Net gains as Longford prevail
Longford 5-11 IT Carlow 4-6
Longford taught the students of IT Carlow a lesson in the art of goalscoring at Pearse Park yesterday. The midlanders fielded a second-string outfit, but Denis Connerton's side still made easy work for themselves in this lacklustre affair.
The home side took control in the first half after they registered two goals in quick succession. Ronan McEntire scored the first and five minutes later a penalty for Donal McElligott extended their growing advantage.
Midway through, IT Carlow replied with a well-taken goal from Conor O'Toole but Longford responded with a fisted goal from Liam Sullivan and their fourth from Gary Rogers gave them a five-point cushion at the interval.
In the second half, the home side kept their foot firmly on the pedal. Substitute Robbie Smyth landed two long-range efforts while a Darren Gallagher goal killed off any possible fightback from the students. Carlow responded with a brace of goals from Gearoid Hanrahan and a late penalty from Cathal McCabe which brought the deficit to eight.
Scorers - Longford: R McEntire 1-3, R Smyth 0-4, D McElligott 1-0 pen, L Sullivan 1-0, G Rogers 1-0, D Gallagher 1-0, B Farrell 0-2, D McGivney (1f) and L Connerton 0- 1 each. IT Carlow: C McCabe 1-3 (2f), C O'Toole 1-0, R Ryan 1-0, G Hanrahan 1-0, D O'Sullivan 0-2, M Daly 0-1.
Longford - C Garvey; C Farrelly, B O'Farrell, R Sweeney; D McElligott, D Brady, P Farrell; D McGivney, J Keegan; P Kiernan, R McEntire, G Rogers; M Hughes, B Farrell, J McGivney. Subs: L Sullivan for M Hughes (9), D Gallagher for D McGivney (32), Liam Connerton for L Sullivan (h-t), R Smyth for G Rogers (h-t), P McCormack for P Kiernan (h-t), P McGee for P Farrell (h-t), G Rogers for J McGivney (47).
IT Carlow - K Roche; M Daly, C Byrne, J Casey; R Ryan, W Young, N Kane; L Flynn, S Ryan; R Ryan, A O'Connor, C O'Toole; C Ward, C McCabe , D O'Sullivan. Subs: R Sansom for K Roche (42), G Hanrahan for R Ryan (h-t), J Walsh for A O'Connor (64), R Cahill for D O'Sullivan (64) .
Ref - S Johnson (Louth)