Cool Hennessey picks off Longford
WARWICKSHIRE 1-15 LONGFORD 1-10
WARWICKSHIRE avenged their league defeat to Longford by producing a storming second-half display in Birmingham.
Sean Hennessey was the star of the show with a clinical display of finishing. He hit a final tally of 1-11, the goal coming from a penalty.
Longford recovered from a slow start to hit the front midway through the first half with Joe O'Brien's goal. The Exiles fought back, however, before Hennessey blasted home a penalty five minutes into the second-half.
Both sides were reduced to 14 men as Brendan Stakem and Donncha Kennedy were sent off for an off-the-ball fracas but Warwickshire held their nerve and Chris Brough and substitute Dwayne Sheedy slotted insurance scores.
Scorers – Warwickshire: S Hennessey 1-11 (1-0 pen, 0-9f), P Duggan, A Morrissey, C Brough, D Sheedy 0-1 each. Longford: J O'Brien 1-2, E Donnellan 0-5 (3f), D Tanner, K Murray, M Coyle 0-1 each.
Warwickshire – T Goulding; B Bermingham, L Knocker, D Kennedy; C Maskey, E Gleeson, C Brough; C Robbins, M Bermingham; S Hennessey, P Duggan, C Behan; E Lyons, A O'Neill, A Morrissey. Sub: D Sheedy for Lyons (65)
Longford – E Daly; R Breslin, T Stakem, P McGarry; B Stakem, T Roche, C Egan; C Finucane, R Donellan; E Donnellan, M Coyle, D Tanner; J O'Brien, J Newman, K Murray. Subs: M Farrell (for Newman 63)
Ref – G McGrath (Dublin)