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Longford to bloom in Garden

A BATTLE of the basement boys who, between them, recorded the sum total of ... wait for it ... zero wins during the league just gone.

Wicklow, in mitigation, did draw twice whereas Glenn Ryan's Longford lost all seven: their early-season penchant for moral victories (aka unlucky losses) probably took its toll on confidence with some heavier Division Two defeats in the home straight.

So has the Gospel according to Glenn lost its midland appeal? Results might suggest so but, in mitigation, he was hamstrung by some heavyweight absentees up front, with Brian Kavanagh still on his year-long travels and Paul Barden sidelined by injury for most of the league.

 

VETERAN

Now the veteran Barden is back to skipper Longford from the '40' – a massive boost presuming his jet-heeled bursts, which have continued to defy time, haven't been dulled by that long lay-off.

There remains a heavy scoring burden on Sean McCormack but, even away from home, our marginal preference must be for Longford. They were operating in a higher division whereas Wicklow looked out of their depth in Division Three and must plot a summer revival without their still-injured talisman, Leighton Glynn.

There is talk of a sudden challenge match upsurge, but that's not enough to convince us at a venue that has lost its old 'fortress' reputation.

ODDS: Wicklow 15/8, Draw 7/1, Longford 8/13

VERDICT: Longford


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