Johnny Casey pictured in action for Longford against Armagh in the National Hurling League Division 3A game at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last Picture: Declan Gilmore
A point from Daniel Connell right at the end of the game earned Longford a draw against Armagh in their top of the table clash in the National Hurling League Division 3A played at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday.
Longford . . . 0-9 Armagh . . . 0-9
It was no more than Longford deserved. They will feel aggrieved that they didn’t win the game. They had been in front from the 10th minute until the 70th minute when Dean Gaffney hit over a free to put Armagh in front for the first time in the match.
Played in terrible weather conditions both sides deserve great credit for their battling display. In their previous meetings with Armagh, Longford had been comprehensively beaten but on Sunday they were a different proposition. Despite the weather Longford played very good hurling and there were some excellent individual displays.
Longford’s Alan Ward had been a doubt before the game and they were dealt a huge blow in the sixth minute when he had to go off injured. It looks like he will miss Longford’s final two games against Tyrone (away) and Donegal (home). There are also concerns over David Buckley.
LONGFORD: Eanna Daly; Aidan Sheridan (0-1), Gerard Moore, Paddy Corcoran; Daniel Connell (0-1), Enda Naughton, Cian McLoughlin; Cathal Mullane (0-1, free), Paul Barden (0-1); Alan Ward, Iomar Creaven, Martin Coyle; Johnny Casey (0-1), David Buckley (0-4, three frees), Reuben Murray.
Subs:- Maitiu O’Donohoe for A Ward (injured, 6 mins); Evan Tully for R Murray (54 mins); Iain Campbell for E Tully (67 mins).
ARMAGH: Fintan Woods; Paddy Quinn, Artie McGuinness, Tiarnán Nevin; Ciaran Clifford, Aaron Fox, Kiernan McKernan (0-1); Nathan Curry (0-2, frees), Odhrán Curry; Dean Gaffney (0-3, frees), Oisin Keenan (0-1), Ryan Gaffney (0-1); Fiontainn Donnelly, Eoin McGuinness, Danny Magee (0-1).
Subs:- Shaun Toal for O Keenan (half-time); Connor Devlin for K McKernan (45 mins); Liam McIlroy for F Donnelly (49 mins).
Referee: Aidan Ferguson (Fermanagh).