the game at a glance
Man of the match
Johnny McCarthy (Limerick)
Many contenders, but the criminally unheralded McCarthy reminded us once again what a serious operator he is. Longford talisman Brian Kavanagh was eventually substituted, having made no impact whatsoever. McCarthy also came up from full-back to score a critical point.
Brian Scanlon's 63rd-minute save from Francis McGee. Longford were three points ahead and a goal then would have buried Limerick.
The influence of Limerick's young players, despite the fact that the county has endured difficult times at underage level in recent years.
A few quirky decisions from Padraig Hughes that perplexed both sides but he did his best to allow the game to flow. Glenn Ryan had no problem with either sending-off.
Francis McGee's 30-metre diagonal pass with the outside of the right boot that set up Niall Mulligan's 35th-minute goal. A thing of beauty.
What they said
Maurice Horan (Limerick manager):
"We trained very well since the Clare game. We were prepared. We said to keep backing ourselves, have a cut."
Glenn Ryan (Longford manager):
"You can't fault them for effort, but we didn't perform to anything like we're capable of."
Wides: Limerick 7 (2, 4, 0, 1); Longford 12 (8, 3, 2, 0)
Frees: Limerick 22 (6, 7, 4, 5); Longford 22 (7, 10, 2, 3)
Yellow cards: Limerick 3 (J O'Meara 28, M Sheehan 69, E Barry 76); Longford 4 (D Reilly 26, 84; D Barden 55, 88)
Red cards: Limerick 0; Longford 2 (D Reilly 84, D Barden 88)
Limerick find out today who they will play next Saturday in Round Three, but Longford fall at the same stage as they have in the last three years.
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