Thursday 29 June 2017

Longford now 'unlikely' to beat Offaly due to club fixture impact

'In a stark admission, Connerton (p) believes that because of the games going ahead, denying the squad training time together, it was now “unlikely” that they will beat Offaly in their opening round on Saturday' Photo: Sportsfile
'In a stark admission, Connerton (p) believes that because of the games going ahead, denying the squad training time together, it was now “unlikely” that they will beat Offaly in their opening round on Saturday' Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Longford football manager Denis Connerton is considering his position after venting his frustration over the fixing of a round of club league fixtures this week just over two weeks out from their opening championship match.

In a stark admission, Connerton believes that because of the games going ahead, denying the squad training time together, it was now "unlikely" that they will beat Offaly in their opening round on Saturday, May 14 and that they were preparing for qualifiers instead.

Connerton raised the issue of this week's fixtures last week, requesting that they be put off and the board are understood to have responded by refixing the majority for tonight to give them more time to prepare for a challenge match on Monday against Tipperary.

One league match will go ahead on Sunday to facilitate the Longford hurlers who are in Nicky Rackard Cup action tomorrow.

"We have to ask how other county teams manage to have much greater free time leading up to their respective provincial championships and we can't? This was never an issue in Longford before as previous management teams got ample time to prepare," management said in a statement.

However, according to board sources, the same schedule was in place last year and the fixtures were outlined in an overall plan delivered last January.

The games fall within the 13-day window allowed for club games to be played before inter-county championship fixtures.

Irish Independent

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