Longford lost their opening 2019 Electric Ireland Leinster Minor football championship group game to neighbours Westmeath in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
The Lakeside County scored a decisive goal in each half to claim a 2-08 to eight points victory.
It was a fiercely competitive first half with an early goal through centre-forward Luke Buckley giving Westmeath a 1-01 to two points lead after ten minutes.
The sides were level after 23 minutes on a scoreline of five points to 1-02 but Westmeath got the final point of the half to give them a 1-03 to five points half-time lead.
The goal threat was always there for Joe Giles’s Westmeath side and corner forward Ben McGauran got their second goal in the closing minutes to put the game beyond doubt.
Longford play Carlow on the eight of May in a must-win game for them. Longford then finish off their campaign on the 18th of May against Laois.
Longford joint-manager Barry O’Rourke spoke to John Duffy after the game.
Elsewhere in Longford’s group- Laois and Carlow finished level at 11-points apiece.
in Group one-Dublin got the better of Meath.
Second half goals from Ryan O’Dwyer and Luke Swan gave the Dubs a 4-10 to 2-10 win at Parnell Park.
The other game in Group 2 saw Offaly edge Wexford by 1-10 to 1-9.
While in Group 3, last year’s beaten finalists Kildare beat Wicklow 1-16 to 12-points in Newbridge.
While Louth were too good for Kilkenny, winning on a 3-16 to 3-8 scoreline.