Cork set to end Longford's giant-killing run
Brian Kavanagh told The Herald this week that he was "quietly confident" going to Clones last weekend and if you are to take him at face value, you're to accept that the veteran Longford forward was a visionary and a lone dissenting voice.
There was a moment in last Saturday's victory - surely the pick of Longford's recent giant-slaying feats - after their second goal when you can see it dawning on the team that if they don't concede a goal in those final few minutes, they're more than likely going to win the match.
It may yet rank as the moment of what has been, in all truth, a fairly pedestrian season.
Longford have thus far taken out two Division 1 teams - both away from home - and in Cork, they have what can only be described as top-level opposition wholly unsure of themselves.
The additions of Aidan Walsh and Alan Cadogan are certainly boosts in cold terms of increasing the squad's depth and quality but perhaps not with regard to its stability and tightness.
Kavanagh explained that after their loss to Offaly in Leinster, Longford avoided the usual exiles and down-hearted reaction most teams these days seem automatically subjected to and thus, they were on the front foot once the qualifiers began.
Cork are surely still absorbing the magnitude of their loss to Tipperary and may be vulnerable but they also have a squad packed with good players and a careful performance should see them through.
ODDS: Longford 4/1, Draw 11/1, Cork 2/9
Longford v Cork, Pearse Park, Today (3.0)