Thursday 14 December 2017

'Losing not an option' vows Model star Flynn

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

WEXFORD star Adrian Flynn insists losing is "not an option" ahead of Sunday's Leinster SFC replay with Longford.

Flynn was the star of the show at Croke Park last weekend, kicking five points -- including two from his left boot. And despite failing to beat Longford in the third game this season, the Gusserane man believes Wexford can finish the job when the sides meet in Tullamore, as the second part of a double header with Meath v Carlow.

"They have beaten us twice and we were lucky to get a draw," Flynn stated. "Hopefully we'll turn one over on them the next day. Losing is not an option for us, especially this early in the championship, so we have to win next week."

And Flynn agreed that their near misses in recent seasons has taken its toll on the Model men, who will be without captain David Murphy for the foreseeable future as he battles with blood poisoning. Under Jason Ryan, Wexford have reached two Leinster finals as well as an All-Ireland semi-final in 2008.

"It's hard to keep coming back. I'm not too bad, I'm only on the panel five or six years, but some lads have done 11 or 12 years. It is tough, but it's that one day in the sun, that's what we keep playing for," said Flynn.

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"We have a good team that Jason has built. Over the last few years we have been close. We are kind of unfortunate that we are stuck in Leinster with Dublin, who have come to life in the last couple of years. But we'll keep plugging away and hopefully we'll get the breakthrough."

Longford's Brian Kavanagh sees the midlanders' third Leinster championship game as "bonus territory" but believes his side can extend their Leinster campaign beyond Sunday.

"It's our third Leinster championship game, it's the first time I've ever played three Leinster championship games in the one year. We're in bonus territory and we just want to keep on going now," he said.

And while the Kilmacud Crokes man gave an exhibition of point-taking in the first half -- landing four points from various distances and angles -- he was quick to heap praise on the Longford defenders.

"Our platform for success this year has been our defence, the six backs, the two midfielders and to a lesser degree, the forward line. They put in Trojan work again."

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