Thursday 21 November 2019

Munnelly eyes Kildare scalp to ease Laois relegation fear

Laois captain Ross Munnelly believes that a win over Kildare at Portlaoise on Saturday could be a defining point in their season.
Laois captain Ross Munnelly believes that a win over Kildare at Portlaoise on Saturday could be a defining point in their season.

Daragh Small

Laois captain Ross Munnelly believes that a win over Kildare at Portlaoise on Saturday could be a defining point in their season.

The 32-year-old Arles-Kilcruise clubman kicked three points in Laois' comeback victory away to Galway at the weekend but thinks his team are still not safe from relegation.

Tomás ó Flatharta's men had a difficult start to this year's league campaign but after defeats to Westmeath and Cavan they bounced back with a surprise win over Roscommon.

They followed that up with a draw against Meath and now this win over Galway sees them jump to fourth in the Division 2 standings.

"It was a tough couple of weeks at the start of the league but we weren't really panicking or anything like that because we had put ourselves in good positions against Westmeath and against Cavan but didn't get the results.

"And then in the last couple of days we have started killing off games and maybe getting the rub of the green so we feel that we are playing more to our potential now and that is pleasing.

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"We are trying to improve and build with every game. We have some older guys and some younger guys and we are starting to knit together a little bit better now so hopefully we can take it into the next game."

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On Saturday, they face an out-of-sorts Kildare side that are bottom of the league with four losses from five games. However, their only win was a shock 2-13 to 0-14 defeat of Cavan and Munnelly knows the Lilywhites are well capable of springing another surprise.

"We have a very quick turnaround, but we are in a good position going into it and hopefully the momentum that we have going in there will give us a bit of an edge.

"Still we are only on five points and we are not safe either. We were happy enough beating Galway and it moves us further up the table and if we got a result the next day we would be looking at entirely different things and let's hope it's that way.

"But Kildare are a good team, they have plenty of good footballers and the games down through the years have always been tough."

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