Longford swept Wicklow’s feeble challenge aside in their Leinster U21 Championship game last night. Aided by a strong wind they dominated the first-half .
Larry Moran was Longford main threat in the half, scoring his side’s first goal in the 10th minute, capitalising on a mistake by Wicklow keeper Andy Murphy. Wicklow only scored three points in the half, all frees, David Boothman (two) and Thomas Donohoe on target, as they trailed at the break by seven.
Longford got a second goal in the 34th minute when corner-back Conor Shields got up to shoot past Murphy. Seven minutes later they raised the flag again when Liam Connerton passed to Rory Connor and he palmed it to the net.
Connerton then got his side’s fourth goal in the 45th minute and followed up with a point to extend the lead to 16 points.
Wicklow’s first score of the second-half was a goal from corner-forward Marc Lennon in the 53rd minute.
Longford finished the game strongly with points from Connor, Andrew Dalton and a free from Moran.
LONGFORD: C Farrell; R Sweeney, A Farrell, C Shields (1-0); L Sullivan, C Farrelly, D Reynolds (0-1); F Sheridan, A Dalton (0-2); R McNerney, E Noonan, S Kenny (0-1, f); L Moran (1-4,3f), P Kiernan (0-1), L Connerton (1-1) .
Subs: R Connor (1-1) for Noonan (19), D McGivney for Kiernan (39), K Farrell (0-2) for Sheridan (45), P Farrell for McNerney (51), M Gorman for Sullivan (52), M Mulligan for A Farrell (57)
WICKLOW: A Murray; B Finan, J Kavanagh, E Kelly; J Crowe (0-1), D Lohan, C Hatton; D Boothman (0-2,fs) , T Donohoe (0-1,f); D Henderson (0-1), P Ellis, P Phelan; C French, J Delahunt, M Lennon (1-0).
Subs: E Marah for Kelly (24), C Healy for Finan (ht), M O’Connor for Ellis (34), S McGraynor for Donohoe (36), S O’Brien for Kavanagh (44), P. O’Connor for Phelan (51)
Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).