Leinster SFC quarter-final replay

Longford v Kildare, O’Connor Park, 3pm


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Rain will gradually give way to sunshine and showers during Sunday morning and early afternoon. It will be less humid with top temperatures of around 14 to 18 degrees but it will feel cooler in the fresh and gusty westerly wind, strong along Atlantic coasts.

Second time round

So we go again to find out who will face All-Ireland champions Dublin the Leinster semi-final. More than 80 minutes, four goals and 36 points couldn’t separate the sides in Tullamore last weekend in a game both sides will feel both aggrieved and relieved to fight for another day.

The Lilywhites made the running early on, claiming the opening four points of the contest, and Adam Tyrell’s goal on the stroke of half-time meant they maintained that four-point advantage at the interval.

A goal from Longford's Mark Hughes was key to their resurgence, with substitute Aidan McElligott sending the game to extra-time.

After that the woodwork was hit, James McGivney landed arguably the score of the game and both sides exchanged further goals before referee Niall Cullen blew the full-time whistle.

So who has the greatest room for improvement?

On the face of it, the fact that Kildare made it to the Super 8s last year - Longford reached a first provincial semi-final in 30 years – and narrowly missed out on promotion to Division One of the league would suggest that Cian O’Neill will be primed to get over their Division 3 opponents at the second time of asking.

Longford however possess a player of real star quality in Michael Quinn, scoring power in the form of the McGivney’s - James (above) and David both managed 0-04 in Tullamore - and the feel-good factor of Leinster club champions Mullinalaghta, though just four from the club started the first day.

An intriguing 70 minutes (perhaps more) in store at O’Connor Park.

LAST 5 CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS (prior to last week’s draw)

2018: Kildare 1-16 Longford 1-13 (Round two qualifier)

2002: Kildare 1-14 Longford 2-6 (Leinster quarter-final)

1983: Kildare 3-9 Longford 2-9 (Leinster quarter-final)

1974: Kildare 2-10 Longord 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final)

1973: Kildare 0-13 Longford 0-8 (Leinster quarter-final)

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