Longford produced a much improved performance in Round 5 of the National League away to Wexford on Sunday last and got a draw against the team that sprang a surprise to beat Leitrim the previous week and Leitrim already having beaten Longford. The pressure was on our girls to step up to the mark as they need another win to keep them out of the relegation zone.
Longford completely dominated the first half and kept Wexford scoreless. Goals from Ann Marie Bratten and Claire Greene along with points from Aoife Darcy (2), Bratten, Emma Farrelly, Gemma Kenny and Aisling Reynolds (2) left Longford in what appeared to be a very commanding 2-7 to 0-0 lead at the break.
But it was now Wexford’s turn to dominate in the second half and they notched a goal from a penalty and five points in the first 10 minutes. Emma Farrelly then got another point for Longford before Wexford put over two more points.
With 15 minutes to go Orla Noonan received a surprise yellow card, leaving Longford down to 14 players at a crucial stage in the game. Aisling Reynolds got Longford’s last score when shooting over the bar while Wexford added a further goal and two points to snatch a draw.
Both teams had some bad misses which could have swung the game either way. After a ten minute spell in the sin bin Orla Noonan returned to bolster the Longford defence. While we should not criticise the referee, who had a pretty good game up until the last ten minutes, he then made some critical decisions with regard to the time and scores which could and quite possibly did deny Longford a vital victory.
LONGFORD SQUAD: Ailbhe McGowan, Leanne Keegan, Geraldine McManus, Brianna Connell, Louise Monaghan, Sinead Farrell, Orla Noonan, Ann Marie Bratten, Siobhan McGowan, Anna McDonnell, Aisling Reynolds, Gemma Kenny, Emma Farrelly, Claire Greene, Aoife Darcy, Shannon Woods, Claire Delaney, Aodhnait Casey, Niamh Devaney, Aisling Cosgrove.