Longford got their 2013 minor campaign of to a winning start in St. Loman’s Lakepoint Park on Saturday last in the first round of the Leinster League. Westmeath, who were short a number of players still involved in the Leinster Colleges Championship, had the wind advantage in the first half but were slow to start with Longford notching up 1-2 without reply in the opening 10 minutes with points from Liam Sullivan and a Larry Moran free and Rian Brady finding the net following a good move involving seven players.
The goal woke up Westmeath and from there to half-time they outscored Longford 1-5 to 0-2 with Moran and Sullivan again on target for the visitors. The Longford defence found opposing attackers Luke Loughlin And Darren Giles a handful as Westmeath led at the break 1-5 to 1-4 .
With the wind in their favour in the second half, Longford held the upper hand and from the throw-in Nigel Rabbitte finished off a good move with a point. Both sides started to make numerous changes and the game was made safe with a Larry Moran goal with 10 minutes remaining.
Longford face Munster champions Tipperary at a Longford venue next Saturday in Round 2 and manager Martin Mulleady will know that his charges will have to up their game from the display against Westmeath if they are to register another win in Group C.
LONGFORD: Luke Meehan (Northern Gaels); Dessie Reynolds (Clonbroney), Andrew Farrell (Southern Gaels), Shane Cosgrove (Southern Gaels); Adrian Duffy (Longford Slashers), Damien Bennett (Killoe Og),
John Lynch (Killoe Og); Fergal Sheridan (St. Colmcille’s, 0-1), Shane Kenny (Shannon Gaels); Nigel Rabbitte (Northern Gaels, 0-1), David McGivney (Northern Gaels), Liam Sullivan (Granard/Ballymore, 0-2); Larry Moran (Killoe Og, 1-3), Paddy Kiernan (Killoe Og), Rian Brady (Northern Gaels, 1-0).
Subs used:- Shane Fitzpatrick (Killoe Og), Mattie Gorman (Granard/Ballymore), Cormac Hughes (St. Colmcille’s), Patrick Farrell (Carrick Sarsfields), Fergal Keenan (Moydow Harpers), Martin Cassidy (St. Vincent’s, 0-1), Ciaran Donohoe (Killoe Og), Alan Sorohan (Clonguish Og), Darragh Gilna (Killoe Og), Niall Kelly (Longford Slashers, 0-1), Shane Tully (Killoe Og).