In the refixed Ladies National Football League Division 3 game played on the astroturf pitch at Abbey CBS in Newry on Sunday last, a young Longford team found the going too tough against a much stronger Armagh outfit who ran out convincing winners.
Longford just could not come to grips with a strong wind which was blowing across the field and Armagh kicked eight points in the first half through Fionnuala McKenna (3), Siobhan Mackle (2), Lauren McConville (2) and Niamh Henderson while Longfordâ€™s solitary reply was a free converted by Claire Greene.
Longford were denied a goal by the crossbar from a cracking Sabrina Hackett shot just before the break. Armagh got a crucial goal to hold a commanding 1-8 to 0-1 lead.
Again in the second half Longford battled hard but Armagh got another killer goal from Fionnuala McKenna.
Aoife Darcy got Longfordâ€™s first point of the second half and the midlanders had two shots on goal which went narrowly wide.
Armagh followed with points from McKenna and Aoife McCoy. Longford players Claire Greene, Aoife Darcy and Siobhan McGowan added further points. Fifteen minutes into the second half Orla Noonan (Longford) and Louise Kenny (Armagh) had to leave the field dazed after a clash of heads.
Following this Longford got a goal from Claire Delaney, only for Armagh to follow up with another goal. Longford got three further points through Claire Greene and Sabrina Hackett (2) and Armagh finished the game with a point from Catherine Marley.
Longford are at home to Waterford in the next round of the National League on Sunday next (2pm) at a venue tbc.
LONGFORD SQUAD: Michelle Kilkenny, Leanne Keegan, Geraldine McManus, Mairead Moore, Louise Monaghan, Siobhan McGowan, Michelle Noonan, Ann Marie Bratten, Gemma Kenny, Aoife Darcy, Sarah Tierney, Orla Noonan, Aisling Reynolds, Claire Greene, Keri Harmon, Shannon Woods, Claire Delaney, Niamh Devaney, Claire Farrell, Aodhnait Casey, Sabrina Hackett, Briona Connell.
Ladies Division 2 Leinster Minor Championship
Longford . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-22 Kilkenny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Longford Ladies minors cruise to a landslide win over a weak Kilkenny side in Division 2 of the Leinster Championship at the Slashers grounds on Saturday last. Longford dominated completely with Emer Heaney getting the first point after 30 seconds. Five minutes later Keri Harmon blasted to the net for the first goal.There were further points from Emma Farrelly (4), Emer Monaghan (4), Claire Farrell (2), Emer Heaney, Shauna McCormack and Keri Harmon while Emer Monaghan struck for two goals. Longford ended up leading by 3-13 to 0-2 at the break and added another 8-9 to their massive tally in the second half with the goals coming from Keri Harmon (2), Emma Farrelly (3), Elaine Murphy, Niamh Feeney and Patricia Oâ€™Hara.
LONGFORD SQUAD: Shannon Woods, Laura Guinan, Ailish Noonan, Becky McLoughlin, Patricia Oâ€™Hara, Sinead Noonan, Caitriona Oâ€™Hara, Claire Farrell, Lisa Nolan, Emer Heaney, Keri Harmon, Shauna McCormack, Niamh Feeney, Emma Farrelly, Eimear Monaghan, Orla Oâ€™Brien, Laura Burke, Elaine Murphy, Haley Dierks, Shannon Reil, Ciara Flynn.