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The Game at a glance

Man of the match

Paul Barden (Longford)

Barden was always hungry for the ball and eager to inject pace into attacks.

Turning point

Barden's goal in the 39th minute. Longford had laboured through the first half but it raised their spirits.

Talking point

A square-ball incident under the new rules. But most of the crowd appreciated that the Laois goal had to be disallowed because the incident arose from a free-kick and not from general play.

Magic moment

The 59th-minute move which led to the equalising point, Michael Quinn powering over a superb score from 40 metres.

Ref watch

Michael Duffy kept a good grip on the game and dealt well with niggly incidents.

What they said

Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):

"There's so much pressure on the team to win one game in the year, they're great men."

Justin McNulty (Laois manager):

"We controlled the game for long periods. They took their chances, we didn't."

Match statistics

Wides: Longford 8 (6); Laois 14 (8)

Frees: Longford 21 (11); Laois 19 (9)

Yellow cards: Longford 0; Laois 6 (1): S Julian 35, B Sheehan 37, K Meaney 37, P Clancy 42, J O'Loughlin 55, B Quigley 71

Red cards: Longford 0; Laois 0

Attendance: 5,587

What's next?

Longford play Wexford in Croke Park on June 3; Laois go into the qualifiers.

Irish Independent