Longford 1st XV travelled to Gorey on Sunday last and emerged winners after a tightly fought contest. Hubie Connolly, Tom Cullen, Glynn, Coffey and Deffew opened the game with some excellent and determined tackling. Andy Hall, Ronan Keith, Mick Murphy and Paul Gallogly rucked well throughout the first half.
In the very early stages Glynn converted the first of three penalties in the first half as Gorey were persistent in playing offside.
RUGBY: LEINSTER LEAGUE DIVISION TWO - Longford 19, Gorey 10
Longford were dominant in the scrum throughout the game and this coupled with fast and varied ball carrying in the backs allowed Longford to challenge Gorey regularly. Greene, Glynn, Kennedy and Gallogly worked well throughout the game and made many cover tackles as Gorey came closer and closer to the Longford try line.
Gorey scored one of two tries in the later stages of the first half but failed to convert and reduced the Longford lead to 9-5. Longford lost a player to the sin bin just before the half-time whistle and Gorey felt the same punishment very soon after as they continued to argue the referee’s judgement.
The second half was dominated by hard tackles and well timed intercepts and challenges from both sides. Mick Murphy claimed Longford’s first, and his debut, try after patient and comprehensive ‘pick and go’ style rucking down the pitch. Glynn converted and Longford led 16-5.
Greene, Johnson, Glynn, Gallogly, Cullen, Coffey, Hall and Murphy continued to move Longford forward and this led to Longford’s excellent field position to allow Glynn to slot a drop goal over the bar to leave side side 19-5 ahead.
Gorey scored a second try 6 mins from the end, which they failed to convert, and the score remained at 19-10 until the final whistle.
Longford now have to focus their attention on their next game scheduled for Sunday next, March 13th in the Demesne. Kick-off 3pm with Clondalkin the opposition. Longford have two remaining games in their league and are strongly in contention for promotion.
Longford: Fran Deffew, Ronan Keith, Kevin Coffey, Andy Hall, Mick Murphy, Tom Cullen, Hubie Connolly, Paul Gallogly, Neal Farrell, Colm Glynn, Gareth Johnson, Derek Bannon, Gary Greene, Ciaran Kennedy, Riann Van De Vyver.