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Kildare beware - Lacey

FORMER Kildare defender Brian Lacey has warned the current Lilywhites not to underestimate Sligo this weekend or risk a second scare in just a week.

Lacey, in his role as selector to Limerick boss Maurice Horan, helped mastermind a near-shock last Saturday in Portlaoise as the Treaty men came within seconds of ousting Kieran McGeeeny's side before a late Emmet Bolton point forced extra-time.

"The form line would say that Sligo would have a great chance," the Tipperary native told the Herald. "Kildare will have to play very well against Sligo.

"But beating Limerick will help them. Psychologically, you don't know how Sligo will react after losing to Mayo but they weren't too far off either so maybe it won't effect them too much. Also, Sligo have a very good record in the qualifiers so it's not alien to them."

Lacey also insisted that the shock of coming so close to losing to a Division 4 side could yet propel Kildare to greater glories further into summer.

"Hopefully the Kildare lads will learn a few things from the game," he added. "We've done them the world of good because it might be a turning point for them, just like Kerry."