Longford U-21 footballers are in Leinster Championship action this Wednesday night (March 6th) with a very tough task against the reigning provincial and All-Ireland title holders Dublin at Parnell Park, throw-in 7.30pm, but will be hoping to spring a shock.
Rampant Dublin, backboned by a few senior players, ran riot against Carlow in the opening round with their star man Ciaran Kilkenny scoring 2-10 in the landslide 4-27 to 0-2 win which was watched by Longford U-21 manager Eugene McCormack.
McCormack’s talented squad are backboned by the 2010 Leinster Minor Championship winning side and showed great heart and determination earlier this year in coming from behind to beat Cavan in the Hastings Cup Final. The County U-21 team that started in that game back in January was: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels); Ronan Keogh (Killoe Young Emmets), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Cian Farrelly (Killoe Young Emmets); Diarmuid Cooney (Fr. Manning Gaels), Dylan Quinn (Fr. Manning Gaels), Darren Farrelly (Fr. Manning Gaels); James McGivney (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s), Padraig McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets); Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Young Emmets), Barry McKeon (Colmcille), Darren Gallagher (Granard St. Mary’s); Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara), Mark Hughes (Killoe Young Emmets), Rory Connor (Kenagh).
Subs used:- Darragh Bennett (Killoe Young Emmets) and Cillian Lynn (Mostrim).