Leinster Minor Football Championship First Round
Meath . . . . . . . 1–11 Longford . . . . . . . 0–11
While Longford suffered yet another defeat in the opening round of the Leinster Minor Football Championship, they managed to produce a spirited performance in making it difficult for a strongly fancied Meath outfit and just a goal separated the sides in the finish at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday.
Minus the services of their suspended manager Martin Mulleady who had to watch the game from the terrace, the county minors under the guidance of the selectors Colin Dalton, Liam Belton and Gareth Johnston suffered the misfortune of conceding a penalty just before the half-time break and Meath corner-forward Barry Dardis fired home the decisive goal.
That was a significant setback for Longford, who were leading by 0-5 to 0-3 prior to the penalty goal in the 28th minute, and while they eventually lost the game there is considerable hope for the qualifiers and progress will certainly be made through the back door at the expense of Kilkenny who were crushed 8-30 to 1-0 by Offaly in the first round.
That away fixture is scheduled for the middle of next week but may not be played to spare the Kilkenny minors further humiliation and if that happens to be the case then Longford will move on to meet Laois in the second round of the qualifiers when a place in the quarter-finals of the championship proper on May 19th will be at stake.
Read the full report in the next edition of The Longford Leader