Aggrieved Longford folk take to Twitter to vent fury over officiating and poor TV coverage


Aggrieved Longford folk take to Twitter to vent fury over referee and poor TV coverage

The Longford squad and some action from their Allianz National Football League Division 3 encounter against Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.

Aggrieved Longford folk took to Twitter to express their annoyance over the harsh refereeing calls that they felt cost them victory against Armagh in the top of the table Allianz National Football League Division 3 encounter at the Athletic Grounds.

Read the match report:  Heartbreak and frustration for Longford as Armagh snatch victory from jaws of defeat 

While RTÉ and the League Sunday programme also came in for stinging criticism for failing to highlight the game's major talking points - whether Longford should have been awarded a free out prior to Ethan Rafferty's 68th minute Armagh goal and the black cards that were shown to Longford's David McGivney and Michael Quinn. 

Longford led 0-8 to 0-5 at the interval, but after 53 minutes it was 0-9 all. Denis Connerton's side were reduced to fourteen players in the 39th minute after Andrew Farrell was shown a second yellow card. 

Longford were awarded a 58th minute penalty after Armagh defender Brendan Donaghy was penalised for picking up the ball in the small square and this was confidently drilled to the bottom left corner of the net by Donal McElligott, 0-9 to 1-9.

James McGivney followed up with a 63rd minute point to put the 14-men of Longford four points up, 0-9 to 1-10.

Armagh refused to lie down and in a gripping, even controversial finish, including six minutes of additional time, they stole victory from the jaws of defeat.

Ethan Rafferty’s 68th minute goal brought the teams level for the 4th and final time at 1-10 all. Then Rory Grugan pulled the trigger in the 75th minute to land the decisive point that broke Longford hearts.

Longford manager Denis Connerton felt his charges had been very badly let down by the standard of officiating, while victorious Armagh supremo Kieran McGeeney suggested differently. 

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