Two goals in the space of three minutes early in the second half helped fire Longford to a comfortable win over Carlow in the first round of the qualifiers tonight, though that brief period of life and energy was one of very few highlights in an otherwise turgid and one-sided encounter at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford.
A tricky diagonal breeze made life tough for both teams but Longford made the best of it in the first half, building up an 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead with Liam Connerton very much to the fore.
Connerton and Dessie Reynolds blasted second half goals either side of a Daryl Roberts reply and Longford cruised home from there to secure their place in Monday morning’s round two draw.
Longford: P Collum; D Brady, B O’Farrell, F Battrim (0-1); CP Smyth, B Gilleran, D Masterson (0-2); M Quinn (0-1), K Diffley; P Foy, D Reynolds (1-1), R McEntire (0-1); R Connor, B Kavanagh (0-7, 0-6f), L Connerton (1-2).
Subs: P Gill for Foy (46), T Gallagher for Masterson (61), R McNerney for Reynolds (65), C Quaine for Kavanagh (68), A Farrell for Gilleran (70)
Carlow: R Molloy; D Kelly, S Redmond, K Nolan; G Power, D Hayden, B Kavanagh; S Gannon, E Ruth (0-1); M Meaney (0-1), D Foley, D Bambrick (0-1); B Murphy (0-3, 0-2f), D St Ledger (0-1f), D Roberts (1-0).
Subs: D Moran for Kelly (19), C Moran for Bambrick (56), E Finnegan for Meaney (61), D O’Brien for Roberts (63), A Kelly for Ruth (67), M Fitzgerald for Kavanagh (67)
Referee: David Gough (Meath)