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).