Longford secured five points on their visit to Sydney Parade in their most complete performance of the season last Saturday. Having moved from close to the basement Longford added another bonus point victory to continue their upward curve.
This was Longford 1st XV’s second bonus point victory on the turn. Although they beat Monkstown earlier in the season the journey to Sydney Parade was always going to be difficult. On a day that was perfect for rugby Longford put in one of the best 80 minutes since September. Though the pitch was a bit soft and the breeze was against them in the first half the visitors set pieces were impressive. The scrums were solid, line-outs worked well and Longford punished the Southsiders at every available opportunity.
This was the first time this season that the pack really clicked as a unit and they blew Monkstown away in all facets of the game. Once again Barry Stewart had a fabulous game and his second row partner Clifford Richardson put in his best performance since donning the Longford shirt.
Monkstown opened the scoring early on. Longford conceded a try in the first few minutes when winger Mark Culhane received the ball in broken play. He made light of four tackles before going under the posts and out half Dave McAllister fired over the conversion.
Longford responded straight away with a try when Clifford Richardson made a break from his own 22 and the lock covered over 30 metres before getting the ball off to Barry Stewart. The other second row showed his value by completing the journey to the try line. Colm Glynn’s conversion resorted parity at 7-7.
However a penalty decision against Longford gave McAllister the chance to put the home side in front again 10-7. When the tables turned Glynn converted on the 20 minute mark to again tie things up this time on 10 apiece.
Just as the first half was coming to a conclusion Longford ran in their second try, scored in wonderful fashion by George McDermott. The move, started by Jimmy Connolly, was added to by Richardson, but it was McDermott that did most of the work to get over the line. Glynn’s conversion brought it to17-10 at the break.
Longford continued to play with the verve and authority of the first half when they came out for the second period and Monkstown did not know what had hit them. A Hubie Connolly break down the wing showed a turn of pace he rarely had an opportunity to display. The third try came as the continuous effort of the pack was rewarded when a maul over the try line was grounded by Derek Farrell and Glynn added the extras to leave it 24-10
Monkstown hit back and a superb line take by winger Peter Nolan cut through the Longford defence. Though the conversion was in front of the posts it was missed.
The next score for the visitors came following a brilliant piece of individual play by George McDermott. Having done all the running he gave a lovely pass to Jimmy Connolly who crossed the line. Again Glynn showed unerring accuracy with the conversion to bring the tally to 31 to the Southsiders 15.
This was a resounding win for Longford and one that the pack in particular will be pleased with. As well as the starting eight the contribution of replacements Benny Gilligan and Ronan Keith made sure that Longford maintained the momentum that mastered the challenge of Monkstown.
In their next outing Longford will feel that they have a point to prove when Wicklow visit CPL Park on the 6th of January. This will be an opportunity to make up for the poor performance against them back in mid-October.
LONGFORD: D Quinn, H Connolly, J Duffy, C Richardson, B Stewart, D Farrell, P Gallogly, B Fagan, N Farrell, C Glynn, B Trueick, J O’Connell, J Connolly, G McDermott, C Kennedy.
Replacements: B Gilligan, R Keith, F McGlade, C O’Brien , C Donovan.
Membership renewal is now due
Membership renewal is now due for all playing and non-playing members. Membership can be paid to Club Membership Secretary Donal Considine. Alternatively subscriptions can be paid to Damien Curley who will then pass them on to Donal. If any players are having trouble making the payment before year end please approach Damian Curley. Membership can also be paid to Hilary Davis in the Mini/Youths Section and Mairead Coy in the Ladies Section It is vital that membership is paid as soon as possible. Players who have not paid their membership will not be allowed to take the pitch representing Longford RFC under any circumstances. This is mainly to protect the player in case of injury and also to protect the club. Longford RFC has taken a massive leap forward in the last few years in terms of facilities and playing standards including the new changing rooms, gym and Sin Bin Event Centre. Your membership is a vital contribution towards the running costs of the club and is more important than ever at the moment due to the tough economic times and the reduction of Sponsorship available. Membership also entitles members to full access and use of the Sin Bin Event Centre (subject to normal house rules) and to book the Sin Bin for functions. For any membership enquiries please contact the relevant Membership Secretary or e-mail email@example.com
Christmas Events at Longford RFC
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