Dublin better than Real Madrid

Longford’s first Leinster championship semi-final in 30-years saw a red-card and a  convincing Dublin victory.

The defending All-Ireland champions ran in two goals and 25 points to win out by 19 points, 2-12 to 12 points as James McGivney received a first half red card.

“We have no complaints, they are a brilliant team” was the summation of the Leinster semi-final by Longford manager Denis Connerton.

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Paul Mannion and Dean Rock bagged a goal each in the 18th and 24th minute as Jim Gavins side built up a 12 point lead at half-time.

The goal’s came either side of McGivney’s red card, a late shoulder charge on Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton, who played no further part in the game.

“Before the game I described Dublin as the Real Madrid of Gaelic football, nothing has changed. Their finishing was clinical but our defending was top class.”

The qualifiers now beckon for Longford, but Connerton is hopeful of a run in through the back door as his side are used to lifting their game for this section of the championship.

In fact it is the first time in ten years Longford didn’t contest the first round.

Longford will return to training on Wednesday and the manager told John Duffy that he hopes to have ‘a full deck to pick from’ for their next championship match.

You can listen to their conversation here:

The All-Ireland second round qualifiers draw takes place at 8.30 on Monday morning.