In simpler terms, Longford are the better team by one point.
For the greater part of Saturday’s final, it was typically difficult to call a winner.
With three goals, Fermanagh full-forward Declan McGarry certainly deserved to be on the winning side.
Likewise, Sean Corrigan who shot 10 points, reached a double figures tally in each of the games he has played in. But their excellence wasn’t enough for a maiden title though or for Fermanagh to avoid a repeat of their 2012 final loss. Instead, Longford bounced backed from being a point down at half-time to match their Meagher Cup success of 2010.
Still, McGarry’s third goal left Fermanagh just a point behind with three minutes to go, 3-17 to 3-16.
And though Longford top scorer Eoin Donnellan shot another point, taking his tally to 1-9, there was still time for Fermanagh to rescue the game if they netted.
They almost did when McGarry was awarded a 21 yard free in injury-time. But his strike was surprisingly tame and easily cleared, securing a bounce back win for Longford after last year’s heavy loss to Warwickshire.
Scorers for Longford: E Donnellan (1-9, 1-7 frees, one 65), J O’Brien (2-2), C Mullane (0-3), K Connelly (0-2), J Casey and J Newman (0-1 each)
Scorers for Fermanagh: S Corrigan (0-10, eight frees, one 65), D McGarry (3-1), R Bogue, F McBrien, J Duffy, C Corrigan and S Curran (0-1 each).
LONGFORD: P Cullen; C Egan, B Stakem, K Murray; P Corcoran, C Flanagan, R Donnellan; J Casey, D Tanner; K Connelly, M Coyle, E Donnellan; J Newman, C Mullane, J O’Brien.
Subs: G Ghee for Newman (41), C Kavanagh for Corcoran (65), T Stakem for E Donnellan (72).
FERMANAGH: M Curry; D Teague, E Morrissey, A Breslin; M Teague, M Slevin, F Bannon; R Bogue, F McBrien; J Duffy, B McGarry, JP McGarry; S Corrigan, D McGarry, C Corrigan.
Subs: S Curran for Bannon (41), B Duffy for B McGarry (55), M Beggan for McBrien (70).
Referee: J Clarke (Cavan).