Kavanagh at centre of club versus county battle

Longford senior football manager Glenn Ryan and Kilmacud Crokes supremo Paddy Carr look set for a tug-of-war over the availabilty of star forward Brian Kavanagh in the wake of Kilmacud Crokes' Leinster Club triumph at the weekend.

Longford senior football manager Glenn Ryan and Kilmacud Crokes supremo Paddy Carr look set for a tug-of-war over the availabilty of star forward Brian Kavanagh in the wake of Kilmacud Crokes' Leinster Club triumph at the weekend.

The former Ardagh clubman was in devastating form last Sunday, scoring five of his side's 14 points in the Leinster Club SFC final against Rhode last Sunday.

But less than three days on from bagging his second Leinster Club winner's medal, doubts over the primary school teacher's capacity to line out for Longford in their opening Division Four National Football League clash with Roscommon on February 6 have emerged.

Yet the man at the centre of the controversy was giving little away when reflecting on Crokes' Leinster triumph on Monday evening.

"I don't know what is going to happen," said Kavanagh. "It is up to the two managers (Ryan and Carr) to sort it out between them. Obviously I hate to miss any game Longford are involved in but I will do what I am told."

The free-scoring full forward's timely return to prominence has seen Kavanagh show glimpses of the form which led many football experts to class him with the very best sharpshooters in the country during his early career.

Six points against Westmeath champions Garrycastle in November and five more against Rhode last Sunday has drawn admiring glances from right across the football industry.

"I was happy with the way things went," added Kavanagh this week. "Things just seemed to fall into place in the second half and I am hoping to bring some of it (form) into the National League and Championship with Longford."

Although four points winners, Crokes' march to a fourth Leinster title almost came unstuck when Anton Sullivan was upended by midfielder Pat Duggan with four minutes left.

Fortunately for Kavanagh and a sizeable Crokes following looking on, David Nestor palmed away Niall McNamee's spot kick.

The result was made all the more memorable for Kavanagh and his team-mates, given the absence of several key players.

"I suppose that put it up to the 15 players who were lined out on Sunday. We weren't probably as clinical in front of goal as we liked, but we are just delighted to have come through it," he said.

Longford forward Brian Kavanagh (left) has said he will leave Longford manager Glenn Ryan and Kilmacud Crokes opposite number Paddy Carr to decide where his immediate footballing future lies over the coming weeks.