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McKeon keeps Longford on roll

Longford breezed past Wicklow to set up a quarter-final encounter against Dublin next weekend. Three first-half goals sent the defending champions on their way, with Barry McKeon their main protagonist.

Longford got off to a perfect start inside the first minute when Cillian Lynn won a penalty, which Robbie Smyth dispatched to the net.

McKeon netted the first of his two goals in the 14th minute as he finished a perfect pass by James McGivney from close range. Brian Walsh continued Longford's goal rush with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, to extend their advantage to 13 points at the interval.

After the break, Wicklow did try to regroup with points from Theo Smith and Mike Healy, but Longford refused to show any mercy -- adding an impressive 1-8 in the second half as they coasted home.

Scorers -- Longford: B McKeon 2-3, R Smyth 1-2 (1-0 pen), B Walsh 1-1, J McGivney 0-3 (2f), C Lynn 0-2 (1f), D Mimnagh, C Clarke, G Maguire 0-1 each. Wicklow: T Smith 0-2 (2f), P Ellis, M Healy 0-1 each.

Longford -- G Higgins; M McHugh, B O'Farrell, J Gill; S Clarke, B Collum C Farrelly; R Smyth, T Jackson; D Mimnagh, C Clarke, C Lynn; B McKeon, J McGivney, B Walsh. Subs: M Mulligan for S Clarke (36), P Gill for Jackson (36), G Maguire for Smyth (52), A Dalton for Farrelly (52), R McNerney for Mimnagh (56).

Wicklow -- C Smullen; S Murphy, A Corrigan J Manley; M Healy, P Goghegan, J O'Brien; J Kelly, J Snell; R Byrne, C McKenna, T Smith; D Keane, A Conway, P Ellis. Subs: P Murphy for Manley (13), N Crosbie for Byrne (28), S Olohan for McKenna (h-t), A O'Brien for Murphy (48).

Ref -- N Hand (Louth).

Irish Independent