Goals crucial in fine win for Longford minors

Leinster Minor Football Championship Qualifier

Leinster Minor Football Championship Qualifier

Longford . . . . . . 2-10 Laois . . . . . . . 1-10

Longford advanced to meet Dublin in the quarter-final of the Leinster Minor Football Championship and showed a lot of spirit to overcome the handicap of having a player sent-off to eventually get the better of Laois in the qualifier at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Wednesday evening.

Centre-half-back Jason Earley received a straight red card in the 16th minute of the first half but Martin Mulleady’s charges refused to be rattled by this significant setback and ended up on level terms at the break, 0-5 to 0-5.

Longford made a terrific start to the second half with corner-forward Larry Moran scoring a well-taken goal and while Laois managed to remain in contention with four points in a row the home side struck the killer blow in the 50th minute when substitute Liam Connerton fired an unstoppable shot to the back of the net.

That left Longford in a commanding 2-9 to 0-9 lead and while Laois staged a late comeback with a goal direct from a Paul Kingston free in the 58th minute, time ran out for the visitors who were beaten by a better team.

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