Allianz National Football League Division 2 – Round 6
Laois . . . . . . 0-9 Longford . . . . . 0-6
Already relegated coming into this meaningless National Football League fixture at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday, Longford remain pointless at the bottom of the Division 2 table after Laois staged a second half recovery to eventually come out on top in a terrible game with three late scores from influential substitutes Kevin Meaney and Colm Kelly clinching a hard earned win.
While Longford, showing the greater urgency despite having nothing but pride to play for, deserved to be leading by 0-4 to 0-1 at the break they should have been further ahead after kicking seven wides (three frees) in the first half with Sean McCormack suffering the misfortune of hitting the upright no less than three times.
Laois, needing a win to guarantee their Division 2 status, gradually awoke from their slumber in getting their act together on the changeover and fired over four points in a row between the 40th and 50th minutes to establish a slender 0-5 to 0-4 advantage but Longford quickly regained the lead with excellent points from Sean McCormack and Donal McElligott in the 52nd and 55th minutes.
After a Ross Munnelly free in the 59th minute levelled matters, the game was still deadlocked (0-6 piece) with just three minutes of normal time left on the clock and a draw was looking the likely outcome but Laois finished strongly with points through Kevin Meaney and Colm Kelly (2) to emerge victorious.
LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Declan Reilly (Colmcille); Fergal Battrim (Abbeylara), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s); John Keegan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s), Michael Brady (Longford Slashers); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s, 0-2), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets); Francis McGee (Dromard, 0-1), David Barden (Clonguish), Sean McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets, 0-3, two frees).
Subs:- JJ Matthews (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s) for F McGee (70 mins); Shane Doyle (Kenagh) for M Brady (70 mins).
Read Padraic O’Brien’s full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday