Barden only change for Sunday

David Barden is the only change to the Longford team from the League final ahead of this Sunday’s championship opener against Laois. He comes in at right-half forward in place of Killoe’s Padraig McCormack.

David Barden is the only change to the Longford team from the League final ahead of this Sunday’s championship opener against Laois. He comes in at right-half forward in place of Killoe’s Padraig McCormack.

Otherwise the team has a remarkably settled look with the starting line up all having played some part in Longford’s triumphant drive for promotion over the spring. Longford enter the game as very slight underdogs with most bookmakers and have failed to win a match in the Leinster championship since their comeback victory over Westmeath in 2007. However the side is highly fancied by many to reach a Leinster semi-final.

1. Damien Sheridan (Dromard)

2. Dermot Brady (Longford Slahers)

3. Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers)

4. Declan Reilly (Colmcille)

5. Colm P Smith (Abbeylara)

6. Michael Quinn (Killoe)

7. Shane Mulligan (St Columba’s)

8. Bernard McElvanney (Ballymore)

9. John Keegan (St Columba’s)

10. David Barden (Clonguish)

11. Paul Barden (Clonguish)

12. Niall Mulligan (Longford Slashers)

13. Donal McElligot (St Columba’s)

14. Brian Kavanagh (Kilmacud Crokes)

15. Sean McCormack (Killoe)