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21/10/2021

Longford Leader columnist Mattie Fox: Encouraging signs in Drogheda for Davis' Longford

Longford v Louth

Robbie Smyth, who scored 1-3, in Longford's fine win over Louth last Sunday.

Longford GAA got a great boost when the senior team beat Louth last Sunday, obviously short several notional regulars.

This was a very good result, in Drogheda, and the team and mentors must have come away feeling that something good is unfolding. Many new players performed very well, and it’s encouraging that Longford seem to have come up with several promising talents. To get two or three any year is very good but to unearth maybe five is amazing.

Perhaps the coaching in Longford is paying off, and is showing its service credentials by delivering new talent able to blend in with the senior panel.

It’s a long time since Longford suddenly started playing at the top level, after being beaten in every single game the previous season. I know it sounds foolish to hark back to those days, but it’s a sign of some real talent in the ranks that they can go to Drogheda, against Louth at home, and get a result while still labouring with several missing players.

I wouldn’t get too excited, because that would be silly, but I’d take the result as a sign that something is happening that is real, and solid, and it’s a great thing to see.

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