Experimental Longford side well beaten by Louth

Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Tournament – Group A Round 3 

Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Tournament – Group A Round 3 

Louth . . . . . . 1-17 Longford . . . . . 0-9

A strong side Louth side dismantled an experimental and much understrength Longford outfit in Drogheda on Sunday to earn a crack at Dublin in the O’Byrne Cup semi-final. Glenn Ryan was minus the bulk of his squad and although they threatened early on, once Shane Lennon scored the only goal in the 12th minute the victory looked assured for the home county.

Both teams will clash again at the same venue in Division 2 of the National League in early April when Longford will field a more experienced and stronger side in the battle for victory in the match that really matters.

SCORERS – Longford: Francis McGee (0-4, 3f), Donal McElligott (0-3, 1f), Barry McKeon (0-1), John Keegan (0-1).

LONGFORD: Paddy Collum (Fr. Manning Gaels); Peter Foy (Cashel), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Fergal Battrim (Abbeylara); Mark Duffy (Fr. Manning Gaels), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers); Michael Brady (Longford Slashers), John Keegan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s); John Paul Reilly (Colmcille), Barry McKeon (Colmcille), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Francis McGee (Dromard), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s), Enda Dalton (St. Judes, Dublin).

Subs:- Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s) for B McKeon (51 mins); Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers) for JP Reilly (57 mins); Conor Quaine (Legan Sarsfields, 67 mins).

Read the full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday