Longford progress to the Plate Quarter Final
02/04/2017 Provincial Towns Plate 2nd Round Longford 27 Wexford Wanderers 10
Longford Performance XV extended their season with a comprehensive win over Wexford Wanderers in the second round of the Provincial Towns Plate at CPL Park, on Sunday past. This was a tough task for the home team as a number of casualties meant that the they had to plumb the full depths of the panel. Wexford have been plying their trade in the Leinster League Division 2B so it had been a while since the two sides last encountered each other. The south east club finished second in their league this year after a very good season, but Longford were missing four first team starters at the outset through injury and during the course of the game Ciaran Kennedy and Derek Farrell were also called ashore due to injury. The absence of so many players disrupted the performance and Longford did not reach heights of some recent league wins. Most of the hometeam's scores came in the first 40, with Cormac Hughes being the first to cross the whitewash. The centres score's were augmented by two penalties before Wanderer's replied with one of their own. Derek Farrell pushed the score to 20-03 before the break came. Playing against a strong breeze in the second half Longford had to defend for long periods. Despite this pressure the exuded a control that meant they never really looked in danger. Wexford did get in under the post to bring the score to 20 points to 10 going into last 15 minutes, but a further try for Longford brought the lead back to 17 points. Longford saw out the remainder of the game with relative ease and secured at least another week of rugby. Next up is another Division 2B sides as Athy come to town. Again Longford will be playing this game in CPL Park, so to continue the season the club are calling for as many people as possible to come along and support. The kick off next Sunday is 3:00pm.
02/04/2017 Provincial Towns Seconds Plate Longford 17 Edenderry 32
Home advantage was not enough to make a difference in the Provincial Towns Seconds Plate as Edenderry won out in a thrilling game. The Longford Development XV have had a tremendous year of growth, but Edenderry had a little bit more experience and brought it to bear. Longford may not be going forward in the competition, but they have been progressing steadily over the last season.