Davis seeks help from Smullen

March 18, 2011

Longford U21 manager Padraic Davis
Longford under 21 football boss Padraic Davis is hoping to extract some information from his former team-mate Trevor Smullen about Westmeath ahead of Wednesday's Leinster semi-final in Navan.

Davis and Smullen soldiered together for Longford for the best part of a decade, but will be in opposite camps when the midland counties do battle for a place in the Leinster final next week.

Ballymahon native Smullen was recently appointed as Westmeath manager Pat Flanagan's third selector along with Tom Darcy and Larry Giles, though Flanagan has different selectors (Colm Murphy and Tom Keenan) working with him at under 21 level.

"We are going to meet a Westmeath team that will match our hunger and enthusiasm," Davis said.

"It's going to take an extra effort to beat them. I wouldn't know a whole lot about them and I will have to get some information on them. Trevor Smullen, a former county colleague of mine, is involved with them and Pat Flanagan is the manager.

"There is no doubt that Westmeath will know us inside out through Smullen. I'd like to think that between now and then we'd be likewise."

Reflecting on last week's shock extra-time win over Meath, the Fr Manning Gaels clubman said: "Nobody can ever question their work-rate, their enthusiasm and their application to the job. There was a question mark over whether or not they could put scores on the board to beat Meath. With 17 points, I got my answer. You have to give them credit for that."

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