Longford Smash Carlow To Progress In Qualifiers

Longford produced a 10-point victory over Carlow to progress to round two of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

James McGivney’s 11th minute goal netted at the second attempt set the tone with Patrick Fox’s second-half goal with a 2-11 to seven point win.

David McGivney landed a first-minute Longford free and Diarmuid Walshe opened the scoring for Carlow with a point from play in the ninth minute.

Longford’s pressure eventually told when Colm P Smyth raided down the left and his pass into the small square caused enough confusion for McGivney to poke home from close in.

Another Walshe point narrowed the gap while Darragh Foley added a point from play for Carlow but Longford continued to enjoy the better of the exchanges.

Longford half-back Darren Quinn (2) and Smyth got forward to score points that helped the visitors into a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead.

The second Longford goal arrived with just a minute to go in the game when Patrick Fox broke forward from deep and showed his forwards how to do it when finding the net from close range.

Longford were excellent in their offensive display and deservedly took their place in the hat for tomorrow morning qualifier round two draw.

Longford: Paddy Collum, Patrick Fox (1-0), Donal McElligott, Barry O’Farrell, Colm P. Smyth (0-1), Padraig McCormack, Darren Quinn (0-2), John Keegan (0-1), David McGivney (0-3fs), Gary Rogers (0-1), Andrew Farrell, Michael Quinn, Daniel Mimnagh (0-1f), James McGivney (1-1), Darragh Doherty.

Subs: Joseph Hagan (0-1) for Farrell (43 mins), Shane Kenny for Doherty (53 mins), Aidan McElligott for Rogers (56 mins), Mark Hughes for McCormack (62 mins), Conor Farrell for Quinn (66 mins), Kevin Gilmore for Mimnagh (69 mins).

Carlow: Robert Sansom, Liam Roberts, Shane Redmond, Conor Lawlor, Benny Kavanagh, Daniel St Ledger, Ciaran Moran, Jordan Morrissey (0-1), Eoghan Ruth, Diarmuid Walshe (0-4, 2fs), Sean Gannon, Conor Doyle, Darragh O’Brien, Darragh Foley (0-2, 1f), John Murphy.

Subs: Danny Moran for Roberts (53 mins), Josh Moore for Murphy (55 mins), Hugh Gahan for Ruth (62 mins), Jamie Clarke for O’Brien (63 mins).

Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)