Thursday 21 November 2019

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Sean McCormack (Longford)

For the second year in a row McCormack was Longford's star man in a league final in Croke Park, scoring with both feet in his 0-8 (6f) haul.

Turning point

This was a slow waltz of a game but if there was a pivotal moment it was substitute Paul Kelly's goal before half-time because it gave Wexford too great a mountain to climb.

Talking point

Just how dreadful Wexford were in the first 35 minutes. They scored just three points by half-time and it took 28 minutes for their first from play.

Ref watch

Conor Lane got most decisions right, including giving Graeme Molloy just a yellow for upending Paul Barden, which initially looked worse.

What they said

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"I thought we'd need an extra score there coming to the end but our fellas showed great willingness to work hard and be disciplined."

Jason Ryan (Wexford manager):

"Every time you lose it's a knock but the plus is we didn't play as well as we know we can; we were sub-standard in the first half and at least the guys will know there is room for improvement."

Match statistics

Wides: Longford 14 (5 in first half); Wexford 8 (5)

Frees: Longford 17 (11); Wexford 19 (9)

Yellow cards: Longford 3 (Kavanagh 31, P McCormack 33, Brady 60); Wexford 5 (Waters 39, Molloy 46, Malone 48, Banville 60, Lyng 65)

Red cards: 0

Attendance: 7,514

What's next?

Longford play Laois in the Leinster championship on May 20 -- and Wexford play the winners on June 3.

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