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Derry 2-14 Longford 0-12

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Odhran Lynch impressed between the sticks for the home side who claimed their first clean sheet of the season (stock photo)

Odhran Lynch impressed between the sticks for the home side who claimed their first clean sheet of the season (stock photo)

Odhran Lynch impressed between the sticks for the home side who claimed their first clean sheet of the season (stock photo)

Derry produced their best display in some time to defeat Longford by eight points at Celtic Park. Goals from Patrick Kearney and Paul Cassidy proved the key scores for the Oak Leaf men, with former AFL player Conor Glass making his debut for the winners.

The home side impressed from the start, mixing their attacks between early direct balls into the square and the more patient and ponderous fist passing approach. Ciarán McFaul, Ethan Doherty and the returning Enda Lynn were Derry's conductors in chief, finding Niall Loughlin and the always impressive Shane McGuigan with regular consistency.

Indeed, Rory Gallagher's side led 0-5 to 0-1 by the first water break with McGuigan's brace and a point from Lynn the highlight of the early scoring.

Longford, like their opponents, still with an outside chance of promotion before throw-in, finally arrived in the 17th minute when Darren Gallagher curled over a fine free to open their account. Points from Rian Brady and Dessie Reynolds reduced Longford's gap to two before the Oak Leafers finished the half with a bang. Patrick Kearney's goal in the 33rd minute nearly burst open the net to leave Derry 1-7 to 0-4 up at half-time.

The visitors enjoyed the better restart with Colm P Smyth their best performer. They trailed 1-9 to 0-9 before impact sub Paul Cassidy fired home Derry's second goal in the 56th minute.

Longford then notched three in a row but failed to work the scoreboard after that. Derry, as they began the contest, finished the stronger. Odhran Lynch impressed between the sticks for the home side who claimed their first clean sheet of the season. Oisín McWilliams, Brendan Rogers and the exciting young Paul Cassidy finished off the evening's scoring with Derry taking home the points.

Scorers - Derry: P Cassidy 1-1; P Kearney 1-0; S McGuigan, N Loughlin, C McFaul 0-2 each; P Cassidy, E Lynn, C Doherty, C McKaigue, D Tallon, O McWilliams, B Rogers 0-1 each. Longford: R Brady 0-4 (2f); D Gallagher, C Smyth 0-2 each; D Reynolds, L Connerton, Joe Hagan, D Doherty 0-1 each.

Derry: O Lynch; P McNeill, B Rogers, C Doherty; C McWilliams, C McKaigue, M McEvoy; C McFaul, P Cassidy; E Doherty, E Lynn, D Tallon; P Kearney, S McGuigan, N Loughlin. Subs: P Cassidy for P Kearney (52), C Glass for C McWilliams (54), O McWilliams for M McEvoy (60), G O'Neill for D Tallon (68), N Toner for N Loughlin (69).

Longford: P Collum; P Fox, A Farrell, B O'Farrell; C Smyth, G Rogers, L Hughes; D Gallagher, K Diffley; D McElligott, D Mimnagh, D Reynolds; R Brady, L Connerton, O Kenny. Subs: J Hagan for D Mimnagh(44), D Doherty for L Hughes (49), R Smyth for O Kenny (65), L Moran for R Brady (68).

Referee: S Laverty (Antrim)


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