For the second time in three weeks Longford take on Wexford but on this occasion there is something at stake; the Division 3 title. Wexford lost to Longford when the counties clashed in the final round of the National League at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on April 8th but both sides were missing a lot of regulars on that occasion. Wexford manager Jason Ryan said Saturday’s showdown at Croke Park promises to be a cracking contest in the match that really matters.
“We decided to make a number of changes for our visit to Longford with promotion already guaranteed but it was disappointing to lose. The real thing is the Division 3 final and it will be a completely different game,” he told the Leader.
Ryan was delighted that his side didn’t need to come to Longford looking for a win. “We knew that our last three games were going to be key; Roscommon, Antrim and Longford. If promotion had gone down to the last game it would have been very difficult for us. Longford have such a brilliant record at home and it was always going to be hard to win there.”
He believes that both himself and the Longford boss Glenn Ryan will have taken a few things out of the previous game. The players that came in have certainly given the respective managers something to think about. He said, “Both of us planned similarly that we would put out pretty much experimental teams and we were delighted with the performances of some of our new lads.
It’s the same for Glenn, he will have learned a lot from the game. We will both be well prepared for the big day out in Croke Park.”
Jason Ryan is looking forward to Saturday’s final and the chance to claim some silverware. “Getting to national finals is a very special thing and we have a chance to win something. When players look back at the end of their inter-county career it is generally a case of how many medals and cups did you win? The Longford lads put in a brilliant performance last year to capture the Division 4 title and those players will remember that winning feeling at Croke Park, a key factor which makes the Wexford task a tough one.”