Longford 0-6 Kildare 3-20
Jack Sheedy’s Longford were brought crashing back down to earth with an almighty bang earlier this evening in chilly Newtowncashel as they were trounced by 23 points, 0-6 to 3-20, by a slick moving Kildare outfit in the second round of the Bord na Mona O’Byrne Cup Senior Football Tournament.
Longford opened the competition with an encouraging and emphatic 1-19 to 2-7 victory over Carlow last Sunday in Dr Cullen Park, while Kildare, under the stewardship of Jason Ryan, were comfortable 4-24 to 0-12 winners against AIT.
A fifth minute goal from Podge Fogarty put the ‘Lilywhites’ on the road to glory and the visitors were 1-3 to nil ahead before Longford managed to get off the mark.
Fogarty, Eoghan O’Flaherty, Conor Murphy, Robbie Dunne, Cathal McNally and Tommy Moolick all got in on the points scoring act as Kildare piled on the first half misery for Longford.
It was 1-11 to 0-2 at the break in favour of the ‘visitors’ with Longford’s opening half points being supplied by Paul McKeon and Cian Mimnagh.
Any slim hopes Longford entertained of shaping a dramatic second half revival were mercilessly quashed by the ruthless Kildare attack.
Padraig Gill and Brian Kavanagh did register points on the resumption however Mikey Conway slammed home a Kildare goal in the 49th minute to make it 2-15 to 0-4.
Kavanagh added two more points for outclassed Longford before Darroch Mulhall’s 67th minute goal completed the Kildare rout and saw them march on to the semi-finals of the competition.
In the other Group B tie played tonight, AIT defeated Carlow by 1-15 to 0-13.
The final series of Group games sees Longford host AIT on Sunday at 2pm in Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon and Kildare take on Carlow at 2pm in Newbridge.
Longford - Brian Kavanagh 0-3 (0-1 free), Padraig Gill 0-1, Cian Mimnagh 0-1, Paul McKeon 0-1
Kildare - Podge Fogarty 1-2, Eoghan O’Flaherty 0-7, Mikey Conway 1-1, Darroch Mulhall 1-1, Robbie Dunne 0-3, Conor Murphy 0-2, Cathal McNally 0-2, Tommy Moolick 0-2
Meanwhile, Longford U-21’s - the defending Hastings Cup champions - who suffered a 0-12 to 2-14 reversal at the hands of Mayo in the opening round of the Tournament last Saturday in Killoe, make the journey to Clonbullogue to face Offaly this Saturday, January 11 (throw-in 2pm).