Longford performance XV notched up an impressive home win over the festive season when Connacht Junior League 1A high fliers, Ballinasloe, travelled to CPL Park. A solid first half performance saw the home side run in four tries and set up a platform for this comprehensive win.
This was a clash of two of the oldest clubs in Ireland. The post Christmas game was a good opportunity to test squad depth and assess dietary indiscipline over the previous couple of days.
Although Ballinasloe managed to poach a few balls at ruck time and consistently pick and drive to good effect their game plan was limited and only really started to gain traction in the second 40.
Both sides played good rugby but Longford’s ability to engage their back line utilising all 15 on the pitch gave them the advantage on the scoreboard.
Longford always looked comfortable throughout the game and first half line breaks coupled with the home sides ability to spin the ball out wide saw centre partnership Shane Rodgers and Cormack Hughes cross the whitewash three times in the first half.
Michael Horan’s side may not have been crowded with their entire compliment of starters, but they showed that they had a solid and competitive pack. However second half tries by Michael Bannon and Karl Murry added to Longford’s total tally and scuppered any resurgence.
The ever reliable Colm Glynn gave another stellar performance in black, while Daniel McHugh showed his versatility in the nine shirt. Ruadhan McDonnell and Barry Stewart displayed the wealth of talent in the back row and Hughbie Connolly gave another exemplary show in the number two position.
Ciaran Kennedy, Karl Murray, Killian Bartley, Daniel Casey, Joe McGowan, Finbar McGowan, Owen McGowan, Eamonn Kinahan, Domhnaill Flynn, Lorcan Connolly, Darragh Connolly, Shane Rodgers, Cormac Hughes, Colm Glynn, Daniel McHugh, Neal Farrell, Liam Brady, Kevin Rodgers, Justin Forde, Michael Bannon, Dylan Quinn, Hughbie Connolly, Philip Dardis, Aaron Beirne, Anthony Hughes, Barry Stewart, Derek Farrell, Ruadadh McDonnell, Shane McVeigh, John Geelan