Donegal defeat Longford and go to top of table

Donegal sit proudly on top of the NHL Division 3A table after recording their second comprehensive victory in succession, coming from six behind for a 1-20 to 3-9 victory over Longford at Pearse Park.

The handful of supporters were treated to a muddling encounter, with Donegal establishing a 0-9 to 0-2 lead after half an hour, despite playing into a strong breeze.

However, Longford exploded into life in the five minutes before half-time, adding three points to a Joe O’Brien goal to leave the minimum between the teams at the break.

A second major from O’Brien and another from Cathal Mullane helped Longford into a 3-6 to 0-9 lead within six minutes of the restart.

But Donegal settled again and aided by theoutstanding freetaking of Lee Henderson – who ended with 0-13 to his credit – they regained the lead with 15 minutes left.

A fine point from Chrissy McDermott and a late goal from Kevin Campbell made their win safe.

The meeting between Fermanagh and Louth at Brewster Park was postponed due to an unplayable pitch and is now due to be held at 2pm next Sunday. So Monaghan are now second in the league table thanks to a four point away win over Roscommon at Pádraig Pearses GAA grounds.

An early Niall Kilroy goal got the hosts off to a strong start but an immediate response from Monaghan’s main marksman, Hugh Byrne, gave Monaghan a narrow lead they never relinquished. The visitors were pegged back to just a point, 1-8 to 1-7, midway through the half, but some fine freetaking from Byrne helped Monaghan post four of the last five scores.

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