Longford ready for Boyne Cup Battle

Longford Rugby club take on Boyne in Drogheda in the second round of the Provincial Towns Cup at 3pm on Sunday.

Glenn Baskett’s side had a 22 to 08 win over Cill Dara at home in first round last month.

Longford will travel to Drogheda with a lot of confidence after scoring a fine bonus point win in Tullow on Sunday last in the league.

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Boyne are a step up in class from the Cill Dara as they ply their trade in the division above Longford, Division 1A.

Boyne’s league form has not been great this season, where they have scored only three wins from twelve and lie bottom of the league.

Boyne scored a morale boosting win against third placed Wicklow last time out and will be looking to use the Longford match as a launching pad for their final three league matches, where they need to secure wins in order to try to stay in 1A.

Longford will be travelling at near to full strength with just Liam Brady currently on the side lines and are hoping to welcome back to Colm Glynn to the match day squad after being out since picking up an injury against Suttonian’s in November.

The Provincial Towns Cup is one of the oldest trophies in existence in Irish rugby dating back to 1892. The Cup originally named the Leinster Junior Challenge Cup was then presented on the inception of the Provincial Towns Cup in 1926.

Longford RFC contested the 88th final v Tullamore and also reached the final in 1932, losing out to Dundalk.

Over the last ten years Longford have enjoyed good runs in the Provincials Towns Cup/Plate Competitions, where they have featured in one Provincial Towns Cup Final and three Plate Finals.

In 2013 Longford RFC reached the Provincial Towns Cup Final for the first time since the club was reformed in 1967 and they will be hoping that 2019 is the year that can repeat the historic feat.

Longford Director of Rugby Niall Morgan has been previewing the game with Shannonside’s Kevin McDermott