Cathal Mullane pictured in action for the Longford hurlers against Louth in the National League Division 3A clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday. Photo: Declan Gilmore
A seven point defeat against Louth at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday, coupled with Tyrone getting the better of Roscommon, resulted in the Longford senior hurlers relegation to Division 3B of the National League.
Louth . . . 4-17 Longford . . . 5-7
Clare native Niall Arthur was outstanding for Louth scoring 4-12 of his side’s 4-17. Longford were also dealt a huge blow just before the break when Cathal Mullane was harshly sent off for a supposed off the ball incident. They also lost Daniel Connell right at the end while Louth substitute John Crosbie was sent off in the 62nd minute.
Credit to Longford they battled in this game and only trailed by a point at the break (1-8 to 3-1) but with Arthur in superb form and with the loss of Mullane it was always going to be hard for the 14 men.
LONGFORD: Conor Gallagher (Longford Slashers); Karl Murray (Longford Slashers), Seamus Hannon (Wolfe Tones Mostrim ), Gerard Moore (Clonguish); Daire Duggan (Wolfe Tones), Paddy Walsh (Clonkill, Westmeath, 2-0), Aidan Sheridan (Wolfe Tones); Sean Stakelum (Longford Slashers), Paul Barden (Clonguish); Paddy Corcoran (Clonguish), Daniel Connell (Wolfe Tones, 0-1), Jody Leonard (Ballinamere, Offaly); Joe O’Brien (Clonguish, 2-4, goals from penalties, 2f), Cathal Mullane (Killeedy, Co Limerick, 0-1f), Johnny Casey (Longford Slashers, 0-1).
Subs:- Reuben Murray (Longford Slashers, 1-0) for S Stakelum (20 mins); PJ Masterson (Wolfe Tones) for P Corcoran (22 mins); Paul Leonard (Longford Slashers) for P Barden (52 mins); Ray O’Brien (Clonguish) for P Walsh (69 mins); Cian McLoughlin (Wolfe Tones) for G Moore (two minutes into stoppage time).
LOUTH: Stephen Hackett; Mark Wallace, Mike Lyons, Conor Matthews; Stephen Kettle, Ronan Byrne, Andrew McCrave; Donal Ryan, Mark Molloy (0-2); Shane Callan, Gerry Arthur (0-1), Gerard Smyth; Seaghan Conneely (0-1), Niall Arthur (4-12, 6f, 1 ’65), Paddy Lynch (0-1).
Subs:- Diarmuid Murphy for S Callan (57 mins); John Crosbie for G Smyth (61 mins); Michael Ryan for D Ryan (70 mins).
Referee: Chris Mooney (Dublin).