Gleeson seals title
Longford were no match for a lively and attack-minded Warwickshire outfit in Croke Park yesterday.
Warwickshire adopted an attacking approach right from the start led by 1-9 to 0-8 at the break, and should have had the game out of sight in a dominant third quarter.
Sean Hennessey continued to find the target from frees, and was denied a goal by a brilliant Eanna Daly save.
Wing-back Conal Maskey also stepped up to fire over an inspirational point as the men from Birmingham tightened their grip on the game.
A solid defensive operation, with Brian Bermingham and Maskey at the top of their game, snuffed out the Longford attack, which was restricted to just two second-half scores from Donnellan frees.
And the result was put beyond doubt when centre-back Eamon Gleeson sent in a long punt which Daly fumbled over his goal-line.
Scorers – Warwickshire: E Lyons 1-3, E Gleeson 1-0, S Hennessey 0-6 (3f, 3 '65), P Duggan, M Bermingham 0-2 each, A Morrissey, C Robbins, C Maskey 0-1 each.
Longford: E Donnellan 0-7 (6f), J O'Brien 0-2, E Daly 0-1 (f).
Warwickshire: T Goulding; B Bermingham, L Knocker, C Brough; C Maskey, E Gleeson, D Kennedy; M Bermingham, C Robbins; S Hennessey, A O'Neill, C Behan; E Lyons, P Duggan, A Morrissey. Subs: E O'Brien for O'Neill, E McCabe for Robbins, Kennedy for M Bermingham, D Sheedy for Behan, D Kelly for Morrissey
Longford: E Daly; P McGarry, T Stakem, B Stakem; C Egan, T Roche, D Corcoran; C Finucane, R Donnellan; E Donnellan, K Connelly, D Tanner; K Murray, J Newman, J O'Brien. Subs: M Coyle for R Donnellan, M Farrell for Newman, K Cox for Corcoran, R Breslin for Murray.
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