Monday 20 February 2017

Longford find range to crush listless Cavan

Francis Mooney

Published 26/06/2011 | 05:00

Longford cruised to victory over a lifeless Cavan side to reignite their season and set themselves up for what could be an extended run through the qualifiers.

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Following their near miss against Laois, when they shot 16 wides, Longford brought their shooting boots to Breffni Park last night as they missed the target just seven times -- in the first ever Championship clash of these neighbours.

Cavan led by 0-7 to 0-6 at the break, and although they extended the advantage briefly through Niall McDermott, Longford were soon in control, Sean McCormack slotting over a couple of frees before Paul Barden rattled the net in the 49th minute.

When substitute Michael Brennan converted a '45' in the 62nd minute, Cavan had trimmed the deficit to four points, but Gareth Smith's second yellow card and Brian Kavanagh's superb volleyed goal ended any hopes of a comeback.

Cavan finished with 13 men when David Givney picked up his second yellow in the dying moments.

Scorers -- Longford: S McCormack 0-9 (7f), P Barden 1-3, B Kavanagh 1-2, , B McElvaney, C Smith 0-1 each. Cavan: E Keating 0-4 (1f), S Johnston 0-3 (2f) , M McKeever, J McEnroe, N McDermott, M Brennan ('45') 0-1 each.

Cavan: J Reilly, M Cahill, T Corr, M Brady, M McKeever, J McCutcheon, J McEnroe, D Givney, G McKiernan, F Flanagan, M Lyng, N Murray, N McDermott, E Keating, S Johnston. Subs: G Smith for Murray (18), R Flanagan for F Flanagan (41), M Brennan for McCutcheon (41), C Mackey for Lyng (51).

Longford: D Sheridan, D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly, S Mulligan, K Diffley,

N Farrell, B McElvaney, M Brady, D Barden, D Masterson, P Barden, D McElligot, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.

Subs: F McGee for McElligot (46), P Foy for S Mulligan (61), N Mulligan for Masterson (61), C Smith for Farrell (61), J Keegan for D Barden (69).

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).

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