This certainly was the proverbial game of two halves at Pearse Park on Sunday last. Longford were in control in the first half and took a five point lead going in at the break; 2-4 to 1-2. The second half was all Fermanagh as they completely turned this game around.
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In the opening 10 minutes of the second half the Ernesiders had reduced the deficit to just one point; scoring four points without reply. Sharon Little got the equalising score in the 41st minute and six minutes later her sister Caroline put her side in front. That was the first time since the very first minute that they were ahead. It was a lead they didn’t relinquish as they brushed aside Longford who simply had no answer and struggled to gain possession and only scored three points after the break.
After this defeat, the Longford ladies are still searching for their first win in Division 3 of the National League this season as they also lost out to Wicklow and Wexford. But they are a side in transition and it will take time.
Although it was Fermanagh that opened the scoring right from the throw-in, Longford enjoyed the early possession. Two pointed frees from Elizabeth Brady in the 4th and 5th minute put Longford ahead and 12 minutes later they extended that lead when they grabbed their first goal.
Sharon Treacy’s powerful effort bounced off Fermanagh keeper Roisin Gleeson and crossed over the line. Elizabeth Brady got her third point one minute later but Fermanagh were right back in the game in the 19th minute; Sharon Little scoring an excellent goal.
Longford responded in superb fashion with a goal in the 24th minute. Points were then traded before the break to leave Longford in front by five.
However, Fermanagh completely dominated the second half. Substitute Joanne Doonan got their first score within one minute of the restart before Caroline Little brought a fine save out of Longford keeper Monica Bannon. Little did get on the scoresheet one minute later; with a fantastic effort. A point apiece from Nuala McManus and Aisling Maguire brought Fermanagh to within one point of Longford in the 37th minute.
Sharon Little levelled matters in the 41st minute and when her sister Caroline fired over Fermanagh’s lead score in the 47th minute the writing was on the wall for Longford as the momentum was firmly with the visitors.
Longford’s only scores of the second half came near the end but Fermanagh raised the green flag twice in the final minutes; Marcella Connolly and Little (penalty) getting the goals.
LONGFORD: Monica Bannon; Sinead Farrell, Yvonne Barden, Mairead Moore; Michelle Noonan, Sharon Treacy (1-0), Antoinette Brady; Jacinta Brady (1-0), Ailbhe McGowan (0-1); Aine Burke (0-1), Elizabeth Brady (0-3, two frees), Aisling O’Hara (0-1); Sarah Tierney, Michelle Hannify, Una Flynn.
Subs:- Sinead Macken for M Noonan (45 mins); Orla Noonan for S Tierney (50 mins).
FERMANAGH: Roisin Gleeson; Dervla Murphy, Nuala Curran, Orla Rehill; Claire Woods, Tara Little, Aine McBrien; Marcella Connolly (1-0), Aine McHugh; Sharon Little (1-2), Aisling Mone (0-2), Shauna Hamilton; Aisling Maguire (0-1), Caroline Little (1-5, two frees), Nuala McManus.
Subs:- Joanne Doonan (0-1) for McHugh (half-time); Imelda Jones (0-2) for S Little (53 mins); Michelle McDermott for Rehill and Michelle Burke for Woods (57 mins).
Referee: Seamus Regan (Roscommon).