Dermot Brady delighted to be back in another county final

Longford Slashers captain Dermot Brady. Photo: Ray Donlon
Longford Slashers captain Dermot Brady admitted that the club are where they want to be, in another County Final.

Longford Slashers captain Dermot Brady admitted that the club are where they want to be, in another County Final.

On Sunday Longford Slashers will play in their fourth County Senior Football Final in a row. After the disappointment of losing last year’s title decider they wanted to be back there again this season to make amends.

“We are delighted to be back in another county final and that’s where we want to be,” Brady told the Leader. There is no point in getting there and losing. When you get there on the big day you want to be winning the title. Hopefully, we will get it right this time.”

Last year’s defeat was hard to take for Slashers but Brady said the pain felt that day has been used to drive them on this year.

“Losing last year hurt us a lot. We were going for three-in-a-row. It was losing against Killoe at the start of this year’s championship campaign that made us grit our teeth another bit and we met them again in the quarter-final in getting the chance to gain revenge. Losing a county final isn’t the place to be. When you are in a county final you want to emerge victorious as the losers are more or less forgotten about.”

After knocking Killoe out of the championship this year, Slashers were installed as the favourites to win the senior title but were lucky to survive against Colmcille when they produced below par performances.

Captain Brady admitted that Colmcille contained them well in both games to resolve the semi-final. “In fairness to Colmcille they really put it up to us and made it very hard. We seemed to be a bit nervous. The first day we were lucky to get a draw and then in the replay we were relieved at the end that Paul McKeon’s free dropped short and it was great to hear the sound of the final whistle.”

It’s a repeat of the 2010 Final on Sunday next but unlike that game Brady’s first cousin Cathal Conefrey is not Dromard’s captain, though he’s still involved with the squad. The Slashers defender knows all too well the threat Dromard will pose. “Dromard are a good club and have been around for the last number of years. They have quality forwards and are a well-balanced team.”

One player Brady feels could be a matchwinner is the impressive Cian Mimnagh. “I saw the Mostrim game in which he scored 2-5. He is playing some terrific stuff and is definitely the dangerman. They have five other good forwards who are all going to take a lot of watching.”

Sunday 6th of October is a big day for both Slashers and Dromard but it’s an even bigger occasion for Brady. Not only has he the chance to lift the Connolly Cup yet again for Slashers but he is due to become a father on the very same day. “I suppose I will have to go to the match and take it from there. I’m hoping it all works out for me.”