Leinster Minor Football League Final
Longford . . . . . 2-8 Offaly . . . . . 1-7
Fancied to make a big impact in this yearâ€™s provincial championship, the Longford minors took another step in the right direction with a Leinster league title triumph achieved at the expense of Offaly at the Clonbonny grounds, Lanesboro on Saturday.
Four points separated the sides in the finish with Cathal McCabe and Aidan McElligott scoring the all-important goals in the 26th and 37th minutes of a hard fought final as the preparations continue for the Leinster Championship Round 1 clash at home to Dublin on Saturday April 19th.
LONGFORD: David Shannon (Carrick Sarsfields); Darragh McLoughlin (Clonguish Og), Dessie Reynolds (Clonbroney), Aaron Earley (Northern Gaels); Russell Brady (Northern Gaels), Cian Brady (Northern Gaels), Eoin Higgins (Granard/Ballymore); Shane Kenny (Western Gaels, 0-3, two frees), Conor Berry (Northern Gaels); Nigel Rabbitte (Northern Gaels, 0-1), Barry McKiernan (Northern Gaels), Cathal McCabe (St. Colmcilleâ€™s, 1-0); Rian Brady (Northern Gaels, 0-3, one free), Aidan McElligott (Northern Gaels, 1-1), Ciaran Donohoe (Killoe Og).
Subs:- Niall Oâ€™Farrell (Carrick Sarsfields) for A Earley (black card, 33 mins); Jayson Matthews (Northern Gaels) for C Donohoe (34 mins); Michael Corcoran (Clonguish Og) for Russell Brady (37 mins).
OFFALY: Kevin Kinihan; James Lawlor, Aaron Whelan, Paul Oâ€™Toole; Jack Egan, Jack Walshe (0-1), Jack McNamara; Killian Kiely, David Maloney; Ciaran Farrell, Adam Mangan, Alan Geogeghan; Ruairi McNamee (0-3, one free), Shane Dolan (0-1, free), Shane Tierney (0-2, one free).
Subs:- Colm Doyle for C Farrell (35 mins); Dylan Hyland for S Dolan (39 mins); Christian Brazil (1-0) for A Geogeghan (43 mins); Ryan Daly for K Kiely (45 mins); Clint Horan for A Whelan (black card, 47 mins).
Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare).
Read the full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday