Warwickshire step it up in second half

Warwickshire 2-16 Longford 0-10
A powerful second-half performance ensured Warwickshire pulled away from Longford to enjoy a famous victory in the Lory Meagher Cup final.

Warwickshire, who led by four points at the break, were the slicker, sharper unit and Seán Hennessey’s excellent place-striking gradually edged them clear in the second half.

Scorers for Warwickshire: S Hennessy 0-6 (3fs, 2 65s), E Lyons 1-3, E Gleeson 1-0, P Duggan, M Bermingham 0-2 each, C Maskey, C Robbins, A Morrissey 0-1 each.

Scorers for Longford: E Donnellan 0-7 (6fs), J O’Brien 0-2, E Daly 0-1f.

WARWICKSHIRE: T Goulding; B Bermingham, L Knocker, C Brough; D Kennedy, E Gleeson, C Maskey; M Bermingham, A Morrissey; C Robbins, P Duggan, C Behan; S Hennessy, A O’Neill, E Lyons.

Subs: R McEntee for O’Neill (49), S Wallace for Kennedy (55-61), E McCabe for Robbins (59), Wallace for M Bermingham (61) D Sheedy for Behan (68), D Kelly for Morrissey (69).

LONGFORD: E Daly; P McGarry, T Stakem, B Stakem; C Egan, T Roche, D Corcoran; R Donnellan, C Finucane; E Donnellan, K Connelly, D Tanner; K Murray, J O’Brien, J Newman.

Subs: M Coyle for R Donnellan (21), M Farrell for Newman (47), R Breslin for Murray (70+2), K Cox for Corcoran (70+2).

Referee: L McAuley (Antrim).

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