Allianz National Football League Division 4 . . . .
Life without the retired Paul Barden begins for the Longford senior footballers on Sunday next when they take on Antrim in Round 2 of the National League at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park, throw-in 2pm.
There is just one change on the team that drew with Leitrim at Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada on Sunday last with U-21 player Cian Farrelly (Killoe Emmet Og) making his first senior start, coming in at left-half-back for the injured Enda Williams.
Farrelly replaced Williams with just 17 minutes gone in the first half of the Round 1 fixture against Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon and certainly made his presence felt.
Antrim were surprisingly held to a draw at home to Carlow on Sunday last and lack of confidence may be an issue with them after flopping in Division 4 last season.
The losers at Pearse Park on Sunday will be in serious trouble and with home advantage this is clearly a must win game for Longford in their quest to gain promotion to Division 3.
Longford team v Antrim
Paddy Collum (Fr Manning Gaels); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers, captain), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), Peter Foy (Longford Slashers); Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cian Farrelly (Killoe Emmet Og); Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Michael Quinn (Killoe Emmet Og); Ronan McEntire (Dromard), Paul McKeon (Colmcille), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Ross McNerney (Dromard), Brian Kavanagh (Kilmacud Crokes), Sean McCormack (Killoe Emmet Og).