So near but yet so far again for Longford 1st XV 2015-11-16 15:10:00

The word ‘almost’ is becoming the most re-occurring adverb in reports of the endeavours of Longford senior men’s first XV this season. Falling to Mullingar on a score of 15-12 was probably the most difficult result of the season.
Last Sunday’s clash with the old foe was the sixth loss on the bounce for a team that would have been happy with their steady progress as a unit, were it not for the succession of losses.
The weekend weather may have been abysmal, but many of the difficulties following in the wake of persistent downpour were negated by the astro surface at Shay Murtagh Park. The drizzle and gusting wind did play a part in the contest, but far less than would have been expected before kick off.
Even though a number of returning players made a significant contribution to the contest the failure to get out of the blocks from the first whistle and letting a two man advantage in the last five minutes go unrewarded were the features that Longford will focus on. The rivalry with the neighbours is part of the make up of all sports clubs, and this league encounter was the first between the two clubs in four years.
Three yellow cards to the home team indicates a cynicism that they employed to close the game out, but Longford were unable to convert the advantage into sufficient capital for the return journey down the N4 with the win points they so desperately needed.
Longford played well through most of the game and even brilliantly at times. As in the last six games there were a number of individuals who gave outstanding performances, but a lack of ruthlessness in sight of the opponent’s try line undid all the good work.
By scoring two tries, one converted, in the closing ten minutes of the first half Mullingar put just enough daylight between the sides to undermine the Longford effort. Another penalty in the opening minutes of the second half left it 15-00. As Mullingar deliberately slowed the ball down Longford found it difficult to counter the momentum.
Colm Glynn at outhalf brought a stability that Longford have been lacking in the last few encounters. Jimmy Connolly scored Longford’s first try early in the second half, when the visitor were behind 15-0. Glynn was instrumental in Longford’s second which saw the returning Ciaran Kennedy cross the whitewash.
The two tries were followed by a third crossing of the line, but the home team successfully held the ball up and Longford were unable to repeat the feat. Longford left Mulligar with a loosing bonus point, but this was another week of heartache for the team and supporters where they will be wondering when the fates will look more kindly on them.
Dylan Quinn, Ronan Keith, Justin Forde, Clifford Richardson, Benny McManus, Alistair McCormack, Huby Connolly, Derek Farrell, Neil Farrell, Colm Glynn, Craig Whorley, Kurt Beeney, James Connolly, Joe McGowan, George McDermott

Peter Kirk, Liam Brady, Lorcan Connolly, Aaron Beirne, Finbar McGowan, Ciaran Kennedy

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