Kildare and Longford meet in the Leinster quarter-final replay on Sunday at 3 pm in Tullamore. The sides played out a thrilling draw at the same venue last weekend after extra time 1-21 to 3-15. Therefore the winner will come from the replay and will face Dublin in the Leinster semi-final on June 9th.
Cian O’Neill’s side come into the game after a good campaign in Division 2. They finished fourth in division 2 winning three games and drawing one. It’s the Lilywhites third championship game of the season, having beaten Wicklow and obviously drawn with Longford the last day out. Kildare are looking to reach the Leinster semi-final stages for the 8th time in 9 seasons. They reached 7 semi-finals in a row between 2011-2017. However, they lost out to Carlow last year in the quarter-final.
Longford come into the game in good form. The draw with Kildare showed they had fight seen they had to come back from being behind twice, in normal time and extra time. Padraic Davis will know a big performance is required yet again. Longford are looking to reach the semi-final stages for the second successive year. The Midlanders beat Meath last season in the quarter-final stages.
Cian O’Neill will look to David Hyland, Eoin Doyle, Peter Kelly and Keith Cribbin in defence. Kevin Feehly will be a key man in midfield. Paddy Brophy, Adam Tyrrell, and Neill Flynn will look to have big games in the Kildare attack. Looking at Longford, Colm P Smyth, Padraig McCormack, and Darren Quinn will be key in defence. James McGivney, Michael Quinn and Daniel Mimnagh will be key in the attack.