Noonan helps keep Longford on roll
Published 12/05/2011 | 05:00
After disposing of the U-21s earlier in the year, Longford also ended Meath's interest in the Leinster JFC at Pairc Tailteann last night.
The visitors fielded seven of that U-21 team as well as three senior panellists and they dominated for long spells during the opening half.
Full-forward James Noonan scored a 17th-minute goal and Ciaran Williams contributed three points as the midlanders led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.
Neither side managed a score in the third quarter and Damien Carroll eventually ended the drought when converting a Meath free on 47 minutes.
The home side reduced the deficit to two points by the 53rd minute but only added a further point after that.
It took Longford until the 55th minute to add to their first-half tally when William Crawford raised a white flag and then wing-back Enda Ledwith extended the lead to four points just a minute later.
The winners now have a home tie against Cavan in the quarter-finals.
SCORERS -- Longford: J Noonan 1-2 (0-2f), C Williams 0-3, J Keegan, W Crawford, E Ledwith, M McDonald 0-1 each. Meath: D Carroll (2f), D Queeney (2f), J O'Reilly 0-2 each, R Madden, C Kerrigan 0-1 each.
LONGFORD -- J McKenna; F Battrim, M Victory, A Quinn; J Carroll, C P Smith, E Ledwith; J Keegan, J Kane; D Cooney, N Mulligan, M Duffy; C Williams, J Noonan, W Crawford. Subs: M McDonald for Cooney (44), D Pettit for Carroll (54).
MEATH -- D Nolan; P Young, W Ryan, H Newman; C Rowe, D Reynolds, N McMahon; T Skelly, E Callaghan; R Madden, D Carroll, D Smyth; D Quinn, C Kerrigan, D Queeney. Subs: H Silke for Smyth (22), J O'Reilly for Callaghan (40), Alan Farrell for Madden (47), B Tormay for Rowe (59)
REF -- B Hickey (Kildare)
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