Longford Ladies recorded their second win on the trot in the Tesco Homegrown National Football League Division 3 when they beat Wicklow convincingly on Sunday last in Newtownmountkennedy. Longford, opting to play with the wind in the first half, used it to their advantage, and while it took ten minutes for them to register their first score, the visitors exerted complete authority over the game for the remainder of the first half.
Six different Longford players found the back of the net in the first half including Mullinaghta player Lisa Mooney, who is new to the county scene this year, and defenders Sharon Treacy and Amanda Matthews. Wicklow managed to convert only a solitary point in the first half while Longford added nine points to their six goals to give themselves a landslide lead going into the second half. Longford faced the challenge of protecting their extensive lead when playing against a very strong wind in the second half; however the commanding cushion allowed the Longford management to take advantage of the unlimited substitution ruling when they brought on County minors Eimear Heaney, Leanne Keegan, Kerri Harmon, Ellie Columb and Aoife Darcy. It was a worthwhile experience for the group who face Offaly in the first round of the Leinster Minor championship at home next Saturday. Longford failed to find their shooting boots in the second half only adding two points to their first half tally. Luckily Wicklow didn’t pose any real threat in converting six points. The Longford Ladies enjoy a break from competitive football next weekend before facing the much tougher challenge away to Down away on the 3rd of March.
LONGFORD: Monica Bannon; Mairead Moore, Mairead Reynolds, Amanda Matthews; Louise Monaghan, Michelle Noonan, Sharon Treacy; Jacinta Brady, Elizabeth Brady; Michelle Farrell, Aisling O’Hara, Lisa Mooney; Sarah Tierney, Orla Noonan, Anne Marie Bratten.
Subs used:- Claire Greene for O Noonan and Emer Kiernan for L Mooney (35 mins); Eimear Heaney for M Farrell, Leanne Keegan for S Treacy and Kerri Harmon for A O’Hara (40 mins); Noeleen Donlon for M Reynolds (45 mins) Ellie Columb for L Monaghan and Aoife Darcy for S Tierney (52 mins).