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Davis happy with Longford

Longford 1-16 Louth 1-16

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Michael Quinn of Longford in action against Conor Earley of Louth. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Michael Quinn of Longford in action against Conor Earley of Louth. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Michael Quinn of Longford in action against Conor Earley of Louth. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Declan Byrne's late point rescued a draw for Louth at Pearse Park, but it wasn't enough to deny Longford a semi-final date with Westmeath.

Longford, who are without the services of the Mullinalaghta players, started with only five of last year's championship team, but that didn't worry new manager Padraic Davis.

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Anthony Williams of Louth in action against Pauric Gill of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Anthony Williams of Louth in action against Pauric Gill of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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"This is the perfect opportunity for the younger players and some of them gave a great account of themselves," he said.

"Overall, we are happy with the direction we are going. I think the most pleasing thing about this game was the way our lads responded when Louth upped the tempo in the second half. Peter Lynn put in a terrific shift.

"It's great to see all the young lads - including Darren Doherty - doing so well. We can't ask for much more than what they are giving."

ScoreRs - Longford: R Smyth 0-6 (4fs), D Gallagher 0-4 (3fs) P Lynn 1-1, D Doherty 0-2, S Donohue, P Gill, C P Smyth 0-1 each.

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Declan Byrne of Louth scores a point as Peter Lynn of Longford closes in. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Declan Byrne of Louth scores a point as Peter Lynn of Longford closes in. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Louth: T McEneaney 1-2, D Byrne 0-4, S Mulroy 0-3 (3fs), Downey 0-2, A Williams, R Holcroft, C McKeever, R Nally, J McEneaney 0-1 each.

Longford - P Collum; P Lynn, B O'Farrell, S Donohoe; D Quinn, A Farrell, D Gallagher; C Shields, P Hanley; M Quinn, C P Smyth, P Gill; B McKeon, R Smyth, D Doherty. Subs: PJ Masterson for C Shields (57), L Connerton for Gill (57), C Lee for Farrell (62).

Louth - A McGauley; F Donohue, D Marks, J Craven; L Grey, A Williams, E Callaghan; B Duffy, T Durmin; C Downey, R Holcroft, D Byrne; N Conlon, S Mulroy, T McEneaney. Subs: J Clutterbuck for Grey (17), C Earley for Callaghan (h-t), D Corcoran for Donohue (h-t), C McKeever for Conlon (h-t), C Brannigan for McEneaney (h-t), J McEneaney for Holcroft (44), E Duffy for Downey (59), R Nally for Mulroy (62).

Ref - F Smyth (Offaly).

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Sam Mulroy of Louth in action against Barry O'Farrell of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Sam Mulroy of Louth in action against Barry O'Farrell of Longford. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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