Longford travelled to Wexford on Sunday last to play the last game in Division 2 of the Leinster League. Despite confirmation as winners of the title the previous week, the lads were eager to stamp their authority on their opposition.
Howver, it was Wexford who opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a converted penalty and repeated the feat in the 10th minute to lead 6-0. Sustained pressure from Longford yielded a try in the 22nd minute when Ronan Keith capitalised on an unstoppable Longford maul from a line out to get the score which was converted by Colm Glynn to leave the visitors 7-6 ahead.
LEINSTER LEAGUE DIVISION TWO - Longford . . . . . . . 45 Wexford 20
Close to the end of the first half Glynn converted a penalty to increase the Longford lead to 10-6 but Wexford hit back with a penalty to trail by 10-9 at the break. In the early stages of the second half the lead changed hands, resulting from a Wexford penalty. 12-10 to the home side.
However, the remainder of the second half was dominated by a renewed urgency reminiscent of earlier league games this season as Longford began to assert their superiority. The ball was recycled well from a set play and flashed quickly out the line to the waiting hands of centre Riaan Van De Vyver who stormed over the line to claim a second try for Longford and with the successful conversion they now led 17- 12.
Wexford notched another 3 points from a penalty 17-15. Following this Steve Coy and Ciaran Kennedy were involved in a super second try for Riaan Van De Vyver. The ball was flashed wide from a piece of set play and then Coy cleverly popped the ball inside to Van De Vyver who came at pace and carved his way through the Wexford defence. Glynn converted and Longford were in control, 24-15 in front.
Wexford claimed a try soon after this but failed to convert same. Despite this Longford remained in control for the remainder of the game and Glynn claimed his 7th try of the season under the posts from the back of a scrum. It was converted and Longford were in firm control, leading 31-20.
Longford claimed their 5th try from another excellent rolling maul. Keith claimed his second of the day. Again this was converted. 38-20. Captain Paul Gallogly then broke free of a tackle outside the 22 and ran clear of his opposition as he grounded the ball under the posts for Longford’s 6th try and Glynn landed the conversion to bring the scoring to a close.
At the presentation of the Declan Flynn Division 2 cup in Wexford it was noted that Longford had played 18 games this season and had only lost two. The Leinster Representative on the day described the achievement as ‘a fantastic record for a champion team’.
Longford: Greg McGill, Ronan Keith, Fran Deffew, Mike Murphy, Andy Hall, Tom Cullen, Kevin Coffey, Paul Gallogly, Neil Farrell, Colm Glynn, Derek Bannon, Riaan Van De Vyver, Gary Greene, Ciaran Kennedy, Steven Coy Jnr, Derek Farrell, Hubie Connolly, Mick Egan, Ronan Kennedy, Davy McMahon.