Longford still top in league despite defeat

Longford . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Longford . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Longford played Ashbourne in the Leinster League at the Demesne on Saturday last. From the opening minutes of the game Ashbourne tackled hard and were strong in their attacking rugby. Within the first 10 minutes, after being awarded three consecutive penalties in a row, Ashbourne opened the scoring with a try from a maul.

Longford returned play from the kick-off with some excellent recycling of the ball cross field, excellent passing and strong tackling. Neal Farrell, Glynn, Gallogly, Deffew and Derek Farrell were involved in this on numerous occasions and formed some effective drives and rucks.

Longford’s perseverance paid off in the 28th minute when they were awarded a penalty and subsequent line out close to the 10 yard line. Hall collected the ball from the line out and it was flashed out to Farrell, Glynn, Johnson, Farrell and the ball was cleverly popped to Glynn who changed direction and scored a try. This was converted and the score was 7-5 to Longford.

Ashbourne regained the lead in the 30th minute with a penalty but Glynn reclaimed Longford’s hold on the game, with two converted penalties, shortly after due to continued infringements in the scrum by Ashbourne, leaving the home side 13-8 ahead at half -time.

Both teams tackled hard in the second half with some excellent displays of counter rucking. Ashbourne worked well as they edged their way to the Longford try line and were rewarded when they grounded a try and the successful conversion left them leading 15-13, 18 minutes into the second half, Glynn slotted another penalty over the bar but soon after Ashbourne replied with a breakaway try from the back of a scrum. After the successful conversion the score stood at 22-16 to Ashbourne and that was the way it finished.

Coffey, Cullen, Keith and Hall continued to play well and challenged for every ball. The back line showed some excellent passing skills as the forwards patiently rucked the ball up the pitch closer and closer to the Ashbourne line. Unfortunately it was not Longford’s day and they could not convert this work into vital scores.

Despite this defeat Longford still remain on top of the league table in their quest for promotion.

Next weeks game is away to Gorey (3pm) in Clonattin and there are high hopes that the midlanders can get back on the winning trail.

Longford: Kevin Coffey, Ronan Keith, Fran Deffew, Andy Hall, Tom Cullen, Hubie Connolly, Derek Farrell, Paul Gallogly, Neal Farrell, Colm Glynn, Gareth Johnson, Gary Greene, Jimmy Connolly, Ciaran Kennedy, Riaan Van De Vyver,

Subs: Greg McGill for Hubie Connolly (2nd half).