Longford clinch promotion in draw against Tipperary

Tipperary . . . . . . 0 – 12 Longford . . . . . . 0 – 12

Padraic O’Brien reporting from Semple Stadium

Needing at least a draw against Tipperary to clinch promotion to Division 2, Longford got the point they required in a tight contest at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Saturday evening and can now look forward to another appearance at Croke Park in the National Football League Division 3 Final on Saturday April 28th.

But Glenn Ryan’s side (without their injured chief marksman Sean McCormack) made very hard work of getting the result they needed to achieve consecutive promotions and already relegated Tipperary were leading by three points, 0-11 to 0-8, with just twelve minutes of normal time remaining despite the handicap of having a player sent-off.

Full-forward Philip Austin received a straight red card in the 51st minute but the extra man advantage eventually came to Longford’s rescue as they piled on the pressure in the closing stages to fire over four points in a row – two apiece from Brian Kavanagh (one free) and Paul Barden between the 58th and 69th minutes.

Tipperary now trailed by the minimum of margins but they snatched a draw in stoppage time when accurate corner-forward Barry Grogan converted a free for his seventh point in the game.

Read the full report in the next edition of The Longford Leader