Leinster Junior Football Championship Preliminary Round
Longford . . . . . . 1 – 9 Meath . . . . . . 0 – 8
Padraic O’Brien reporting from Pairc Tailteann, Navan
A well-taken goal from full-forward James Noonan midway through the first half proved to be the decisive matchwinning score in Longford’s win over Meath (comprised of Intermediate and Junior club players) in the preliminary round of the Leinster Junior Football Championship and the second string county team managed by Padraic Davis now advance to meet the Cavan reserves in the quarter-final at Pearse Park on Wednesday May 25th.
LONGFORD: James McKenna (Sean Connolly’s); Aaron Quinn (Fr. Manning Gaels), Michael Victory (Mostrim), Fergal Battrim (Abbeylara); Colm P Smith (Abbeylara), Mark Duffy (Fr. Manning Gaels), James Carroll (Rathcline); John Keegan (Mullinalaghta St. Columba’s, 0-1), Johnny Kane (Fr. Manning Gaels); Diarmuid Cooney (Fr. Manning Gaels), Niall Mulligan (Longford Slashers), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara, 0-1); William Crawford (Abbeylara, 0-1), James Noonan (Fr. Manning Gaels, 1-2, points from frees), Ciaran Williams (Clonguish, 0-3).
Subs:- Mark McDonnell (Carrickedmond, 0-1) for D Cooney (injured, 43 mins); David Pettit (Dromard) for J Carroll (54 mins).
MEATH: David Nolan; Padraig Young, Willie Ryan, Harry Newman; Cormac Rowe, David Reynolds, Niall McMahon; Terry Skelly, Eric Callaghan; Robbie Madden (0-1), Damien Carroll (0-2, frees), Darragh Smyth; Danny Quinn, Colm Kerrigan (0-1), Daniel Queeney (0-2, frees).
Subs:- Harry Silke for D Smyth (21 mins); Justin O’Reilly (0-2) for E Callaghan (39 mins); Alan Farrell for R Madden (46 mins); Barry Tormey for C Rowe (58 mins).
Referee: Brendan Hickey (Kildare).