RYAN’S REIGN IN LONGFORD LOOKS OVER

Longford player Sean McCormack breaks away from Rory Quinlivan of Wexford during the second round of the All Ireland Football Qualifiers on Saturday last at Pearse Park. PIC: RAY DONLON
Although he made no immediate decision in the aftermath of the agonising 2-15 to 0-16 extra-time defeat against Wexford in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, Glenn Ryan’s reign as Longford manager looks over.

Although he made no immediate decision in the aftermath of the agonising 2-15 to 0-16 extra-time defeat against Wexford in Round 2 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers, Glenn Ryan’s reign as Longford manager looks over.

Speculation has been mounting for some time now that a new supremo will be appointed to succeed Ryan who has been in charge of the county senior footballers for five years and it must be said that the former Kildare star has enjoyed considerable success at the helm.

Glenn guided Longford to a couple of National League titles, Division 4 in 2011 and Division 3 in 2012, but during his regime the county struggled in the Leinster Championship and managed to get past the opening round on just one occasion.

A great win over Laois at Pearse Park last year was a notable highlight for Ryan, as was the famous triumph over Mayo in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers back in 2010, but it all went wrong this season.

After losing all seven fixtures in getting relegated from Division 2 of the National League, things went from bad to worse for Longford when they crashed to a very disappointing defeat against Wicklow in the Leinster Championship first round clash in Aughrim.

That demoralising long losing streak was eventually ended with a most emphatic 11 points win over Limerick in Round 1 of the Qualifiers and hopes were high that further progress could be made through the championship back door with home advantage against Wexford.

Played in front of the 2,500 attendance at Pearse Park on Saturday evening last, it was looking good for Longford when a terrific point from Sean McCormack close to the sideline in the 54th minute left the midlanders leading by 0-12 to 1-5.

But Wexford came storming back with a 56th minute goalfrom powerful midfielder Daithi Waters changing the course of the game which ended in a draw (0-14 to 2-8) and the visitors were completely on top in extra-time, outscoring gutted Longford by 0-7 to 0-2 in emerging victorious.