The spotlight is back on the Killoe senior footballers who meet the newly crowned Wexford champions St James (Ramsgrange) in the Leinster Club first round clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next, throw-in 2pm.
St James sprang a surprise by beating St Martin’s 0-11 to 1-6 in the Wexford senior football final on Saturday, collecting the title for a historic first time, and the best known player on the team that won the Intermediate Championship last year is regular county full-back Graeme Molloy who is a commanding figure.
Other key men on the St James team are Brendan Doyle and Kevin O’Grady, both of whom have featured for the Wexford footballers, while powerful county hurler Matthew O’Hanlon was outstanding at centrefield in the famous victory over St Martin’s last weekend.
Therefore, Emmet Og can take absolutely nothing for granted in their quest to advance a stage further in Leinster but are fancied to make amends for the bitter disappointment of losing by a point (1-11 to 1-10) at the quarter-final stage last year.
Killoe had a last gasp goal disallowed in controversial circumstances against the Westmeath champions Garrycastle at Cusack Park, Mullingar but are unlikely to slip up on this occasion and particularly so at Pearse Park.
On their path to the provincial semi-final back in 2012, the Longford kingpins got it tight to overcome another Wexford outfit St Anne’s 2-7 to 2-4 in the opening round at Pearse Park but are a more mature team now and the experience they have gained in Leinster should surely stand to them on Sunday.
Current Emmet Og manager Declan Rowley will be looking no further than the first round but his well-balanced side have considerable quality. led by captain Michael Quinn with the McCormack brothers Sean and Padraig other influential players.
Should Killoe get the better of St James the reward will be another home game in the quarter-final on November 8th against the eventual Meath title winners Navan O’Mahony’s or Na Fianna who clash in the county final on Sunday next.
Longford Intermediate champions Rathcline will also be facing Wexford opposition in the Leinster Club and must make the long trip down south for a tough task against Glynn-Barntown on Sunday week, November 1st. The Killashee grounds have been given the go ahead to stage the Leinster Junior club quarter-final between St Brigid’s and Naomh Fionnbara (Louth) on Sunday November 8th.
In other GAA news, the Clonguish ladies will be bidding to reach the Leinster Intermediate Club Football Championship decider when they meet Niamh Ciaran (Offaly) in the semi-final at the Ferbane grounds on Saturday next (throw-in 2pm).