The Mullinalaghta GAA family is gripped by AIB Leinster Club Senior Football Final fever this week and good luck messages have popped up everywhere to wish the Longford champions every success in their proverbial David v Goliath battle.
Despite incessant rainfall earlier this afternoon, a decent crowd of hardy souls braved the elements and participated in a fun run / walk fundraiser at Derrycasson Wood.
Mickey Graham's Mullinalaghta St Columba's will face Dublin kingpins Kilmacud Crokes in the AIB Leinster Club SFC Final next Sunday, December 9 at 1.30pm in Bord na Móna O'Connor Park, Tullamore.
It is the first time a Longford club will appear in the provincial senior decider and there is great colour around the 'Half Parish' as anticipation grows ahead of their eagerly awaited showdown.
This week's Longford Leader will include an 8-page big match preview and also keep an eye on www.longfordleader.ie during the week for more coverage of the final....
In an interview with Deniese O'Flaherty, Mullinalaghta captain Shane Mulligan reveals, "Playing for your parish and with your friends and lads you have grown up with. Everything is tipped against us and that’s the realism of it but we are just looking forward to the occasion. We have nothing to lose on Sunday.”
Gary Rogers suggests, “It’s going to be a massive step up. Kilmacud have some serious players but hopefully we can perform on the day and most of all be competitive. That’s the main thing we are aiming for. There is no pressure on us.”
While Mullinalaghta manager Mickey Graham pointed out, “We have a tight knit group of lads who have been with each other all their lives. That has to count for something. When backs are against the wall you know that lads will be there to stand up and be counted; back you up when the going gets tough.”
Kilmacud Crokes manager Johnny McGee said he won't be underestimating their opponents. "Mullinalaghta have had a few tough battles with good teams in Leinster and were well capable of getting wins. You can see the progression they have made and they are now the first Longford team to be in a Leinster club final (senior) which is a huge achievement for them and their parish.”
The full interviews will be published in Wednesday's Leader.