Thursday 29 September 2016

Longford prove too strong for students

Longford 0-18 NUI Maynooth 1-9

Published 04/01/2016 | 02:30

Longford manager Denis Connerton Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Longford manager Denis Connerton Photo: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Denis Connerton's second stint as Longford manager got off to a pitch-perfect start after the Midlanders easily brushed aside the challenge of NUI Maynooth at Pearse Park yesterday.

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The home side surprisingly looked very sharp in front of the posts throughout this one-sided affair with James McGivney, Robbie Smyth and Brian Kavanagh all displaying brilliant accuracy from open play.

The students for their part were forced to play catch-up for long periods of this encounter and in truth never threatened Longford's stranglehold on this game.

Longford quickly showed their superiority in the opening exchanges with excellent long-range efforts from Robbie Smyth, James McGivney and debutant Andrew Dalton.

NUI Maynooth did, however, bag the game's only goal in the 22nd minute when a brilliantly engineered move from Ben Buggan picked out Evan O'Carroll just outside the small rectangle and he gingerly placed his shot into the roof of the Longford net.

Scorers - Longford: R Smith 0-5 (3f), J McGivney 0-5, B Kavanagh 0-4 (3f), B Farrell 0-2, B McKeon, A Dalton 0-1 each. NUI Maynooth: N Flynn 0-5 (4f), E O'Carroll 1-0, J Wallace 0-2, E Roache, B Duggan 0-1 each

Longford - P Collum; F Battrim, D Masterson, C P Smith; S Doyle, D Gallagher, A Dalton; M Brady, B Farrell; P McKeon, J McGivney; B McKeon; P McGee, B Kavanagh, D Brady. Subs: P Foy for S Doyle (46), M Hughes for P McKeon (49), L Moran for R Smyth (66), J Carroll for D Masterson (66)

NUI Maynooth - C Farnan; A Brennan, E Mullan, J Costello; T Gibbons, T Hannifan, C Slevin; F Conway, B Duggan; R McManus, E O'Carroll, H Walsh; E Roache, N Flynn, M Keogh. Subs: J Wallace for H Walsh (42), B Darbis for M Keogh (56), C Sheridan for B Duggan (62), B Mooney for E O'Carroll (68)

Ref - D Gough (Meath)

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