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Longford’s promotion hopes damaged following Derry defeat

Oct 17, 2020 21:10 By Michael Cooke
Longford’s promotion hopes damaged following Derry defeat Longford’s promotion hopes damaged following Derry defeat
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Longford’s hopes of promotion were dealt a major blow following a 2-14 to 12 points loss to Derry at Celtic Park in Division

Longford’s hopes of promotion were dealt a major blow following a 2-14 to 12 points loss to Derry at Celtic Park in Division three of the Allianz Football League.

The result was never in doubt as Derry laid a solid foundation in the first half leading by 1-7 to three points at the interval.

Derry held the upper hand from the outset leading by five points to one at the first water break.

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A pointed free by Darren Gallagher was Longford’s only score of the game at this point.

Rian Brady and Des Reynolds then halved the deficit with a point each before Derry responded in style hitting 1-2 without reply.

A goal from Patrick Kearney put seven points between them at half-time.

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Longford enjoyed a brief resurgence in the early stages of the second-half and a 49th minute point from Joe Hagan made it a three-point game.

The hope was short-lived however as Derry substitute Paul Cassidy doubled the hosts’ advantage scoring the second goal of the game.

Darragh Doherty and Rian Brady then slotted over a point each and four points separated the sides with as many minutes of normal time left.

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Padraic Davis side failed to score thereafter and Derry had eight points to spare at full-time.

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