Longford bounce back to regain title


Longford bounce back to regain title

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).

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