longford and wexford to clash again

John Keegan on the ball for Longford with Limerick's Eoghan O'Connor in the background during the first round of the All Ireland Football Qualifiers on Saturday last at Pearse Park. Pic: Ray Donlon
Longford and Wexford will clash in the championship for the second year in succession as the counties have been drawn to meet in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers on Saturday week, July 13th with a 2pm throw-in.

Longford and Wexford will clash in the championship for the second year in succession as the counties have been drawn to meet in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers on Saturday week, July 13th with a 2pm throw-in.

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park will host the latest showdown between the recent arch rivals and it is another revenge mission for Glenn Ryan’s side who crushed the challenge of a poor Limerick outfit in Round 1 at the same venue on Saturday evening last to end a long losing streak.

Minus the services of the injured Michael Quinn, Longford showed the far greater urgency to win by the wide margin of eleven points (2-14 to 0-9) but are now facing a much tougher task against a Wexford side who blew a glorious opportunity of beating Meath in the Leinster semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday last.

Leading by 0-8 to 0-4 coming up to half-time, Wexford were in control but then squandered a few clear-cut chances of extending their advantage which included a couple of badly struck Ben Brosnan frees and Meath gradually got on top to win by the comfortable margin of five points in the finish.

It was a shattering blow for Wexford, under the guidance of new manager Aidan O’Brien, but they have a couple of weeks to recover and will be hoping to get their championship challenge back on track through the back door.

But Longford beat Wexford twice in the National League last season, including the Division 3 title decider at Croke Park, and somehow managed to let victory slip against the same opposition in the 2012 Leinster Championship quarter-final replay in Tullamore after the sides had finished all square at Croke Park.

Wexford were extremely fortunate to emerge from O’Connor Park with a narrow one-point win and another close encounter is probably in prospect next week.

Round 2 Draw: Saturday July 6th – Galway v Waterford, Clare v Laois, Derry v Down, Roscommon v Tyrone. Saturday July 13th – Longford v Wexford, Leitrim v Armagh, Cavan v Fermanagh, Kildare v Louth.