After the O’Byrne Cup final loss Louth supporters are a wee bit sickened. We need a buffer before we think seriously about our football again.
So what better way to get back into it than a look forward to Division 3 in a Nutshell!
here we go ??????
Teams and Fixtures
Relegated from Division 2 in 2016
Promoted up from Division 4 in 2016
Best Case Scenario: We win the league, relegate Armagh and beat Tipperary in the final.
Worst Case Scenario: We get relegated with Armagh sealing our faith and sending us down to the lowest division in County football for the second time in three years!
Most Likely Scenario: Depending on how we start it could go two ways but I think we will get the required wins and stay ahead of the bottom two to avoid the drop.
Best team: Tipperary
Worst team: Antrim
Dark horses: Longford
Best chance of a W: Antrim at home
Best Chance of a D: Derby Armagh day
Best chance of a L: Tipp in Thurles
Longest away trip: The unforgivable trip to Thurles 200 odd Kilometres.
Shortest away trip: O’Connor Park Tullamore 109km just shades Portlaosie 142km
Toughest Ground: Pearse Park in Longford is quite the partisan little venue they’ve taken many a scalp there.
Nicest ground: Has to be Semple the home of eh, Hurling.
Best looking fans: Our friendly neighbours north of the border, Armagh!
Ugliest looking fans: Laois just wasn’t blessed with that talent I’m afraid.
Best Freetaker: Sean McCormack Longford funny style but accurate.
Worst Freetaker: Take a bow Bam Neeson Antrim hit so many wides against us last year
Top Goalpoacher: Stephen Coen Sligo sniffs a goal out of nothing.
Nicest jersey: Can I say ours? if not, I’ll say Longford
Ugliest Jersey: For me that simply fruit on the front of doesn’t help the Armagh cause at all
Best Goalie: Chris Kerr from St Galls is a great shot stopper.
Best Kick-out: Paddy Collum has range and length on his kick-outs
Best Defence: Laois’s might surprise a few people.
Defender: Ross Donovan from Sligo is very tight marker
Best midfield: Aaron Findon and young Stephen Sheridan are forming a good #partnership
Midfielder: John O’Loughlin is a Laois power house.
Best forwards: Tipp possess a possible full forward line of Conor Sweeney, Quinlivan and Philip Austin
Best Forward: Niall McNamee ask the SOM boys about when they faced Rhode.
So it’s Division 3, here’s a few more reasons to be excited.
Best Nickname: Soup Campbell from Armagh serious player too
One to watch: Leinster youngsters Sean Moore from Laois and James McGiveny Longford. Former Louth player Gareth O’Neill’s son Oisin is one to watch too.
Classiest Player: It has to be Jamie Clarke doesn’t it? Notable Mention Brendan Egan Sligo.
Dirtiest Player/s: Barry Gilleran from Longford is not a man you want to meet in a dark alley. Sean McVeigh from Antrim I think would wander up that alley, but Ciaran McKeever Armagh lives rough in the Alley!
Most Annoying Player: Kevin Meaney from Laois for his off the ball antics.
Worst haircut:Joe McElroy Armagh had one of those hair blob things on the top of his head
Strongest Player: Adrian Marren is like a bull in a china shop at times.
Weakest Player: Dermot Brady Longford he’s light, he’s slight but a terrific baller and reader of the game
Most Skilful Player: I reckon Kevin Niblock has all the tricks.
Best Manager: Geezer? Niall Carew?, Creedon?, Connection?, Pat Flanagan?…whoever wins the division ,it will be their finest managerial feat.
Fastest Player: Tomas McCann is sharp off the mark.
Slowest Player: Not counting goalies, Donie Kingston great feet, yes. great pace, no.
Best Player in the division: and best player in the Division is Michael Quinn Longford!
notable mentions:Jamie Clarke, Michael Quinlivan, Niall McNamee, Ethan Rafferty and Cian Breheny
My Team and Competition winner announcement soon still time to enter
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