But Rathvilly ended up winning the game by two points on a scoreline of 1-08 to 1-06.
Rangers manager Johnny Nevin says it may take his players some time to get up to speed after their hurling heroics last week in the Carlow Senior Hurling Championship.
“You’re kind of playing positions in hurling and your hurling from a position, but in football, you have to be able to get up and down the field, and it took Mount Leinster a bit of a time to get to the pace of the game,” said Johnny.
“I’d say the more football they play, they’ll get to the pace of the game, but it takes you time to get the pace of the game transferring from hurling to football”.
“We won’t make any excuses, we were beaten by Rathvilly by two points in the championship, we have a few injuries, hopefully, we can get them back somewhere along the line, and if we do we hope to be formidable”.