love to bring the Gerry Hennessy cup back to Ballinalee.

However, Carrickedmond have unfinished business to tend to after losing last year’s final to St Patrick’s Ardagh following a replay and they’ll be fiercely determined to make amends.

Sean Connolly’s manager Colin ‘Dolly’ Dalton admitted his side are underdogs, “Carrickedmond are hot favourites. We need to improve our performance and have to bring extra to the game if we are to beat them. They are a great team and we know it’s going to be a massive battle. We are looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll give a good account of ourselves; that’s what I want.”

Eugene McCormack was in charge of Carrickedmond when they last won the intermediate title four years ago and he is back at the helm aiming to work his magic once again.

“No matter what game it is it is all about on the day; a bounce of a ball going your way or against you. It’s the small little things. You have to make sure you get everything right,” he said.

See Pages 84 to 87 for preview of the Mulleady Group Intermediate Final which will be preceded on Sunday at 2pm by the Flynn & Lynch Life & Pensions Junior ‘A’ Final between Emmet Og and Longford Slashers. See Page 83 for preview.

Meanwhile, Jack Sheedy’s Longford will begin life in Division 4 of the Allianz National Football League next year with a derby clash away to neighbours Leitrim.

Shane Ward was recently installed as the new Leitrim boss, replacing Sean Hagan, and it will be a very difficult opening assignment.

The provisional fixture list generally does not change too much prior to the official confirmation of fixtures and Longford, who along with Offaly suffered relegation this year, will be hoping they can secure a quick return and gain promotion back up to Division 3.

Of Longford’s seven match programme, four are away to Leitrim, London, Wicklow and Carlow, while they will have home advantage against Antrim, Waterford and Offaly.

Longford, Lory Meagher Cup winners, are in Division 3B of the Allianz Hurling League along with Leitrim, Sligo and Warwickshire.

2015 Division 4 Football League provisional fixtures: Rd 1: Sunday, February 1: Leitrim v Longford; Rd 2: Sunday, February 8: Longford v Antrim; Rd 3: Sunday, March 1: London v Longford; Rd 4: Sunday, March 8: Longford v Waterford; Rd 5: Sunday, March 15: Wicklow v Longford; Rd 6: Sunday, March 29: Longford v Offaly; Rd 7: Sunday, April 5: Carlow v Longford

2015 Division 3B Hurling League provisional fixtures: Rd 1: Sunday, March 8: Leitrim v Longford; Rd 2: Sunday, March 15: Longford v Warwickshire; Rd 3: Sunday, March 22: Longford v Sligo