Kildare manager Cian O'Neill insists that any thoughts of making the last eight of the championship is still fanciful at this stage, and focus for the management and the players will remain firmly fixed on their next game in the qualifiers where they play Longford on Saturday week.
The Lilywhites men went to Owenbeg on Saturday and emerged with a 2-22 to 2-14 victory to get a first win in almost a year and deliver a much needed boost for the county’s footballers, and hopefully some confidence as they look ahead to a date with the Midlanders on Saturday week.
O’Neill will not be counting his chickens and looking towards the Super 8’s however, insisting that Kildare can only take it one game at a time considering the form they have shown already this year, and any notion of making the last eight remains a distant goal at this stage.
“Absolutely not, no,” he quipped when asked if the Super 8’s were now the target.
“We’ll target where we’re at in 14 days time. We’ll take it one match at a time. To be honest, that’s how we targeted Leinster and we still came up short. It was one match at a time. We have no right to do that, we just have to focus on the work we can put in on our preparation for our opponent in two weeks’ time, whoever that may be.”
Kildare’s last championship meeting with Denis Connerton’s men came in 2015 when the Lilywhites hammered them 2-24 to 0-11 in a round 3A qualifier.
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