Sunday 18 March 2018

McCormack on the mark to lead Longford out of their losing rut

Longford 0-16 Sligo 2-7

Longford manager Denis Connerton. Photo: Sportsfile
Longford manager Denis Connerton. Photo: Sportsfile newsdesk

Longford halted a run of three defeats in a row and boosted their hopes of staying up with a much-needed victory over Sligo in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Denis Connerton's side were full value for the win against a Sligo side that had to play the second half with 14 men after Charlie Harrison was sent off near half-time for a second yellow card.

Longford controlled the first half but were ahead by just one at the break, 0-10 to 2-3. The defensive problems dogging them in recent games were evident when Stephen Coen hit two goals which could have been prevented.

Sean McCormack was accurate in front of the posts kicking four fine frees in that half while Robbie Smyth proved a threat with two points. Darren Gallagher, James McGivney and Barry McKeon got Longford's other points in that half.

Despite kicking four wides in the early stages of the second half, Longford finally got off the mark with a fine McCormack point; the Killoe man ended the game with seven points, including five frees.

Just like the first half, Longford dominated but failed to show it on the board. Sligo had chances but kicked a number of wides. They did cut the deficit to three but that was as close they got.

SCORERS - Longford: S McCormack (5f) 0-7; R Smyth (2f) 0-4; B McKeon, J McGivney 0-2 each; D Gallagher 0-1. Sligo: S Coen 2-0; A Marren, A Devaney ('45, 1f) 0-2 each; N Ewing, A McIntyre, N Murphy 0-1 each.

Longford: P Collum 6; D Brady 7, B Gilleran 7, B O'Farrell 6; D McElligott 6, P McCormack 7, M Quinn 7; D Gallagher 7, A Farrell 5; P McGee 6, J McGivney 6, B McKeon 6; R Smyth 6, L Connerton 6, S McCormack 8. Subs: D Masterson for McGee (47), B Farrell for D Gallagher, R McEntire for McGivney, L Moran for Smyth (all 69), D Mimnagh for McKeon (70)

Sligo: A Devaney 6; N Gaughan 5, R Donavan 5, C Harrison 5; C Cawley 5, N Ewing 5, K McDonnell 5; P O'Connor 5, A McIntrye 6; J Kelly 5, C Breheny 5, E McHugh 5; S Coen 6, A Marren 6, N Murphy 5. Subs: S Gilmartin 6 for O'Connor (ht)K Cawley 6 for Kelly (54), G O'Kelly-Lynch 6 for C Breheny (54), P Hughes for Coen (57), B Egan 6 for Cawley (BC, 59), C Davey for McIntyre (75).

REF - S Lonergan (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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