Leinster Minor Football Championship Qualifier - Round 2
Longford . . . . 3-13 Carlow . . . . 2-6
The Longford minors earned a crack at Kildare in the Leinster Championship quarter-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday May 17th after scoring a comprehensive win over Carlow in the Round 2 Qualifier at Dr. Cullen Park on Wednesday evening.
A glorious spell in the first half, which yielded 2-3 without reply between the 18th and 26th minutes, left Longford in a very commanding position and impressive corner-forward Robbie Clarke put the issue beyond all doubt when he fired home his second goal just before the break.
When prominent midfielder Shane Kenny scored a well-taken goal in the 22nd minute, Longford were on their way through the â€˜back doorâ€™ after losing to Dublin in the first round proper and it got even better moments later when Clarke planted the ball in the back of the net.
After enjoying a promising first quarter when they trailed by just a solitary point, Carlow were now in complete disarray and the game was all over as a contest at half-time with Longford leading by the wide margin of 13 points, 3-8 to 1-1.
Carlow, to their credit, tried very hard to put a more respectable look on the scoreboard in the second half and their perseverance was rewarded as they outscored (1-5 to 0-5) a somewhat lethargic Longford side who were so far in front that they ended up losing their concentration.
CARLOW: Ciaran Byrne; Dylan Ramsbottom, Lee Moore, Keith Lillis; Cathal Gaffney (0-1), Jordan Kane, Evan Kelly; Fintan Harrington, Conor McGrath (0-1); James McGrath (0-1), Niall Lowry (0-1), Anthony Byrne; Shane Oâ€™Neill (0-1, free), Conor Oâ€™Toole, Conall Oâ€™Se (1-1).
Subs:- Cathal Bailey for A Byrne (injured, 29 mins); Reece Denieffe (1-0) for S Oâ€™Neill (46 mins); Dean Hayden for C Oâ€™Se (55 mins); Sean Bambrick for N Lowry (58 mins).
LONGFORD: David Shannon (Carrickedmond); Darragh McLoughlin (Clonguish), Ronan Sweeney (Clonguish), Cian Brady (Abbeylara); Russell Brady (Abbeylara), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connollyâ€™s, 0-1), Ronan Duffy (Clonguish); Shane Kenny (Rathcline, 1-3, 2 frees, 1 â€™45), David McGivney (Mullinalaghta, 0-4); Rory Sullivan (Moydow Harpers), Conor Berry (Abbeylara, 0-1), Nigel Rabbitte (Abbeylara, 0-1); Robbie Clarke (Longford Slashers, 2-0), Aidan McElligott (Mullinalaghta, 0-1), Jayson Matthews (Mullinalaghta, 0-2).
Subs:- Cathal McCabe (Colmcille) for R Sullivan (19 mins); Eoin Higgins (Granard) for C Brady (injured, 46 mins); Ciaran Donohoe (Killoe) for J Matthews (48 mins); Enda Macken (Colmcille) for R Brady (58 mins); Sean Costello (Longford Slashers) for A McElligott (59 mins).
Referee: Davy Moore (Laois).
Read the full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday