Longford hurlers beat Leitrim to maintain league title challenge

Allianz National Hurling League Division 3B - Round 3

Deniese O'Flaherty

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Reuben Murray pictured in action for Longford against Leitrim in the National Hurling League Division 3B game at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday. Photo: Declan Gilmore

A strong second half performance saw the Longford senior hurlers make it two wins from two fixtures in Division 3B of the National Hurling League as they proved too good for Leitrim at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday.  

Longford . . . 2-18     Leitrim . . . 0-16

Aided by a strong wind in the second half Longford used the elements well. Cathal Mullane got their first goal in the 58th minute when he scored from a penalty and Reuben Murray got the second goal in the 64th minute with a fine finish.

In a tight first half Longford started well but Leitrim hit back and trailed by just the minimum of margins at the break, 0-7 to 0-6. Longford upped their performance in the second half and ran out deserving winners with the comfortable margin of eight points to spare in the end.

LONGFORD: Eanna Daly; Paddy Corcoran, Gerard Moore, Johnny Casey; Bart Hanley (0-1), Karl Murray, Paul Leonard: Paul Barden, David Buckley (0-1); Shane O’Brien, Enda Naughton (0-3), Cian Kavanagh (0-3); Reuben Murray (1-0), Cathal Mullane (1-10, goal from penalty, six points from frees), John Mulhern.

Subs:- Daniel Connell for P Leonard (half-time); Evan Tully for J Mulhern (injured, 60 mins); Michael Devlin for S O’Brien (62 mins); Maithiu O’Donohue for E Naughton  (injured, 64 mins); Cian McLoughlin for R Murray (66 mins).

LEITRIM: Declan Molloy; Paul Earley, Neil McLoughlin, Diarmuid Kelleher; Enda Moreton, Karl McDermott (0-2,1f), David McGovern; Liam Moreton, Cathal O’Donovan (0-2); Ben Murray (0-5, one point from penalty), Colm Moreton (0-1), Kevin Clerkin; Gavin O’Hagan (0-4,2f), Pauric McWeeney (0-1), Stephen Goldrick.

Subs:- Kevin McGrath (0-1,f) for P Earley (26 mins); Cian Mallon for D McGovern (half-time); Zak Moradi for K Clerkin (53 mins); Tomas Glancy for D Kelleher (66 mins);  Gavin O’Brien for S Goldrick (69 mins).

Referee: James Clarke (Cavan).