Hilliard's heroics seal title
Louth native Trevor Hilliard's 55th-minute goal proved pivotal as Monaghan secured the Division 4 title at a sunny Breffni Park.
Hilliard added to Monaghan's seven unanswered points on the restart after Longford had led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the interval thanks to a string of points from Gareth Ghee and a well-taken goal from John O'Brien.
Less than a minute after Monaghan's green flag, the Leinstermen's cause wasn't helped when they lost Mark Cassidy to a straight red card after he lashed out at Hilliard.
It was all too easy for wind-aided Monaghan after that with Michael McHugh punishing an increasingly frustrated Longford at every opportunity to ensure his side's promotion to Division 3.
Scorers -- Monaghan: M McHugh 0-10 (8f); T Hilliard 1-0; S Leonard, D Crowe 0-2 each; B McGuigan, B Phelan, M Lennon, K Boylan 0-1 each. Longford: G Ghee 0-5 (3f); J O'Brien 1-0; S Hannon, E Donnellan (1f) 0-2; M Cassidy 0-1.
Monaghan: H Byrne; P Dowdall, P Murphy, A Kerr; D Crowe, S Loftus, J McAnespie; T Hilliard, B Phelan; K Boylan, S Leonard, B McGuigan; R Meegan, M McHugh, M Lennon. Subs: D Beirne for R Meegan (59); A Og McAnespie for B Phelan (inj, 61)
Longford: P Cullen; C Finnucane, T Stakem, F Daly; R Donnellan, S Hannon, C Egan; S Browne, E Donnellan; G Ghee, D Tanner, M Cassidy; J O'Brien , J Newman, S Lynam. Subs: J Minnock for C Finnucane (ht); E Corcoran for J Newman (65); J Lynam for R Donnellan (65).
Referee: E Hassan (Derry)