Longford RFC Club News 11/02/2019   12/02/2019

Senior Men Home to Suttonians, Senior Women home to Tullamore, Mini/Youth Match Reports, Underage Questionnaire...

By Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO tommylbutler@gmail.com 

Senior Men

Longford Senior Men secured a great win away to Division 1A side, Boyne RFC in Drogheda yesterday to advance to the Provincial Towns Cup Quarter Final versus Kilkenny on St. Patricks day in CPL Park, Longford.  It promises to be a great day!

However, the Cup is parked for now as the Senior Men’s attention turns back to their final two league games versus Suttonians and North Kildare.  First up is league leaders Suttonians, who just need a point from the match to win the league.  Longford need to win with a bonus point to bring the league down to the last day.  However, they are also two points ahead of third placed Monkstown.  Longford will be looking to secure two wins in their final matches to at least consolidate second place and secure a shot at Promotion to Division 1A via a play off against the team that finishes second last in 1A.

Suttonians are planning on travelling to Longford in force this Sunday.  It is our last home league game of the season and we ask all our club members, coaches, players and friends at all levels to turn out in force and make CPL Park into a loud chorus of support for the hometown heroes.  ‘Now is the time, tomorrow will be too late’. Please spread the word and see you there.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday February 17th Leinster League Suttonians (Home)*

Sunday March 3rd Leinster League North Kildare (Away)* 

Sunday Match 17th Provincial Towns Cup ¼ Final Kilkenny (Home)*

Early XV kick off at 1.30 and Late XV at 3.

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford Women had last weekend off.  However, they welcome Tullamore to CPL Park next Sunday at 1PM in their final league game of the season.  The team has really improved as the season has progressed and are well worth your support.  Longford Women await the cup draw to see who they place next up after Tullamore.

Upcoming Fixtures:

Sunday February 17th Tullamore Leinster League (Home).

All Kick Offs are at 1 PM.

Longford Mini/Youths

It was a very busy weekend of underage action in Longford with ten teams in action  It is not too late to start playing Mini/Youth rugby.  Longford RFC welcome new players at all levels both boys/girls with no previous experience necessary.  Training times and Fixtures can be found on www.longfordrugby.com or at https://goo.gl/qAVBPv

Fixtures:

Saturday February 16th   

U17 v Dundalk (Away).

U14 Girls v ABS (TBC).

U6-U12 Buccaneers Blitz (Away Starts at 11 am).

Match Reports

U18

Longford U18s faced Cill Dara in the league on Saturday.  The 18s had went down to a heavy defeat against a very physically imposing Cill Dara away earlier in the season and were looking for a big performance.  That is exactly what they did.  They lead for most of the first half, 7-0, before Cill Dara tacked on all their scores in space of 20 minutes.  Longford responded to finish out the match in double scores going down to a final score line of 14-34. Longford still have to play Mullingar in the cup where they will be looking to further improve on Saturday’s performance.  Both Longford’s tries were scored by No. 13 Bryn Peters.

U16

Longford U16s took on Wicklow missing a large number of players due to injury.  Longford had the bare fifteen and put in a great effort.  However, they were up against a well drilled Wicklow side with seven subs and unfortunately it was not their day.  The coaching team want to express their thanks to all the players, but unfortunately you can’t win every day. Training continues this Wednesday at 7 PM with a friendly being arranged in the near future.

U15

Longford U15's travelled to Mullingar on Saturday. Longford got off to a terrible start when they conceded 3 early soft tries. Longford finally got their act together and had the majority of possession for the remaining half. They got their reward when David Keenan finished off a well worked try in the corner.  Shortly afterwards Lolu Adejimni burst through for a second try, to bring the score difference down to 5 at the break.

Mullingar took control in the 2nd half and scored 3 more tries without reply.  Longford willl be pleased with their rucking and ball retention but will be disappointed with some of the tackling. Longford should take heart from their performance against a much bigger Mullingar team. Congratulations to Cormac Casey and David Keenan who made their rugby debut.

Team and scorers; 1 Lolu Adejimni (1 try), 2 Ronan Smyth, 3 Seamus Hanley, 4 Jacob Crossan, 5 Conor McNamara, 6 Gavin Courage, 7 Dean Rogan, 8 Keith Neary, 9 Ryan Cunningham, 10 Padraig Boyle, 11 Conor Smith, 12 Eoin Murtagh, 13 Kevin Byrne, 14 Cormac Casey, 15 John Boyle. Subs used; 16 Sean Conboy, 17 Francis Dunne, 18 David Keenan (1 try).

U14

Longford U14's played away to Boyne today in the Youth Cup. It was a 12 noon start played with a strong breeze, that had both sides playing better into the wind!. Longford opened the points tally within the first minute through a good team run towards Boynes line and a converted try by Leo Temple.  The tempo of the game then followed a pattern of Shane O'Hara & Sam Mills taking the ball from a ruck, bursting through the line and off loading. The first half finished with an converted try to Shane O'Hara just after Boyne had scored their own.  The scoreline at half time was 14 to 8.  The second half saw Longford play into the wind.  Ronan Corcoran had plenty to do with the high ball and backline defence. A good run from Luke McManus onto a cross field kick was rewarded with 5 points, which was then returned in kind from Boyne. Longford added two tries through Ryan D'Arcy and a second from Shane O'Hara.  The player of the day was jointly awarded to Sam Mills and Shane O'Hara.  The final result was 29 - 15.  Longford Squad: Joel Gillanders, Ronan Corcoran, Beau O'Connor, Odhran Gray, Jude O'Rourke, Luke McManus, James Gilheany,

Sam O'Rourke, Shane O'Hara, Sam Mills, Joel Gillanders, Ryan D'Arcy, Sam Waters, Leo Temple, Martin Dooner & Adam Reen.  Stand out plays were by Shane O'Hara, Sam Mills, Ryan D'Arcy and Leo Temple.

The Victorious Longford U14 Side