Longford secure Second Place and Promotion Play-off

It was groundhog day in North Kildare on Saturday, where Longford travelled to Kilcock for the second time in a week this time recording a 32-22 win, writes Tommy Butler.

Like the week before Longford were locked in a head to head battle with Monkstown for second place in the league, which could secure them a promotion play off.

However, the maths had got more simple; as Monkstown did not secure a four try bonus point the previous week, a win here would be enough to secure second place.

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Although North Kildare had already finished bottom of the league, as Longford found out the previous week, they would not let Longford leave with an easy win.

Longford kicked off the game this time with the wind at their backs, playing down the slightly slopped North Kildare pitch.

The first return from the Longford pressure was a Ryan McHugh penalty after eight minutes.

This was then followed up by a nice Shane Rodgers try, which showcased good interplay between backs and forwards.

In their first foray into Longford’s 22, they scored any easy try up the middle to pull Longford’s lead back to three points.

Longford came right back at North Kildare scoring two tries from Joe McGowan and replacement Conor Seery.

The try by McGowan was created by a lovely inside pass from Ryan McHugh, but the high scoring half did not end there, with North Kildare striking back up the middle again for a second relatively easy score.

The first half finished with Longford exerting huge pressure on the North Kildare line via a number of scrums and a driving maul, however North Kildare stood tall to leave the half-time score 14-20.

North Kildare upped the ante with the wind behind them at the start of the second half and played like a team who were fighting for a place at the top rather than the bottom of the table.

North Kildare struck for a deserved try 20 minutes in, to take the lead for the first time in the game.

This Longford team have ground results out against adversity throughout the season and two tries in the last 10 minutes from Joe McGowan and Benny McManus put the match to bed and secured their highest ever Leinster League finish; Second in Division 1B.

The prize for second place is a play-off against Bective for a place in Leinster’s Top 1A Division next season.

The match will take place towards the end of March at a neutral venue. The league is parked for the moment as Longford look forward to the visit of Kilkenny in the Provincial Towns Cup Quarter Final on St. Patricks Day in CPL Park.

Longford: P O’Farrell, H Connolly, D Quinn, B McManus, D O’Brien, K O’Gorman, D Farrell, P Gallogly, R Shaw, I McCormack, J McGowan, R McHugh, S Rodgers, S McGuiness, S Flynn, J Forde, P Dardis, F McGowan, C Seery, P Molloy