2.Dermot Brady, 3.Barry Gilleran, 4.Fergal Battrim
5.Colm P. Smith, 6.Fergal Reilly, 7.Shane Mulligan
8.John Keegan, 9.Kevin Diffley
10.Brian Farrell, 11.Mark Hughes, 12.Michael Quinn
13.Paul McKeon, 14.Brian Kavanagh, 15.Sean McCormack.
Laois 1-12 After Extra Time
A gritty and determined performance saw
Longford overcome a 6 point deficit to defeat Laois, after extra-time, by the
slenderest of margins in their Leinster U21 Quarter-final tie in a wet and
windy O’Moore Park.
When Paul Kingston fired over Laois’s 5th
point of the game to stretch their lead to 6 in the27th minute it looked like
Longford were going to struggle to get back into the game but 1 minute later
they pulled a goal back through Liam Connerton and suddenly it was game on.
Even in the early stages of the 2nd
half when Laois went 5 in front in the 37th minute Longford didn’t
panic and battled hard to give themselves a chance in the game. They could’ve
won in normal time but Laois fired over a late free. In extra-time both had
chances but Longford stood firm to book their place in the last 4 and earn a
meeting with the Dubs.
The home side made a bright start to the
game and were 4 points up within the opening 6 minutes thanks to Martin
Scully’s goal. Barry McKeon could only reply with a point for Longford before
Laois tagged on 2 more points. Rory Connor got Longford’s 2nd point
in the 20th minute before Evan Costello and Kingston extended their
side’s advantage in the 27th minute. One minute later Longford were
right back in the game when Connerton found the back of the net. Robbie Smyth
fired over a point on the stroke of half-time to leave Longford trailing by
just 2 points.
Despite playing against the wind after
the interval Laois made the better start to the 2nd half and were 5
in front in the 37th minute but suddenly Longford began to get a
grip on proceedings and 3 fantastic points from Smyth and a James McGivney free
brought them to within 1 of Laois in the 46th minute.
When Barry McKeon then levelled the game
swung in Longford’s favour, a neat Paddy Kiernan point put them in front for
the first time in the 48th minute.
Points were then traded as Longford kept
their narrow lead entering the final 2 minutes but right at the end they
conceded a free and when something was said the ball was moved in which gave
Costello the perfect chance to bring the game to extra-time.
Connerton put Longford ahead inside the
opening minute but they were very lucky in the 69th minute when Evan
O’Carroll’s stinging effort appeared to be tipped onto the crossbar by Longford
keeper Garreth Higgins.
McKeon edged Longford in front by 2
before substitute Alan Farrell cut the gap before half-time in extra-time. The
final 10 minutes were nervy as both sides went in search of scores. In the 73rd
minute McKeon fired over a fine point before Farrell got his 2nd
minutes later. Try as they might Laois couldn’t get the score to force a replay
and Longford held out for a meeting with the Dubs in 2 weeks.
Longford: Garreth Higgins; Cian Farrelly, Andrew Farrell, Anthony McBrien;
Shane Clarke, Stephen McLoughlin, Conor Shields; Barry McKeon (0-3), James
McGivney (0-1,1f); Emmet Noonan, Rory Connor (0-1), Paddy Kiernan (0-1); Andrew
Dalton (0-1), Robbie Smyth (0-5,1f), Liam Connerton (1-1)
Subs: Barry O’Farrell for McBrien (35),
Ross McNerney for Noonan (54), Daniel Mimnagh for Connor (57), Mattie Gorman
for Clarke (70), Podge Gill for McLoughlin (70)
Laois: Graham Brody; Eoin Feane, Ciaran Lennon, Dan Dunne; Donal
Ramsbottom, Mark O’Halloran, Darren Fitzpatrick; Jason Campion, Padraig McEvoy;
Eoin George, Evan Costello (0-7,5f), Martin Scully (1-0); Paul Kingston (0-1),
Michael Keogh, Evan O’Carroll (0-1).
Subs: Willie Young for Dunne (bc 30),
Adam Campion for Campion (ht), Nigel Murphy(0-1) for Scully
(42), Alan Farrell (0-2) for George (49), Robbie Dowling for Ramsbottom (52), J
Campion for Murphy and Dean Cullen for Young (67), Scully for Feane (75), Young
for McEvoy (bc 78)
Referee: John Hickey (Carlow)
gritty and determined 2nd half performance saw Longford overturn a 9
point deficit to record their 1st league win since April 2012. Having
lost their opening two games of this league campaign it was a case of 3rd
time lucky for Jack Sheedy’s charges.
signs were ominous for Longford when Seamie Quigley pointed in the 19th
minute to leave the score 2-05 to 0-02 in favour of the Ernsiders but minutes
later a serious injury to Longford midfielder Michael Brady held the game up
for 7 minutes. Fermanagh were sluggish on the restart as Longford began to work
their way back into the game.
had been the superior team in the opening 20 minute of the game with Sean and
Seamie Quigley in fine form. Sean grabbed his side’s 1st goal in the
9th minute and then in the 16th minute Seamie slotted
home a penalty after a footblock by Dermot Brady.
Jones and wing-back Tommy McElroy were very much to the fore during Fermanagh’s
dominance as Longford struggled. They were able to re-group during the stoppage
and scored 1-3 after the restart to get within 3 of Fermanagh who were dealt a
blow in the 33rd minute when Richard O’Callaghan was black carded. A
point from Sean Quigley gave them a 4 point lead at the break.
Quigley got the first point of the 2nd half before Longford fired
over 3 in a row. Sean Quigley put a goal between them in the 46th
minute but then the Midlanders began to get a stranglehold on the game and when
Sean McCormack levelled in the 51st minute it was advantage
tagged on 4 more points to go in front by 4 in the 62nd minute.
Fermanagh responded with points from the Quigleys as they tried to get
something out of the game. In the final 2 minutes Longford lost Brian Kavanagh
with a 2nd yellow and Michael Quinn with a black card. Fermanagh
substitute Brian Cox got the last point of the game as Longford recorded a much needed win.
Longford: Paddy Collum; Dermot Brady,
Barry Gilleran, Fergal Battrim; Colm P. Smyth, Fergal Reilly, Shane Mulligan;
John Keegan, Michael Brady; Brian Farrell (0-1), Mark Hughes (0-2), Michael
Quinn (0-1,’45); Paul McKeon (0-2,1f), Brian Kavanagh (1-0), Sean McCormack
Substitutes: Kevin Diffley for M Brady
(28), Padraig Gill (0-1) for Farrell (51), Cian Mimnagh for McKeon (69mins),
McKeon for Quinn (b/c 70)
Fermanagh: Thomas Treacy; John Woods,
Tiarnan Daly, Conor Quigley; Declan McCusker, Ryan Cluskey, Tommy McElroy; Eoin
Donnelly, Richard O’Callaghan; Lee Cullen, Ryan Jones, Paul McCusker (0-1);
Seamie Quigley (1-4), Sean Quigley (1-5,0-4f ), Tomas Corrigan.
Substitutes: Brian Mulrone for
O’Callaghan (b/c 33), Eamon Maguire for Corrigan (46), Brian Cox (0-1) for C
Quigley (49), Aidan Breen for Daly (61), Niall Shannon for Mulrone (66)
Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo)
minors captured the Leinster Minor League with a fine display against Offaly in
Clonbonny on Saturday afternoon.
dominated the early exchanges but Longford controlled the last 10 minutes of
the opening half and went in at the break in front. They continued their
dominance in the 2nd half and despite a late Offaly rally Gareth
Johnston’s charges ran out deserving winners.
were traded between Ruairi McNamee and Rian Brady before Offaly put 2 between
them in the 6th minute. The lead could’ve been stretched to 5 in the
7th minute but Longford keeper David Shannon pulled off a fine save
to deny Shane Dolan.
had a bit of a purple patch but failed to put scores on the board; they hit 2
wides as well as kicking the ball straight into keeper Kevin Kinihan’s hands.
In the 16th minute they were unlucky not to get a goal; a lovely
ball out of defence from Eoin Higgins was played to Brady, he found Conor Berry
who passed to Aidan McElligott but the young Northern Gaels player fisted his
effort just wide.
A free from
Dolan extended Offaly’s lead to 3 points in the 17th minute. Offaly
had looked dangerous and their backs were doing a reasonable job of defending
but Longford suddenly started to show their class. Frees from Shane Kenny and
Brady brought Longford to within 1 point of Offaly in the 24th
found the back of the net a minute later; McElligott’s effort was pushed by the
keeper into the path of Cathal McCabe who fisted to the net as Longford went in
at the break leading 1-3 to 0-4.
a few positional changes at half-time with Kenny moving to midfield. The
captain made a good start to the 2nd half. Straight from throw-in he
got a point for Longford and was unlucky not to get a goal with his dipping
shot that just went over the bar.
In the 32nd
minute Aron Earley was black carded – his 2nd in a week. He was
replaced by Northern Gaels team-mate Jayson Matthews. A goal and a point from
McElligott stretched Longford’s lead to 7 points in the 40th minute.
completely overran Offaly broke in the 46th minute but Higgins did
very well to block Ryan Daly’s effort and deflect it out for a ’45. Down the
other end a well-struck free from Kenny put 8 between them.
first point of the 2nd half and their first since the 17th
minute came in the 50th minute when McNamee fired over a free. Brady
responded with a terrific point for Longford.
In the final
few minutes of the game Offaly staged a bit of a comeback. They pulled a goal
back in the 53rd minute through substitute Christian Brazil and
points from Shane Tierney (free) and Jack Walsh cut the gap to 3 points in the
stoppage time Nigel Rabbitt fired over an insurance point to give Longford a 4
point win in the end.
Longford: David Shannon;
Darragh McLoughlin, Shane Kenny (0-3,2f), Aron Earley; Russell Brady, Cian
Brady, Eoin Higgins; Barry McKiernan, Conor Berry; Nigel Rabbitt (0-1), Dessie
Reynolds, Cathal McCabe (1-0); Rian Brady (0-3,1f), Aidan McElligott (1-1),
Michael Corcoran, Jayson Matthews, Niall O’Farrell.
Offaly: Kevin Kinihan;
James Lawlor, Aaron Whelan, Paul O’Toole; Jack Egan, Jack Walsh (0-1), Jack
McNamara; Killian Kiely, David Maloney; Ciaran Farrell, Aidan Mangan, Alan
Geogeghan; Ruairi McNamee (0-3,1f), Shane Dolan (0-1,1f), Shane Tierney
Ryan Havill, Christian Brazil (0-1), Ryan Daly, Dylan Hyland, Clint Horan.
Referee: Bredan Cawley
Longford Minor Team take on Offaly in the Final of the Leinster League tomorrow Saturday at 4pm at Rathcline GFC Grounds in Clonbonny, Lanesborough.
Best of luck all the Players, Manager, Garrett Johnston and his management team.
Please try and make it to Clonbonny tomorrow afternoon and support this very talented group of underage players, in their pursuit of a provincial title.
2.Dermot Brady, 3.Barry Gilleran, 4.Fergal Battrim
5.Colm P. Smith, 6.Fergal Reilly, 7.Shane Mulligan.
8.John Keegan, 9.Michael Brady,
10.Brian Farrell, 11.Aiden Rowan, 12.Michael Quinn
13.Paul McKeon,14.Brian Kavanagh, 15.Sean McCormack
Barry McKeon’s excellent point 2
minutes from time gave Longford a deserved win over Westmeath in their U21
Championship replay played in dismal weather conditions in St. Loman’s GAA
Grounds. There was nothing between the
sides throughout with Longford having the better of the chances but they kicked
a number of wides. The driving wind and rain didn’t help either side in getting
Scores were at a premium in the
early opening quarter. Ray Connellan registered the first score on the board,
pointing over a free after Shane Dempsey was fouled. Robbie Smyth got his and
Longford’s first score in the 4th minute with a free. The next score didn’t come until
the 17th minute with Jack Donoghue putting Westmeath back in front
but Rory Connor replied for Longford 2 minutes later. Westmeath then tagged on
points from Dean McNicholas and Connellan (free). Smyth responded with another
free before Dempsey was on target from a placed ball in the 29th minute.
In 1st half stoppage
time Longford keeper Garret Higgins pulled off a great save to keep his goal
intact after Ger Leech had played in McNicholas. Higgins’ stop gave Longford a
boost as they went in at the break only 2 points behind; 0-05 to 0-03.
Longford made a good start to
the 2nd half with Smyth scoring a terrific point from play 1 minute
in. Lorcan Dolan restored Westmeath’s 2 point advantage minutes later before
Longford took a stranglehold on the game and turned the game in their favour.
Smyth got another good point
from play in the 36th minute and then levelled the game with a free
2 minutes later. James McGivney gave them the lead for the first time in the
game in the 40th minute; it had initially been signalled wide by the
umpire only for the referee to give it on his linesman’s advice
Westmeath substitute Eoin
Monaghan drew his side level in the 45th minute before Smyth fired
over a free in the 50th minute after Connor was fouled. The tie was
all square in the 54th minute when Monaghan got his 2nd
In the last 5 minutes both sides
went in search of vital scores with Longford failing to find the target in a
dominant spell. The decisive score evenally came in the 58th minute
through McKeon as Longford held on for the win. Next up is a quarter-final
clash with Laois in Portlaoise next Wednesday night (5th
Garret Higgins; Cian Farrelly, Andrew Farrell, Anthony McBrien; Shane Clarke,
Stephen McLoughlin, Conor Shields; Barry McKeon (0-1), James McGivney (0-1);
Emmet Noonan, Rory Connor (0-1), Paddy Kiernan; Andrew Dalton, Robbie Smyth
(0-6,4f), Liam Connerton. Subs: Ross
McNerney for Connerton (52), Daniel Mimnagh for Kiernan (55)
Westmeath: Michael McMahon; John Rock, Killian Daly, Jack Donoghue
(0-1); David Lynch, Paddy Holloway, David Whelan; Dean McNicholas (0-1), David
McCormack; Sean Daly, Ger Leech, Alan Coffey; Ray Connellan (0-2,2f), Lorcan
Dolan (0-1), Shane Dempsey (0-1,1f). Subs: Eoin Monaghan (0-2) for McNicholas (35mins), Martin Rock for
The 98 hall, Ballinamuck was the venue for the Longford Scór
Sinsear finals which took place on Friday night last. Competition was keenest
in the Solo Singing, Ballad Group and the Instrumental Music competitions which
were won by the Rathcline (Tracey Tobin), St. Patricks and Fr. Manning Gaels
clubs, respectively. Other succesfull clubs on the night included Legan (Léiriú
and Recitation) and Ballymore (Figure Dancing). The winners now progress to the
Leinster semi-finals which will be held in Birr on Saturday March 8th.
Coiste Scór Longfoirt wishes all the competitors the best of luck in the
Leinster semi-finals and wishes to remind clubs that the table quiz will take
place in Arás Uí Bhriain, Pearse Park, Longford at 8 pm on Friday March 7th,
where a large club representation is expected on the night as the winners will
qualify directly to represent Longford in the All Ireland finals in April.
There was no joy for Longford’s hurlers
as they fell to a five point defeat against a strong Donegal side. Longford
won’t care for moral victories but they can take heart from their performance
and will have learned a lot from this game.
Donegal were the better team in the
opening half with corner forward Lee Henderson in terrific form scoring 6 frees
and a ’65 – that ’65 came after Benny Stakem made a terrific block to stop
Kevin Campbell from scoring a goal in the 15th minute. After scoring
just 2 points in the opening 11 minutes Longford had faded out of
the game with Donegal in complete control.
The Ulster side were ahead by 7 points
in the 28th minute but in a 5 minute spell just before the break
Longford cut that gap to just one point. Eoin Donnellan fired over a free
before Joe O’Brien found the back of the net in the 33rd
minute. Points from Donnellan (free) and
Cathal Mullane left the score 0-09 to 1-05 in favour of Donegal at half-time.
Longford turned things around in the
opening exchanges of the 2nd half with Donnellan levelling the game
with a free and a good goal from Mullane in the 37th minute put them
ahead for the 1st time in the game. The lead was stretched to 6
points just minutes later when O’Brien scored a rather fortuitous goal.
Donegal though showed great composure to
get back into the game with Henderson continuing to be in fine form. The corner
forward levelled the game with his 11th free in the 56th
minute though it was harsh on Longford because it appeared that Declan Tanner
received a high tackle and it should’ve been a free out.
Wing-back Christopher McDermott put
Donegal back in front 1 minute later. They stretched the lead to 5 points in
the 61st minute with a goal from Campbell.
Points from Mullane and Tanner
(free) cut the gap to 3 points with 3 minutes to go but try as they might
Longford couldn’t add to their tally with Donegal hitting over 2 insurance
points in stoppage time.
Longford: Paddy Cullen; Rory Breslin, Brendan Stakem, Karl Murray; Conor
Egan, Declan Tanner (0-1,1f), Rory Donnellan; Paul Barden, Conor Flanagan; Eoin
Donnellan (0-5,4f), Kevin Connelly, Cathal Mullane (1-2); Gareth Ghee, Joe
O’Brien (2-1), Johnny Casey.
Subs: John Newman for Casey (43), Gerard
Moore for R Donnellan (60), Cian Kavanagh for E Donnellan (63)
Donegal: Paul Burns, Martin McGrath, Joe Boyle, Marty Bonnar; Christopher
McDermott (0-1), Jamesie Donnelly, Justin Browne; Paul Sheridan (0-1), Danny
Cullen (0-1); Ronan McDermott, Enda McDermott, Sean McVeigh (0-2); Lee
Henderson (0-13,12f, ’65), Kevin Campbell (1-0), Ciaran Matthewson (0-2,1f).
Subs: Paddy Hanninghan for McVeigh (49),
Eugene Organ for Campbell (66).
Referee: Owen Elliott (Antrim)
booked their place in the Leinster League Final courtesy of a fine, spirited
performance against Meath in Clonbonny.
enjoyable game of football Longford controlled large periods of the 1st
half; putting away the chances they created and were 1-8 to 0-4 in front at the
break. Meath were a different proposition in the 2nd half and
eventually closed the gap to 2 points but that was the nearest they got to
started the game well and in the opening quarter built up a 7 point lead thanks
to a great goal from Rian Brady in the 15th minute. Meath had goal
chances themselves before that but their decision making let them down.
In the 27th
minute Longford’s lead was 8 when Dessie Reynolds hit over a free. Meath
could’ve had a goal right before the break but Stephen Duffy blasted his shot
over the bar.
over the first 2 points of the 2nd half before Nigel Rabbitt replied
for Longford. A fine point from Daire Rowe and a well-taken goal from Stephen
Duffy saw Meath cut the gap to just 2 points in the 41st minute but
they then lost substitute James Cullen with a black card.
over 2 frees to put Longford in front by 4 in the 48th minute before
Aron Earley received a black card. Rowe hit over the free but Longford
responded with points from substitute Michael Corcoran and a nice Brady point to
put them back in front by 4 point in the 57th minute. Deep in
stoppage time Meath got the final score with a well struck ’45 from Ronan Jones
as Longford held on for the win and a meeting with Offaly in the Final.
David Shannon (Carrick Sarsfields); Darragh McLoughlin (Clonguish
Og), Ronan Sweeney (Clonbroney), Aron Earley (Northern Gaels, 0-1); Russell
Brady (Northern Gaels), Cian Brady (Northern Gaels, 0-1), Eoin Higgins
(Granard/Ballymore); Barry McKiernan (Northern Gaels, 0-1), Conor Berry
(Northern Gaels, 0-1); Nigel Rabbitt (Northern Gaels, 0-2), Dessie Reynolds
(Clonbroney, 0-1,1f), Cathal McCabe (St. Colmcille); Rian Brady (Northern
Gaels, 1-5,2f), Aidan McElligott (Northern Gaels), Ciaran Donohoe (Killoe Og)
Macken (St. Colmcille) for McLoughlin (ht), Jayson Matthews (Northern Gaels)
for Macken (42), Michael Corcoran (Clonguish Og, 0-1) for C Brady (46), Niall
O’Farrell (Carrick Sarsfields) for Earley (b/c 51), Sean Costello (Longford
Slashers) for McKiernan (58)
Lynch; Ronan Ryan, Iarla Hughes, Dan Ormsby; Jordan McLoughlin, Stephen
Crosbie, Dylan Brady; Ronan Jones (0-1,’45), Brian Hartnan; Shane Cumiskey (0-2),
John Morley, Ross Ryan; Stephen Duffy (1-1), David McLoughlin (0-2), Daire Rowe
Giles for Brady (20), Sean Power for Crosbie (35), James Cullen for McLoughlin
(41), Jack Reid for Cullen (b/c 43),
Aaron Farrelly for Ryan (49), Sean Meade for D McLoughlin (55).
Ciaran Kelly (Carlow)