Thursday 23 January 2020

Longford send 'Lake' men down

Longford 0-13 Westmeath 0-11

Callum McCormack, Westmeath. Photo: Sportsfile
Callum McCormack, Westmeath. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Longford retained their Division 3 status for next year and, in doing so, consigned their neighbours Westmeath to Division 4 - their third consecutive relegation.

In a tight first half both sides were level five times, with Callum McCormack very much to the fore for the Lake County - kicking over three fine points. Barry McKeon and Brian Kavanagh did the early scoring for Longford, while a point from James McGivney gave them an edge at half-time, 0-6 to 0-5.

Longford dominated the early exchanges of the second half and points from Kavanagh (two frees) and substitute Robbie Smyth put them four ahead in the 44th minute. John Heslin replied with a free for Westmeath before Longford lost McGivney with a black card.

The advantage was four again in the 50th minute, after a fine sideline ball from Darren Gallagher found Michael Quinn and he pointed. Westmeath were in need of scores and, soon after, Longford keeper Paddy Collum pulled off a fine save to deny Heslin.

The sides then traded points - but Longford were dealt a blow in the 61st minute, when wing-back Diarmuid Masterson received a second yellow card. Westmeath tried to make use of their numerical advantage, but Longford were resilient.

Longford's Robbie Smyth was black-carded near the end while Heslin and John Egan cut the deficit for Westmeath in stoppage time.

Scorers - Longford: B Kavanagh 0-5 (4f), B McKeon 0-3 (2f), R Smyth 0-2, D Reynolds, M Quinn, J McGivney 0-1 each. Westmeath: J Heslin 0-5 (4f), C McCormack 0-3, S Dempsey, P Greville, J Egan 0-1 each.

Longford - P Collum 7, D McElligott 7, B Gilleran 7, A Farrell 7, D Masterson 4, D Brady 7, D Reynolds 6, D Gallagher 9, M Quinn 8, B Kavanagh 7. Subs: B O'Farrell 6 for F Battrim (54), J McGivney 6 (bc M Hughes 48 B Farrell (bs 62), B McKeon 8 for M Hughes (69); P McKeon 7 for CP Smyth (63), L Connerton 6 for R Smyth (32), (bc Shane Doyle 70+1).

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Westmeath - D Quinn 6, R Connellan 6, C McCormack 8, J Dolan 6, G Egan 6, J Heslin 6, S Dempsey 6, D Corroon 6, K Daly 6, F Boyle 6, K Maguire 6, P Holloway 5, K Martin 5 for P Greville (54), D Lynch 6 for J Egan (53), D Daly 6 for J Connellan (h/t)

REF - N Cullen (Fermanagh)

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