Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sheedy eager to stay on with Longford and oversee 'further progression'

Longford manager Jack Sheedy has overseen an upsurge in the county's fortunes
Longford manager Jack Sheedy has overseen an upsurge in the county's fortunes
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Longford manager Jack Sheedy hopes to remain in charge and build on the progress the county has made.

They were forced to give up home advantage for Saturday's Round 3A qualifier against Kildare and were hammered 2-24 to 0-11 in Mullingar.

Former Dublin star Sheedy took over from Glenn Ryan at the end of 2013 and has overseen an upturn in fortunes. Longford were promoted from Division 4 in the spring, although they lost the league final to Offaly in April.

They gained revenge when they defeated the Faithful County in Tullamore in the Leinster Championship and while they suffered a big defeat to Dublin, they recovered to defeat Carlow and Clare in the qualifiers.

Saturday's 19-point loss has left a sour taste but Sheedy thinks the future is bright for Longford.

"The influx of new players has made it very enjoyable and they are fantastic guys to work with. There can be further progression as well," he said.

"It is going to be a tough season, we were down quite a number of players this year.


"We had some young lads coming through and they are the future of Longford football."

The draw for Round 3B of the qualifiers threw up something of a grudge match when Tipperary were paired with Tyrone.

The counties met in a bitter All-Ireland U-21 decider in the spring: after Tyrone's success in Parnell Park, Red Hand manager Fergal Logan was denied access to the Tipp dressing-room, with allegations of sledging made.

Several Tipp players from that day and a handful of Tyrone youngsters are in the senior panels, and they will renew rivalries in Thurles on Saturday.

The draw also gave Galway, fresh from their success over Armagh, another date with an Ulster side when they welcome Derry to Salthill.

The draw for Round 4A was also made, and the losers of this weekend's Munster final replay between Cork and Kerry will face Kildare seven days later. On the same day, beaten Leinster finalists Westmeath take on Fermanagh in Cavan.

All-Ireland SF Qualifier draw (extra-time if necessary, all live on Sky)

Saturday, July 18

Round 3B

Tipperary v Tyrone (Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3.0)

Galway v Derry (Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 5.0)

Saturday, July 25

Round 4A

Fermanagh v Westmeath (Kingspan Breffni Park)

Kildare v Loser of Cork/Kerry (Venue TBC, 7.0)

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