David Buckley pictured in action for Longford against Louth in the Lory Meagher Cup game at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park Photo: Syl Healy
The rampant Longford hurlers produced a magnificent display to hammer the reigning champions Louth in their opening game in the Lory Meagher Cup at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday.
Longford . . . 8-25 Louth . . 3-19
It was one of the best displays of hurling from a Longford team who dominated the match from start to the finish. Manager Derek Frehill had bemoaned Longford’s poor starts in the league that had cost them dearly; on this occasion they took the game to Louth right from the start.
The lead at the break was 6-9 to 1-13 with Reuben Murray scoring a half-trick of goals. They didn’t let up in the second half with Daniel Connell and Martin Coyle getting a goal apiece. Joe O’Brien finished the game with 0-12 points (four frees and one ‘65).
Longford’s remaining group fixture in the championship is away to Monaghan on Saturday July 10.
LONGFORD: Conor Gallagher; Evan Tully, Enda Naughton, Gerard Moore; Bart Hanley (0-1), Karl Murray, Dwayne Sheedy; Joe O’Brien (0-12, 0-4fs, 0-1’65), John Mulhern (0-2); Cathal Mullane (1-0), David Buckley (1-4, 0-1 sideline cut), Luke Kelly; Reuben Murray (3-2), Martin Coyle (2-0), Steven Creaven (0-2).
Subs:- Daniel Connell (1-2) for J Mulhern (half-time); Cian Kavanagh for L Kelly and Cian McLoughlin for E Tully (45 mins); Adam Quinn (0-1) for E Naughton (54 mins).
LOUTH: Donal Connolly; Mark Wallace, Ronan Byrne, Stephen Kettle; Conor Quigley (0-1), Jamie McDonnell, Paddy Lynch; Niall Keenan (0-2), Darren O’Hanrahan (0-1); Ryan Walsh (0-1), Darren Geoghegan (0-10, 0-9 frees), Thomas McCreesh; Feidhlim Joyce (1-2), Evan Maher (1-0), David Kettle (1-1).
Subs:- Peter Fortune for J McDonnell and Paul Matthews for D Kettle (22 mins); Adam Plunkett for P Lynch (half-time); Matthew Fee for M Wallace (40 mins); Andrew Mackin (0-1) for D O’Hanrahan (59 mins).
Referee: Brian Keon (Galway).
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