Longford collected another two points in their bid to reach the knock-out stages of Division 2 when they came from behind to beat neighbours Leitrim at Pearse Park.
A second-half fisted goal from Brian KavanÓgh proved the turning point, leaving Longford in a 1-10 to 0-8 lead, and four more points followed – three from Paul Barden – as they ran out convincing winners.
Leitrim began the better side, racing into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead after 19 minutes – the points coming from Michael Foley (2), Ciaran Duignan (2), Michael Duignan and James Glancy.
Longford gradually got their act together and by half-time had narrowed the gap to just two points (0-7 to 0-5) following scores from KavanÓgh, Paul Barden and Padraic Davis.
The home side eventually got on top and were much the better team after the break as they outscored Leitrim 1-9 to 0-3.
ScórERS – Longford: B KavanÓgh 1-3, P Barden, P Davis both 0-4 (2f), K Smyth, P Berry, L Keenan 0-1 each. Leitrim: C Duignan 0-4 (4f), M Foley 0-3 (2f), J Glancy 0-2, M Duignan 0-1.
LONGFORD – D Sheridan; E Ledwith, D Masterson, C Conefrey; S Mulligan, D Hannify, D Brady; L Keenan, P Barden; P Berry, T Smullen, K Smyth; F McGee, P Davis, B KavanÓgh. Subs: N Farrell for Conefrey (inj 11); N Sheridan for McGee (43); DC Reilly for Ledwith (54); D Barden for Davis (59); K Mulligan for Berry (inj 62).
LEITRIM – nÓgill; M McGuinness, J McKeon, D Reynolds; B McWeeney, B Prior, S Foley; M Duignan, G McCloskey; C Regan, M Foley, B Brennan; F McBrien, C Duignan, J Glancy. Subs: D Beck for Regan (35); D Maxwell for McBrien (47); C Kennedy for McWeeney (51); S Canning for M Duignan (63); N Doonan for B Brennan (67).
REF – M Meade (Limerick)
12-Mar-07 by Unsion.ie