Saturday 20 January 2018

Game At A Glance

Man of the match

Declan Rooney

Sean McCormack (Longford)

Produced a superb point in the early stages of the second half as Longford got off to a flyer after the break, which dented any hopes of a comeback for the Treaty men. His five first-half points were pivotal in setting the tone for what was to follow.

TURNING POINT

The game pivoted on the three minutes after half-time. The sublime Sean McCormack landed a great point on the turn and Paul Barden matched him with an even better one, before Francis McGee buried Limerick's hopes with a great goal. There was no coming back for Limerick from that.

TALKING POINT

Can one win prove to be a season's saviour? Now that Longford have the taste of victory, they will prove to be a sticky opponent for anyone in the next round.

MAGIC MOMENT

All through the game, Longford had great joy when attacking Limerick from the half-back line. Therefore it was no surprise when Barry O'Farrell broke through the heart of the Treaty cover and laid possession off to McGee, who finished expertly past Brian Scanlan. It was a ruthless move, graced with a fine goal.

REF WATCH

At times David Gough was innocuous, but he stepped up to the mark late on with two bold calls that left Limerick with 13 men at the end. Not afraid to over-rule his assistants either.

WHAT THEY SAID

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"Every team that goes into it is looking to get the home draw. It is unlikely, but five hours ago we would have taken anywhere as long as it was the next round. We'll take whatever comes our way."

Maurice Horan (Limerick manager):

"It was a tough evening for us. They caused us a lot of trouble breaking from deep and we never really recovered from their goals. It is a real disappointment."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Longford 9 (7 first half)

Limerick 10 (6)

Frees:

Longford 23(14)

Limerick 18 (12)

Yellow cards:

Longford 1 (P Foy 24)

Limerick 3 (J Riordan 57, 69, D O'Connor 46)

Red cards:

Limerick 2 (M Reidy 60, J Riordan 69)

Longford 0

WHAT'S NEXT

Longford move on to Round 2 of the qualifiers. Limerick's short journey in this season's competition, meanwhile, is already at an end.

Irish Independent

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