Longford senior hurlers suffer heavy defeat against Monaghan in the Nicky Rackard Cup

Nicky Rackard Cup Senior Hurling Championship - Round 1

Deniese O'Flaherty


Deniese O'Flaherty



Nicky Rackard Cup

Longford defender Eoghan Kavanagh attempting to stop Monaghan forward Eamon Collins. Action from the Nicky Rackard Cup first round game at the Inniskeen grounds on Saturday. Photo: Christopher Lappin

Three second half goals saw Monaghan inflict a heavy defeat on the Longford senior hurlers in their opening Nicky Rackard Cup game played in Inniskeen on Saturday.  

Monaghan . . . 4-19      Longford . . . 2-10

There was just five points between the sides in the 42nd minute but a point from Fergal Rafter and a goal from Mark Treanor extended the lead to nine points and Longford could not find a way back into the game.

Monaghan, who held a comfortable 1-13 to 1-6 lead at half-time, were sharper with their play and took their scores. Longford were wasteful and didn’t take their chances when they came their way; especially goal opportunities. Several players were doubts for this game and it was obvious they were not fully fit.

Joe O’Brien kept Longford in the game with a couple of goals in ending up with 2-3 to his credit.  A lot of the chances that Monaghan converted came from the losers giving away possession in the forward line.

Longford  are now facing a must win match against Louth in Round 2 of the Nicky Rackard Cup at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday next.  

MONAGHAN: Patrick Bermingham; Jamie Guinan, Kevin Crawley, Brian Flanagan; Patrick Finnegan, Peter Treanor, Martin Murphy; Mark Treanor (1-3), Aaron Kenny (0-1); Conor Boyle (0-2), Fergal Rafter (0-5, 2f), Cormac McNally (0-1); Niall Garland, Eamon Collins (1-7), Tadhg Campbell (1-0).

Subs:- Brian McGuigan (1-0) for C McNally (46 mins); Shane McNally for E Collins (60 mins); Cathal Power for C Boyle (63 mins); Cathal McAnespie for T Campbell (stoppage time).

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly; Aidan Sheridan, Eoghan Kavanagh, Johnny Casey; Seamus Hannon, Bart Hanley, Jody Leonard; Patrick Walsh (0-2), John Mulhern; Cian Kavanagh (0-1), Daniel Connell, Paul Barden; Karl Murray, Cathal Mullane (0-4, 3f), Joe O’Brien (2-3).

Subs:- PJ Masterson for J Mulhern (injured, 14 mins); Gerard Moore for E Kavanagh (first half stoppage time); Shane O’Brien for C Kavanagh (46 mins); Ray O’Brien for P Barden (63 mins); Neil O’Connor for J Leonard (66 mins).

Referee: Aidan Ferguson (Fermanagh).