Friday 23 June 2017

Farrell puts Wicklow to sword

Longford 2-10 Wicklow 1-8

Aoife Gorman of Wicklow in action against Emer Heaney, left, and Mairéad Reynolds of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Aoife Gorman of Wicklow in action against Emer Heaney, left, and Mairéad Reynolds of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Longford's deadly inside forwards Michelle Farrell and Sarah Tierney and collected 2-8 between them as the Midlanders saw off dogged Wicklow by five points to claim the Division 4 title.

Tierney scored 1-3 and Farrell 1-5 as Longford secured promotion back to Division 3, having been relegated in 2015.

Jacinta Brady of Longford in action against Aoife Gorman of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jacinta Brady of Longford in action against Aoife Gorman of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

James Daley's team got off to a flier, registering the first three scores of the game in Clane. Tierney notched the opener before Aisling Reynolds scored two.

Jackie Kinch opened Wicklow's account in the eighth minute but Longford were 0-8 to 0-4 ahead at the break, while also registering seven wides in the opening half.

When Tierney netted in the 38th minute, Longford had their biggest lead of the game, 1-9 to 0-5, but a brilliant 43rd-minute goal from substitute Katie Miley sparked a Garden County revival.

Another sub, Laurie Ahern, clipped over a point with nine minutes left and Longford's lead was cut back to just two.

Jessie Nolan Byrne of Longford in action against Mairéad Reynolds of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jessie Nolan Byrne of Longford in action against Mairéad Reynolds of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Then, with four minutes remaining, Farrell, who had rattled the Wicklow crossbar twice in the first half, did so again.

This time, however, the lethal Colmcille forward was on hand to follow up from close range for a match-clinching goal.

Farrell and Tierney were the match-winners, while Longford also had an excellent defensive display from full-back Leanne Keegan.

Scorers - Longford: M Farrell 1-5 (0-2f); S Tierney 1-3; A Reynolds 0-2. Wicklow: K Miley 1-0; C Walsh 0-3 (3f); A Murphy 0-2; J Kinch, L Ahern, H Dowling 0-1 each.

Jacinta Brady of Longford in action against Laura Hogan of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Jacinta Brady of Longford in action against Laura Hogan of Wicklow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Longford - M Kilkenny; S Hughes, L Keegan, M Moore; E Heaney, L Farrell, M Noonan; J Brady, M Reynolds; A McDonnell, A Reynolds, A O'Hara; A Greene, S Tierney, M Farrell. Subs: A Darcy for Greene (15), N Darcy for Moore (38), A McCormack for O'Hara (38), A Duffy for McDonnell (44), A McGowan for A Reynolds (57).

Wicklow - G Norton; SJ Winder, S Hogan, S Byrne; A Gillen, N McGettigan, J Nolan-Byrne; A Gorman, J Kinch; E Mulhall, C Walsh, SM Cullen; C Byrne, L Hogan, A Murphy. Subs: K Miley for L Hogan (29), C Fox for S Byrne (ht), L Ahern for Gillen (38), R Byrne for Mulhall (46), H Dowling for Walsh (51).

Ref - N McCormack (Laois).

Ciara Byrne of Wicklow in action against Sinéad Hughes of Longford. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Ciara Byrne of Wicklow in action against Sinéad Hughes of Longford. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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