Denis Connerton’s Longford got off to a winning start in division three with a 1-12 to 0-10 points victory over Offaly at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.
The first half was a very close affair with the score seven points to six in favour of the home side. Robbie Smyth had his shooting boots on with five of the seven coming from the Abbeylara man with two of those coming from frees while the first and last points for Longford coming from John Keegan and Sean McCormack.
Corner back Paul Magee was black cared just before half time for Longford as he was left with no option but to pull Bernard Allen down to the ground to prevent a goal following a missed place pass from an otherwise impressive Keegan.
Sean McCormack also saw black late on in the game while Offaly actually finished the game with thirteen when Joey O’Connor receiving a straight red card with six minutes to go in the second half and Eoin O’Connor receiving a second yellow card in injury time but by then Longford had wrapped up the two points as four points on the trot after half time with free from McCormack and Smyth and one from play by Robbie with a 45 from Paddy Collum before Offaly had their first score in the second half after twenty six minutes of that half.
Larry Moran was put through for the only goal of the game following great work by Barry O’Farrell with five minutes to go on the clock.
Offaly did finish the game with the last two points but they were only consolation for the Faithful county.
Shannonsides John Duffy spoke to Longford manager Denis Connerton after the game