While Killoe are currently the kings of Longford football and are fancied to retain the Connolly Cup, they will be wary of the Abbeylara challenge in the title decider at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next, throw-in 4pm.
Emmet Og, after all, lost to both Longford Slashers and Dromard in the group stage of the 2015 senior football championship and there appeared to be a confidence crisis before they eventually got back on track to reach yet another county final.
Champions in 2012 and 2014 when Tommy McCormack was at the helm, Declan Rowley is now the man in charge in the quest to achieve back-to-back titles and the general opinion is that the strong Killoe side will be extremely hard stopped.
But Abbeylara are unbeaten in the current championship campaign and have done really well to get this far, despite the fact that they came through the supposedly easier side of the draw.
Building on their terrific success at underage level as part of the powerful Northern Gaels force (amalgamating with Mullinalaghta), the excitement is mounting as Abbeylara look forward to a first appearance in the senior final since 2006 when they last captured the coveted Connolly Cup.
It’s a significant breakthrough and Maurice O’Connor, in his first season as the Abbeylara manager, deserves a lot of credit in working well with a good blend of youth and experience.
But the north Longford side are facing a tough task in their bid to win the county title and must plan without the vast experience of James McEntire, who is suspended after his sending-off for a straight red card offence late on in the semi-final clash against Clonguish.
Abbeylara or Killoe will meet the Wexford winners in the first round of the Leinster Senior Club Championship at Pearse Park on Sunday October 25th in what appears to be a favourable draw as further progress will be rewarded with another home game against the Meath champions in the quarter-final on Sunday November 8th.
Emmet Og will be hoping to complete a double success at Pearse Park on Sunday next as their Junior footballers are in action in the ‘A’ championship final against Mostrim (2pm), the curtain-raiser to the senior title decider.