LONGFORD get vital victory

LONGFORD get vital victory
Life without the retired Paul Barden began for Longford with a badly needed win over Antrim in Round 2 of the National Football League at fog bound Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last and the quest to get out of Division 4 is currently going in the right direction.

Life without the retired Paul Barden began for Longford with a badly needed win over Antrim in Round 2 of the National Football League at fog bound Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last and the quest to get out of Division 4 is currently going in the right direction.

But the home county were guilty of some poor finishing in the second half, shooting six wides, and almost let the vital victory slip from their grasp in allowing Antrim to remain in contention when the midlanders should really have pushed on to win with considerable more comfort.

Having said that, the visitors squandered a glorious chance of a goal in the closing stages of the first half but looked to have done enough to snatch a draw when Michael Pollock fired over a free in the 68th minute to leave the sides all square, 0-13 to 0-13.

That would have been rough justice on a Longford team in transition, who were hit by some harsh decisions made by poor Galway referee Shane Hehir, but there was still time to get the winning score and it materialised in the 69th minute.

To read the full match report, see this week’s Longford Leader.