Longford minors well beaten by Wicklow in championship exit

Electric Ireland Leinster Minor (U-17) Football Championship First Round

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Josh Sorohan pictured in action for Longford against Wicklow in the Leinster Minor (U-17) Football Championship first round game in Aughrim on Saturday

Three second half goals consolidated a comfortable win for Wicklow over the Longford U-17s in the first round of the Leinster Minor Football Championship in Aughrim on Saturday.

Wicklow . . . 4-14       Longford . . . 3-9

Wicklow were the better team throughout the game and while well beaten Longford tried hard to stay in contention and played their best football in the final quarter of the contest, the midlanders are now out of the championship.  

With less than a minute gone on the clock Wicklow made the perfect start with a goal. JP Nolan and Tom Keogh combined before Eoin Doyle shot to the net.

Tom Keogh hit over a point in the sixth minute to extend the early lead but Longford were back in the game one minute later when Micheal Hynes found the back of the net with an excellent finish.

Wicklow replied with two points before Longford got a point through Sean Morgan in the 18th minute. Longford struggled and Wicklow’s dominance saw them hit over five unanswered points with impressive full-forward Doyle inflicting most of the damage. 

Longford got a much needed point in the 29th minute when Emmet Brady hit over a fine score. Micheal Hynes then brought a fine save out of Wicklow keeper Jack Sargent in stoppage time. Wicklow broke with Tom Keogh hitting over a point to extend their lead to eight at the break: 1-10 to 1-2.

Wicklow made a fine start to the second half with two points in quick succession. Micheal Hynes got Longford’s first score on the changeover from a free and then in the 37th minute Emmet Brady scored a badly needed goal.

The response from Wicklow was excellent with JP Nolan firing over a point and Joe Prendergast getting two goals in quick succession to stretch the lead to a massive 16 points by the 40th minute.

 Longford’s best player Micheal Hynes hit over an excellent point in the 48th minute with Emmet Brady (free) and Kevin Tansey (‘45) adding further scores.

Longford got their third goal in the 57th minute through substitute Ruairi Corcoran for what was nothing more than a consolation score in this disappointing defeat.

WICKLOW: Jack Sargent; Matt Nolan, Luke O’Brien, Austin Brennan; Mikey O’Rourke (0-1), Liam O’Neill, Noah Sheridan; Dan Cooney, Jack Kirwan; Finn Tracey (0-1), Joe Prendergast (2-0), Cathal Baker (1-0); Tom Keogh (0-2), Eoin Doyle (1-8, five frees), JP Nolan (0-1).

Subs used:- Conor Murphy (0-1), Joe Mills, Charlie Cruise, Daniel Silk-Fetherson, Conor Fee. 

LONGFORD: Shane Quinn; Dylan Reilly, Oisin O’Toole, Diarmuid Farrell; Kevin Tansey (0-2, one ’45), Darragh Finlass, Sean Morgan (0-1); Ben Lynn, Mark Odukoya; Ronan Courtney, Jason Glancy, Harvey Myhill; Emmet Brady (1-2, one free), Micheal Hynes (1-3, one free), Josh Sorohan (0-1).

Subs used:- Conor Smith, James Galligan, Matt Duffy, Ruairi Corcoran (1-0), John McCormack

Referee: Kieran Harris (Kildare).