Saturday 7 December 2019

Connerton in exclusive club after win over Dubs

Longford manager Denis Connerton. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Longford manager Denis Connerton. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Only time will tell if the win over Dublin last Sunday has a really positive impact on Longford but, for this week at least, it's generating a warm glow in the county.

The victory was quite a feather in Denis Connerton's cap, taking him into a quite exclusive club of managers from the so-called weaker counties who have enjoyed wins over superpowers Dublin and Kerry. It's 12 years since Connerton (left), then in his first stint as Longford boss, presided over a rare victory against Kerry when a late goal by Stephen Lynch snatched a dramatic win (3-7 to 1-12) in an Allianz League game in Pearse Park in 2004. It was Longford's first win over Kerry for 42 years.

It was also Jack O'Connor's first competitive outing as Kerry manager. He had a strong squad too, with no fewer than 15 of the 20 who featured in the All-Ireland final win over Mayo seven months later on duty.

Now, Connerton has added Dublin to his victims' list.

And while it may have been in an O'Byrne Cup game as opposed to a bigger challenge, every little helps for a smaller county trying to build confidence.

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