After making a great start with wins over Offaly and Cavan, the pressure is now on Longford to maintain their unbeaten run in Division 3 of the National Football League with tougher tasks ahead and should they manage to overcome the challenge of neighbouring rivals Roscommon in Round 3 at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next (throw-in 2.30pm) it will give their promotion hopes a massive boost.
Defeat, on the other hand, will drag Glenn Ryan’s side down the table with another difficult fixture to follow a week later away to Sligo such is the so competitive nature of Division 3. But home advantage against Roscommon could prove to be a decisive factor in the quest to collect another brace of league points and it remains to be seen whether Brian Kavanagh, Paul Kelly, Francis McGee and Martin Brady will feature in the latest local derby as they recover from their respective injuries.
All were missing as Longford got the better of Cavan at Breffni Park in the previous round and with second half substitutes James McGivney and Donal McElligott making the desired impact in attack as the game swung in favour of the visitors the competition for places on the first fifteen is becoming extremely keen in providing a selection headache for the management team.
While the three-week break in the National League will have improved the injury situation as the squad gradually returns to full strength, Longford carried a lot of momentum through the course of winning their first two games and need to show the same sort of high intensity against a Roscommon side who are also unbeaten after accounting for Tipperary and Offaly.
To read the full preview of this weekend’s much anticipated home clash with Roscommon, see this week’s Longford Leader.