County Final: who will win the title?

Longford Slashers will face Dromard in this year's Longford Senior County Final, which takes place this Sunday.
In the exciting build up to the 2013 senior football championship final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next (throw-in 3.30pm), GAA followers all over the county are debating who will win the title?

In the exciting build up to the 2013 senior football championship final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next (throw-in 3.30pm), GAA followers all over the county are debating who will win the title?

While there is nothing novel against the Dromard v Longford Slashers pairing, taking into account that between them the two most consistent clubs in the county in the recent past have contested all the Connolly Cup Finals since 2005, a most intriguing game is in prospect.

Dromard emerged victorious in 2005 (v Fr. Manning Gaels) and 2007 (v Colmcille) but suffered the bitter disappointment of defeat in 2009 (v Clonguish) and 2010 (v Slashers) while Denis Connerton guided Slashers to championship glory in 2011 and 2012.

However, Slashers had to settle for second best in 2006 (v Abbeylara), 2008 (v Colmcille) and 2012 (v Killoe) and are back in the county final for the fourth year in a row but minus the services of a couple of experienced players, Paul Kelly and Stephen Phillips, who are injured.

Dromard, of course, will sorely miss the driving force of the powerful Diarmuid Masterson who has been absent all season after emigrating to Australia but the north Longford side (coached by Ciaran Fox) are coming into the final in a confident frame of mind after scoring emphatic wins over Abbeylara and Mostrim.

Slashers, on the other hand, knocked out the reigning champions Killoe in the quarter-final but then struggled to get the better of Colmcille in the semi-final (after a replay) and the general opinion is that the title decider could go either way.

Dromard are attempting to capture the coveted county crown for the 5th time while Slashers are seeking to achieve a 16th senior championship success.

The eventual winners of the Connolly Cup will be away to the Wicklow champions in Round 1 of the Leinster Club on Sunday October 27.