Longford U-21s suffer disappointing early exit

Leinster U-21 Football Championship Quarter-Final

Leinster U-21 Football Championship Quarter-Final

Louth . . . . . 3-6 Longford . . . . . 1-10

Much was expected of the Longford U-21 footballers this year but they suffered the bitter disappointment of an early exit from the Leinster Championship when they lost out to Louth in the quarter-final clash at the Geraldines GAA Club in Haggardstown, Dundalk on Wednesday night.

The home county were in front by a solitary point at the break, 1-2 to 0-4, but were apparently under pressure after having a player sent-off. That should have given Longford a decisive edge in the second half but they lost their way completely as the more direct Louth side scored another couple of goals and at one stage held a very commanding 3-6 to 0-5 lead

Longford, to their credit, staged a determined comeback in finally making use of the extra man advantage and while they clocked up 1-5 without reply in closing the gap to just two points time ran out for the Padraic Davis coached county U-21s with Louth advancing to meet Offaly in the Leinster semi-final.