Kilkenny commit to football

THE Kilkenny football board reaffirmed their commitment to fielding a team in the Allianz League at an emergency meeting on Wednesday night.

It was agreed a concerted effort will now be made to try and attract more players to the panel.

“We’re moving ahead with things,” said football board chairman Tom Brennan. “We’re going to stick at it and hope to pick up a few more players along the way.”

Meanwhile, Kilkenny football manager Dick Mullins has reported no defections from his panel after Sunday’s 3-18 to 0-0 defeat to Leitrim. The Cats travel to play Longford in their next Allianz Division 4 game on Sunday and although they will be without a few injured players, everybody remains on board despite the crushing defeat.

“We’d a good turn-out at training on Tuesday night and anyone who wasn’t there was accounted for,” said Mullins. “It’s full steam ahead now and we should have 25 or 26 players travelling with us for the Longford game.”

However, there is deep concern within the Kilkenny camp that Longford will name their strongest team and look to follow Leitrim’s example and pile on the scores as they look to improve their scoring difference as much as possible.

Although it didn’t impact on the promotion race in 2010, Antrim pipped Sligo to top Division 4 in 2009 because they scored more than the Yeats County (both sides finished on 14 points).

Antrim had beaten Kilkenny by 34 points compared to Sligo’s 25-point winning margin over the Cats.

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