Unbeaten Longford in pole position for promotion

From the moment Paul Barden fired home a wonderful goal in the 16th minute of the first half the force was firmly with a confident Longford side who strolled to a most emphatic win over Sligo at Markievicz Park on Sunday last and are now in pole position for promotion in Division 3 of the National Football League.

From the moment Paul Barden fired home a wonderful goal in the 16th minute of the first half the force was firmly with a confident Longford side who strolled to a most emphatic win over Sligo at Markievicz Park on Sunday last and are now in pole position for promotion in Division 3 of the National Football League.

Antrim, who lost their unbeaten record when slipping up against Roscommon last weekend, are the visitors to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday next and should top of the table Longford manage to emerge victorious in this crucial clash then the prospect of Division 2 football next season will almost certainly materialise.

Should Glenn Ryan guide last year’s Division 4 league champions to consecutive promotions it will be some achievement in the build up to the Leinster Championship first round game at home to Laois on Sunday May 20th and Longford were never in any real danger of losing against Sligo such was their overall superiority.

Roving wing forward David Barden, operating the role of an extra defender to excellent effect in the tried and trusted gameplan, popped up all over the pitch in producing a high quality performance and with Michael Quinn a very commanding figure at centre-half-back the Sligo attack were continually frustrated in their efforts to make the desired impact.

Quinn was a key figure in the extremely tight defensive unit and when Longford surged forward the sheer class of such a dangerous trio in Paul Barden, Brian Kavanagh and Sean McCormack up front yielded the vital scores in the eventual eight points success that delighted the large contingent of away supporters who made the short trip to Sligo to witness a fourth league win in a row.

McCormack inflicted most of the damage with the tremendous total of ten points (seven frees) to his credit while the also impressive Kavanagh (0-3) and Barden (1-1) provided a constant threat in the slick and sharp Longford attack who made it extremely difficult for the under pressure Sligo defence.

For the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.