Tipp trounce Longford; Sheedy insists he will continue as coach

Jack Sheedy’s Longford were bounced out of the All-Ireland senior football championship by Tipperary this afternoon.

Tipp trounce Longford; Sheedy insists he will continue as coach

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

By Jackie Cahill at Semple Stadium, Thurles

Jack Sheedy’s Longford were bounced out of the All-Ireland senior football championship by Tipperary this afternoon.

The rampant hosts cruised to a 17-point victory at Semple Stadium, with Sheedy insisting afterwards that he will stay on for a second season in charge.

Longford shocked Derry in their last qualifier but Tipp were far too good as they bounced back from last month’s heartbreaking Munster semi-final defeat to Cork in style.

Michael Quinlivan netted in the second minute before limping off eleven minutes later.

But not even that injury setback could hamper Tipp as they went on to lead by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time in this round 2A qualifier.

Longford had two second half goals disallowed but Tipp raised another green flag in the 44th minute, when the impressive Peter Acheson fisted home Conor Sweeney’s centre.

Acheson had moved from the half-back line to centre forward from the start, with John Coghlan replacing Ian Fahey in Peter Creedon’s line-up.

This was a clinical display from Tipp as they came up against a Longford side expected to produce another big display after shocking Derry last time out.

But Sheedy’s visitors never raised a gallop as Tipp cruised to an unexpectedly big win – their first in the qualifiers since 2012.

Conor Sweeney led the way in the scoring stakes for Tipp with a haul of 0-8 – including five frees.

Acheson bagged 1-2 from play, just one point shy of Longford’s entire tally.

The Midlanders managed to register just three points from play during the entire game and bowed tamely out of the championship.

The writing was on the wall for Longford from the moment Quinlivan finished well for his goal.

George Hannigan and Philip Austin were heavily involved in the approach play before Commercials clubman Quinlivan kept his nerve to slot home at the Killinan End.

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; G Mulhair, P Codd (0-1), C McDonald; C O’Riordan, R Kiely, J Coghlan; S O’Brien, G Hannigan; P Austin, P Acheson (1-2), B Fox; C Sweeney (0-8, 5f), M Quinlivan (1-0), B Grogan (0-4, 3f).

Subs: B Mulvihill (0-1) for Quinlivan (13), C Kennedy (0-1) for Austin (53), S Flynn for Grogan (64), I Fahey for Acheson (66), A Campbell for Mulhair (69).

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, F Battrim; C.P. Smyth, E Williams (0-1), S Mulligan; K Diffley, B O’Farrell; M Quinn (0-1), F McGee, P Barden (0-1); S McCormack (0-1f), B Kavanagh (0-2f), A Rowan.

Subs: S Doyle for McCormack (40), N Mulligan for Diffley (48), M Hughes for Rowan (48), R McEntire for McGee (60), P Brady for Battrim (69), P Gill for Williams (70+2).

Referee: P O’Sullivan (Kerry)

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