disappointing performance saw Longford knocked out of this year’s championship
after suffering a humiliating defeat to Tipperary in the second round of the
qualifiers in Thurles on Saturday.
From start to
finish Tipp dominated proceedings as Longford struggled to get into the game.
After defeating Derry last time out Longford put in a below par performance and
looked sluggish throughout.
goal inside the opening two minutes completely knocked Longford as Michael
Quinlivan gave Tipp the perfect start. Longford had chances to register scores
on the board but kicked three wides in a row. It was a sign of things to come.
A free from
Conor Sweeney put Tipp ahead by four in the 11th minute before
Michael Quinn got Longford’s first point of the game in the 14th
couldn’t get a grip on the game as Tipp began to take control and points from
Sweeney (free) and Barry Grogan gave them a five point lead in the 17th
minute. Longford had half-chances but their shooting was very poor as they
failed to get scores on the board.
Kavanagh was fouled in the 21st and this gave him a chance to get
Longford’s second point but Tipp replied with pointed frees from Sweeney and
Colm P. Smyth
wasted a glorious goal chance in the 27th minute when he blasted his
attempt wide, Tipp broke down the field with full-back Paddy Codd fisting the
ball over the bar. Longford’s response
was a pointed free from Sean McCormack.
clinical in front of the posts and a fine point from Peter Acheson in the 33rd
minute gave them a seven point lead. An excellent point from Paul Barden gave
the Longford supporters something to cheer about but another Acheson point gave
the home side a seven point lead going in at the break.
over the first point of the game in the 39th minute from a free to
extend his side’s lead to eight. He then
pointed another free two minutes later as the home side continued to punish a
very poor Longford performance.
find the back of the net for Longford in the 52nd minute but it was
disallowed and down the other end Tipp made no mistake in finishing Longford’s
weak challenge with their second goal of the game; Acheson fisting to the net.Longford’s
first point of the second half and their first in 17 minutes came in the 52nd
minute through centre-back Enda Williams but just like before Tipp hit back
with two points in a row.
taken free from Kavanagh in the 57th minute summed up Longford’s day
as Sweeney showed how it was done down the other end.
fired over his second free of the game in the 60th minute but it was
to be Longford’s last score as Tipp hit over four unanswered points to give
them a comprehensive 17 point victory.
Tipperary: Paul Fitzgerald;
Ger Mulhair, Paddy Codd (0-1), Ciarán McDonald; C O’Riordan, Robbie Kiely, John
Coughlan; Steven O’Brien, George Hannigan; Philip Austin, Peter Acheson (1-2),
Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney (0-8, 5f), Michael Quinlivan (1-0), Barry Grogan
Mulvihill (0-1) for Quinlivan (14), Colman Kennedy (0-1) for Austin (53), Sean
Flynn for Grogan (65), Ian Fahey for Acheson (66), Alan Campbell for Mulhair
Longford: Damien Sheridan;
Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Feral Battrim; Colm P. Smyth, Enda Williams
(0-1), Shane Mulligan; Kevin Diffley, Barry O’Farrell; Michael Quinn (0-1),
Francie McGee, Paul Barden (0-1); Sean McCormack (0-1,1f), Brian Kavanagh
(0-2,2f), Aidan Rowan.
Doyle for McCormack (40), Niall Mulligan for Diffley and Mark Hughes for Rowan
(48), Ronan McEntire for McGee (60), Peter Brady for Battrim (69), Pauric Gill
for Williams (70+2).
Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry)