Longford Ladies shot out of the blocks to score a 31-29 Leinster League win over Barnhall writes Tommy Butler.
It wasn’t long before Longford made some incredible plays to work the ball through the phases, helping to get Megan Banahan across the line for the first try of the day.
While the conversion was not successful it wasn’t long until Longford were on the attack again with Megan Banahan making a break to get herself and the ball across the try line with the conversion being secured by Megan.
Longford held their own for a lot of the first half with huge effort going into the scrums whilst Michelle Farrell and Rebecca Duffy held their own in the line outs.
Longford put in a great effort to finish their first half with as much points as possible whilst also keeping Barnhall at bay.
A turnover by Shauna Cahill with help from Roisin Shaw and Maria Kelleher at the half way line was the starting point for another attack from Longford.
Emma McHugh broke through the Barnhall defence with Emma Dardis able to make her own breakthrough and feed the ball to the back line resulting in ground advanced by Megan Jobe, Leona Hoare and Rebecca O’Hara to work Megan Banahan across the try line yet and securing the conversion.
Longford finished the first half with a lead of 19-5.
Longford did not get their second half off to the best start with Barnhall on the attack and making a comeback, with errors giving Barnhall the edge to mount a comeback and go into a 29-19 lead.
Despite Barnhall being in the ascendancy Longford refused to let their heads fall and returned with a come back.
Emma Dardis well-executed kick which was chased and won by Natalie O’Reilly in the Barnhall 22.
Forwards worked the territory with carries from Hannah Shea, Michelle Farrell and Dora Ledwith had Longford mere inches from the try line.
However, a quick thinking decision to get the ball out through the backs and into the hands of Leanne Keegan finished the job and secured the try and conversion.
Longford weren’t out of the woods yet as they still trailing by three points. Anita Walker proved to be a treat in the air winning a pivotal lineout in Longford’s own 22, which put Longford back on the attack.
It wasn’t long before Longford were working through the phases with Rebecca Duffy and Maria Kelleher involved in some crucial carries with Emma McHugh, Roisin Shaw and Gillian McDonnell before Longford found themselves back in the Barnhall 22.
Longford wasted no time in taking back their lead with Rebecca O’Hara crossing the whitewash after a final phase where the ball was flashed out the back line with clinical passing through each of the backs in order to secure that decisive score and take back the lead.
Whilst the conversion was not to be this time it was not necessary as Longford held their own to run down the clock and finish with yet another win.
Longford now have a weekend off before their next match. Training continues every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30. New players always welcome.