Longford comfortably see off Derry as Connerton's men maintain 100 per cent NFL record

Allianz National Football League Division 3 - Round 2: Longford 1-13 Derry 1-6

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Longford travel to Thurles this Saturday for league re-fixture v Tipperary

Michael Quinn pictured in action for Longford.

Longford maintained their unbeaten start to life in Division 3 of the National Football League thanks to a facile seven point win (1-13 to 1-6) over Derry at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park this afternoon. 

Denis Connerton's steadily improving side never looked troubled by their Ulster counterparts in what was a largely one sided affair at Longford GAA headquarters.

Michael Quinn grabbed the home side's all important goal shortly after half-time as he fended off the challenges of three Derry opponents to fire past a hapless Oran Hartin from 12 yards.

The only surprise of the afternoon was the change in fortunes in front of goal experienced by star man, Robbie Smyth.

Viewed by many to be the architect in chief behind Longford's 3-18 to 1-13 rout of Offaly just seven days previously, the Abbeylara man failed to register a solitary score throughout the entire 70 minutes.

Not that Smyth's talents in raising the white flag were needed as the Midlanders made their possession and territorial dominance pay by readily making it two wins from two.

It means Longford can now go into next Sunday's away clash with Armagh knowing a similarly positive result the Athletic Grounds will trigger talk of a possible promotion push to Division Two.

Longford:

Paddy Collum (Fr Manning Gaels); Patrick Fox (Mullinalaghta St Columba's), Padraig McCormack (Killoe Emmet Óg); Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta St Columba's, 0-1); Michael Quinn (Killoe Emmet Óg, 1-1), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers, 0-1), Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe Emmet Óg, 0-1); Darren Gallagher (St Mary's Granard, 0-2), Andrew Farrell (Cashel); Barry McKeon (Colmcille), Sean McCormack (Killoe Emmet Óg), Dessie Reynolds (Sean Connolly's); Robbie Smyth (Abbeylara), Conor Berry (Abbeylara), Rian Brady (Mullinalaghta St Columba's, 0-3).

Subs used:

James McGivney (Mullinalaghta St Columba's, 0-2) for Sean McCormack (28 mins), Peter Foy (Longford Slashers) for Patrick Fox (50 mins), David McGivney (0-1, free) (Mullinalaghta St Columba's) for Conor Berry, Ronan McEntire (Dromard, 0-1) for Andrew Farrell, Darren Quinn (Clonguish) for Peter Foy, Conor Berry for Darren Gallagher

Derry:


Oran Hartin; Niall Keenan, Kevin Johnston, Liam McGoldrick; Michael McEvoy, Conor McAtamney, Carlus McWilliams; Terence O'Brien, Emmet Bradley (0-1); Ruairí Mooney, Enda Lynn (1-1), Ciaran McFaul (0-1); Conor Doherty, Peter Hagan, Niall Toner.

Subs used:

Padraig MacGrogan for Liam McGoldrick (six mins), Liam McGoldrick for Carlus McWilliams (35 mins), Benny Heron for Michael McEvoy (35 mins), James Kielt (0-1) for Terence O'Brien (35 mins), Mark Lynch (0-2, both frees) for Conor Doherty (45 mins)

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