Kildare starting to Look the part
Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30
There is a surreal atmosphere in Glennon Bros Pearse Park in Longford these days because the seated stand that was built less than a decade ago has been condemned and has been lying unused as it awaits demolition.
This means the entire crowd must stand on the terrace on the opposite side but yesterday's game with table-toppers Kildare was not tested for capacity and it is changed times when only a couple of thousand Lilywhites fans travel to important games.
Bearing in mind that last July Kildare beat Longford in the Qualifiers by 19 points, I was worried about what might happen. But the best way to sum up this game was that it was a nice occasion. The players looked nice, the weather and the pitch were nice and above all the match itself was nice. Nothing to cause offence, or for the referee to worry about. No handbags, no verbal skulduggery.
I was almost shocked with how Kildare played. Direct football, plenty of accurate foot-passing and lots of good scores from play. Could this be the same county that I watched using about 24 handpasses against Kerry last year and only managing to move the ball backwards by about 20 yards in the process? Daniel Flynn at midfield will probably emerge as the new messiah for Kildare but others like Kelly, Feely and Dowling are all exciting prospects. Longford, with a whole lot newcomers, will have to think on their feet in this division but will progress under Denis Connerton.