North Kildare Preview and Senior Mens Season Wrap to date   25/02/2019

By Tommy Butler Longford PRO

Longford take on North Kildare on Sunday in their last Leinster League match of the 18-19 season.  Although they cannot win the league title, if they equal or better the result of third placed Monkstown they will finish as runners up and will go into a Promotion/Relegation Play off against the second from bottom team in 1A.  Winning promotion to the top Division of Leinster Rugby would be a phenomenal achievement for Longford’s young squad, with nearly all the players having come through Longford’s Youth system.  They also have a Provincial Towns Cup ¼ Final to look forward to on St. Patricks Day versus Kilkenny at home in CPL Park.  Longford set up their chance for promotion with a brilliant five match winning running run at the start of the league followed by a mid-season dip.  To their credit, Longford then finished off the season really strong, with a win away to Tullow and a win at home to League Champions, Suttonians.  

Despite, Longford’s great performance to date, it all rests on their final game this Sunday against a North Kildare side, who although already relegated, have been on the wrong side of a number of close scores over the season.  Longford will have to be focused and work hard for the result and will not be underestimating the North Kildare challenge.

With Longford having last weekend off, now is a great time to have a look back at how they put themselves in a position to earn promotion.

23/09/2018 Coolmine 17 Longford 31 

Longford’s started their Leinster League campaign with a convincing win in Castleknock versus Coolmine. Longford came into the match on the back of a great preseason, where they were never really tested, so it was tough to know where the team stood.  However, they got into their stride quickly and played an impressive brand of rugby where multiple phases allied with going out wide, putting the well marshalled home defence under substantial pressure throughout the match.  Longford tries were from Shane Rodgers, Neal Farrell & Paul Gallogly with the rest of the points from the boot of Ryan McHugh.

30/09/2018 Longford 28 Carlow 19

Longford’s continued their winning ways and followed on from the victory versus Coolmine in Round 1, with a bonus point win at home to a tough Carlow side who put it up to Longford for large periods of the game.  It was Longford’s ability to convert every chance that came their way that earned a bonus point victory with tries from Kieran O’Gorman, Dylan Quinn, Neal Farrell and Shane Rodgers.

14/10/2018 Monkstown 14 Longford 21

Longford continued their unbeaten start to the season with a hard fought win against a very good Monkstown side in Sydney Parade. Longford sported lots of bumps and bruises after this encounter but gave as good as they got and ultimately deserved their seven point win.  Longford went behind early but two tries from Kieran O’Gorman and Joe McGowan and three penalties saw them secure the win.