Longford football is going well at the moment and while the seniors eased their relegation worries with a five points win over Offaly, they are now facing a big test against Cavan at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next, throw-in 2pm.
Cavan are the favourites to gain promotion and win the National Football League Division 3 title this season and are well on their way after winning all four games against Fermanagh, Offaly, Wexford and Sligo without conceding a goal (such is their extremely tight defensive set up) and currently share top spot in the table alongside the also unbeaten Roscommon.
But Cavan found it difficult enough to overcome the challenge of Sligo at Breffni Park on Sunday last, with a late goal from Niall McDermott securing the 1-12 to 0-10 victory, and Terry Hyland’s promising team will clinch promotion to Division 2 should they beat Longford.
However, currently out injured is one of their key forwards Eugene Keating but with other quality players in Martin Dunne and Cian Mackey featuring in the attack, along with the powerful figure of Gearoid McKiernan at centrefield, Cavan will be hard beaten in their quest to continue building on their All-Ireland quarter-final appearance against Kerry last year.
Just one more win for Longford will probably be good enough to consolidate their Division 3 status, with two tough away fixtures against Sligo and Wexford to follow, but should Jack Sheedy’s side succeed in beating Cavan then there will be an outside chance of gaining promotion, depending on other results going their way.
A very big crowd is expected at Pearse Park on Sunday for the eagerly awaited local derby and with Paul Barden now back in action after making a very late appearance against Offaly, Longford are gradually getting stronger and will be quietly confident of registering another win.
“It is a good time at the moment. The U-21’s have a tough task coming up against Dublin in the Leinster semi-final next week. They are working extremely hard and I’d be very happy with where they are at. Barry O’Farrell was back for the U-21’s against Laois last week and he has two weeks of hard work to do in the meantime. Things are going in the right direction,” said the Longford senior and U-21 manager Jack Sheedy when he spoke to the Leader.