The Longford hurlers suffered their second defeat in Division 4 of the National League when they went down to Fermanagh by ten points at the windy Lisbellew grounds on Sunday last. This game was effectively decided by a key moment in the second half. Fermanagh midfielder John Duffy smashed home a great goal within a short time of being switched to the full-forward slot in the 47th minute. Duffy’s superb strike put the Ernesiders ahead by 2-11 to 1-7.
National Hurling League Division 4 - Round 2
Fermanagh 2-14, Longford 1-7
Wind assisted Longford had plenty of time to stage a rally but managed only two points in the entire second half. The remainder of the match was a canter for the winners who survived a sluggish start. Longford got the opening goal, a fine strike from Michael Morrissey to lead by 1-5 to 0-5 in the 30th minute.
However, Fermanagh replied in kind immediately from Antrim native Shane Mulholland who found the back of the net and the Ernesiders ended up leading by 1-8 to 1-5 at the break.
A Longford revival in the second half never materialised with the Duffy goal proving to be the killer blow and the midlanders are now virtually out of contention for a place in the Division 4 League Final with remaining fixtures to come against Leitrim (away), Cavan (home) and Tyrone (away).
FERMANAGH: Dwayne McPhillips; Daniel Teague, Cathal McGarry, Colm Rice; Kevin Mohan, Fergus Bannon, Andrew Breslin; John Duffy (1-2), Mark Slevin; Ryan Bogue (0-5, five frees), Francis McBrien, Shea Curran (0-2, frees); Sean Corrigan (0-2), Brendan McGarry (0-2), Shane Mulholland (1-1).
LONGFORD: Eanna Daly; Benny Stakem, Sean Browne, Fergal Daly; Anthony Corcoran, John O’Brien, Rory Donnellan; Eoin Donnellan (0-4, three frees, one ‘65), Martin Coyle; Michael Morrissey (1-0), Ciaran Finnucane, John Newman; Stephen Lynam, Joe O’Brien (0-3, all frees), Johnny Casey. Subs:- Michael Cunningham for F Daly (45 mins); Karl Murray for B. Stakem (64 mins).
Referee: Alan Nash (Derry).