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No home advantage for Longford against Kildare

Unfortunately, the structural subsidence that was discovered in the stands at Longford county ground Glennon Bros Pearse Park earlier this year is now in danger of affecting the senior team's progress.

In April, citing an engineer's report which confirmed health and safety issues, the County Board Chairman explained, "There's a job of work to be done." Concern was expressed that, if remedial work wasn't completed in time, the problem could impact negatively on Longford's ability to host crucial championship fixtures such as a high-profile All-Ireland qualifier home draw.

And so it came to pass. Longford will host Kildare in Mullingar on Saturday, which, psychologically at least, gives an advantage to Jason Ryan's team. But having defeated Clare with just 14 men, Jack Sheedy's Longford panel will be fired up despite the inconvenience.