Lennon saves his best for last
Monaghan go top following victory over Longford in Inniskeen yesterday.
Longford had much the better of things in the opening half and led by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break, Garret Ghee with the goal in the 28th minute.
Monaghan stepped up their game in the second half and got a great boost when the Longford keeper was adjudged to have stepped over the line after he took possession from a centre by Brian McGuigan.
Michael McHugh equalised from a free and during the following 25 minutes the sides were level four times.
Monaghan edged three points in front but Longford fought back to make it a one-point game going into stoppage time. Monaghan weathered the storm Michael Lennon found the net to wrap it up.
Scorers -- Monaghan: M McHugh 0-8 (0-8f), M Lennon 1-1, B McGuigan 1-0, J McAnespie, B Phelan, T Hilliard and S Leonard 0-1 each. Longford: G Ghee 1-10 (0-4f), J Newman and C Finucane 0-1 each.
Monaghan -- G Ruddy; P Treanor, P Murphy, A Kerr; D Crowe, A Og McAnespie, J McAnespie; B Phelan, T Hilliard; M Lennon, S Leonard, K Boylan; R Meegan, M McHugh, B McGuigan. Subs: D Byrne for K Boylan.
Longford -- P Cullen; B Stakem, T Stakem, F Daly; R Donnellan, R Ryland, J Lynam; E Donnellan, S Stakem; C Funucane, G Ghee, J Newman; J Minnock, S Browne, M Cassidy. Subs: E Kavanagh for Cassidy.
Ref -- G Duffy (Antrim).