Longford hurlers beaten by Warwickshire

Lory Meagher Cup

Lory Meagher Cup

Warwickshire . . . . . . 1-15 Longford . . . . . . . . 1-10

by Deniese O’Flaherty

Longford hurlers have it all to do if they are to reach the Lory Meagher Cup Final after a poor display in England saw them lose to a much hungrier Warwickshire side at Pairc na hEireann in Birmingham on Saturday last.

For whatever reason, Longford were extremely sluggish and put in their worst display of the year. It was always going to be a tough game taking on Warwickshire in their own backyard but Longford put in a below par performance; maybe the travelling over on the day of the match had some effect on them.

There were a few changes to the side that went unbeaten in the league and claimed the Division 3B title last month with a number of former players returning to the fold. The old adage ‘you shouldn’t change a winning team’ sprung to mind after this game in the English Midlands.

The defeat by Warwickshire was a bad blow for Longford who must now win the two home games against Leitrim on Saturday next and Fermanagh (Saturday May 19th) in their quest to qualify for the Lory Meagher Cup Final at Croke Park.

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly; Rory Breslin, Tommy Stakem, Paudie McGarry; Brendan Stakem, Tommy Roche, Conor Egan; Ciaran Finucane, Rory Donnellan; Eoin Donnellan (0-5, three frees), Martin Coyle (0-1), Declan Tanner (0-1); Joe O’Brien (1-2), John Newman, Karl Murray (0-1).

Sub:- Michael Farrell for R Donnellan (51 mins).

Read Deniese O’Flaherty’s full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday