Leinster Junior Football Championship First Round
Longford . . . . . . 0-12 Wexford . . . . . 0-11
Managed by Eugene McCormack, the Longford junior footballers are through to the Leinster Championship semi-final after getting the better of Wexford at the Farmleigh grounds (situated in the Enniscorthy area) on Wednesday evening and the matchwinner was former senior player Paddy Dowd who fired over a total of six points (four frees).
It was a real ding-dong battle with Longford holding a slender 0-8 to 0-7 lead at the break with Dowd (2), Kevin Burke, Marty Mulvey and Paul McKeon shooting scores early on in this entertaining encounter but Wexford fought back and the sides were deadlocked entering the closing stages of the game with a draw looking the likely outcome.
The chief marksman for Wexford was ex-senior star Matty Forde, who clocked up five points (one free), but Longford found that little bit extra and went back in front when Dowd kept his composure to land a well struck free for the winning score in the 56th minute.
Showing the greater urgency for most of the game, the midlanders held out to earn a crack against the title holders Cavan in the last four clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Wednesday evening June 12th and a chance to gain revenge for the last gasp defeat against the neighbouring rivals at the same stage of the competition last year.
Kildare, most emphatic 1-17 to 1-7 winners over Meath in the first round, will have home advantage in the other semi-final against Wicklow.
LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels); Ronan Keogh (Killoe), Barry O’Farrell (Carrickedmond), James Kenny (Ballymahon); Shane Powell (Ardagh), Darragh Bennett (Killoe), Mark Duffy (Fr. Manning Gaels); Johnny Kane (Fr. Manning Gaels), Darren Gallagher (Granard); Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe, 0-1), Paddy Dowd (Clonguish, 0-6, four frees), Shane Doyle (Kenagh); Kevin Burke (Clonguish, 0-1), Paul McKeon (Colmcille, 0-2, one free), Marty Mulvey (Carrickedmond, 0-2).
Subs:- Brendan Devine (Clonguish) for J Kenny; Darren Farrelly (Fr. Manning Gaels) for S Powell; Andrew Dalton (Longford Slashers) for P McKeon.