Wednesday 22 February 2017

The game at a glance

Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00

Man of the match: Sean McCormack (Longford)Longford's win was more about the collective, but special mention must be made of the individual contributions of Dermot Brady and Paul Barden.

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Points win prizes, though, and Emmet Og ace McCormack showed the way with some exemplary marksmanship both from frees and open play.

Turning point

Paul Barden's clinically executed 49th-minute goal gave Longford a 1-10 to 0-8 cushion they never looked like relinquishing.

Talking point

The Cavan think-tank's decision to make five changes to their defence from the line-up that started last time out against Donegal. The subbing of John McCutcheon in the 42nd minute made it a clean sweep.

Ref watch

Michael Duffy did a good job. He let the play flow, gave the man in possession the advantage and communicated well with the players. Cavan can have no complaints about either of the sending-offs, however inconsequential they were.

What they said

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"We showed a lot of pride, hunger and willingness. The lads worked very hard and 2-16 is a great return and no fluke. The players got what they deserved for the effort they put in."

Val Andrews (Cavan co-manager):

"Longford were very, very good in the last 20 minutes and we weren't. (Brian) Kavanagh's goal made it a long last five minutes."

Match statistics

Wides: Longford 10 (4); Cavan 8 (3)

Frees: Longford 14 (12); Cavan 12 (6)

Yellow cards: Longford 4 (N Farrell 5, D Masterson 37, K Diffley 46, P Foy 57); Cavan 8 (F Flanagan 36, J McCutcheon 42, G Smith 57 and 66, M Brady 57, T Corr 65, D Givney 66 & 69)

Red cards: Longford 0; Cavan 2 (G Smith 66, D Givney 69)

Attendance: 18,243

What next?

Longford play Tyrone in the second round of the qualifiers on Saturday week. Cavan are out.

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