Longford produced another dominate performance to continue their unbeaten start to the season with a 31-0 win over CYM writes Tommy Butler.
It didn’t take Longford long to get on the scoreboard, Fidelma Fallon’s powerful carry and work through the back line by Megan Banahan and Leanne Keegan saw Megan Jobe breaking tackles to power in for a unconverted try.
CYM gained possession and immediately put Longford under pressure, the hosts defended well and a crucial tackle from Maria Kellegher resulted in a line out for Longford.
Strong scrummaging was to be a feature of Longford’s play on the day. Good carries by Hannah O’Shea and Dora Ledwith kept CYM under pressure.
However some silly mistakes from both sides resulted in penalties for Longford and CYM. Longford remained switched on and a brilliant kick and chase from Rebecca O’Hara put Longford inside the opposition 22.
Strong carries from O’Shea and Leanne Keegan and quick ball to Maria Kelliher who powered over the line for the second the of the game under the posts. Banahan added two points to make it 12-0.
CYM put the pressure back on Longford from the kick-off turning over the ball. Some good work by the away side saw them work the ball wide but debutant Patricia Hourican great tackle stopped CYM in their tracks.
A great steal from Michelle Farrell won possession back for Longford. CYM then conceded a penalty for not rolling away.
Longford continued to put pressure on the visitors and were well worth their 12-0 half-time lead.
A brilliant second-half run from Kelleher following a scrum saw her cross the line for an unconverted try.
Longford dug in, forwards Emma McHugh, Natalie O’Reilly and Roisin Shaw made crucial carries making ground to inside the CYM 22. CYM did not give up and gained possession from a steal at the ruck.
A penalty to Longford saw some good interplay between backs and forwards which resulted in Longford making good territory.
Some quick thinking from Kelliher then saw her power through numerous tackles and ground the ball over the line for a converted try as Longford led 24-0.
Some strong carries from forwards O’Reilly, Ledwith and Irene Murtagh gained Longford more ground. Banahan then took the ball on just outside the CYM try line and powered over for the last try of the game, which she also converted.
Longford kept CYM at bay for the remainder of the game and finished the game for a bonus win on a scoreline of 31-0.
Emma McHugh, Fidelma Fallon, Hannah O’Shea, Michelle Farrell, Natalie O’Reilly, Roisin Shaw, Maria Kelliher, Dora Ledwith, Emma Dardis, Megan