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Longford Masters got their 2013 All Ireland Championship season kicked off with a challenging home fixture against last year’s Champions Galway. In a very competitive game, where the lead switched back and forth a number of times, it looked as if Longford might have had it all wrapped up with a 5 point lead and 15 minutes remaining on the clock, however a very strong Galway team gradually pulled that lead back, eventually crossed the line with a one point winning margin. Coincidentally Longford had also lost by one only point in each of the warm up games in the Cavan Tournament against Mayo and Cavan in the past few weeks. It was Galway who settled the better and ended the first quarter with a 4 points to 1 lead however Longford gradually got into the game after Derek Duggan moved out to Midfield, Jimmy Kiernan dropped back to full back, and Padraig Farrell was introduced as a sub for the injured Dermot McCormac. In this quarter there was some really top class points from several players including Derek Duggan, John Coyle, Enda Macken and Padraig Farrell. In the second half Longford started where they left off and looked dominant in the third quarter when they went into a 5 point lead. However they uncharacteristically lost their composure somewhat in the last quarter when Galway took over to run out winners by the minimal of margins. Non the less it was a great game with end to end play with some of the finest of scores on view from both sides. Having got their season underway Longford can now look forward to building on their first outing with the next fixture against Mayo in three weeks’ time. As ever the team management of James Breslin, Kevin Hourican and Mick Casey would like to build on the number of players on the panel and add to their backroom team so if interested call 0873364408. Gavin Smith ( Cashel), Karl Taylor ( Shroid), Ken Duggan ( Clonguish), Paul Glennon ( Sean Connollys), Declan Feery ( Longford Slashers), Eamonn McEvoy (Sean Connollys), Jack Lynne ( Mostrim), Dermot McCormack ( Carrickeemond), John Coyle ( Mostrim), Jimmy Kiernan ( Dromard), John Corcoran (Longford Slashers), Michael Flynn ( Ballymore), Enda Macken ( Dromard ), Derek Duggan ( Clunguish) David Lenord ( Mullinaughta)

Longford v galway match report  

Report on recent Longford v Galway Gaelic Masters Football game

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