Longford win New York Junior ‘B’ title

Pictured is the Longford New York Gaelic team, who won the New York  Junior Football Championship title on Sunday last when defeating Manhattan Gaels in the final  at Gaelic Park in the Bronx, New York. PHOTO: CORMAC MCCORMACK
Longford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Manhattan Gaels . . . . . . . 2-5

Longford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Manhattan Gaels . . . . . . . 2-5

After a very nervy start, Longford ran out emphatic winners of the New York Junior ‘B’ Football Championship Final at Gaelic Park on Sunday last.

In a first half that was very sloppy from both sides, Longford went in at the break leading by 0-5 to 0-3. The second half was a different story as Longford built up a 5 point lead with some quick scores only to see Manhattan reduce the deficit to the minimum of margins with a well-taken goal and a great long range point.

Changes were then made with Killoe man Tommy Nolan coming out to midfield, Ardagh native Brian Kavanagh going to full-forward and Abbeylara man Kevin Smyth moving to centre-half-forward. Longford took control of the game from then on with some great movement and point scoring sealing a first victory in New York for Longford since 1997.

Longford Scorers:- Brian Kavanagh 0-6 (4 frees), Simon McCoy 1-2, PJ Mahoney 0-2, Brian Curley 0-2, Paul O’Hara 0-2, Tommy Nolan 0-1, Kevin Smyth 0-1, Nathan Finnegan 0-1

LONGFORD: Darren Lynch; John McCorry, Michael Ledwith (Abbeylara), Eugene O’Hagan; Val Delaney (Killoe), Mike Creegan, Brendan Donoghue (Sean Connolly’s); Paul O’Hara (Killoe), Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara); Brian Kavanagh (Kilmacud Crokes & Longford), PJ Mahoney, Simon McCoy; Ronan Rogers, Tommy Nolan (Killoe), Nathan Finnegan.

Subs:- Brian Curley for R Rogers; Tommy Fox (Mullinalaghta) for Eugene O’Hagan; Alan Dowling for John McCorry.

Subs not used:- Conor Murphy (Longford Slashers), Robbie O’Neill, Owen Roe Kavanagh, Conor Oakes.

Management Team: Finbarr O’Neill (Longford Slashers), Cormac McCormack (Ballymahon), Dermot Yorke (Carrickedmond).