Monday 21 October 2019

Davis hails Longford character

Longford 2-15 Sligo 0-14

Longford manager Pádraic Davis. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Longford manager Pádraic Davis. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Longford manager Padraic Davis praised his players after a strong second-half performance saw them get the win they required to consolidate their position in Division 3 next year against an already-relegated Sligo side.

He said: "The thing that impressed me most by some distance was that generally when you are that flat in the first half, for whatever reason, it's very hard to turn it around. But they completely turned it around."

Sligo took the game to Longford in the first half and held a three-point lead at the break.

Longford were a different proposition in the second half with midfielder Darren Gallagher instrumental in the win; scoring their first goal in the 38th minute.

Substitute Nigel Rabbitt got their second in the 63rd minute

Davis praised his goal scorers: "Our goal chances fell to the right fellas. Both of them tucked them away. We are happy with that and happy with the result."

Both sides ended the game with 14 men; Sligo's Pat Hughes got a second yellow in the 38th minute while 20 minutes later Michael Quinn, already on a yellow card, got a black and thus received a red.

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