Longford cry foul after referee rules out crucial last-gasp goal
Mickey Ned O'Sullivan's Limerick side continued their winning ways with a two-point victory over an aggrieved Longford outfit at Pearse Park on Saturday.
The contest ended in controversy after referee Sean Carroll disallowed a goal from Longford's Seamus Hannon in injury-time.
The scene unfolded in the 73rd minute, when Longford were awarded a free on the edge of the 13-metre line.
Francis McGee fancied his chances and unleashed a piledriver at the Limerick goal-mouth, where Hannon was first to react and fired the ball to the back of the net.
Confusion followed with referee Carroll stating he'd blown the full-time whistle before the shot was taken, although the new rules require the ball to go out of play for the end of the game.
The Shannonsiders got off to a fantastic start and bagged the game's only goal in the first minute. Padraig Browne picked out James O'Donovan on the right and he cut inside his marker and drilled a low shot to the net.
Longford relied heavily on the place-kicking of McGee to stay in contention. The hosts fought back in the second period, where Kevin Smith and McGee reduced the deficit back to two points.
However, Limerick's Ian Ryan always kept them out of danger and his tally of five points helped his team to top spot in the division.
Scorers -- Limerick: I Ryan 0-5 (0-4f), J O'Dononvan 1-0, S Lavin, J Ryan, G Collins 0-1 each.Longford: F McGee 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 '45), K Mulligan, C Mimnagh, K Smith 0-1 each.
Limerick -- C Ranahan; M O'Riordan, C Mullane, A Lane; S Lavin, J McCarthy, P Ranahan; J O'Donovan, J Galvin; P Browne, J Ryan, J Mullane; G Collins, I Ryan, C Joyce-Power. Subs: G Noonan for C Joyce-Power (h-t), R Hayes for J Galvin (h-t), S Gallagher for C Mullane (h-t), P Corrigan for J Mullane (59).
Longford -- D Sheridan; S Mulligan, D Masterson, S Hannon; D Brady, E Williams, J Nally; K Smith, G Dennigan; D Keenan, F McGee, K Mulligan; D Reilly, B Kavanagh, C Mimnagh. Subs: P Kelly for G Dennigan (54), D Morgan for C Mimnagh (64).
Ref -- S Carroll (Westmeath).