Longford manager Glenn Ryan believes that the hurt felt after the bitter disappointment of the narrow defeat against Wexford in the Leinster Championship quarter-final replay inspired his team to a worthy win over Derry in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers.
Ryan wanted to use that defeat as motivation for the back door route. “The Wexford defeat was hard to take. We had to turn it around and use it to our advantage and rather than feel sorry for ourselves we had to go out and bounce back. Thankfully it worked out.”
Longford saw off the Derry challenge in an exciting game in front of an estimated 4,000 strong crowd in Pearse Park on Saturday evening. The home team won the match 17 points to 2-8.
Longford has now been drawn to play Limerick at home in the next round. Other draws of local interest in the next round include: Leitrim v Wicklow; Westmeath v Kerry; Roscommon v Tyrone; and Cavan v Kildare.
Full report and analysis in this week’s Longford Leader.