Friday 19 January 2018

Sheedy happy with Mullingar switch

Longford manager Jack Sheedy
Longford manager Jack Sheedy

Donnchadh Boyle and John Fallon

Longford manager Jack Sheedy has no issue with his side's Round 3A 'home' qualifier taking place in Mullingar on Saturday.

The clash with Kildare has been fixed for Cusack Park after Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford was ruled to be unfit to stage the match.

The capacity of the Longford venue has been slashed to just 4,000, with structural issues forcing the closure of section of the ground, so the game has been switched 45 kilometres down the road in Westmeath.

Sheedy said it would be better if the game was going ahead in Longford but he believes the switch will have minimal impact.

"It would be preferable to be playing in front of a big crowd in Longford but any of the Longford people who have been supporting us will all go to Mullingar because it is only down the road," said the former Dublin star..

"It is essentially a home game for us all the same so there is no issues for us whatsoever.

"You have got to go out and perform - all that sort of thing is only peripheral stuff attached to the game. It is not going to affect how we play."

Elsewhere, Galway manager Kevin Walsh believes the Tribesmen couldn't have got a much tougher draw than away to Armagh this weekend but he is confident his troops are ready for the challenge.

It will only be the third meeting between the sides in the Championship - Galway have won both games to date, but this is the first time they will clash in Armagh.

"We were disappointed to lose to Mayo but we took a lot of positives out of that game. We know things could have been different that day had we done few things differently," said Walsh.

"But there was a buzz in training the week after that match and it has continued.

"The minute we saw the draw we knew it would take a big display to come through that challenge," said the double All-Ireland winner.

Walsh he knows Armagh will be fired up for this one as well and that it should be a full-blooded encounter.

"They will feel, like us, that they have a point to prove. They are at home, that brings its own pressure, but we both know that there is no second chance after this," added the former All Star.

Elsewhere, Louth manager Colin Kelly has named an unchanged side from the side that saw off Letrim for the trip to Semple stadium to face Tipperary.

Louth (SF v Tipperary) - C Lynch; P Rath, D Finnegan, A Williams; D Byrne, D O'Hanlon, A Reid; T Durnin, J Calif; B Duffy, P Smith, C McKeever; R Burns, C Judge, R Holdcroft

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