Longford again unlucky against Tullow 2015-11-10 16:13:00

Longford’s fortunes in Division 1B continue to decline with a disappointing defeat to a Tullow side that got their first win of the season.  This loss came as much from a lack of self belief as it did from the effectiveness of the Carlow side.

The shoot out with fellow basement cub was an opportunity to show that the away form on display last week, when they pushed the table toppers to the final whistle, was more than mere illusion.  However, despite having the upper hand for most of the contest, they failed to come away from his outing with even a losing bonus point.

The first score came three minutes in when Longford coughed up a penalty for offside.  The well struck kick opened proceedings 00-03.

When a visiting centre was flashed a yellow card for a no arm tackle it started a period of unrelenting pressure from Longford.  The home team’s first try came when a penalty was kicked for a lineout, Longford set up a maul and Clifford Richardson grounded to leave it 05-03.

Just past the 20 minute mark Longford outhalf Kurt Beeney went on a superb individual run, flummoxing the Tullow resistance.  The journey featured a massive fend before an over the shoulder pass to Ronan Keith that allowed the hooker to cross for his side’s second try.  Beeney’s conversion brought it too 12-03.

Tullow countered with two tries in a seven minute period starting on the half hour mark.  Though they were good moves, both measured moves finishing in wide plays, the Longford screen smacked of a lack of self belief.  There was a sense that they were expecting the try to come rather than focusing on the resistance.  The inability convert gave the visitors a one point advantage on 12-13.

Much of the second half featured a tug of war between the 22’s, with the only score coming as a result of an impressive dancing run by a Carlow winger, some deft offloading and hardworking support play.  The most difficult conversion of the game left the score 07-20.

Even with a 75th minute yellow card Longford still looked to be the stronger team, however ruthless finishing was unfortunately in abeyance.  This was an opportunity for the men in black to get their season off the launch pad, but for no obvious reason they let it slip away.

Over the 80 minutes spectators were treated to some fine runs by outhalf Beeney and the centre partnership of Huby and James Connolly worked well.  The immense work rate of Ronan Keith and the labour of the pack in general should have reaped a reward, but this was not to happen.

The sixth game of the league takes place next weekend and it is a renewal of the rivalry with neighbours Mullingar. The 30 minute journey will be one that will define where Longford are going this season.

Dylan Quinn, Ronan Keith, Justin Forde, Daniel Sweeney, Benny McManus, Alistair McCormack, Derek Farrell, Clifford Richardson, Neil Farrell, Kurt Beeney, Lorcan Connolly, Hubie Connolly, James Connolly, Craig Worley, George McDermott.

Liam Brady, Peter Kirk, Karl Murray, Shane Rodgers & Aaron Beirne

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