Longford Vocational Schools were crowned Leinster Champions following a ten point victory over the reigning champs Kildare at a bitterly cold Newtowncashel on Friday night last. Despite getting off to a shaky start in the opening exchanges, the hosts quickly regrouped and dominated the first half exchanges with a seven point cushion at the interval.
Longford: 2-14, Kildare: 2-4 Longford’s captain David McGivney played a leading role in their success and finished the game with a personal tally of 1-3, the Cnoc Mhuire student controlled the aerial possession all evening and provided ample amount of ball to his inside full-forward line. Kildare’s first goal came in the 5th minute after a mix up in the Longford full-back line, which allowed Wayne Fitzpatrick a clear cut chance in front of goal, but he need two opportunities to beat the Longford net minder Gary Kenny. The favourites gradually started to take control of the contest midway through the opening half and excellent point shooting from Rian Brady and a brilliant long range goal from Shane Kenny put them in firm control. After the break, Longford continued to impress and an early white flag effort from Rory Connor put eight points between the sides. Kildare team management introduced a number of substitutes into the fray in the second half to an attempt to find someway back. Their ploy however did not have the desired effect and a further goal from David McGivney with ten minutes remaining wrapped up this one sided contest.
LONGFORD: Gary Kenny, Jack Rooney, Andrew Farrell, Isreal Illunga, Paddy Farrell, Sean McKeogh, Shane Cosgrove, David McGivney (1-3), Aidan McElligott, Mattie Gorman, Shane Kenny (1-1, f), Nigel Rabbitte (0-2), Rian Brady (0-4), Rory Connor (0-1), Diarmuid Murtagh (0-3, 3f).
Subs used: Liam Sullivan for M. Gorman (53 mins), Fergus Farrell for R. Connor (54 mins), Diarmuid Fitzsimons for I. Illunga (55 mins), Niall Sheehy for N. Rabbitte (57 mins), Eoin Sorohan for D. Murtagh (58 mins). KILDARE: Craig Shannon, Paul Mescall, James Hendy, Conor Coyle, Brian Cawley, Jamie Flynn, Lorcan O’Rourke, Conor Davin, Jamie Connolly, Brian McGrath, Mark Byrne, Bank Agunsoye (0-1), Jake Corrigan, Wayne Fitzpatrick (1-2, 2f), Neil Flynn (1-1, f). Subs used: Kenneth Ennis for L. O’Rourke (30 mins), Jake Kennedy for J. Corrigan (40 mins), Jamie Cox for C. Coyle (42 mins), Leon McCabe for W. Fitzpatrick (51 mins), Lee Moore for B. Crawley (55 mins).
Referee: Sean Carroll (Westmeath).