Longford SFC: Who will miss out on a place in the quarter-finals?

Five clubs currently unbeaten going into Round 4 of the 2021 senior football championship

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Nigel Rabbitt on the attack for Abbeylara with Mullinalaghta opponent Brendan Fox in pursuit. Action from the SFC Round 3 game last weekend Photo: Syl Healy

Mullinalaghta, Granard, Killoe, Mostrim and Colmcille are all unbeaten going into Round 4 of the Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship and it remains to be seen what clubs will miss out on a place in the quarter-finals. 

After suffering a surprise setback against Rathcline last weekend, Clonguish are under considerable pressure to qualify from the group stage and there is a lot at stake in their clash against fellow strugglers Dromard in Newtowncashel on Friday night.

Whoever loses that match will be pitched into a relegation battle with the eventual bottom two teams in each group left to fight for survival in the senior grade. 

Rathcline were thrown a lifeline with the win over Clonguish but are facing a much tougher task against Mullinalaghta at Allen Park this weekend.

In the other group it will all come down to the final fixture between Carrickedmond and Slashers to determine who makes it through to the last eight, regardless of what happens in their Round 4 games against Killoe and Colmcille respectively. 

While Abbeylara are looking good to reach the knock-out stages with a couple of wins, they will be absolutely certain of making further progress into the knockout phase of the 2021 championship with a result against neighbouring rivals Granard at McGann Park. 

The key battle in the Longford Intermediate Championship is the meeting of Ballymahon and Cashel at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday with the losers heading for the exit door.


Friday 24 September 

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Group A Round 4

Drumlish, Monaduff: Colmcille v Longford Slashers, 8pm

Prediction: Colmcille 

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Group B Round 4

Kenagh, McGann Park: Abbeylara v St Mary’s Granard, 8pm

Prediction: Abbeylara 

Newtowncashel, Pairc Chiaran: Dromard v Clonguish, 8pm

Prediction: Clonguish 

Newtownforbes, Allen Park: Rathcline v Mullinalaghta St Columba’s, 8pm

Prediction: Mullinalaghta

 Saturday 25 September

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Group A Round 4

Ardagh, Keenan Park: Carrickedmond v Killoe Emmet Og, 4:30pm

Prediction: Killoe

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Fr Manning Gaels v Mostrim. 4:30pm

Prediction: Mostrim

Sunday 26 September 

Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship Group A Round 4

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Ballymahon v Cashel, 2pm

Prediction: Ballymahon

Mullinalaghta, The Laurels: Colmcille v Killoe Emmet Og, 1:30pm

Prediction: Colmcille

Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship Group B Round 4

Lanesboro, Clonbonny: Clonguish v Kenagh, 4:30pm

Prediction: Kenagh

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park: Sean Connolly’s v Ardagh Moydow, 4:30pm

Prediction: Ardagh Moydow 

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