Allianz National Football League Division 2
Westmeath . . . . . . 2-7 Longford . . . . . . 1-8
After letting a commanding nine-point lead slip from their grasp in the slender defeat away to Wexford the previous week, Longford suffered another setback in their quest to survive in Division 2 of the National Football League when they lost out to neighbouring rivals Westmeath at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday and many missed chances in the second half cost them very dearly indeed.
A cracking goal from chief marksman Sean McCormack in the 27th minute of the first half had left Longford leading by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break but the erratic attack (sorely missing Brian Kavanagh and the Barden brothers Paul and David) struggled badly for the vital scores thereafter and generally pressed the self destruct button in kicking no less than nine wides on the changeover.
Both sides were guilty of making several silly mistakes in an error ridden local derby played in extremely difficult wet conditions and Westmeath scored two decisive goals in the second half through Kieran Martin (45th minute) and Dessie Dolan (55th minute) to clinch a somewhat fortunate win.
LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Peter Foy (Cashel); Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Michael Quinn (Killoe Young Emmets), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s); John Keegan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s), Michael Brady (Longford Slashers); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s), Padraig McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets); Francis McGee (Dromard), Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-1), Sean McCormack (Killoe Young Emmets, 1-7, five frees).
Sub:- Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers) for P McCormack (58 mins).
Read Padraic O’Brien’s full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday