McCormack points lift Longford

Promotion-chasing Longford maintained their 100% record with a very impressive eight-point defeat of struggling Sligo at Markievicz Park.

Corner-forward Sean McCormack’s contribution of 10 points — a haul that included seven superbly converted frees — was the key in Longford’s fourth successive Division 3 win against the hosts, who toiled with 14 players for the last 20 minutes after full-back Johnny Martyn picked up a second booking.

Sligo flickered briefly when their main threat, Adrian Marren, goaled in the 14th minute to put Kevin Walsh’s charges ahead for the first and only time, 1-1 to 0-3. But Longford’s instant response of 1-1 — the goal a stinger from Paul Barden — put the Glenn Ryan-managed visitors on course for a 1-7 to 1-3 interval lead.

Scorers for Sligo: A Marren 1-3 (1f), S Coen 0-2, C McGee (45), T Taylor, M Breheny (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Longford: S McCormack 0-10 (7fs), P Barden 1-1, B Kavanagh 0-3, N Mulligan, D McElligott 0-1 each.

SLIGO: P Greene; C Harrison, J Martyn, R Donovan; M Quinn, S McManus, N Ewing; T Taylor, B Egan; D Rooney, J Clarke, P Hughes; C McGee, A Marren, M Breheny.

Subs: S Coen for McGee (32), A Costello for Breheny (ht), J Davey for Rooney (43), D Maye for Hughes (47), K Cawley for Egan (64).

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; S Mulligan, M Quinn, CP Smith; B McElvanney, J Keegan; D Barden, P Barden, N Mulligan; D McElligott, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.

Subs: J Givney for Keegan (49), P Foy for S Mulligan (61), JJ Matthews for N Mulligan (63), N Farrell for D Barden (65), M Brady for P Barden (68).

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