Provincial Towns Cup 2nd Round Preview: Clondalkin v Longford
This coming weekend (19/02/17 KO 3PM) Gordon Park Kingswood calls as Longford travel for the second round of the Towns Cup. Clondalkin are the foes in this round after they overcame Edenderry in the first round on a score of 23 to 26.
Were this a home game Longford would fancy their chances, but ceding the crowd advantage will make it a tougher call. Clondalkin boast a number of Leinster Junior players from last year's squad including the formidable Paul Nolan in the second row and dynamic wing forward Niall Finlay.
The Dublin outfit are nestled in the middle of the Division 1B table, so their credentials are bona fide. There have been a number of close games between the sides in the last six years with Longford just about holding the edge and will be hoping to add to it.
This is a big game for Longford, with a lot of expectation on our pack. The backline will also have to be at the top of their game to continue into the next round. A crucial part of this will be the travelling support, so as it's a Six Nations break weekend, the team will be hoping to see as many supporters as possible getting behind them.