Anna McDonnell pictured in action for Longford against Wicklow in the Lidl Ladies Football National League Division 3 game. Picture: Syl Healy
What a difference a year makes. Last year Longford Ladies were fighting a relegation battle in the National League and avoided a final game showdown with Leitrim after the Connacht County conceded the fixture in dropping down to Division 4.
Longford . . . 1-20 Wicklow . . . 1-7
Longford required a win against Wicklow - who themselves were looking for a place in the last four - and Sligo needed to beat Kildare. Both results materialised and Enda Sheridan’s side now face a semi-final clash against table toppers Meath.
The previous occasion Longford and Wicklow met was in last year’s Leinster championship with the Garden County winning by 18 points but it was a completely different story on Sunday with Longford worthy winners by the emphatic margin of 13 points.
LONGFORD: Emer Esler; Rachel O’Farrell, Leanne Keegan, Mairead Moore; Orla Nevin, Eimear O’Brien, Clare Farrell; Jacinta Brady, Mairead Reynolds; Emer Heaney (0-4), Michelle Farrell (0-1), Ciara Healy (0-3); Anna McDonnell (0-2), Aisling Greene (0-3), Aoife Darcy (0-7, three frees).
Subs:- Niamh Darcy for R O’Farrell (half-time); Laura Gallagher for L Keegan (injured, 40 mins); Kara Shannon (1-0) for A McDonnell (46 mins); Aisling McCormack for C Farrell (50 mins); Sarah Shannon for C Healy and Una Clarke for E Heaney (56 mins).
WICKLOW: Megan Dunne; Sarah Jane Winders, Sarah Hogan, Aoife Gillen; Lorna Fusciardi, Jessica Nolan Byrne, Emily Mulhall; Aoife Gorman (0-1), Sarah Delahunt; Niamh McGettigan (1-0), Jackie Kinch (0-1), Sarah Miley; Marie Kealy (0-2), Clodagh Fox (0-1), Laura Hogan (0-2).
Subs used:- Anna McGrath, Georgina Canavan, Erin Horan, Tara Costello, Evelyn Dean.
Referee: Mel Kenny (Mayo).