Brian Kavanagh’s point just before the end of normal time turned out to be the winning score for Longford over Laois on Sunday last. The Kilmacud Crokes clubman was delighted to get that crucial point and was full of praise for the Longford defence who defended resolutely as Laois tried to get back into the game.
“I was lucky enough it went over. We needed every score we got out there. I thought the lads defended stoutly near the end as they stopped attack after attack. The free out for the square ball, I suppose it was karma after the 2007 clash against Laois in Tullamore when we didn’t get that decision. It came full circle today and we are delighted to get the win and we have a bit of momentum for the next day,” he told the Leader.
Longford showed great strength of character to turn the game around after going in at the break six points down. Kavanagh admitted that they were really fired up for the second half and knew they had nothing to lose. “We said we were going to go for it. It took longer than expected but eventually we got back on level terms. The important thing was to get ahead. Once we got ahead it was a huge turning point and we managed to hold on to the slender advantage.”
The full-forward has been in fine form this year and played a pivotal role in Longford’s promotion success. He attributes his form down to the players around him. “As an inside forward you are always relying on supply as well and the boys are giving in great ball this season. It’s super and it’s a joy to work with. When you have such talent as Paul and Davy Barden, Paul Kelly and Niall Mulligan kicking the ball in it makes life so much easier for me.”
Kavanagh now wants Longford to build on this win. Wexford await in the quarter-final in Croke Park on Sunday week, June 3rd. He’s hoping that Longford can make it three wins out of three against the Slaneysiders this season. “This is the Leinster Championship, this is what we want to be competing in. We now have the chance to play in Croke Park again; the second time this year. We’ll remain focussed for the next two weeks and hopefully we can get our game together and overcome Wexford.”