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Title: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 17, 2006, 09:47:45 AM
Just thought we might as well get one started.
Anyone see the panel for the county trial game on Saturday.
a few interesting names.........P Davis, D. Hanniffy & N. Sheridan to name but a few.
Overall not sure if there is a whole lot to add to what we had last year. A lot of the bench in at this too.
Maybe Sean McCormack an add something. If Hanniffy gives the commitment it could be good.
We have a coupl eof new faces in and as previously discussed the old 2 Declan Reilly's conundrum has come a step closer.
Co. board seem to have gotten obver this by using (not cornadrung) as part of the new Declan's title!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 17, 2006, 02:16:08 PM
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Just thought we might as well get one started.
Anyone see the panel for the county trial game on Saturday.
a few interesting names.........P Davis, D. Hanniffy & N. Sheridan to name but a few.

Do you have the full list?

I'd heard that the Big Man had been called back into the panel alright - didn't realise that Davis and Hanniffy were back in. I'd been told that Hanniffy had pretty much lost interest even at club level, and while Podgie is always motivated and interested, he's getting on a bit.

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Overall not sure if there is a whole lot to add to what we had last year. A lot of the bench in at this too.

Off hand, I could think of a few who were impressive during the Championships and it always helps to see what else might be there.

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Maybe Sean McCormack an add something. If Hanniffy gives the commitment it could be good.

McCormack was the one outstanding prospect from the Championship, I thought. I don't think he'll be available to them for the O'Byrne Cup though.

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We have a coupl eof new faces in and as previously discussed the old 2 Declan Reilly's conundrum has come a step closer.
Co. board seem to have gotten obver this by using (not cornadrung) as part of the new Declan's title!!

Does the poor fellow not have a townland to call his own?  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on November 18, 2006, 01:06:35 PM
I see we have home advantage v the neighbours , which is a good advantage .... hopefully we can continue our good run of form at home in championship matches .......

and the game is scheduled for MAY 13TH !!! ....  thats very early IMO.......


Is it true that the losers of this game will be out of the championship proper , and into the Michael Mouse cup ... ?...heard someone saying it this week , very unfair on the losing team if this is the case ...but on the other hand will add an extra dimension to an this local derby ......

Can any of the regular throw some light on this ??

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on November 18, 2006, 04:13:01 PM
Longfordian:

Not quite. The bottom four teams in Divisions 2A and 2B will be exiled to the TM Cup if they don't advance. Westmeath can't go out, and ye should be alright.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 18, 2006, 09:21:17 PM
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I see we have home advantage v the neighbours , which is a good advantage .... hopefully we can continue our good run of form at home in championship matches .......

and the game is scheduled for MAY 13TH !!! ....  thats very early IMO.......

You're forgetting that we had a bye to the quarter-finals the last two years. If I remember correctly, the 2004 fiasco agin Caarla in O'Connor Park was in mid-May.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 18, 2006, 10:08:35 PM
As far as I know, because we're D4, if we lose we're in Disaster Cup situation alright, but I'd hope we'd be good enough for the neighbours, with home advantage.

Hanniffy would be very good cover for midfield alright, but like Laureleye, I thought he'd lost interest completely.  I knew Podgie was over the worst of his injury, but I didn't think he'd be back.  I'm not sure what part Niall will play, with the running and passing game seeming to have replaced the aimless long-ball to targetman game - I'd have thought reverting to that would be very retrograde, but Eastlongford have never been able for him, in fairness.

Anyone know what the list of League fixtures looks like?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 19, 2006, 02:52:11 PM
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As far as I know, because we're D4, if we lose we're in Disaster Cup situation alright, but I'd hope we'd be good enough for the neighbours, with home advantage.

We're only in Cooper Cup territory if we finish in the bottom 4 of Division 2A. Hopefully that won't occur. We'd have ended up there last year though because of scoring difference - the Donegal match was a killer on that front.

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Hanniffy would be very good cover for midfield alright, but like Laureleye, I thought he'd lost interest completely.  I knew Podgie was over the worst of his injury, but I didn't think he'd be back.  I'm not sure what part Niall will play, with the running and passing game seeming to have replaced the aimless long-ball to targetman game - I'd have thought reverting to that would be very retrograde, but Eastlongford have never been able for him, in fairness.

I can't see it being reverted to based on what Dempsey said last summer, but I suppose him being there creates a bit of uncertainty in the minds of the opposition as to which strategy might be chosen. Confusion is good as long as it's not your own. Having to mind Sheridan AND Kavanagh AND the two Bardens would be a bit of a stretch. I'd expect him to be there as a sub rather than as a starter.

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Anyone know what the list of League fixtures looks like?

Much the same as last year except with home/away reversed, I expect. That we have four home games this year is the one thing I'm certain of, because the County Chairman has told us so.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 19, 2006, 07:26:45 PM
Full listing for the trials was ('06 panellists in bold):

Ciarán MacEoin (Seán Connollys), Conor Casey, Shane Carroll, Ronan Clyne, Derek Casserly (Rathcline), Paul O'Hara, Seán McCormack (Killoe), Peter Masterson, Francis McGee (Dromard), Francis Murphy (Ballymore), David Hannify, Padraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels), Enda Williams, Brendan Burke (Clonguish), David Sheridan, Michael Brady, Trevor Clendenning, Barry Gilleran, Tomás O'Rourke (Longford Slashers), Dónal Ledwith, Kevin Smyth, James McEntire, Damien O'Connor, Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Michael Victory, Martin Coyle (Mostrim), Noel Farrell, Declan "not Cornadrung" Reilly, Declan Farrell (Colmcille), Stephen Lynch, James Hynes, Liam O'Rourke, David Blessington (Granard), Gerard Evans (Killashee), Danny Keenan (Ardagh), Gary Murphy (Kenagh), John J. Greene, Peter Foy (Cashel), Emmet Finn (Ballymahon), Tommy Cummins, Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond).

I believe David Hannify didn't show.

In addition, the following are presumably automatically on the panel (made it to Killarney and either played or were on the bench for that match):

Damien Sheridan, Cathal Conefrey, Diarmuid Masterson, Jamesie Martin (Dromard), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Paul Barden, David Barden, Paddy Dowd (Clonguish), Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Enda Ledwith, Padraig Berry, Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Padraig Murtagh(?), Declan "Cornadrung" Reilly (Colmcille), Liam Keenan, Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon).

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 20, 2006, 09:12:48 AM
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because the County Chairman has told us so

You're a cynical man Laureleye!  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 20, 2006, 09:39:43 AM
Padraig Murtagh(?),
In Australia for a few months so I'd say not involved at all.

Pity about Haniffy. Thought when the list had been published in the papers it meant these were guys that had agreed to go in.
Not sure what would have been learned in a trial game yesterday with the conditions. I'm sure there'l be more before a panel is announced.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 20, 2006, 10:36:19 AM
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Padraig Murtagh(?),
In Australia for a few months so I'd say not involved at all.

I was wondering about that, which was why I had the question mark in. When the likes of Gilleran and Kevin Smyth were only on the trial panel, I wouldn't have expected him to be an automatic panel choice. I know Willie Murray of Slashers is abroad and unlikely to be back for this year. Don't know what the story is with Donnacha Corcoran.

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Pity about Haniffy. Thought when the list had been published in the papers it meant these were guys that had agreed to go in.

I'd say it's just the ones they've asked. I can think of one name on that list (not from my own club) who'll be gone abroad by the New Year and is unlikely to be back any time soon, and I couldn't see him bothering to go in yesterday - he didn't bother with it last year.

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Not sure what would have been learned in a trial game yesterday with the conditions. I'm sure there'l be more before a panel is announced.

The only obvious omission from that list that I can think of would be Stephen Phillips, who may still be injured. There are a few more possibilities on the under-21 panel that was announced.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 20, 2006, 10:44:01 AM
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Stephen Phillips

I was under the impression that there was a general (if not official) consensus that he was just too small/light for inter-county football.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 20, 2006, 10:55:08 AM
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Stephen Phillips

I was under the impression that there was a general (if not official) consensus that he was just too small/light for inter-county football.

Just how small do you have to be to be too small for the Longford team?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 20, 2006, 11:28:10 AM
Good point.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 28, 2006, 11:51:57 AM
Any truth in the story Damien Mitchell is returning to his home county??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 28, 2006, 12:13:26 PM
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Any truth in the story Damien Mitchell is returning to his home county??

Spotted something to that effect on the Westmeath Hoganstand messageboard yesterday, but I wouldn't have given it much credence. However, this is in today's Irish Times:

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Mitchell set to team up with Longford

Gaelic Games Digest/WESTMEATH: One of the heroes of Westmeath's 2004 Leinster final triumph could be about to throw in his lot with neighbours Longford - and it could mean a clash with his former colleagues in next year's Leinster championship opener.

David Mitchell recently trained with Luke Dempsey's Longford and there is strong speculation he will be included in the panel for the National League.

Mitchell didn't line out with Westmeath in this year's championship. The news of his possible change of allegiance follows the departure of attacker PJ Ward to Offaly.

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/sport/2006/1128/1164403615863.html

He's from Dempsey's own club (Rochfortbridge) and he's a full back, which was the one serious weak spot on the team last year. Having said that, I'm not any keener on inter-county transfers where we're the beneficiary than I am on Mr. Gallagher's switch of alleigance to our northern neighbours.

Update: This from the Indo

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Westmeath ace to join Longford

DAVID MITCHELL, one of the heroes of Westmeath's historic 2004 Leinster final triumph, is set to join neighbours Longford.

Mitchell has been training with Longford who are managed by his former Westmeath boss Luke Dempsey.

Mitchell, who didn't line out for Westmeath in the 2006 championship, was born in Carrickedmond, Co Longford, and it is believed this could qualify him to play for Longford without having to leave his current club, St Mary's of Rochfortbridge.

If he opts for Longford, it could mean a dramatic clash with his former colleagues in the first round of next year's Leinster championship. The news of Mitchell's possible move follows the departure of attacker PJ Ward to Offaly.

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=95&si=1731800&issue_id=14938

I await Billy's musings on this development...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 28, 2006, 12:26:27 PM
Is Mitchell not a Carrickedmond man by birth?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: neilthemac on November 28, 2006, 12:46:42 PM
is there an Under 21 hurling competition in Longford this year?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 28, 2006, 12:50:23 PM
Is Mitchell not a Carrickedmond man by birth?
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I hope there is a strong link otherwise we are just doing a Cavan.
If he is originally from Longfrod then no problem........otherwise just no.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AN other on November 28, 2006, 01:27:47 PM
It's David Mitchell not Damien...
Dempsey trained Rochfortbridge before but it's not his club.
Mitchell seems to be past his best the last couple of years, and to be honest when i seen that same message on the hoganstand about him teaming up with dempsey i initially presumed it was in a coaching role, but I still wouldn't like to see him declaring for another county.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 28, 2006, 01:39:28 PM
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I hope there is a strong link otherwise we are just doing a Cavan.
If he is originally from Longfrod then no problem........otherwise just no.

I still feel a bit dubious about it even if he is originally a Slieveen. As far as I'm concerned, once you have a club and county, you stick with them barring extraordinary circumstances.

Anyway...

NFL fixtures:

February 4th, 2.30:

Division 2A
Carlow v Clare
Leitrim v Offaly
Roscommon v Monaghan
Longford v London

February 11th, 2.30:

Division 2A
Offaly v Carlow
Clare v Leitrim
Monaghan v Longford
London v Roscommon

February 25th, 2.30:

Division 2A
Monaghan v Carlow
Roscommon v Clare
Longford v Offaly
London v Leitrim

March 11th, 2.30:

Division 2A
Longford v Leitrim
Clare v Monaghan
Offaly v London
Carlow v Roscommon

March 25th, 3.30:

Division 2A
Leitrim v Carlow
Offaly v Clare
London v Monaghan
Roscommon v Longford

April 1st, 3.30:

Division 2A
Monaghan v Offaly
Roscommon v Leitrim
Clare v London
Carlow v Longford

April 8th, 3.30:

Division 2A
London v Carlow
Longford v Clare
Leitrim v Monaghan
Offaly v Roscommon
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 28, 2006, 02:06:34 PM
HOORAY

Four home games for Skelly. Hopefully we won't see a whinge from him in 2007.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on November 28, 2006, 04:35:17 PM
Surprised Mitch is joining up with the Slashers. I know he had a big falling out with O'Flaherta and burnt his bridges but for a man who gave so many years to the maroon jersey, lived most of his life in Rochfortbridge (and just built a house there) and gave a standing ovation to the first footballing All Star awarded to a Westmeath man I find it a very strange decision.

I can only fathom that its Dempsey that has encroached him across (prob for the full back spot) but how will the rest of the team feel about a fella being parachuted in??? I also got the impression that Mitch was one of the players who wanted a change of management after 2003 so its strange to see him throw in his lot with Dempsey now.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 28, 2006, 04:39:31 PM
If Mitchell was born in Carrickedmond, he should always have played with Longford.  What's he coming 'home' for now?  Our last experiment at 'buying' a fullback didn't work, so I can't see the logic in this either - and we shouldn't be stooping to the level of Cork/Kildare.   :P

Four home games in the League - five wins should take us up, or do we just have to stay in top four to qualify for the new D3?  Monaghan away is winnable - if we get a neutral ref this time.  Points will be hard to come by in Roscommon, but we should take points in Carlow.  Biffos will be hard beaten even in Longford.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 28, 2006, 05:14:08 PM
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If Mitchell was born in Carrickedmond, he should always have played with Longford.  What's he coming 'home' for now?  Our last experiment at 'buying' a fullback didn't work, so I can't see the logic in this either - and we shouldn't be stooping to the level of Cork/Kildare.  :P

We'll be charitable and assume that he was a wise man and fled Carrickedmond at an early age before he got eaten without salt ;)

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Four home games in the League - five wins should take us up, or do we just have to stay in top four to qualify for the new D3?

Top 2 would put us in next year's Division 2, third or fourth place would put us in Division 3, anything lower and it would be the new Division 4 and the Cooper Cup to boot. Not taking anything for granted at this stage.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 29, 2006, 09:12:06 AM
I didn't think they were eating their own young in Carrickedmond these days - I thought they feasted on the youth of Moydow and Legan.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 29, 2006, 03:42:37 PM
Longford Team of the Championship

Damien Sheridan (Dromard);
Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Dónal Ledwith (Abbeylara), Dermot O'Reilly (Abbeylara);
Declan Reilly (Colmcille); James McEntire (Abbeylara), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara);
Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara), Liam Keenan (Ardagh);
Padraig Berry (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Jamesie Martin (Dromard);
Stephen Phillips (Longford Slashers), Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh).

Senior Player of the Year nominees:

Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara)
Paul Barden (Clonguish)
Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara)

Intermediate Player of the Year nominees:

Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh)
Liam Keenan (Ardagh)
Donal McElligott (Mullinalaghta)

Junior Player of the Year nominees:

Michael Gibson (Longford Slashers)
Barry Keegan (Forgney)
Tom Prunty (Moydow Harpers)

Ladies Player of the Year nominees:

Sharon Treacy (Killoe)
Yvonne Barden (Clonguish)
Marie Carrigy (Killoe)

Hurling Player of the Year nominees:

Brendan Burke (Clonguish)
Martin Coyle (Wolfe Tones/Mostrim)
Gareth Ghee (Longford Slashers)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 29, 2006, 03:50:39 PM
Glad to see we got one 'prize' this year.   ::)  I hear only 4 players turned up at the AGM - it's going from bad to worse.  Ardagh reckoned we were the worst team they'd played (anywhere) in five years.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 29, 2006, 04:38:04 PM
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Glad to see we got one 'prize' this year. Roll Eyes

He seems to have been selected in the position he played for on the county rather than for the club. At least we got a nomination for Player of the Year ahead of anyone from the losing county finalists.

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I hear only 4 players turned up at the AGM - it's going from bad to worse.  Ardagh reckoned we were the worst team they'd played (anywhere) in five years.

Ah now, yis are just being hard on yourselves. Yis are hardly worse than Kenagh.

Any sign of a new trainer yet?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 30, 2006, 09:09:33 AM
Declan appears to have been selected at left half back - he never played there for the county, and he plays midfield or centre forward for the club.  I s'pose the main consolation is that it could have gone to the guy who plays LHB for the county.   :P

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Any sign of a new trainer yet?

Eh no, but maybe North Longford has something to say on this front.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 30, 2006, 10:34:15 AM
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Declan appears to have been selected at left half back - he never played there for the county, and he plays midfield or centre forward for the club.  I s'pose the main consolation is that it could have gone to the guy who plays LHB for the county.  :P

:P back to you! The person in question was unfortunate not to get a nomination in the Player of the Year category, but at least the team got recognised.

I wouldn't have said the selection panel were too fussy about positions.

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Any sign of a new trainer yet?

Eh no, but maybe North Longford has something to say on this front.

Yis are too fussy. Sure poor Dessie Brady only lasted a week with yis and now he's moved onto a higher calling :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 30, 2006, 10:40:54 AM
Maybe we should commission a Japanese-style 'endurance' programme to find someone with enough patience, foolishness and masochism to manage Colmcille for 2007.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 30, 2006, 10:44:12 AM
Totally unrelated but I see Crayonman has now been published  :-\




Although in fairness his pictures have never reached the dizzying heights of his, eh, prose!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 30, 2006, 12:12:32 PM
Eh no, but maybe North Longford has something to say on this front.
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I'll give the long answer.............................No!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 06, 2006, 11:11:54 PM
Provisional Under-21 Panel

(Some players may yet still be added)

Peter Foy, Gerard Dennigan, Aidan Rowan (Cashel), Colm Flynn (Ballymahon), Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), John Murphy, Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Martin Flood, Jody Connolly, Derek Sheridan (Granard), James Hanley, Éamon Farrell (Rathcline), Patrick Rogers (Mullinalaghta), Seán McCormack, Joe McCormack, Cillian Burns, Eugene Clarke (Killoe), Enda Gallagher, Mark Duffy (Fr Manning Gaels), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Paul Kelly, Colin Smith, Niall Mulligan (Longford Slashers), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Thomas Gallagher (Mostrim), Shane Doyle (Kenagh), Bernard O'Connor (Grattan Óg)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2006, 08:44:54 AM
Who is the Rogers lad from the half-parish Laureleye?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 07, 2006, 09:18:27 AM
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Who is the Rogers lad from the half-parish Laureleye?

A son of Harry Rogers. 18 and in Leaving Cert in Granard. Nice lad, very down to earth. Plays in goals for us. Very strong kickout.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on December 07, 2006, 09:29:56 AM
Thought Johnny Reilly from our club would have made that.
Was the best player we had in our 2 Under 21 championship matches and outplayed Colm Flynn by a good bit in the game with Ballymahon/Forgney.
Was the best player we had a gainst Ardagh playing midfield in the senior game as well but I would understand any sentiments expressed that that probably does not say a lot.!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2006, 11:11:01 AM
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A son of Harry Rogers.

Jaysus, where do the years go?  Will there be a new Rogers dynasty playing for the half-parish, or are all the clan living elsewhere - I know Donal married in Colmcille, so he obviously moved up in the world.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 07, 2006, 12:40:34 PM
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A son of Harry Rogers.

Jaysus, where do the years go?  Will there be a new Rogers dynasty playing for the half-parish, or are all the clan living elsewhere - I know Donal married in Colmcille, so he obviously moved up in the world.  :P

Gary (Harry's younger son) might be on the County under-16s this year. A very good prospect in the forwards. Joe has only the one lad;  he's another good player, but he would only be in 2nd year in the Tech. Kieran and Dónal are living well outside the parish.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2006, 01:22:10 PM
I reckon their Granny taught North Longford.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on December 07, 2006, 02:22:38 PM
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I reckon their Granny taught North Longford.

She did indeed. A lovely woman.
If only all the teachers back then had been as nice  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2006, 04:27:36 PM
Indeed, NL, indeed.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 31, 2006, 04:42:10 PM
Another year beckons, another year of Crayonese....

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A new beginning beckons

29 December 2006

Year after year, it had been the same old story for the Longford footballers. But not in 2006 as ace attacker Brian Kavanagh is happy to acknowledge.

Last summer Longford made it into the last 12 of the All-Ireland for the first time since 1968 and locals say the county’s finest have no longer any fear.

A few weeks on since its completion and the 2006 championship season is being viewed down in the midlands as the year Luke Dempsey’s men wove, not a thread but, a rope of confidence through the heart of Longford football.

It was almost August before Dempsey’s dynamos were forced to call it quits in the championship.

So many days in the sun, so much potential revealed.

These days, county attacker Brian Kavanagh has been recognised around town by fair-weather football fans and afficionados like never before.

And he doesn’t mind admitting that he’s enjoying the limelight.

"It’s great. There’s been a tremendous feedback from our championship run," he says.

The team has got great publicity all year and it’s probably an awful long time since a Longford squad was held in such high esteem by the people of the county.

Being on the television a couple of times has done wonders for the exposure of Longford football.

Definitely in other years, the county team wasn’t noticed nearly as much."
Just like Longford, Brian sprung into the mind’s eye of football fans north, south, east and west following his powerful performances through the Leinster SFC and thereafter in the All-Ireland qualifiers. His was a season to behold; Longford’s a season to remember as the one that lit up the qualifiers like no other team managed to do. According to their lightning quick corner-forward, Longford remain work-in-progress.

"We’re still a coming team; we haven’t arrived at our best yet.

"The squad is made up of an awful lot of the lads that played against Galway when we won the All-Ireland Vocational schools title in 2003.

"Fourteen of the team that played under 21 this year are eligible again in 2007 and the pressure they’ll be putting on the lads on the senior team can only benefit everyone."
Reflecting on what was a tumultous year for all with a sky blue hue north west of the pale, the Ardagh St. Patrick’s clubman says he will never forget meeting Kerry in round four of the qualifiers when, sadly, the team met its waterloo.

"We lost but didn’t let ourselves down and I think the supporters would go along with that. What stands out for me looking back on that day in Killarney was reception that around 8,000 Longford fans gave us as we ran out for the kickabout before the throw-in.

"Most of them travelled the guts of 150 miles which showed tremendous loyalty and commitment.

"The big thing for us was that we didn’t want to flop on such a stage but after having played Dublin and Derry we knew what we were capable of and we didn’t lack for confidence or heart, especially after seeing how Dublin did after our game with them.

"It seems like our man Kavanagh epitomises the ’new’ Longford which has a swagger to its game, an innate belief that they’re as good as the best around and the ambition to match their skills, pace and strength which courses through every sector of the team.

In fairness, Longford football’s renaissance has been pretty well sign-posted.

A hugely impressive Fr. Manning Cup (under 16) triumph in 2001 signalled the advent of a wave of confident, skilful and ambitious young footballers - the now 20 year old Kavanagh among them.

And while Louth shocked them in the 2003 Leinster MFC, their star continued in the ascendant with the winning of the 2005 Hastings Cup.

Add in a brace of Leinster under 21 semi-final and another couple of under 21 final placings and the picture of emerging talent becomes all the clearer.

So when the bulk of those players were carefully stitched into a team already embroidered with such ’old’ hands as Damien Sheridan and the Barden brothers, there was something definitely cooking inland.

Under Luke Dempsey’s watch, there has been a vivid sense of bonhomie built up about the camp and this camaraderie has been manifest in the team’s improved performances over the duration of 2006.

The past year represented Brian’s first full year with the Longford seniors and he freely confesses that sliding up the scales from under 21 to seniors did require a certain adjustment.

"It was a huge step-up.

"The difference in physicality between the grades is very noticeable and the quality of ball that you get as a forward is much better.

Luckily for a forward, Luke (Dempsey) encourages the lads to let the ball into the forwards as quickly as possible which suits me!"
Of course, Brian didn’t collect any medals for all his and Longford’s heroics in the past year.

Among all the highlights was the low point last spring when Laois triumphed in the Leinster Under 21 decider.

"It was very disappointing, especially after we had beaten Kildare - the defending champions - in the semi-final.

"That Laois team had won the All-Ireland minor title three years ago and were supposed to be the favourites but we beat them but then Kildare beat us by two points which was a real sickener," explains Brian who featured at full-forward on the Longford under 21 team of 2006.

One of the stars of St. Patrick’s run to the Longford intermediate final of 2005 (along with county colleague Liam Keenan), Brian says he wasn’t as surprised as most people in Longford and further afield that things panned out the way they did in ’06.

Even though Longford’s lot looked a pretty dim one after their 19 points defeat to Dublin in the 2005 Leinster SFC quarter-final?
"We were missing a lot of players for the game with Dublin last year; fellas like Trevor Smullen and Liam Keenan.

"In fairness, Dublin were phenomenal that day. But at the start of 2006, I thought ’why couldn’t it be Longford’s year’. Westmeath won the Leinster title in 2004 I knew we weren’t that far off their standard.

"At least we were knew we were nowhere near as bad as the 19 points defeat suggested."
A year later and it was very nearly Dublin who were making all the headlines for the wrong reasons when the two sides clashed again in the provincial championship on June 4th at Pearse Park.

"We played some great stuff against Dublin and should have beaten them," Brian says of the 0-13 to 1-12 setback for Longford.

In the dressing-room after the match, we felt we had short-changed ourselves and that we had let them off the hook.

"We played very well but all the talk in the media after the match was about Dublin and how poorly they had played.

"I suppose the papers do that to sell papers but it was very annoying for us." Longford retained their focus though and handed Waterford a 1-16 to 1-9 thumping in round one of the qualifiers.

"The win over Waterford was another boost because they had beaten Cavan in the last round of the league, in Cavan, and only lost to Kerry in the championship by eight points so we reckoned it wasn’t a bad scalp at all."
So what was the side doing particularly well on the field of play?
"We were mentally strong but very fit as well and we had built up our stamina to the extent that our second half performances were our best."
On July 1st, Longford hosted Declan Browne’s Tipperary in round two of the qualifiers and again impressed as they sauntered to a 1-23 to 1-10 win.

Brian, a right handful at 6’2" and fighting fit 13 stone, hands much of the credit for the win over the Premier County to his defensive colleagues.

"The backs were great but, overall, there was a great cohesion about the team and good linking-up between the different areas of the team.

"Tipp had won the Tommy Murphy Cup the year before and were said to be on the up.

"But we played well and didn’t give them much of a look-in."
With Tipp out of the way, the Longford momentum took a quantum leap as the media belatedly acknowledged the team as the surprise packets of the qualifiers.

Their new moniker would be suitably gilded with a terrific win over ambitious Derry on July 15th in round three. Longford’s 1-16 to 2-12 win shook football’s hierarchy.

Even allowing for Longford’s gung-ho approach to the game, it was widely thought at that time that Longford’s odyssey was about to come unstuck at the hands of the Oak Leafers.

"Like most games we played, we went in as underdogs and rightly so.

"They had beaten Tyrone in Omagh, holding them scoreless in the first half on the way to winning the game.

The fact that Paul (Barden) landed a free from over the 45 metre line added to the drama of the game.

"We showed a lot of character to come from behind on a couple of occasions. Beating them in front of our own fans was probably the most enjoyable game of the year for me.

"The supporters were very vocal and there was a terffic carnival-type atmosphere at the match which was really brillant."
All good things have to come to an end, it is said, and Kerry’s 4-11 to 1-11 victory, eventually burst Longford’s bubble.

"Things just didn’t click for us but we didn’t disgrace ourselves and I don’t think we let anyone down."
And what of 2007?
The pressure will surely be on to at least match the exploits of 2006?
"We’ll just have to deal with it.

"The league will come around first and it would be nice to get promotion but the important thing is that we get a settled team, build up our fitness and make sure that we approach every match with confidence in the belief that we can win every time we go out."

http://hoganstand.com/Longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=70492
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 02, 2007, 12:03:32 PM
The oul crayonese isn't the fun it used to be at all - someone must have taken him under their wing.  The Bornacoola notes writer in 'The Layder'??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 02, 2007, 12:19:33 PM
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The oul crayonese isn't the fun it used to be at all

It still has its moments:

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the year Luke Dempsey’s men wove, not a thread but, a rope of confidence through the heart of Longford football

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a tumultous year for all with a sky blue hue north west of the pale
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 02, 2007, 01:16:14 PM
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the year Luke Dempsey’s men wove, not a thread but, a rope of confidence through the heart of Longford football

Brilliant  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 02, 2007, 01:54:12 PM
I always though Meath was northwest of the pale.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 05, 2007, 11:07:33 AM
Any word on the county senior panel for the new year. Is there likely to be any additions/ommissions from last years squad?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 05, 2007, 12:41:20 PM
I believe Podgie and GGF are training, though how much further this will progress is anyone's guess.  I'd only expect the new young guns from Killoe, Slashers and Swampies to make any impact on the panel, if not the team.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 05, 2007, 10:57:44 PM
Hastings Cup (Under-21)

Longford 1-10 Leitrim 1-5

An understrength Longford team (missing most of the eligible Senior players) drew away from Leitrim in the second half after having been level at half time. Good performances from Bernard McElvaney, Paul Kelly and Colin Smith. Emlyn Mulligan (cousin of Longford players Shane and Kevin Mulligan) got almost all of Leitrim's scores.

No programme for the €10 entrance fee, but from memory the Longford team was:

Cillian Burns (Killoe); Pádraig McGrath (Carrickedmond?), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond); Gerard Melia (Cashel), Mark Duffy (Fr Manning Gaels), Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers); Joe McCormack (Killoe), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Peter Foy (Cashel), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Enda Gallagher (Fr Manning Gaels), Colin Smith (Longford Slashers), Shane Doyle (Kenagh).

Subs: James Hanley (Rathcline) for Melia, Jody Connolly (Granard) for McGrath, Niall Mulligan (Longford Slashers) Kiernan (Fr Manning Gaels) for Rowan.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 07, 2007, 05:34:55 PM
O'Byrne Cup

Longford 0-14 DIT 2-9

Longford were seriously understrength for this one and while they might have sneaked a win, they could equally have been beaten by more, with Damien Sheridan having to make a few good saves. Podgie Davis made his return at corner-forward and was the main scorer for Longford, getting about 9 or 10 points, the majority of them from frees. The rest of the forward line would be relatively new, but to be honest they weren't delivered enough ball to be able to make too much of an impact. The worries for Longford were in the defence and at midfield, where they had more of their first choices available but were seriously outclassed by the DIT forwards at times.

Longford: Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard, 0-1); Noel Farrell (Colmcille), David Mitchell (Rochfortbridge), Declan "County" Reilly (Colmcille); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh, 0-1); Paul O'Hara (Killoe), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon, 0-1), Peter Foy (Cashel); Declan Farrell (Colmcille), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta, 0-2), Padraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels, 0-9).

Subs: Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard) for Gilleran; Declan "not the County" Reilly (Colmcille) for McElvaney; Padraig Berry (Abbeylara) for Declan "County" Reilly, David Blessington (Granard) for Mitchell.

I suppose we can now embark on our defence of the O'Byrne Shield  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 08, 2007, 09:03:22 AM
So the Declan Reilly nomenclature issue has commenced.  Just as well something has commenced, I suppose.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 08, 2007, 09:07:22 AM
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So the Declan Reilly nomenclature issue has commenced.  Just as well something has commenced, I suppose.

The Indo refers to Declan "County" (Cornadrung) as Declan "G" Reilly, while referring to the "new" Declan Reilly as simply "Declan Reilly", which may be a bit confusing for the casual observer.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 08, 2007, 09:24:32 AM
Is there not also a Declan 'Back of the Hill' Reilly that played for Colmcille recently too?  NL?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 08, 2007, 10:04:50 AM
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Is there not also a Declan 'Back of the hill' Reilly
What hill would that be Billy!?!?? Don't recall to be honest but there was a recent U16 of the same name but don't think he'll be worrying the Longford Leader or Shannon Side too much!!
Although both the current gents live on hills to a greater or less extent so depending on where you were standing you could dubiously refer to eiter as back of the hill.
The flake took to using the townlands on Shannon Side yesterday which will work pretty well for the locals but may not bring much clarity to the residents of other parts of Longford.
Locally the new man is very well known as Stouty (family thing, nothing to do with his girth), or sometimes Freddie (due to his similarity to to the Arsenal player of the same name) while 'the county' could be known as Booster (family thing) or Boozer (more his brothers fault, sounds a bit like booster but has a more appropriate meaning) or little Dec for obvious enough reasons but due to the reverence shown to him in the locallity if somebody mentions 'Deco' then its general accepted who they are talking about (despite the high number of young men who have been christened Declan in the area). Its worth noting that 3 of the Colmcilles that played yeserday were named Declan.!
Bit sorry I didn't name one of the young fella's Declan now when I think of it. Appears it would have significantly increased the chances of getting a county footballer out of them!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 11, 2007, 10:15:09 AM
Anyone know where Declan 'stouty' played when he came on on Sunday and how did he get on.
See P O'Brien in the Laeder reckons Noel Farrel was excellent............is far better at wing back then where he's been played before but then I suppose we have plenty of wing backs.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 11, 2007, 10:52:37 AM
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P O'Brien in the Laeder reckons Noel Farrel was excellent

I have a feeling he might be a very good CHB too, has the height and the pace, and is an intelligent footballer.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 11, 2007, 12:20:52 PM
Totally agree Billy although I think the extra space on the wing suits him even better with his pace and fitness.
Was a bit disappointed what they went for last Sunaday at full back. For me thats never going to work and its now we should be working to get a replacement
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 11, 2007, 01:38:35 PM
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Was a bit disappointed what they went for last Sunaday at full back. For me thats never going to work and its now we should be working to get a replacement

You would have thought that that lesson had been learnt in Killarney.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 11, 2007, 05:02:31 PM
I think events subsequent to Killarney (nationally) may have convinced Blessed Luke that maybe things weren't so bad after all.  How wrong he was/is!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 13, 2007, 01:58:12 PM
Hastings Cup (Under-21)

Longford 1-7 Cavan 1-10

Cavan notched up a second win in wet and windy Mullahoran this morning. Cavan had the wind in the first half and were 0-7 to 0-1 ahead at one stage before Longford drew back some of the deficit to go in 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. Longford made some - but not enough - use of the wind in the second half to dominate the third quarter and led by 1-6 to 0-8 at one stage, but then faded out in the final quarter, with a mistake in defence leaving Cavan with only the goalkeeper to beat and a three point advantage that Longford were never able to close. Longford need to win their final match next weekend against Roscommon to have a chance of progressing to the tournament final.

Patrick Rogers (Mullinalaghta); Pádraig McGrath (Carrickedmond), Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), Jody Connolly (Granard); Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers), Peter Foy (Cashel), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Joe McCormack (Killoe, 0-1), John O'Shea (Carrickedmond); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Seán McCormack (Killoe, 0-1), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Colin Smith (Longford Slashers, 1-4, 2 frees), Colm Flynn (Ballymahon, 0-1), Enda Gallagher (Fr Manning Gaels).

Subs: Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard) for Kelly, Shane Doyle (Kenagh) for Gallagher, James Hanley (Rathcline) for Dennigan, Mark Duffy (Fr Manning Gaels) for O'Shea.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: BallyhaiseMan on January 13, 2007, 02:22:09 PM
Laurel you wouldnt happen to know what the Cavan team was would you?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 13, 2007, 02:30:53 PM
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Laurel you wouldnt happen to know what the Cavan team was would you?

Sorry, the only one who I'd have known was Dermot Sheridan (neighbour's child). Numbers 10 and 14 were the main dangers, I thought.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: BallyhaiseMan on January 13, 2007, 03:54:36 PM
Cheers mate...its been posted on the cavan thread anyway :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 14, 2007, 04:50:15 PM
O'Byrne Shield, Round 1

Longford 2-16 UCD 0-10

Brian Kavanagh marked his return to a much-strengthened Longford team with ten points in a comfortable win in Pearse Park. The Longford goals came from a speculative shot by Noel Farrell in the first half that resulted in a UCD defensive mix-up and by Kenagh's Gary Murphy in the second half.

Starting Longford line-up:

Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Declan Reilly (Colmcille - I assume this is "little" Declan), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Noel Farrell (Colmcille); Liam Keenan (Ardagh), Paul O'Hara (Killoe); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Gary Murphy (Kenagh), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Padraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LilyWhiteAllright on January 14, 2007, 10:07:49 PM
will the kildare vs longford match be in pearse ya reckon?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 14, 2007, 11:36:31 PM
Quote from: LilyWhiteAllright
will the kildare vs longford match be in pearse ya reckon?

Depends on what the weather is like for the next week, I imagine. Today's match was switched from Ballymahon to Pearse Park on account of ground conditions. The previous week's match was at Longford Slashers' grounds.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2007, 11:28:47 AM
Any word on the meanderings of our peripatetic 'star' Laureleye?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 15, 2007, 01:52:28 PM
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Any word on the meanderings of our peripatetic 'star' Laureleye?

Reported to have played well. Got the first point and one other.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2007, 02:32:14 PM
I was thinking more of news on job expectations for the put-upon panellists in our fair county.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 15, 2007, 03:47:30 PM
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I was thinking more of news on job expectations for the put-upon panellists in our fair county. :P

Well, we have so many put-upon peripatetic panellists in our fair county that it's easy for me to get confused, no?

No word. I'm sure Luke can surely fix him up with something, given his previous successes with unpromising material :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2007, 08:46:30 PM
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his previous successes with unpromising material

Does that include him getting a job for a man who didn't want one?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 15, 2007, 09:08:27 PM
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his previous successes with unpromising material

Does that include him getting a job for a man who didn't want one?

I'd imagine the previously unpromising material was happy to accept the salary, though perhaps not the 8am starts and the resultant Coppers deficiency.

<Light dawns>

Ah well, sure it all worked out in the end, didn't it?  :D

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: An Gaeilgoir on January 15, 2007, 09:13:26 PM
Is big Niall Sheridan back on the squad?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 15, 2007, 09:15:18 PM
Quote from: An Gaeilgoir
Is big Niall Sheridan back on the squad?

Officially yes, though he hasn't actually played yet due to injuries.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 15, 2007, 09:16:46 PM
Jes lads I'm more and more intrigued but even more confused ???

Big Niall is back on the panel I believe.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2007, 09:19:48 PM
It's a loooooong story NL, ask the brother, or I will relate at the Cross some night.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 17, 2007, 12:26:00 AM
Word from last night's County Board AGM is that all the Championship relegations have been undone, so the Windies, Cashel and even Ballymore :o get to stay Senior for another year. No idea yet as to how this one got pulled off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 17, 2007, 09:20:22 AM
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No idea yet as to how this one got pulled off.

Someone must have been pulled off.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 20, 2007, 05:44:27 PM
Hastings Cup (Under-21)

Longford 2-8 Roscommon 4-11

Roscommon went through to the final of the Hastings Cup next weekend after a comfortable win over Longford in Pearse Park this afternoon. Roscommon went into an early 7-point lead before Longford managed to get back on level terms. However, the dismissal of midfielder Joe McCormack just before half-time for a straight red was to have long-term effects and even though Longford were only 2-5 to 3-4 behind at half-time and had the wind in the second half, Roscommon completely dominated the game from then on, with Longford's star forward Brian Kavanagh being tightly marked.

Longford team:

Cillian Burns (Killoe); Pádraig McGrath (Carrickedmond), Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), Jody Connolly (Granard); Aidan Rowan (Cashel), Mark Duffy (Fr Manning Gaels), Peter Foy (Cashel); Joe McCormack (Killoe), Colm Flynn (Ballymahon); Seán McCormack (Killoe), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Colin Smith (Longford Slashers), Enda Gallagher (Fr Manning Gaels).

Subs: Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard) for Duffy, James Hanley (Rathcline) for Moran(?), Shane Doyle (Kenagh) for Smith.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 21, 2007, 08:39:47 PM
O'Byrne Shield Semi-Final

Longford 0-9 Kildare 1-5

Longford face the might of Athlone IT next weekend in their bid to retain the O'Byrne Shield, after beating Kildare in Pearse Park today in spite of having been reduced to 14 men after Liam Keenan got a second yellow card just before half time. The match was always close but the quality of passing and scoring was often poor and both teams would need to drastically improve in order to pose any challenge for League or Leinster honours this year.

Team: Damian Sheridan (Dromard, capt); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Declan (Cornadrung) Reilly (Colmcille), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta, 0-1); Paul O'Hara (Killoe), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Gary Murphy (Kenagh), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh, 0-4, 3 frees), Padraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels, 0-1).

Substitutions: Noel Farrell (Colmcille, 0-1) for Reilly, David Barden (Clonguish, 0-2) for Murphy, Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara) for Davis, David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels) for O'Hara.

Other listed substitutes: Gerard Evans (Killashee), Peter Foy (Cashel), David Mitchell (Rochfortbridge), Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), Francis McGee (Dromard), Seán McCormack (Killoe), Declan Farrell (Colmcille), David Blessington (Granard), Barry Gilleran (Longford Slashers), Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara), Declan (Stouty) Reilly (Colmcille).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 21, 2007, 08:49:52 PM
It just gets better and better.

Retaining the O'Byrne Shield was probably top of Luke's agenda this year.

Rumours are that the final will be played under lights in Croker. Ticketbastard.ie expecting huge interest.

The more cynical will suggest it should be played under general anesthetic.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 21, 2007, 09:16:52 PM
Quote from: Shamrock Shore
It just gets better and better.

Retaining the O'Byrne Shield was probably top of Luke's agenda this year.

Rumours are that the final will be played under lights in Croker. Ticketbastard.ie expecting huge interest.

The more cynical will suggest it should be played under general anesthetic.

Well, it'll be a bit of silver (except that it's made of wood).

The aim for this year, I believe, is to do well in Leinster. Things would need to improve dramatically on today's performance for that to happen, though some of the big names were obviously still suffering from injuries today. Paul Barden was well below his usual form.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 21, 2007, 09:21:51 PM
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No idea yet as to how this one got pulled off.

Someone must have been pulled off. ::)

I believe some serious canvassing of the clubs was done by our esteemed County Chairman on the issue (remember which clubs were supposed to be going down).

The vote was 17 to 4 to get the relegations undone.

Mullinalaghta were one of the 4.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 22, 2007, 09:30:40 AM
One very interesting substitute introduced yesterday. Very welcome indeed!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2007, 09:30:45 AM
They should scrap the senior championship completely - Longford doesn't have what would be classed as a senior club in any other county.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2007, 09:31:39 AM
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Very welcome indeed!

Ye reckon NL?  As welcome as the last time??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 22, 2007, 09:43:22 AM
Havin a bad morning Billy??
If he stays and trains then he can be of benefit....at least it's a start.

Bit rough on the old senior clubs there too. We're doing our best!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2007, 11:12:43 AM
Sorry NL, I'd heard you got a new job alright.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Hound on January 22, 2007, 03:14:47 PM
This is more for the benefit of Kildare fans than Longfordians, but it seems to be the most apt thread to put it on:

Eye witness match report from Longford v Kildare in the shield semi:

"Longford 0-9 Kildare 1-5

Longford had a man sent off in the first half.

Longford were desperate. Kildare were worse"
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 22, 2007, 03:47:48 PM
Quote from: Hound
This is more for the benefit of Kildare fans than Longfordians, but it seems to be the most apt thread to put it on:

Eye witness match report from Longford v Kildare in the shield semi:

"Longford 0-9 Kildare 1-5

Longford had a man sent off in the first half.

Longford were desperate. Kildare were worse"

Unkind but not far off the mark.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2007, 04:24:03 PM
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Unkind but not far off the mark.

Shamrock Shore Senior thought it was great, so there!   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 22, 2007, 04:30:29 PM
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Unkind but not far off the mark.
Shamrock Shore Senior thought it was great, so there! :P

Well, who am I to quibble? ;D

It was exciting in the way that Junior Championship matches between Mullinalaghta and Ballymore used to be exciting - a close-run thing and no clear idea of who was going to win until the end.

But the quality of football was largely sh1te. I thought Noel Farrell, David Barden, and the younger of our two County men were lively, though, and our fella got a nice point.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 26, 2007, 01:43:57 PM
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O'Byrne Shield Final off this Sunday

As a mark of respect for the late Tommy Williams of the Clonguish GAA Club, The O'Byrne Shield Final between Longford and Athlone I.T. scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed and will now take place on Tuesday night next at the Longford Slashers grounds at 8pm. The Longford County Board meeting scheduled for Monday night next has also been deferred to Monday week, 5th February.

http://longfordgaa.ie/
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 27, 2007, 05:50:28 PM
I see Brian Kavanagh was interviewed in Dubai in the Irish Times yesterday.  Apparently Podgie is allowing him to take some frees.   ;)
Title: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 30, 2007, 08:53:05 PM
500 paying punters are currently looking at Longford play Athlone IT in the Slashers in the O'Byrne Shield final.

Half time score Longford 1-06 Athlone IT 0-06

Longford's goal scored by Kevin Mulligan and Athlone now down to 14 when one their lads got 2 yellows.

Full time update:

Longford 2-10 Athlone 1-07

Longford become the first team in Leinster to retain the O'Byrne Shield and now sit proudly on the list of past winners

List of O'Byrne Shield winners are:

Longford 2
Dublin 0
Wexford 0
Laois 0
Louth 0
Westmeath 0
Meath 0
Carlow 0
Kildare 0
Kilkenny 0
Offaly 0
Wicklow 0

Oh - how proud we are!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 31, 2007, 09:04:47 AM
A first in a year to come of amazing achievements.  Did ye go SS?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 31, 2007, 09:08:57 AM
God no Billy. Are ya mad? I listened into the updates on Roscommonside on the web. It was 'Bog Music' night so I am a wee bit traumatised this morning. I know I would rank myself up there for sacrifice when it comes to Longford football but last night was almost too far.

Bonfires on Farnagh Hill still blazing.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 31, 2007, 10:32:19 AM
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Bonfires on Farnagh Hill still blazing.

Happily there's rain forecast.   :P

Laureleye/NL, did either of ye brave the elements?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 31, 2007, 11:55:41 AM
No but some of the lads got most of it before training.
Reckoned Athlone seemed the fitter of the 2 teams and were very eager.
Heard honourable mentions re Shane Mulligan, Diarmuid Masterson, Paul Barden and Noel Farrell.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 31, 2007, 12:09:13 PM
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Bonfires on Farnagh Hill still blazing.

Happily there's rain forecast.   :P

Laureleye/NL, did either of ye brave the elements?

No. Thought about it but then found I had to go to a removal at 7.30 so I thought again. Seemed to be close enough before the Athlone IT guy (Galligan from Cavan) got the line for what was apparently a soft second yellow.

It's not really all that encouraging to hear that Athlone IT seemed to be the fitter and more eager team last night. Certainly against Kildare the previous week the skill level was poor enough. London on Sunday should be manageable, but then you have Monaghan away the following weekend, and points difference may be even more important this year than previously for all teams with the need to get into the top 4 and have a second chance in the Championship.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 31, 2007, 12:58:54 PM
Well I suppose the 3rd level teams are nearer to what they would consider to be their championship (Sigerson) so I'm not surprised about the fitness levels.  Could it be that Luke is doing the heavy training with them now, with a view to peaking later, and picking up in the second half of the League?

Big turnout for training NL?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 31, 2007, 02:13:01 PM
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Well I suppose the 3rd level teams are nearer to what they would consider to be their championship (Sigerson) so I'm not surprised about the fitness levels.  Could it be that Luke is doing the heavy training with them now, with a view to peaking later, and picking up in the second half of the League?

As far as I know, they are doing the heavy lifting at the moment, but as someone said to me at the Kildare match: "You wouldn't think it was their third game playing together".

The problem this year is that every match matters more than in previous years because of the top 4-bottom 4 situation. Point difference is likely to be crucial. I'd expect Monaghan and Offaly to be the strong favourites for the top two positions, with ourselves, Roscommon, Leitrim and Clare scrapping it out for 3rd and 4th and escape from the Cooper Cup. I have to say that I feel uneasy at the moment - although I felt uneasy last year all the way until after the Dublin match.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 31, 2007, 02:15:02 PM
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Big turnout for training NL?
30 plus last night ....so far so good.....Not as easy to get them out on a Sunday morning!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 31, 2007, 02:53:02 PM
Report from the Flake on Shannonside:

Longford retained the O'Byrne Shield when they had a 2-10 to 1-7 victory over Athlone IT at Michael Fay Park. A crowd of about 500 people braved the January chill to witness a lively first half with both sides playing fast, open football. Longford fielded a more-or-less full-strength team, and already there is evidence of places being hotly contested for the forthcoming League.

A James Coughlan free for the students opened the scoring on the first minute, but it was the only time that they held the lead, as Brian Kavanagh pointed twice in the 4th and 5th minutes for Longford. Cavan's Ray Galligan levelled matters on 8 minutes, but Kevin Mulligan finished a great Longford move by crashing in a goal on 10 minutes after receiving a sublime cross from Pádraic Davis. Athlone were not for giving in easily, and when James Coughlan, the Offaly county-man, kicked two points on the 13th and 15th minutes, it left just one between them after the first quarter. Davis extended that for Longford with a point on 18 minutes, but Kildare's James Kavanagh and Coughlan again brought the sides level after 21 minutes. Six minutes later the turning point came as the students' midfielder, Galligan, was unlucky to pick up a second yellow card and had to leave the field. Bernard McElvaney pointed a massive free from the sideline to push Longford ahead. He repeated the dose on 32 minutes from almost the same position, and on 34 minutes a point from David Barden completed the first half scoring to leave it 1-6 to 0-6 in favour of Longford.

Longford, with the extra man, now appeared to be in the driving seat, and when Paul Barden raced through to receive a Kevin Smyth pass and rattled the onion-bag to put Longford six clear, some might have thought it was over after one minute of the second half. But credit to the determined students, they got a goal back themselves on six minutes, when Roscommon man Seán Higgins was on hand to flick the ball to the net after Damian Sheridan had stopped a pile-driver from Galway county-man, Diarmuid Blake. James Coughlan pointed a free on the 9th minute to leave it 2-6 to 1-7, but that was as good as it got for the students. Trevor Smullen twice, and Paul Barden pointed for Longford between the 11th and the 16th minutes, and all three scores were set up by David Barden. With Cathal Conefrey now winning the duel with Athlone's best forward, Coughlan, Longford were simply not going to lose. A McElvaney free on 26 minutes finished the scoring, and the final ten minutes were played out with an air of inevitablilty about it. Full time score: Longford 2-10 Athlone IT 1-7.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 31, 2007, 04:01:31 PM
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fast, open football

Surely Flake has lost the plot completely?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 31, 2007, 05:57:34 PM
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rattled the onion-bag

FFS  >:(

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 31, 2007, 06:27:25 PM
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rattled the onion-bag

FFS  >:(

Hafta say that the poetry of the thing struck me as I was typing it out. But it's still a step above Crayonman.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 31, 2007, 08:41:43 PM
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But it's still a step above Crayonman.

Stone Age man is a step above Crayonman.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 31, 2007, 11:13:11 PM
From the Flakesite (onion-bagless from what I can see):

Longford capture second O’Byrne Shield title

Longford 2-10 Athlone I.T. 1-7

Longford came up trumps against college outfit Athlone I.T. on Tuesday night at Micheal Fay Park, with a bumper crowd watching the ‘blue and gold’ capture Shield glory for the second year running. Diarmuid Masterson produced a matured performance at full back while Liam Keenan dominated midfield proceedings and Paul Barden did his fair share over the seventy minutes.

Offaly man James Coughlan, Athlone’s biggest threat over the duration of the game, registered the games first score after just forty five seconds, pointing a close range free but that lead was short lived as Brian Kavanagh levelled after four minutes with a close range free and the All Star replacement then fired the ‘blues’ into the lead one minute later when pointing from play.

Cavan man Ray Gilligan levelled things up when finding range with a well struck effort from play after eight minutes, but Longford struck a vital score after ten minutes, Kevin Mulligan smashing the back of the net with a neat finish after great vision by Pauric Davis to pick the Mullinalaghta man out. Athlone put up the next score on the board, James Coughlan pointing a terrific long range free after fifteen minutes.

The game was still going tit for tat, Pauric Davis helping himself to a score of his own but Athlone rallied back and registered two points on the trot, James Kavanagh pointing neatly under pressure from long range and James Coughlan landing an excellent effort to pull the sides back to within a point of each other. But, Athlone were dealt a massive blow in the twenty sixth minute, Ray Gilligan receiving a second yellow for disputing the Dublin officials decision to award a free.

From the resulting free, Bernard McElvaney pointed from a tight angle and the Ballymore man did the same six minutes later with an identical effort. James Coughlan got the students their final score of the half with a thirteen metres free two minutes later while David Barden ended the half with a super point on the half turn to send Longford into the half time break 1-6 to 0-6 to the good.

Longford opened the second half in flying fashion, Paul Barden bursting the back of the net after receiving a pass from sub Kevin Smith after two minutes of action. Many would have thought this would be the end of Athlone but they kept plugging away and repiled with their first goal of the contest after forty minutes, Sean Higgins fisting the goal home after Damien Sheridan parried a fierce Diarmuid Blake effort.

And the college pulled it back to a two point contest once more, James Coughlan firing over a free to keep an upset alive. Trevor Smullen then got in on the scoring act with fifty minutes gone, the Ballymahon man pointing from close range after a surging run from Paul Barden. And four minutes later Smullen got his second point of the contest, when he somehow missed the goal and shot over the bar from six yards after a flowing team move.

Paul Barden pointed after fifty five minutes, slotting over after a neat one two with brother David. Bernard McElvaney ending the games scoring with ten minutes left, the U-21 man pointing a close range free to leave the final ten minutes a wait of expectation for the Longford men to retain the O’Byrne Shield.

LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Shane Mulligan (St. Columba’s), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Noel Farrell (Colmcille); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore, 0-3, all frees), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon, 0-2), Paul Barden (Clonguish, 1-1), Kevin Mulligan (St. Columba’s, 1-0); David Barden (Clonguish, 0-1), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh, 0-2, one free), Pauric Davis (Drumlish, 0-1).

SUBS USED:- Gary Murphy (Kenagh); Kevin Smith (Abbeylara); Declan Reilly (Colmcille); David Hannify (Drumlish); Padraig Berry (Abbeylara).

ATHLONE I.T: David Bryan; Tomas Bannon, Declan McNerney, Adrian Murtagh; Kieran Flannery, David Flynn, James Boyle; Ray Galligan (0-1), James Kavanagh (0-1); Sean Higgins (1-0), Anton Arjonovic, Diarmuid Blake; James Coughlan (0-5, three frees), Adrian Kelly, Niall Murray.

SUBS USED:- Luke Carr; Declan Murphy; Peter Masterson; Gary Quinn.

REFEREE: Brian O’Shea (Dublin).

No word as to which Declan Reilly it was that came on.

A photograph of the winning team (with a bloody great Crayonscrawl on it just in case any of them planned to deprive Ray of revenue by publishing it on their Bebos  ::))




and a special photo, just for Billy  ;D


Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 01, 2007, 09:10:07 AM
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Paul Barden bursting the back of the net

Is that better than the onion-bag sh*te - well no.  How did he burst the back of the net as opposed to the front of the net?

Thanks for the pics Laureleye - nice to see that the team captain can't be bothered to wear the team jersey, maybe he thinks he's playing for someone else already.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 01, 2007, 12:16:47 PM
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Paul Barden bursting the back of the net

Is that better than the onion-bag sh*te - well no.  How did he burst the back of the net as opposed to the front of the net?

Thanks for the pics Laureleye - nice to see that the team captain can't be bothered to wear the team jersey, maybe he thinks he's playing for someone else already.

Not everything is in black and white...

I think that was a false alarm.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 01, 2007, 01:23:18 PM
Team vs. London:

Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Declan (Cornadrung) Reilly (Colmcille); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); David Barden (Clonguish), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 01, 2007, 02:13:47 PM
Not overly impressed at 6. Not going to improve anything from last year....a bit biased but would have Noel Farrell a long way ahead of Enda Ledwith at this point.
Otherwise we are going pretty much full strength from the off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 01, 2007, 02:15:20 PM
I agree with NL. Enda Ledwith is no longer an IC player.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 01, 2007, 02:29:52 PM
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Enda Ledwith is no longer an IC player.

He cost us the match against Dublin, I never thought I'd see him again in a Longford jersey.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 01, 2007, 04:38:14 PM
To be honest Billy I have almost forgiven him for that. A once off (no matter how bad) can happen to the best of us.
I just in general don't think he is up to it any more.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 02, 2007, 09:06:27 AM
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A once off (no matter how bad) can happen to the best of us.

For me it was a culmination of a series of bad displays - he's not been at championship pace for two years, and he looked like he knew it against Dublin.  I hope he proves me very wrong.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 04, 2007, 06:12:15 PM
Shannonside report on match (apologies to Billy in advance for inflicting Flakespeak on him):

National Football League, Division 2A

Longford 5-19 London 0-8


Longford opened their Division 2A National Football League campaign with a comprehensive 5-19 to 0-8 win over London in Pearse Park. When Brian Kavanagh opened the scoring with a point on the 4th minute, Longford were always on top, although Niall Clinton did level matters a minute later for London. The Exiles had to wait until the 29th minute for their second score, a pointed free for Clinton. In between, Longford points by Bernard McElvaney, David Barden, Kevin Mulligan, Trevor Smullen, Pádraig Berry, Shane Mulligan, and three from Brian Kavanagh, along with a goal from Paul Barden on 27 minutes, had Longford 1-10 to 0-1 ahead. As if stung by London's second point, Longford came straight down the field for Pádraig Berry to score a great goal, having received a pass from McElvaney. Further points by Paul Barden and McElvaney left the hosts with a comfortable 2-12 to 0-2 half-time lead.

London did compete better in the second half, scoring 0-6, with 3 from Andy Gallagher and one each from Paul O'Donoghue, Éamon Brennan and Éamon O'Connor. But three second-half goals from Trevor Smullen on 47 minutes, a Paul Barden rocket on 65 minutes, and David Barden getting Longford's last goal and score a minute before full-time, added to his earlier two points, Smullen's two, Seán McCormack's two and one from Kavanagh, left Longford with their expected victory. Luke Dempsey, Declan Rowley and Eugene McCormack will be glad to have this one out of the way, as they now concentrate on the tough prospect of an away match to Monaghan next week.

LONGFORD: Damian Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Declan (Cornadrung) Reilly (Colmcille), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta, 0-1); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore, 0-2), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon, 1-3), Paul Barden (Clonguish, 2-1), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara, 1-1); David Barden (Clonguish, 1-3), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta, 0-1), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh, 0-5).

Substitutes: Seán McCormack (Killoe, 0-2) for Kevin Mulligan, Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara) for Berry, Paul O'Hara (Killoe) for Keenan, David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels) for Ledwith, David Mitchell (Rochfortbridge) for Smullen.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 04, 2007, 06:23:32 PM
Postscript: The new jersey was on view today.




Bit of a surprise, mainly because it now looks very like a Cavan jersey - blue with white number on the back, and three stripes on the shoulders. The only gold remaining on it is a thin stripe at the border between the sleeve and the main part of the jersey. Some people thought the blue was a deeper blue than on the old edition, but it may just be the contrast in colours on the new jersey compared with the old one.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 05, 2007, 09:22:58 AM
How did Hannify do, coming on for Ledwith? 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 05, 2007, 11:51:36 AM
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How did Hannify do, coming on for Ledwith?

Good enough, but it was such a one-sided affair that it would be hard to draw any conclusions about anything from it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 05, 2007, 10:48:49 PM
Peter Hanly Senior Football Championship

Round 1


1. Longford Slashers v Rathcline
2. Granard v losers of game 1
3. Ardagh v Seán Connollys
4. Ballymahon v Clonguish
5. Cashel v Fr Manning Gaels
6. Abbeylara v Killoe
7. Dromard v Colmcille
8. Ballymore v Mostrim

Not sure how the draw proceeds from there, but there will be a second chance for the losers of both the first round and the second round. One team will be relegated (presumably as long as that team's name doesn't begin with a C and end with an L).

Intermediate Championship

Two groups to be run as leagues - top two teams in each group go through to the semi-finals.

Group 1: Kenagh, Dromard, Grattan Óg, Killashee, Granard.
Group 2: Clonguish, Legan, Longford Slashers, Carrickedmond, Mullinalaghta.

Junior Championship

Four groups run as leagues - top two teams in each group go through to quarter-finals.

Group 1: Abbeylara, Rathcline, Mostrim, Clonguish, Fr Manning Gaels.
Group 2: Forgney, Longford Slashers, Ardagh, Dromard, Kenagh.
Group 3: Mullinalaghta, Shroid, Seán Connollys, Colmcille, Killoe.
Group 4: Moydow, Ballymahon, Carrickedmond, Cashel.

Allen Cups et al begin the first weekend in March.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 06, 2007, 08:51:58 AM
A few decent first round game sin the senior.
Slashers/Rathcline, Abbey/Killoe and Ballyymahon/Clonguish all look like good games. ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 06, 2007, 09:10:20 AM
Billy will love the clash with the Swampies.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 06, 2007, 09:34:24 AM
Not as much as NL - if a Colmcille team can't be motivated by the prospect of kicking twenty colours out of a Swampie shower (anytime), then it's time to emigrate.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 06, 2007, 09:53:03 AM
Billy........that would be the hope.........but it probably works pretty well for our dear neighbours as well!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 07, 2007, 10:05:10 PM
Team for Sunday:

Paul O'Hara replaces Kevin Mulligan, who suffered an ankle injury on Sunday (yes, Billy, that ankle). Necessitates some rearrangement of the forward lines:

Damian Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Declan "Cornadrung" Reilly (Colmcille), Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Paul O'Hara (Killoe), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon); David Barden (Clonguish), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 08, 2007, 09:30:26 AM
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that would be the hope

I'm reliably informed, by the authorities, that when the Swamp Critters were Champions in 1999 that we drew them in the first round the following year, and kicked their holes.  Disastrously however, we didn't hate Abbeylara enough and lost to them in the quarter/semi and they went on to win.  Maybe an exploratory field trip to Legga might be good for the management team, to learn how to hate everybody equally.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 08, 2007, 12:12:17 PM
Billy,

In 1999 we didn't hate abbey enough to get to the said final our dear neighbours won. A last minute Niall Sheriday goal ensuring a 2 point defeat.
Not sure exactly who we didn't hate enough the year after but we may have used up all the hate in our aforementioned victory!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 10, 2007, 11:41:53 PM
Well, we could have drawn it at the end but, equally, we could have been hammered today.

Monaghan were far the better team out there - not particularly classy, but fitter, stronger, more determined.

Goalkeeper - cost us the first goal by palming an incoming ball up into the air rather than catching it, saved us a couple of times, but generally needs to cut down on the showboating.

Full-back line - Masterson was the best of the three - at least he was the only reasonably solid one of them - but this area was a weak point for us last season and it still is. The other two had a very poor day at the office. Noel Farrell reasonable once he came on for Brady.

Half-back line - I may be accused of being biased but I thought Shane Mulligan was the best of the three here, but he needs to learn to control his temper. Enda Ledwith unable to catch a ball over his head and Hannify was a significant improvement when he came on for him. Little Dec poor today.

Midfield - very poor. Both liable to their usual idiosyncracies. McElvaney can say that he did manage to get the last goal from a goalmouth scramble, but it's worrying that there are no obvious backups at this position in case of any problems arising and that the trials didn't seem to uncover any. You could place Paul Barden here but only at the cost of weakening the attack.

Half-forward line - O'Hara not at the races and quickly replaced by McGee who didn't do much and who was eventually in turn replaced by Smyth who at least looks somewhat like the part. Smullen had to spend too much time in defence for the team's benefit but overall did more good than harm. Paul Barden was probably one of the two or three best Longford players on the field today and the only Longford forward who always looked dangerous.

Full-forward line - David Barden lost more ball than he got today. Berry rescued things early on with the goal, did a lot of foraging in a scrappy game and was probably the hardest worker on the team. Kavanagh was being hauled and dragged by the Monaghan number 4 without any action being taken by the referee until the end but seemed off-form anyway. Davis looked good when he came on but wasn't on for long enough to draw definite conclusions.

The amazing thing was that we managed to come back from 9 points down to 2, and that we could have drawn if Kavanagh had converted the first free and Davis hadn't tried to make a goal out of the second one, but for much of the game we looked shapeless and disorganised. A lot of work to be done for Sunday week.

Postscript 2: The jersey seems to have been re-designed since last week. The numbers on the back are now in gold instead of white, and there's a gold stripe on the shoulders along with the white ones. Looks a bit more like the business at least.


Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 11, 2007, 08:53:43 PM
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Kavanagh was being hauled and dragged by the Monaghan number 4 without any action being taken by the referee until the end but seemed off-form anyway.

We never get much change from the ref in that kip anyway.  At least no-one was suspended this time.  Biffos in Pearse Park next in a fortnight?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 11, 2007, 11:32:24 PM
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Kavanagh was being hauled and dragged by the Monaghan number 4 without any action being taken by the referee until the end but seemed off-form anyway.

We never get much change from the ref in that kip anyway.  At least no-one was suspended this time.  Biffos in Pearse Park next in a fortnight?

Aye.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 12, 2007, 08:58:07 AM
Lads where is Paddy Dowd.
To me he is the other obvious midfield option and was very good last year when playing as a third midfielder
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 12, 2007, 11:48:12 AM
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Lads where is Paddy Dowd.
To me he is the other obvious midfield option and was very good last year when playing as a third midfielder

Still injured AFAIK.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 12, 2007, 12:15:10 PM
I thought the scoreline flattered us ......
At one stage in the second half we were 9 points down .

A few points wiith regard to the game
Paul Barden seemed happy to hoof the ball in long to the FF line , which were overhit mostly and resulted in possession being given away , instead of running at the defenders (which he is good at) ...and drawing defenders and creating space for other players to shoot .

Padriag Berry was doing exactly this taking on defenders every time he got the ball ...and worked his arse off .... Longford's best player yesterday .

How long did they need to look at McElvanney at midfield , the obvious change for me was taking him off and putting Hannify in for him ...Ledwitch was hard done by ..... McElvanney did get us the goal ....lucking IMO ...... but his marking was poor and contesting ball with one hand might work in Div 2 in Longford ....but not at intercounty level.....Finlay had a field day on him

Keenan was outplayed by number 8 ....

Masterson had a great game vs a very good Monaghan forward line .




Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 12, 2007, 01:56:58 PM
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How long did they need to look at McElvanney at midfield , the obvious change for me was taking him off and putting Hannify in for him ...Ledwitch was hard done by ..... McElvanney did get us the goal ....lucking IMO ...... but his marking was poor and contesting ball with one hand might work in Div 2 in Longford ....but not at intercounty level.....Finlay had a field day on him

I sorta made references to "idiosyncracies" there.

Lookit, you can get away with all sorts of things in Division 2 in Longford. You can get away with them for a while in inter-county football as well, but after a while things will catch up with you. The contrast between McElvaney and the likes of Shane Mulligan or Berry - who do put in the effort on the field - is getting to be a bit stark.

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Masterson had a great game vs a very good Monaghan forward line.

Agreed. I was probably being unfair on him earlier.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on February 12, 2007, 02:05:53 PM
Huh????

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David Mitchell (Rochfortbridge)

is Mitch playing for Longford now? And how is he still with the 'Bridge?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 12, 2007, 02:11:39 PM
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Huh????

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David Mitchell (Rochfortbridge)

is Mitch playing for Longford now? And how is he still with the 'Bridge?

If you go back to the first few pages of this thread, I think this was discussed back in January :)

He's on the panel. I think the only match he's started so far was the one against DIT - he may have come on against Athlone but I wasn't at that match.

The justification is that his parents were living in Carrickedmond (between Edgeworthstown and Ballymahon) when he was born so he counts as being a Longford player, which allows him to still line out with Rochfortbridge.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on February 12, 2007, 02:25:27 PM
Sounds like a marriage of convenience. He will feel fairly conflicted in May, although maybe he won't because his first love will always be Westmeath I'd imagine. Otherwise he'd have declared for Longford in the first place.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 12, 2007, 02:37:04 PM
AZ ....
I've played know Mitchell from playing against him a fair few times and Im of the opinion he is now stone useless ....

I know for a fact he approached Dempsey ( a good friend of his) about the possibility of playing intercounty for Longford ...as Westmeath no longer needed him (as he's stone useless)

He's 33 years of age ....as unfit as fcuk .....I'd bate him for pace ...and Laurel is well aware of my pace nowadays

sufferin jaysus ...I was having a fairly good day until his name comes up  >:( ;D .....just against these mercenaries declaring for adopted counties
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on February 12, 2007, 03:04:46 PM
I know him fairly well, and I always find him a very nice, pleasant fella. I'm surprised at this move, and I can't see how his heart would be set on it. All I can think is that he is desperate to prove O'Flaharta wrong about dropping him, and the draw for the LSFC handed him an opportunity.

Strange.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 12, 2007, 03:09:22 PM
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He's on the panel. I think the only match he's started so far was the one against DIT - he may have come on against Athlone but I wasn't at that match.

Beg pardon. I see it was the London match where he came on. How soon we forget :) I think he was OK in that match though nothing exceptional (but London would not have been much of a test). I'm actually surprised that they haven't made more use of him seeing as we're not exactly spoilt for choice in defence.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 12, 2007, 04:54:26 PM
az ... last post was a bit harsh ......

I played vs him in a few challenges v his club and played sigerson with him for one year in 96 ...... he was a sound fella back then .... and deserved his all-star nomination with Westmeath when he was playing well.... and by all accounts he's a gentleman ....I suppose it as wrong of me to belittle him with the last post

I just dont see the point of transferring to Longford at 33 when he is obviously past his best ....... he had a great innings with Westmeath as a goalkeeper and outfield player I thought he could have left it at that .....he must think he has something left to offer ......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on February 12, 2007, 05:11:14 PM
That's what I find strange as well. All I can think of is that he is bulling to be dropped by O'Flaharta, and when the two teams came out of the drum together last November, he probably saw one last chance at sticking it to O'Flaharta. I find it very hard to believe that, when push comes to shove, he would really be motivated to see Longford beat Westmeath.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 15, 2007, 01:30:47 AM
http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2049503 (http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2049503)

Late Longford rally insufficient

By Pádraig O'Brien

Longford left their best wine 'till last but still left St. Tighernach's Park, Clones last Saturday afternoon with a sour taste in their mouths after a see-saw NFL 2A clash with hosts Monaghan. In a slow-to-the-boil clash between arguably the division's two top heavyweights, the lack of a killer punch and some glaring inefficiencies in both camps made for a close and mostly exciting, if sub-standard, affair.

Longford trailed from pillar to post but a storming finish which included the bagging of two goals almost saw them gain an unlikely win but Monaghan nervously hung on to claim the spoils. At the final whistle, Longford players, mentors and fans vented their ire at referee Michael Daly (Mayo) who got a real frosty send-off on a bitterly cold afternoon. However it was complicity in their own downfall which, one suspects, was the real source of Longford's collective angst.

The visiting players left the field to a standing ovation from their large travelling support in the official attendance of 1,905. However a more forensic examination of the Longford display by their supporters suggests that a lot of work needs to be done by Luke Dempsey if a greater harvest is to be reaped in the weeks ahead. In truth, Longford were flattered by their losing margin and really only played in fits and starts over the 70 minutes-plus. Dempsey's charges were on the backfoot for a large majority of the first half and by the 21st minute were trailing by 0-2 to 1-7 with only a point from David Barden (5th) and one from Brian Kavanagh (9th) helping to keep the Ulstermen honest.

If Longford were labouring up front, their defence was creaking in a hesitant and rather lethargic first half display. A lack of physique and presence in the Longford defence was obvious and with a steady supply of ball heading their way from the cultured feet of Monaghan midfielder Paul Finlay and impressive centre-back Vincent Corey, the Longford rearguard was found wanting too often for the team's own good.

In that first half the Longford defenders showed themselves to be more adept at supporting their team's attacks than doing the basics of defending and when a poor fisted clearance by 'keeper Damien Sheridan was collected and finished to the net by Monaghan full-forward Damien Freeman, Longford's eight point deficit looked insurmountable. Ahead of the Longford defence, Bernard McElvaney and Liam Keenan looked ring-rusty and it wasn't until the second half that they managed to give as good as they got.

Longford went from the 9th to the 24th minutes without scoring but their third score was well worth waiting for and it couldn't have come at a better time. A splendid move involving Paul Barden, Trevor Smullen and Francis Magee ended with the Tommy Dowd-like Padraic Berry bustling through before flashing an unstoppable shot to the Monaghan net. Berry's blast reduced Longford's deficit to five points and hinted at a major turnaround in the balance of play.

Longford began to show greater movement, awareness and accuracy all around the field and Paul Barden looked like goaling in the 25th minute but at the last minute got a nudge from Vincent Corey which resulted in Barden rifling his shot over, instead of under, the bar. At the other end of the field, Declan C Reilly symbolised a greater tightening up of the Longford defence by effecting a brillant block just as Ciaran Hanratty was about to pull the trigger.

Trailing by 1-4 to 1-10 at the start of the second half, Longford needed to hit the ground running but, instead, Monaghan went eight points in front again within the opening six minutes. Playing a two-man full-forward line in David Barden and Paul Barden, Longford's poor foot passing over 40 yards, over-elaboration at the back and penchant for taking the wrong option in the last third of the field proceeded to bedevil their best efforts at eating into Monaghan's lead.

The third quarter saw the quality of play and the entertainment quotient plummet alarmingly as Monaghan seemed content to play a 'what we have, we hold' game. For their sins, the hosts invited Longford onto them and over the course of the last ten minutes of the match found themselves increasingly on the ropes.

Eventually Longford landed two haymakers which had Monaghan facing a standing count of eight. A converted penalty by Paul Barden in the 61st minute - after he himself was brought down - suddenly made it a five points game, 2-6 to 1-14. The momentum was now with Longford right and proper and when Bernard McElvaney rose highest to palm Paul Barden's 45 into the goal in the 67th minute, a Longford away win beckoned.

Sadly even allowing for three minutes of added-on time and two chances from placed balls for blue chip attackers heir Brian Kavanagh and sub. Padraic Davis, the visitors fell short of the target.

Monaghan: Shane Duffy; Donal Morgan, James Coyle, Dermot McArdle; Dessie Mone, Vincent Corey (0-1), John Paul Mone (0-1); Eoin Lennon, Paul Finlay (0-4, three frees, one 45); Ciaran Hanratty (0-2), Stephen Gollogly, Damian Freeman (1-1); Thomas Freeman (0-4, two frees), Shane Smith (0-1), Conor McManus.
Subs: Darren Hughes for John Paul Mone (69mins); Rory Woods for Thomas Freeman (73mins).

Longford: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Cathal Conefrey; Declan C Reilly, Enda Ledwith, Shane Mulligan (0-1); Bernard McElvaney (1-1, one free), Liam Keenan; Paul O'Hara, Paul Barden (1-1), Trevor Smullen; David Barden (0-1), Brian Kavanagh (0-2, both frees), Padraic Berry (1-0).
Subs: Francis Magee for Paul O'Hara (16 mins); David Hannify for Enda Ledwith (32 mins); Noel Farrell for Dermot Brady (44 mins); Kevin Smith for Francis Magee (51 mins); Padraic Davis for David Barden (58 mins).

Referee: M. Daly (Mayo)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 15, 2007, 09:10:02 AM
Wow, an informative report, whatever next?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 15, 2007, 10:04:58 AM
Quote from: Billys Boots
Wow, an informative report, whatever next?

The poor Flake still seems to be traumatised by last Saturday. No report on the Longford website yet.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 21, 2007, 01:24:56 PM
Team for the Offaly match announced.

Three changes: David Hannify starts at centre-back in place of Enda Ledwith, Kevin Smyth replaces Paul O'Hara at wing-forward (both of these were brought on as substitutes against Monaghan), and Pádraic Davis starts in place of David Barden, who picked up an injury in training.

Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Declan C Reilly (Colmcille), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon); Pádraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 22, 2007, 12:41:32 PM
I see the Longford GAA site has Declan Reilly and Dermot Brady swapping positions. Think although he's probably capable of marking anyone thats a waste of Declan Reilly. His biggest attributes are going forward.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 22, 2007, 04:47:50 PM
Brady was certainly going far enough forward against Monaghan, although given that he was taken off shortly afterwards, I don't know if he was meant to be that far up the field.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 23, 2007, 10:15:20 AM
Why are both Mulligan and Deccie Reilly on the 'wrong' wings?  Bizarre.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 25, 2007, 08:47:47 PM
Apologies to any listeners to Radio Laureleye who found themselves without a broadcast this afternoon, due to the management of Radio Laureleye forgetting to top up.

Further apologies to any sensitive listeners from Colmcille who may be allergic to onion bags and other gems of Flakese.

Report from Shannonside:

Longford 3-8 Offaly 1-14

Longford collected one point of the two on offer in Pearse Park today in the Allianz National Football League Division 2A between themselves and Offaly. This was a rip-roaring encounter between two teams who were totally committed to the cause.

The first half saw Longford lead from the 7th minute when Brian Kavanagh literally ripped the net with a goal, Longford's first score. Offaly had opened the scoring just a minute earlier through a James Coughlan point. Paul Barden made it 1-1 to 0-1 before Niall McNamee and a Ken Casey free kept Offaly in touch with points in the 16th and 17th minutes. But it was end-to-end stuff, and Kavanagh scored two excellent points for Longford in the 20th and 22nd minutes. Thomas Deehan kicked the first of his four points, but this was cancelled out by a Pádraic Davis free. 1-4 to 0-4. Then came the score of the game: a magnificent goal from Paul Barden on 30 minutes. He sent a rocket to the net as he cut in from the right wing, having received the ball on the 45-metre line and let fly from about 20 metres. 2-4 to 0-4 and looking good for Longford. But Offaly are not known for their battling qualities for nothing, and Niall McNamee with a free, and Neville Coughlan from play, kept the margin manageable. Trevor Smullen pointed twice for Longford in injury time, and it looked as if Longford would have a six-point cushion at half time. Not to be. Offaly piled on the pressure, and despite the home side's protestations, Alan McNamee finished to the net from close range after receiving from Deehan, who had allegedly picked the ball off the ground. Half time: Longford 2-6 Offaly 1-6.

Pádraic Davis kicked a free in the first minute of the second period, but three Offaly points between the 2nd and 4th minutes left Longford ahead by one. The home side were hanging in over the next five minutes and chances went a-begging for both sides. But when Longford sub Francis McGee rattled the onion-bag for Longford's third goal, the home crowd would have been forgiven for thinking it was going to be their day. But again Offaly refused to buckle, and Niall McNamee kept them in it with two points. And while Francis McGee pointed again on the 57th minute for Longford's last score and put three in it to make it 3-8 to 1-11, but Offaly did get the last three points, two from the accurate McNamee and one from Deehan - and indeed they had a couple of chances to win it, but Longford backs held on, with Cathal Conefrey and Shane Mulligan particularly impressive in that department. But it was a real team effort from both sides, and a draw was probably the fairest result. Full time score from Pearse Park: Longford 3-8 Offaly 1-14.

LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (capt); Declan C Reilly, Diarmuid Masterson, Cathal Conefrey; Dermot Brady, David Hannify, Shane Mulligan; Bernard McElvaney, Liam Keenan; Kevin Smyth, Paul Barden (1-1), Pádraig Berry; Trevor Smullen (0-2), Pádraic Davis (0-2 frees), Brian Kavanagh (1-2).

Substitutes: Francis McGee (1-1) for McElvaney (inj.), David Blessington for Masterson, Arthur O'Connor for Berry.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 25, 2007, 10:39:50 PM
There was I thinking Radio Laureleye was more interested in Roscommon Ladies Junior B team's training joust rather than the game in hand, ala Radio Roscommonside.

Laurel should set up a special Paypal account so that we can contribute towards his phone bill.

Shamrock Shore senior reckoned Longford were lucky to get a draw. Offaly missed 2-04 or so in the second half. Worrying times for Longford and last year may have been a case of 'dead cat bounce'.

Who's up next? I am Cavan bound next weekend and could scrape in a game if's it's handy.

(edit) I see it's Laytrum in 2 week's time. Period in Cavan dominated so by a swin in the cauldest swimming pool in Ireland in Bailieboro. Nads on temperature alert.
 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 26, 2007, 12:36:02 AM
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Who's up next? I am Cavan bound next weekend and could scrape in a game if's it's handy.

(edit) I see it's Laytrum in 2 week's time. Period in Cavan dominated so by a swin in the cauldest swimming pool in Ireland in Bailieboro. Nads on temperature alert.

The under-21s are playing on Sunday in the revamped Páirc Ceauşescu, An Tulach Mór. Hopefully the toilets have been revamped as well. I remember the Ladies' getting a rave review the time of the Carla game in 2004.

Sligo IT - featuring Ballymore's Bernard "McElvanna", Mullinalaghta's Shane Mulligan and his Laythrum cousin - are playing on Friday and Saturday just up the road in Belfast.

And of course the Longford domestic season begins with a highly-contested and charged Division 6 encounter between Mullinalaghta and Colmcille in the Laurels on Saturday afternoon.  Beware of ticket touts at that one.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 26, 2007, 09:31:53 AM
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Shamrock Shore senior reckoned Longford were lucky to get a draw.

We must have been robbed so.   :P

Must pick up me ticket for the Laurels on Ebay!  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: fearglasmor on February 26, 2007, 10:03:09 AM
Two great goals by Longford in the first half. The net mending after the first was gas. But 15 scores to 11 was maybe a fairer reflection of the game, Offaly should have had 2 more goals in the first half. But credit to Longford backs for keeping the three pointers out in the second half
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 26, 2007, 10:08:14 AM
Quote from: fearglasmor
The net mending after the first was gas.

That was an example of the hands-on approach of our County Chairman.

Though I thought the second ladder was a bit of overkill.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 26, 2007, 10:21:17 AM
Couldn't get in to the park yesterday.
I believe from Flakeside that were was a nice crowd.
Anyone stand out for us. How did Hannify get on? Who went to midfield when Mc Elvaney went off? and how did we do in this area.
I see a couple of Offaly forwards got big enough scores. Were some of  the backs struggling?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 26, 2007, 10:35:29 AM
Hannify played very well ....pulled two great catchs out of the air and was solid enough in defence .....

Both our wing half backs were roasted IMO .... Coughlan in particular ate Brady for pace and was the main reason that carved out 4 great goal chances in first half ......

We seemed to struggle with the size of the Offally FF line ....and they dominated us in the second half .....

Offally took some fantastic scores in the 2nd half ........ they also shot a couple of bad wides which could have wono them he match ...

Just a word on the referee ....I dont know they must be now getting directives from HQ to cut down on persistant fouling ...but any foul at all was a ticking .... a 2nd one was a yellow .....some very soft yellow cards given to both teams ......

Paul Barden went to midfield in 2nd half ...Smyth went CHF ...... Smullen to WHF and McGEE came into the corner ..... took his goal well ....but lifted it clean off the ground ......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 26, 2007, 12:14:52 PM
Quote from: Shamrock Shore
Shamrock Shore senior reckoned Longford were lucky to get a draw. Offaly missed 2-04 or so in the second half. Worrying times for Longford and last year may have been a case of 'dead cat bounce'.

It was very poor stuff alright, but then the cat was hardly looking too healthy last year either right up until the Dublin match so nil desperandum, Shamrock.

Quote from: Longfordian
Both our wing half backs were roasted IMO .... Coughlan in particular ate Brady for pace and was the main reason that carved out 4 great goal chances in first half ......

Maybe I'm looking at it through maroon-coloured glasses but I thought our lad did well - you can always rely on him for a gutsy performance.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 26, 2007, 01:10:38 PM
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It was very poor stuff alright

I wouldn't be worrying too much about that right now, if we weren't winning our fair share of possession in the middle third I would be very worried indeed.  And of course the fullback line is always a source of worry - Deccie is not a corner back, but I'd have hoped that young Brady would have developed into a consumate performer at this stage (he can't have lost pace at the age of 24-25, can he?).  If Hannify's coming good ( ::)), it looks like the first choice HB line will be Mulligan, Hannify, Reilly - maybe there's place for Noel Farrell in one of the corners, though he'd be playing out of position again. 

Did I see that McElvaney is hurt?  Is the midfield clicking OK at the moment?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 26, 2007, 01:42:46 PM
Quote from: Billys Boots
Did I see that McElvaney is hurt?

Shoulder injury is what I heard but I don't know how serious it is.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 28, 2007, 06:00:14 PM
Under-21 team for match v Offaly in Tullamore, Sun @ 3pm:

Killian Burns (Killoe); Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Shane Cox (Legan); Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers), Joe McCormack (Killoe), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore); Peter Foy (Cashel), Colm Flynn (Ballymahon), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Enda Gallagher (Fr Manning Gaels), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Seán McCormack (Killoe).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 05, 2007, 12:37:08 PM
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Under-21 team for match v Offaly in Tullamore, Sun @ 3pm:

Killian Burns (Killoe); Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Shane Cox (Legan); Paul Kelly (Longford Slashers), Joe McCormack (Killoe), Aidan Rowan (Cashel); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore); Peter Foy (Cashel), Colm Flynn (Ballymahon), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Enda Gallagher (Fr Manning Gaels), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), Seán McCormack (Killoe).

Colm Smith of Slashers replaced Berry on the starting line-up. Longford were generally poor - only two points in the second half and both of them from frees. The breeze was strong but it was blowing across the pitch more than favouring either side. More worrying is that both Berry and McElvaney seemed to have picked up injuries (or reactivated an injury in McElvaney's case) with an important match against Leitrim on Sunday.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 06, 2007, 08:48:06 AM
Any word on whose getting the points ??..... It would be nice to know where we stand before the game Sunday ......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 07, 2007, 05:36:02 PM
Quote from: Longfordian
Any word on whose getting the points ??..... It would be nice to know where we stand before the game Sunday ......

Think it's being officially announced tomorrow night but at the moment it looks like Longford.

Team vs. Leitrim for Sunday:

Damian Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers); Liam Keenan (Ardagh), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore); Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Francis McGee (Dromard), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh).

McGee replaces Davis, and Ledwith returns after the last match, replacing Declan "C" Reilly. Wing-backs swapped.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 08, 2007, 08:57:08 AM
The fullback line fills me with dread, as usual.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 11, 2007, 10:03:30 PM
Report from Shannonside (not the Flake so usual warnings for Uncle Billy needn't apply):

Longford rounded off a good week in Pearse Park today when they defeated Leitrim in the Allianz National Football League by 1-14 to 0-10.

The wind, rain and momentum were certainly with Leitrim in the opening period of play. They led at the interval by 7 points to 5 at half time. However, it was a strong finish to the final quarter of the half that brought Longford back into the game. In the final 10 minutes of the opening half they outscored Leitrim by four points to one. Brian Kavanagh, Paul Barden and Pádraic Davis were the Longford scorers. After 19 minutes of play, Leitrim led by 6 points to 1. James Glancy was a real thorn in the Longford side. His brilliant contribution, helped by points by Ciarán Duignan, Michael Foley and Michael Duignan, edged Leitrim into a five-point lead by the 20th minute. But with Liam Keenan emerging as a real force at midfield, and Longford certainly getting a number of attacks going upfront, they slowly but surely got themselves back into contention, and with the home team playing with the aid of the elements in the second half, it was nicely poised at the break.

And indeed, everything went according to the Longford script in the second half. Niall Sheridan was introduced to the edge of the square as Luke Dempsey's men took the direct route to goal. 15 minutes into the new half, they led by 10 points to 8. And then the turning point arrived, when Paul Barden brilliantly flicked the ball into the back of the net for a sublime goal. 1-14 to 0-10 and advantage Longford. It was in the final ten minutes where they really edged Leitrim out of the game. They scored four aces - wonderful points coming once again from Barden and Keenan. They emerged to be the top scorers for Longford on a day where they certainly consolidated their position towards the top of Division 2A

LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Enda Ledwith (Abbeylara), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers); Liam Keenan (Ardagh, 0-1), Paul Barden (Clonguish, 0-4); Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara, 0-1), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara, 0-1); Francis McGee (Dromard), Pádraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels, 0-4, 2 frees), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh, 1-3).

Substitutes: Noel Farrell (Colmcille) for Conefrey (inj. 11 mins), Niall Sheridan (Abbeylara) for McGee (43 mins), Declan "C" Reilly (Colmcille) for Ledwith (54 mins), David Barden (Clonguish) for Davis (59 mins); Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta) for Berry (inj. 62 mins).

Sitting watching it, the first quarter of the match was a nightmare and I thought we were going to be creeled. We came back in the second quarter but there were still a number of easy chances for frees missed. The defence was a good bit tighter than usual after the initial fifteen minutes - I was quite impressed by Brady. Sheridan got the biggest cheer of the day when he reappeared - looking a bit trimmer and sharper than when we last saw him, and he seemed to put the fear of God into the Leitrim backs. Hopefully Berry and Conefrey's injuries will be mended for the next day. Longfordian can add his own opinions here.

As far as I know, Seán McCormack, Peter Foy and Barry Gilleran have all been dropped from the panel, while Gerard Dennigan from Cashel has been brought in from the under-21 side last week. I didn't think McCormack or Foy were particularly good last Sunday in Tullamore, but I'm a bit surprised at them being let go at this stage - there were only 28 names on the panel today and injuries could actually leave us short-handed in the forward division for future games.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 12, 2007, 09:49:53 AM
Good to see Niall back as the 'impact' sub. Senior Shore did remark that anytime Sheridan got the ball the Leitrim defence went into 'woman with spuds boiling over' mode.

Trip to the Hyde in a fortnight is the one. Win this and the chances of a Top2 are very good indeed. However I cannot ever recall Longford beating Roscommon at senior level.

May even go to this one, only if to give Radio Laureleye a day off. His thumbs must be wrecked!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AhFeckRef on March 12, 2007, 10:01:05 AM
 :D looking a bit trimmer and sharper than when we last saw him,


Sweet jesus. The lad looked like he could have a heart attack at any stage. What was he like before he trimmed down! :) Still he was effective for ye.

From the LM perspective, absolutely disapointed with the way things finished up. Complete fade out in the middle. Things changed dramatically after Colin Regan's substitution. One can only assume he was carrying an injury. Nobody took up the roll of link man about the middle. This affoarded the Longford defence more time to snuf out any LM buildup.

Goal should have never happened. Should not have been a 45. Ref incorrectly changed the umpires decision. Looked like the Longford forward put the ball out from where I was .But then I guess ref's decision is final! :-\

Looks like a dog fight to stay out of bottom half of table for us!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 12, 2007, 10:36:28 AM
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:D
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looking a bit trimmer and sharper than when we last saw him,
Sweet jesus. The lad looked like he could have a heart attack at any stage. What was he like before he trimmed down! :)

As I said, looking a bit trimmer and sharper than when we last saw him :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 12, 2007, 11:52:47 AM
I couldnt believe the transformation from the Tyrellspass game on yesterday . Thats the most weight I ever seen him shift , fair play to Nialler .....

On the game ...we were very fortunate to be only 2 pts down at the end of the first half ...Laytrum were first to every ball in the FF line

Keenan woke up in the 2nd half and played well ....Paul Barden did well in the 2nd also .......

David Hanniffy is back to what he does best attacking from CHB .... when he runs it looks effortless .... he is a definite starter in May
I agree with Laurel that Brady had a great 2nd half ....really shut down his man who was doing all the damage !!!

I would be a little concerned about our inability to put the frees away ...missed 4/5 very scoreable which could have cost us in a tighter game ....

All in all happy with the performace ...... in awful conditions  ...... roll on the Hyde in 2 weeks ....will be a great bite to the match !!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 12, 2007, 12:27:08 PM
Quote from: Longfordian
I couldnt believe the transformation from the Tyrellspass game on yesterday . Thats the most weight I ever seen him shift , fair play to Nialler .....

Sheridan coming on also took a lot of pressure off Kavanagh, who was being subjected to "robust" marking. Once they had Sheridan to worry about as well, Kavanagh had more space to do damage.

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On the game ...we were very fortunate to be only 2 pts down at the end of the first half ...Laytrum were first to every ball in the FF line

Keenan woke up in the 2nd half and played well ....Paul Barden did well in the 2nd also .......

David Hanniffy is back to what he does best attacking from CHB .... when he runs it looks effortless .... he is a definite starter in May
I agree with Laurel that Brady had a great 2nd half ....really shut down his man who was doing all the damage !!!

Thought the half-back line in general played well once things got going. I remarked upon Brady because I'd consider the other two to be consistently good.

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I would be a little concerned about our inability to put the frees away ...missed 4/5 very scoreable which could have cost us in a tighter game ....

I'd be concerned about that as well. There was one sitter that was missed early in the second half...

We really could have done with a few extra forwards on the bench yesterday. Both of the late substitutes in the forwards had only returned to training this week after injuries, and it showed. In a tighter game, or if we'd been behind, it could have mattered.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 23, 2007, 01:28:34 PM
Team for the Sheepshaggstealers on Sunday (according to Hoganstand so take it with a grain of salt, but it sounds plausible):

Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.);
Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard);
Noel Farrell (Colmcille), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta);
Liam Keenan (Ardagh), Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore);
Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon);
David Barden (Clonguish), Pádraic Davis (Fr Manning Gaels), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh).

Bernard McElvaney apparently back but Pádraig Berry is still out injured. If Conefrey is unable to start, then Noel Farrell would move to the corner and wee Dec would come on.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 25, 2007, 08:39:12 PM
Actual team:

McElvaney wasn't able to start, so David Hannify was moved to midfield and David Blessington put in at centre-back.

Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Cathal Conefrey; Noel Farrell, David Blessington, Shane Mulligan; Liam Keenan, David Hannify; Kevin Smyth, Paul Barden, Trevor Smullen; David Barden, Pádraic Davis, Brian Kavanagh.

Substitutes: Declan C Reilly for Conefrey (inj.), Gerard Dennigan for Blessington (half-time), Kevin Mulligan for Smullen, Niall Sheridan for Davis, Enda Ledwith for Brady.

Desperate stuff, frankly. Missed the first 15 minutes because of traffic and the long queues for tickets. We were largely in control in the remainder of the first half but missed a lot. The second half we weren't competing at all apart from the odd run from Paul Barden. Totally out of it at midfield. Defence weak enough. Forwards poor. Bringing Niall Sheridan on was only going to achieve a result if the ball was getting up as far as him and it wasn't. I don't think people realise just how important Pádraig Berry is in the forward line until he's not there. Kavanagh under heavy pressure as usual but didn't seem to be in good form even when he wasn't.

Judging by today's performance, it's probably as well that we won't be in Division 2 next year because I don't see how we'd cope. Roscommon have a good defence but missed a lot up front and might be as well off not being in Division 2 either.

On to Carlow.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 25, 2007, 09:32:02 PM
Very disappointed with Longford's second half performance. 8-6 up at half time and Roscommon there to be beaten.

The second half was a horror show of missed 14 yr frees, misplaced passes, stupid f**king short frees ending up in Roscommon hands and then sticking in Sheridan and not route 1ing the ball into him. Shocking stuff. Roscommon deserved to win cos they wanted it more and were less worse than Longford.

Trudged away an unhappy and disappointed Shore along with a rake of Shores.

Liam Keenan was the only one that earned his dinner in my opinion.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 26, 2007, 08:14:46 AM
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Liam Keenan was the only one that earned his dinner in my opinion.

Bit harsh, Shamrock.

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Ros' on promotion trail after sinking Longford

Roscommon 0-15

Longford 0-12

NFL Division 2A

ROSCOMMON produced their best performance to date in the National League campaign with a well-deserved win over their close rivals and as a result, John Maughan's men are in pole position for promotion.

On a glorious sunny afternoon, a crowd of over five and a half thousand enjoyed a tense and tight encounter.

Roscommon came good in the third quarter as the outstanding Gerard Heneghan hit four points without reply to take a two-point advantage 0-10 to 0-8 after 45 minutes of play.

Longford, with the wind advantage, were the sharper team in the opening 35, though they missed two excellent goal chances which would have given them a greater cushion.

David Barden's pile-driver cannoned back off the crossbar inside the opening minute, and Brian Kavanagh pointed from the rebound.

Seamus O'Neill and Heneghan kept Roscommon in touch in the opening half as Longford, thanks to the brilliant kicking of Pauric Davis, led by 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Roscommon produced their best spell in the third quarter, when they played some attacking football and laid siege to the Longford goal.

Heneghan popped over three points, while Gary Cox and Karol Mannion also chipped in with vital points as Roscommon turned it around and went four points in front, 0-12 to 0-8.

In a grandstand finale Longford twice got it back to a two-point game with scores from Paul Barden and Brian Kavanagh, until Karol Manion kicked over the insurance point to the delight of the huge home following.

The fans can now look forward to another local derby with Leitrim next Sunday.

SCORERS - Roscommon: G Heneghan 0-8, G Cox, K Manion 0-2 each, D Hoey, S O'Neill, E Kenny 0-1 each.

Longford: P Davis 0-4, B Kavanagh, P Barden 0-3 each, K Smith 0-2.

ROSCOMMON - G Claffey, S Purcell, A McDermott, S McDermott, S Daley, J Nolan, R Dooney, S O'Neill, M Finneran, G Cox, K Manion, J Tiernan, D Hoey, G Heneghan, C Cregg. Subs: E Kenny for Cregg, C Devanney for Hoey, R Kelly for Purcell, D Keenan for Tiernan.

LONGFORD - D Sheridan, D Brady, D Masterson, D C Reilly, S Mulligan, D Blessington, N Farrell, L Keenan, D Hanniffy, K Smith, P Barden, T Smullen, D Barden, P Davis, B Kavanagh. Subs: G Dinnegan for Blessington, N Sheridan for Davis, E Ledwith for Brady.

Ref: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=95&si=1800369&issue_id=15412 (http://www.unison.ie/irish_independent/stories.php3?ca=95&si=1800369&issue_id=15412)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 26, 2007, 09:43:43 AM
Missed the first 15/20 mins with traffic in Lanesborough and Roscommon  ::)
very poor at the back ....we found it very difficult to cope with their FF line ......
they were very tight at the back and didnt give us much room to operate
we gave the ball away cheaply with silly schoolboy errors which cost us

David Barden is the most frustrating player to watch , the lad on his day can rip defences apart , but unfortunately these days are few and far between

Keenan , Mulligan and P Barden were about the pick of our lot

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 26, 2007, 09:53:51 AM
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Bit harsh, Shamrock.

Perhaps Laurel..but this was the general concensus around us as well. Although Paul Barden did have some inspiring moments in the second half they were few and far between.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 26, 2007, 10:08:22 AM
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Missed the first 15/20 mins with traffic in Lanesborough and Roscommon  ::)

The traffic in Roscommon town was a pain, but then it always is. Hate the town myself.

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very poor at the back ....we found it very difficult to cope with their FF line ......
they were very tight at the back and didnt give us much room to operate
we gave the ball away cheaply with silly schoolboy errors which cost us

David Barden is the most frustrating player to watch , the lad on his day can rip defences apart , but unfortunately these days are few and far between

Thought him frustrating alright, but then I wasn't impressed with any of the forwards apart from the older Barden.

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Keenan , Mulligan and P Barden were about the pick of our lot

I assume you mean the younger of our two.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 26, 2007, 10:47:58 AM
yes , older got caught badly in possession badly a couple of times if I remember correctly ....Shane had a solid game

Laurel , is it true that ye have pulled out of the Reilly cup ?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 26, 2007, 11:53:48 AM
Quote from: Longfordian
yes ,older got caught badly in possession badly a couple of times if I remember correctly ....Shane had a solid game

Shane always has a solid game at the least and always tries hard for both county and club.

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Laurel , is it true that ye have pulled out of the Reilly cup?

Not sure. We weren't able to field against Ballymore on Saturday anyway.

Part of that may be a lack of enthusiasm for the particular fixture after what happened last year in Ballybrien, but more generally we're without five players as a result of county panel commitments, which is a bit of a step back when you have a small panel and no other club in the Reilly Cup is quite that badly hit by it. We also have three in Australia and another two regulars out injured at the moment, so it'd be a skeleton squad we'd be putting out in it. We pulled out last year after two wallopings and concentrated on other things in what ended up being our best season since 2000. I suspect we'll do the same this year (though I don't know if we'll have as good a season :-\).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 26, 2007, 12:11:08 PM
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this was the general concensus around us as well

SS, you need to start attending fixtures with less cynical people.  ;)

Glad I stayed in bed.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 30, 2007, 01:27:17 PM
Team for Carlow:

Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Noel Farrell Declan "C" Reilly (Colmcille); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Pádraig Davis (Fr Manning Gaels), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), David Barden (Clonguish).

Some of the positions seem strange but Hannify and Masterson were read out in those positions. I think it's Noel Farrell at wing-back.

Gone from the team against Roscommon are David Blessington, Noel Farrell, Kevin Smyth and Trevor Smullen.

The three injuries from last week all return, and Gerard Dennigan starts having come on as a sub in the last match.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 30, 2007, 02:24:51 PM
I think we'll be way too strong for Carlow who are in disarray at the moment.......although I do remember typing a sentence like that before  :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 30, 2007, 05:56:57 PM
Quote from: Shamrock Shore
I think we'll be way too strong for Carlow who are in disarray at the moment.......although I do remember typing a sentence like that before  :-[

I'll be contemplating that thought on the way down.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 01, 2007, 06:49:31 PM
Carlow 1-15 Longford 1-11

Actual starting team:

Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Declan "C" Reilly (Colmcille); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh), David Barden (Clonguish).

Substitutions: Gerard Dennigan (Cashel) for Keenan (inj.), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon) for Smyth, Jamesie Martin (Dromard) for Berry.

They say that if you can't say anything nice about something, not to say anything at all.
















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Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 02, 2007, 03:21:02 PM
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Hayden helps Carlow claim first points

Carlow 1-15 Longford 1-11: Derek Hayden's injury-time goal helped Carlow to a surprise win over Longford at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.

Interim manager John Kearns' side produced a committed display to deservedly earn their first league points of the season.

David Bardon's 27th-minute goal helped Longford to a 1-3 to 0-3 lead but Carlow finished the half strongly with points from Brian Kelly and Mark Carpenter to trail 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

Free-taker Kelly's accuracy helped Carlow into a brief lead but points from Bardon and Kevin Mulligan eased Longford 1-11 to 0-12 in front .

However, Carlow kept coming back. With Kelly and Carpenter prominent they forged back into the lead before Hayden's goal sealed their win.

CARLOW: J Clarke; J Ryan, C Bolger, M Nolan; P Cashin (0-1), E Doyle, A Murphy; G Morrissey, R McGrath; JJ Smith, D Hayden (1-0), B Kelly (0-9, 0-7 frees); G Farrell, M Carpenter (0-3), P Reid. Subs: N Conway (0-2) for Farrell; J Hickey for McGrath; J Roche for Reid; M Murphy for Kelly.

LONGFORD: D Sheridan; D Brady, D Hanniffy, A O'Connor; S Mulligan, D Masterson, D Reilly; L Keenan, B McElvaney; K Smith, P Bardon (0-1), P Berry; K Mulligan (0-2); B Kavanagh (0-5, all frees), D Bardon (1-2). Subs: T Smullen (0-1) for Keenan.

Referee: P Fox (Westmeath).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 09, 2007, 01:10:16 PM
Bit after the fact, but here goes:

http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2225788 (http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2225788)

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Reality check for Longford as Carlow spring shock.

Carlow 1-15 Longford 1-11.

There was a reality check for the Longford footballers at Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday last as they suffered a shock defeat in their quest to clinch a top four finish in Division 2A of the National League against a Carlow team who were supposed to be in turmoil after losing their manager Andy Shortall along with a few key players.

This is no April fools joke, Carlow won by four points and they thoroughly deserved it. The mettle of the team was called into question as they trailed by two points with three minutes of normal time remaining and most of the sparse attendance would have been content with the performance but Carlow decided that enough was enough.

They rallied with points from captain Brian Kelly, Mark Carpenter and substitute Noel Conway to lead by the minimum of margins with three minutes of injury time remaining. They hung on grimly to the slender lead as Longford poured forward in search of an equaliser and Brian Kavanagh was presented with a chance.

From a free from about 40 yards, he decided to play a one-two, collected the ball and lined up a shot but just as he let rip at the goal Mark Carpenter lunged, arms sprawled to magnificently block the ball. Ok, this may be a little over-hyped but it was a fine block and it told the story of the game in one little incident.

This was the day that Carlow refused to be humiliated any more, they stood up to a man and refused to wilt when they went behind with time almost up. In the final seven minutes (including four of injury-time) Carlow scored 1-3. They had been in this position before, with victory within sight, against Clare and Roscommon but faded and were defeated.

This time it would be different and against a Longford team that were no better or worse than the previous visitors to Dr. Cullen Park they were able to close out the game, something that will give them the most satisfaction.

Longford were very wasteful and kicked at least half a dozen balls into the hands of Carlow keeper James Clarke. They shot as many poor wides and will feel they should have made their advantage near the death count.

However, it must also be pointed out that Longford played over 20 minutes of the second half with 14 men after centre-half-back Diarmuid Masterson was sent-off for two bookable offences and they were also unlucky with a pair of goal chances.

However, Carlow have had as many hard luck stories this year and despite all this they deserved their win if for nothing else for the endeavour shown.

All 19 players did their part for Carlow but there were a few exceptional performances. To put it simply, Mark Carpenter was brilliant. He kicked three points from play but his contribution went way beyond this. He started at full-forward but was moved to the '40' in early play and finished floating around the middle.

He did serious damage to Longford from here, was a constant option for the defenders and distributed the ball with precision and accuracy. In those vital final minutes, he scored a point, made the great block down and set-up Derek Hayden for the match clinching goal.

Brian Kavanagh gave Longford the early advantage with two early frees, before Brian Kelly replied with a free of his own for Carlow. The opening period was error strewn for Carlow and a collection of these gave Paul Barden a chance which he popped over to leave it 0-3 to 0-2 in favour of Longford with 15 minutes played.

Carpenter opened his account with a well-taken point after 17 minutes, the score was made great by its simplicity. He gathered the ball from Paul Cashin, turned his man easily and clipped the ball over the bar.

James Clarke was quickly off his line to smother an effort from Barden after 21 minutes but six minutes later they were in. Padraig Berry beat Paul Cashin to the ball and ran straight at goal with the Carlow defence opening up, he fed David Barden who flicked the ball into the net from five yards to leave it 1-3 to 0-3.

Kelly replied with two points for Carlow, one from a free, and Carpenter increased his tally with Brian Kavanagh and David Barden pointing to leave Longford leading by 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

Brian Kelly added three frees in the opening exchanges of the second half to edge Carlow in front before Longford again threatened the Carlow goal. The dangerous David Barden hit the post with a rasper of a shot from a tight angle with Clarke beaten after 14 minutes and Christy Bolger was able to clear but substitute Trevor Smullen did point for Longford a minute later.

Carlow responded with a Noel Conway free after Brian Kelly had been injured winning the free with Diarmuid Masterson sent-off in the process. Cashin strode forward for a good point after receiving from Conway and on 27 minutes Kelly, recovered from his earlier knock, added a sublime effort on the turn from about 40 yards after good approach play from Carpenter.

It left the score 0-12 to 1-8 in favour of Carlow but Paul Barden levelled matters with a fine solo effort two minutes later.

The game was now in the melting pot and Carlow were dealt a blow when Christy Bolger was sent-off after receiving his second yellow card on 28 minutes.

David Barden edged Longford in front before Kevin Mulligan pointed when a long ball by Brian Kavanagh caught out the Carlow defence. But Carlow refused to accept
defeat and when Carpenter was fouled, Kelly pointed the free to give Carlow hope and great approach play and movement by Noel Conway, Derek Hayden and James Hickey set-up Carpenter for the equaliser on 36 minutes.

Both teams went for the win and to the delight of the home supporters Conway pointed after great work and a fantastic ball in by Carpenter a minute into injury-time. Brian Kavanagh then saw his effort blocked by Carpenter before the latter got on the ball to tee-up Hayden, who leaped over his marker to claim the ball and he made no mistake to score a goal from 10 yards to clinch Carlow's first victory in the National League this season.

CARLOW: James Clarke; James Ryan, Christy Bolger, Mark Nolan; Paul Cashin (0-1), Evan Doyle, Aidan Murphy; Gary Morrissey, Ronan McGrath; J.J. Smith, Derek Hayden (1-0), Brian Kelly (0-9, seven frees); Gavin Farrell, Mark Carpenter (0-3), Paul Reid.
Subs:- James Hickey for McGrath (inj.); Noel Conway (0-2, one free) for Farrell; Michael Murphy for Kelly, Joe Roche for Reid

LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, David Hannify, Arthur O'Connor; Shane Mulligan, Diarmuid Masterson, Declan C Reilly; Liam Keenan, Bernard McElvaney; Kevin Smyth, Paul Barden (0-2), Padraig Berry; Kevin Mulligan (0-2), Brian Kavanagh (0-4, all frees), David Barden (1-2).
Subs:- Ger Dennigan for Keenan (injured); Trevor Smullen (0-1) for Smyth; Jamsie Martin for Berry.
Referee: Pat Fox (Westmeath).

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Longford must overcome Clare to finish in the top four.

After suffering a major setback in their shock defeat by previously pointless Carlow at Dr. Cullen Park on Sunday last, Longford must now overcome the Paidi O'Se coached Clare in their remaining National Football League Division 2A fixture to finish in the top four.

At least Longford will have home advantage for that make or break game against Clare, who are on the same number of points in the league table, and the losers will miss out on the 2007 All-Ireland Qualifiers and will go straight into the Tommy Murphy Cup - unless they happen to reach the provincial championship final.

Therefore, the pressure is very much on for Luke Dempsey and his players for the Pearse Park showdown switched to Sunday week, April 15th. The final round of Division 2A fixtures were scheduled to be played on Sunday next, April 8th, but so tight is the situation that the re-arranged fixture between London and Leitrim in Ruislip must be played this week-end.

Leitrim, of course, scored a surprise success over Roscommon at Hyde Park on Sunday last to put themselves right back in contention for promotion and they will be expected to clock up a big win against London and move into second place ahead of their home game against Monaghan the following week.

As unbeaten Monaghan have already clinched the top spot in Division 2A and are thus through to the play-offs, they could well be joined by Leitrim who will be quietly confident of getting a result in Cloone.

While Roscommon could also finish in second spot, they will have to beat Offaly in Tullamore which will be a very tough task indeed particularly as the faithful county need to win to make sure of their top four spot.

Depending on the other results going their way, Longford could also finish runners-up in Division 2A with the aid of their superior scores difference and clinch a place in the new look Division 2 next season but they must first beat Clare and then see what happens.

All will be decided on Super Sunday, April 15th, with a lot at stake for Roscommon, Leitrim, Longford, Offaly and Clare in a very tense and exciting conclusion to the so competitive National Football League Division 2A campaign.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 09, 2007, 01:18:54 PM
Was at the Minor match on Saturday. The team didn't really perform that well, and they were fortunate to be up against an incredibly wasteful Carlow team. But at least one Longford county team managed to beat Carlow last week. One huge and quite dangerous Carlow midfielder who was moved to full-forward towards the end, after Longford had taken off Kieran Gill, and nearly managed to turn the game around. I hear the waterboys were tough opposition as well ;)

Team: Gavin McNerney (Dromard); Aaron Gallagher (Mostrim), Fergal Battrim (Abbeylara), Aaron Quinn (Fr Manning Gaels); Ciarán Gallagher (Mostrim), Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), John Sheridan (Dromard); Martin Brady (Seán Connollys, 1-0), Kieran Gill (Fr Manning Gaels); Pauric Gill (Fr Manning Gaels, 0-1), Dónal McElligott (Mullinalaghta), Paul McKeon (Colmcille, 0-1); Denis McGoldrick (Killoe, 0-1, free), Michael Quinn (Killoe, 1-4, three frees), Patrick Mullooly (Rathcline).

Substitutes: J.J Matthews (Mullinalaghta) for Mullooly (37 mins); Seán Duggan (Granard) for Aaron Gallagher (49 mins); Shane Mahon (Abbeylara) for Kieran Gill (53 mins); Conan Brady (Mullinalaghta) for Ciarán Gallagher (62 mins).

Next match is the 12th May (the day before the Leinster Championship match) but the draw for the next round has apparently still to be made.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 09, 2007, 11:39:50 PM
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I hear the waterboys were tough opposition as well

Aye - true. Carla waterboy was a wee bit too liberal in his language towards so of the Longford minors so the Eldest Shore on the line took matter into his own hands, so to speak, which ended up in handbags.

Same Shore was seen, after our mighty win over Derry last year (or was it a million years ago), to try and discard his "Bib Offigiul" before the end so that if someone had gone in to clock the ref, The Clownish Michael Collins, he wouldn't have had to step in and save him.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 10, 2007, 12:32:07 PM
Lots of half-parish youngsters there Laureleye, what's in the water over there?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 11, 2007, 06:16:36 PM
Quote from: Billys Boots
Lots of half-parish youngsters there Laureleye, what's in the water over there?

'Tis in the breed of them, Billy, 'tis in the breed of them. ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 14, 2007, 10:04:03 PM
Team for Clare tomorrow:

Damien Sheridan (Dromard, capt.); Declan C Reilly (Colmcille), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers); Gerard Dennigan (Cashel), David Hannify (Fr Manning Gaels), Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Bernard McElvaney (Ballymore), Liam Keenan (Ardagh); Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara); David Barden (Clonguish), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh).

Changes from the team that started against Carlow: Gone are Arthur O'Connor and Kevin Smyth, replaced by Gerard Dennigan and Trevor Smullen, both of whom came on as subs in Carlow. Defence and forwards are rearranged; hopefully both will be more effective than the last day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 15, 2007, 10:11:12 AM
Hopefully a win today and let the real clusterfuck unfold.

Lose/draw and a clusterfuck of a different kind unfolds ala Tommy Cooper Cup.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 09:24:59 AM
Any reports on the game - was listening on Roscommonside, never again - even the Longford reports were Dromardside.  I got the impression, from the intermittent references to what was happening on the pitch (as opposed to Sheridan's general marvellousness, Masterson's hairstyle/physique and 'go bhfóre Dia orainn, what'll we do without' Conefrey) that we were reasonably comfortable without ever playing particularly well.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 12:19:03 PM
Quote from: Billys Boots
Any reports on the game - was listening on Roscommonside, never again - even the Longford reports were Dromardside.  I got the impression, from the intermittent references to what was happening on the pitch (as opposed to Sheridan's general marvellousness, Masterson's hairstyle/physique and 'go bhfóre Dia orainn, what'll we do without' Conefrey) that we were reasonably comfortable without ever playing particularly well.

Ah now, Billy, you're letting your Swampophobia get the better of you.

Masterson was good in defence even if the Flake says he was. (Didn't notice anything exceptional about the hairstyles in general, or lack of them in certain cases.)

"Comfortable without ever playing particularly well" would cover it for most of the match - a few sitters of chances missed on either side and neither ever really dominated.

Stream of consciousness review:

Good to see Paddy Dowd back and he played well while he was there.

Mrs Barden's youngest had a nightmare and should probably have been replaced earlier.

McElvaney absent, not sure why.

Keenan's goal put the heart crosswise - you were sure as you watched him proceed in sloooow motion towards the goal that he'd be pulled for overcarrying but he wasn't. Tried the same thing later for a point but it didn't work.

Archie better than one might have feared in midfield.

Mrs Barden's middle child was probably man of the match - didn't pepper the scoresheet but did a lot of work, as did Berry.

Little Dec played well in defence, two other Colmcilles came on late in the match.

Our own pair played well - the elder exceptionally so. Got a knock at the end, think he should be OK, but may not have been thrilled about being taken off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 12:31:43 PM
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Masterson was good in defence

Yes, there was a lot of talk about the excellence of the full-back line - I wasn't sure this was an advertisement for Swampiness, or just lack of experience at seeing mere adequacy at this level in a Longford team.  We'll see in four weeks time.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 12:33:45 PM
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Masterson was good in defence

Yes, there was a lot of talk about the excellence of the full-back line - I wasn't sure this was an advertisement for Swampiness, or just lack of experience at seeing mere adequacy at this level in a Longford team.  We'll see in four weeks time.   ::)

Seeing as that full-back line was one-third Colmcille, I don't know why you wouldn't have had confidence in it :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 12:39:02 PM
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Seeing as that full-back line was one-third Colmcille, I don't know why you wouldn't have had confidence in it

You don't know???  Where have you been?

I see Little Deccie is now referred to (in the Indo) as DC Reilly, presumably 'Cornadrung' has stuck - I hope you're proud.   :P

Incidentally, I was hoofing the roads of Cornadrung on Saturday evening last and met Little Deccie's father, but there was no sign of North Longford.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 01:13:07 PM
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Seeing as that full-back line was one-third Colmcille, I don't know why you wouldn't have had confidence in it

You don't know???  Where have you been?

I believe that was what is known in the business as a rhetorical question...

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I see Little Deccie is now referred to (in the Indo) as DC Reilly, presumably 'Cornadrung' has stuck - I hope you're proud.   :P

Blame the Flake - I don't have that much influence. "Stouty" gets referred to as Declan "E" on the programmes.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: realredhandfan on April 16, 2007, 01:18:41 PM
Laurel eye - if you dont mind me asking where did your handle come from.. The Gilmore girls?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 01:22:10 PM
Quote from: realredhandfan
Laurel eye - if you dont mind me asking where did your handle come from.. The Gilmore girls?

The only Gilmore I'm aware of is our County Treasurer and there's not much girlish about him.

Our club's home ground is known as The Laurels. Simple as that.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 16, 2007, 01:38:50 PM
More girth that girlish I would say  ::)

I thought everyone in Ireland was aware of The Laurels and its resident midges! In time they will!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 01:47:10 PM
Quote from: Shamrock Shore
More girth that girlish I would say  ::)

Now that I think about it he has a fine-looking set of daughters.

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I thought everyone in Ireland was aware of The Laurels and its resident midges! In time they will!

Wait until we're in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 16, 2007, 01:57:43 PM
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Incidentally, I was hoofing the roads of Cornadrung on Saturday evening last and met Little Deccie's father, but there was no sign of North Longford.
Was out of town at the weekend Billy. Hope you enjoyed the scenery.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 02:37:27 PM
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Hope you enjoyed the scenery.

All looked well NL (apart from the new pink 'mansion'), a grand spot on a dry day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 03:40:59 PM
Just a bit of crayonese, as if we needed it, to remind us of journalism standards in the midlands.

'.. but the Banner men just didn’t have enough up front to topple the Blue and Gold, hense create their downfall and leave Tommy Murphy their All Ireland for the year.'
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 03:59:03 PM
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'.. but the Banner men just didn’t have enough up front to topple the Blue and Gold, hense create their downfall and leave Tommy Murphy their All Ireland for the year.'

That's actually Crayonman's little friend's handiwork.

I think he's in Transition Year, so there's an excuse.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 04:47:51 PM
You're too soft Laureleye, far too soft.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 16, 2007, 05:09:00 PM
Quote from: Billys Boots
You're too soft Laureleye, far too soft.

I know, Billy, but when I've seen the output of the UCD English (2.1 Honours) degree and various teacher training colleges, I'm inclined to give incoherent 16-year-olds a pardon.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 16, 2007, 05:27:59 PM
When you put it that way ....  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 18, 2007, 04:43:53 PM
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Longford overcome Clare to clinch a crucial top four spot

By Pádraig O'Brien

Longford 2-10 Clare 0-10

 On a day of high drama in Division 2A of the National Football League, the pressure was on Longford to overcome Clare and while the home supporters among the 2,500 attendance had to endure quite a few anxious moments during the course of this make or break game, the required result was achieved in the end.

With Roscommon getting the better of Offaly in Tullamore to finish second in the table, there was no play-off fixtures chaos for the GAA chiefs who handled the scores difference factor very poorly indeed and thus the win at Pearse Park on Sunday last clinched a crucial top four spot for Longford and a guaranteed place in the All-Ireland Championship qualifiers this year.

Luke Dempsey's side will now join Leitrim in Division 3 of the restructured National League next season but of much greater importance is the eagerly awaited Leinster Championship first round clash against Westmeath at Pearse Park on Sunday May 13th and winning the match that really matters is going to be a very tough task indeed.

Westmeath, of course, were operating in a higher division of the league this season and their manager Tomas O'Flatharta watched Longford score a six-point win over Clare with Paul Barden and Liam Keenan getting the decisive goals in the first half to leave the home side in a comfortable 2-6 to 0-5 lead at the break.

In what appeared to be a harsh decision by Tipperary referee Paddy Russell, Clare defender Gordon Kelly conceded a penalty in a goalmouth clash with Paul Barden and the latter made no mistake from the spot kick to get Longford off to a flying start with just three minutes gone on the clock.

That was a big blow for the visitors, who ended up trailing by 1-4 to 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Three of the Longford points came from frees converted by Brian Kavanagh while Kevin Mulligan was also on target following a well-worked move engineered by wing back Paddy Dowd who was making a welcome return from injury for his first appearance this season.

While the Clonguish clubman made a very good impact in the first half, Dowd eventually ran out of steam and was replaced in the defence by Noel Farrell with twelve minutes gone in the second half.

Arthur O'Connor was another change to the team that appeared in the programme, lining-out at centrefield in the absence of the injured Bernard McElvaney, and while the physically stronger Clare side won a lot of possession in the first half they squandered no less than three clear-cut goal chances.

A couple of points were fired over by their most dangerous forward Rory Donnelly, the first a fine effort from play in the 7th minute, and another score from Martin Ogie Murphy kept the visitors in contention.

As he has done so often in the recent past, Longford keeper Damien Sheridan came to the rescue when producing a brilliant save to keep out a close range strike from Stephen Monaghan in the 19th minute and the same player shot wide soon after with the goals at his mercy.

In between, Brian Kavanagh was on target from a tight angle to extend the advantage to five points but there was another close call for Longford when Martin Ogie Murphy failed to hit the target from close range when a Clare goal was there for the taking.

The home side were living very dangerously indeed but a quick counter-attack against the run of play yielded a cracking goal in the 26th minute from Liam Keenan, who burst his way through after receiving the ball from his Ardagh colleague Brian Kavanagh with Paul Barden also involved in this slick move.

Just over a minute later, Paul put Kavanagh through with only the Clare keeper Joe Hayes to beat but he made a terrific point-blank save to give his side a good lift. A point apiece followed from Rory Donnelly (free) and powerful midfielder Frank O'Dea but it was Longford who had the last say in the first half.

A fifth score from Brian Kavanagh in the 35th minute left Clare with a real uphill battle in the second half but they narrowed the gap with points from Donnelly (free) and wing back Niall Considine, the latter landing a mighty effort from out on the right wing.

However, Longford replied with a good point under pressure from Kevin Mulligan in the 42nd minute and he made a valuable contribution to the eventual victory. But the home side failed to register another score until the 61st minute when Paul Barden kicked over a '45' after substitute Kevin Smyth was denied a goal by the excellent Clare keeper who somehow managed to keep his net intact on the changeover.

After stopping a point-blank shot from David Barden in the 47th minute, and who also succeeded in blocking the rebound that fell to Paul Barden, the Clare No. 1 Hayes had to be at his brilliant best to keep out a Padraig Berry strike soon after as he deflected the ball against the post.

The game should have been all over at this stage and while Clare were hanging on with Rory Donnelly converting another couple of frees, they were desperately unlucky not to score a badly needed goal when a fisted attempt from Frank O'Dea hit the post with Damien Sheridan beaten.

That let-off for Longford in the 55th minute came at a stage when the gap was reduced to four points and while Clare got closer when O'Dea blasted the ball over the bar in the 58th minute, that was as good as it got for the brave banner county.

The Longford team had let everybody down with that shock defeat away to Carlow in the previous round but they refused to panic on this occasion and produced a strong finish to score three more points through Paul Barden, Brian Kavanagh (free) and substitute Padraic Davis who fired over a glorious effort in the 68th minute.

Prior to that last point, there was another scare when the under pressure Damien Sheridan did well to clear the danger in a goalmouth scramble and he was much to the fore for Longford who have almost certainly knocked Clare straight into the Tommy Murphy Cup – unless they reach the Munster Final.

Another Dromard man Diarmuid Masterson figured most prominently at full-back, with Declan C Reilly enjoying one of his better games this season, while Liam Keenan put in a lot of hard work at midfield apart from scoring the second goal.

In the attack, Longford continue to depend so much on Paul Barden and Brian Kavanagh to make things happen and their impact against Clare was vital – clearly reflected in the 1-7 they scored between them while the quick Padraig Berry also posed problems for the opposing defence.

With just under four weeks to the big championship clash against Westmeath, team manager Luke Dempsey is probably glad to get a break from the hectic competitive action so far this season and the chance to clear up the injury situation but it remains to be seen whether Longford can regain the same sort of sparkling form they produced last summer.

LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Declan C Reilly (Colmcille); Shane Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), David Hannify (Fr. Manning Gaels), Paddy Dowd (Clonguish); Liam Keenan (Ardagh, 1-0), Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara); Padraig Berry (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish, 1-1, goal from penalty, point from '45'), Trevor Smullen (Ballymahon); David Barden (Clonguish), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta, 0-2), Brian Kavanagh (Ardagh, 0-6, four frees).
Subs:- Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara) for T Smullen (40 mins); Noel Farrell (Colmcille) for P Dowd (47 mins); Padraic Davis (Fr. Manning Gaels, 0-1) for D Barden (52 mins); Declan Farrell (Colmcille) for K Mulligan (72 mins).

CLARE: Joe Hayes; Laurence Healy, Conor Whelan, Gordon Kelly; John Hayes, David Russell, Niall Considine (0-1); Frank O'Dea (0-2), Ger Quinlan; Martin Ogie Murphy (0-1), Stephen Hickey, Alan Clohessy; Stephen Monaghan, Gary Brennan, Rory Donnelly (0-6, five frees).
Subs:- Evan Talty for A Clohessy (39 mins); Enda Coughlan for S Monaghan (45 mins); Greg Lyons for G Quinlan (63 mins).
Referee: Paddy Russell (Tipperary).

http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2712708 (http://www.longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=2712708)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 23, 2007, 12:13:32 PM
All County Leagues

Division 1

Killoe 0-8 Dromard 0-11
Granard 1-11 Ballymahon 1-12
Colmcille 2-10 Longford Slashers 0-9
Clonguish 0-12 Fr Manning Gaels 1-8
Rathcline 0-8 Ardagh 2-10

Division 2

Mostrim 1-8 Killashee 0-10
Carrickedmond 0-5 Mullinalaghta 1-9
Ballymore 0-8 Cashel 1-9
Sean Connollys 0-14 Kenagh 0-9
Abbeylara 3-20 Legan 0-7

Our result is a bit more impressive looking than the game would warrant - were 3-1 behind after 12 mins, moved back to be 6-3 ahead at half-time, getting nervous at 6-5 after 22 minutes before a couple of points and a late goal steadied matters.

Colmcille look to have a good start if NL or Billy want to comment. Ardagh look to have had a good result as well in Division 1, with everything else looking more or less as expected.

And have Killashee had a dramatic improvement on last year or were Mostrim shite? Enquiring minds would like to know.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 23, 2007, 12:28:13 PM
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Our result is a bit more impressive looking than the game would warrant
Perfectly sums our game up. Indeed we were 2 down with less than 15 to go!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 23, 2007, 12:43:34 PM
I see a mention of a back injury to Paul Barden on the Hoganstand website. Has anyone heard anything more?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 23, 2007, 01:06:59 PM
Speaking to a chap playing for Drumlish yesterday who said PB went off before half-time but he thought it was an ankle problem!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on April 23, 2007, 01:38:33 PM
Kilashee are a very strong physical team ...I was very impressed with their fitness levels .....half backs and their two midfielders ran riot in the first half ...... we got a lucky goal and a couple of points to go in a point in front a half time .....Our midfield finally got the finger out in the 2nd and we gained the upper hands ....they made a mini-revival in the closing minutes ...but we held out. We were missing Michael Hussey , Martin Coyle , Matthew Kelly who are all injured ...... , and both Gallagers (county minors)

To answer your question Laurel a bit of both .......

Ye had a good win over Carrickedmond .......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 23, 2007, 02:12:01 PM
Quote from: Longfordian
Kilashee are a very strong physical team ...I was very impressed with their fitness levels .....half backs and their two midfielders ran riot in the first half ......

I was impressed with Skelly at midfield against us in the Championship last year - would have done us serious damage but for a lack of support.

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we got a lucky goal and a couple of points to go in a point in front a half time .....Our midfield finally got the finger out in the 2nd and we gained the upper hands ....they made a mini-revival in the closing minutes ...but we held out. We were missing Michael Hussey , Martin Coyle , Matthew Kelly who are all injured ...... , and both Gallagers (county minors)

Two of our minors were brought in in the second half.

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Ye had a good win over Carrickedmond .......

When you play badly for a lot of the second half against a physical team the word I'd choose would be "useful" rather than "good".

Ballymore on Saturday evening in the Laurels. I suspect that may attract a few neutrals in the hope of seeing some action after last year's corresponding fixture.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 23, 2007, 03:10:45 PM
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Ballymore on Saturday evening in the Laurels

Now that is tempting.  I'm trying to wean my son off the WWE nonsense, and this might help (or not).  Should we bring weapons?   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 23, 2007, 03:44:19 PM
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Ballymore on Saturday evening in the Laurels

Now that is tempting.  I'm trying to wean my son off the WWE nonsense, and this might help (or not).  Should we bring weapons?   :P

 >:( Ho bloody ho.

The main culprit from last year's fiasco has served his 6-month ban and was actually playing for Ballymore at the Division 6 match - goals in the first half, full-forward in the second half. That match attracted a contingent of the non-aligned as well but a lot of them went home at half-time disappointed at the lack of "action". And if it's a dry day then our own answer to Mary Poppins is unlikely to have access to an umbrella, please God.

Hopefully this one will be as disappointing from that aspect. There may or may not be a first aid service present if the spectators fancy a DIY job.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on April 30, 2007, 09:26:18 AM
Very poor performance from ourselves v Laygan away ....... won the match with the last kick of the game ......
playing very poorly ....we are lucky not to have zero points v the weakest teams in Div 2 ..... however ..... thankful for the two wins ...
Laurel ....another win for ye .....how did ye play ....... ?.....I see Abbey were beaten by Cashel ..........

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 30, 2007, 10:20:27 AM
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Laurel ....another win for ye .....how did ye play ....... ?.....I see Abbey were beaten by Cashel ..........

We pulled away in the last quarter - it was nip and tuck until then. We missed a penalty in the first half.

I get the impression that Abbey may not be altogether happy campers. Picking a "senior panel" of 25 and effectively telling the rest of your players to take a hike doesn't strike me as being the best of moves long-term, but then I haven't won a Senior Championship so what would I know. It's not a situation that's ever going to arise in Mullinalaghta anyway ;D

Abbey thought that they were the better team but that they let in several easy goals. That may be some encouragement for yis.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 30, 2007, 10:51:48 AM
Another last minute win for Colmcille too, what's going on NL?  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 30, 2007, 11:35:03 AM
Div 1 Results

Drumlish 1.8 Granard 1.12
Dromard 2.13 Clonguish 0.10
Ballymahon 2.07 Colmcille 2.10
Ardagh 0.08 Killoe 0.07
Slashers 1.11 Rathcline 2.12
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 30, 2007, 11:37:19 AM
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Another last minute win for Colmcille too, what's going on NL?
Ah it wasn't great now Billy but any win in Ballymahon is a good one.
We just got the shooting boots on in time.............
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 30, 2007, 12:20:50 PM
Division 2 results:

Mullinalaghta 0-10 Ballymore 0-5
Kenagh 2-3 Carrickedmond 2-9
Killashee 0-8 Seán Connollys 3-10
Legan 0-8 Mostrim 0-9
Cashel 3-4 Abbeylara 1-8

Tables:

Division 1:

Dromard 4
Colmcille 4
Ardagh 4
Granard 2
Rathcline 2
Ballymahon 2
Clonguish 2
Killoe 0
FMG 0
Slashers 0

Division 2:

Connollys 4
Mullinalaghta 4
Cashel 4
Mostrim 4
Abbeylara 2
Carrickedmond 2
Ballymore 0
Kenagh 0
Killashee 0
Legan 0
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 30, 2007, 03:31:18 PM
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but any win in Ballymahon is a good one

Who's next, and where?  Is Bunnyhole Park nearly ready yet?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 30, 2007, 04:11:55 PM
Quote from: Billys Boots
Who's next, and where?  Is Bunnyhole Park nearly ready yet?

Nothing until after the Westmeed match.

According to the Longford website (backdoor version at http://82.195.132.198/t3.php?countyid=19&sportid=1&club_id=&defaultpage=1 (http://82.195.132.198/t3.php?countyid=19&sportid=1&club_id=&defaultpage=1) cos the main Crayonsite is down), yis are playing the Windies Saturday two weeks at a venue yet to be decided.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 01, 2007, 09:19:31 AM
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Is Bunnyhole Park nearly ready yet
We are leaving a couple of bunnyholes as a memorial for the Laurel family to reminisce over!
Supposed to be ready in a couple of months but I hear rumours it may not be used this year at all.
To be honest it looks perfect but apparently there is some more work to be done to ensure water drains away properly.
I believe  Drumlish is next alright but wasn't sure when. Definitely after the Westmeath game.
Laurel do you have any idea when the championship might start or have the county board given that any consideration yet?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on May 01, 2007, 11:44:37 AM
NorthLongford- I heard there's a possibility that if Longford are beaten by Westmeath , there could be championship matches as soon as 2nd Last and last weekend of this month ...ie 3 weeks time !!!.......

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Croí na hÉireann on May 01, 2007, 12:27:59 PM
NorthLongford- I heard there's a possibility that if Longford are beaten by Westmeath , there could be championship matches as soon as 2nd Last and last weekend of this month ...ie 3 weeks time !!!.......

If??? Don't you mean when???  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on May 01, 2007, 01:22:50 PM
   

Hopes fading for Dolan
01 May 2007


Westmeath manager Tomas O Flatharta has admitted that team captain Dessie Dolan is a major doubt for the Leinster SFC first round clash with Longford on May 13.

The 2004 All-Star injured his shoulder in a freak training ground incident two weeks ago and has only just returned to training.

“It’s fair to say Dessie is very doubtful. He damaged his AC shoulder joint which is particularly painful,” O Flatharta said.

Dolan’s Garrycastle colleague David O’Shaughnessy is also doubtful with a knee injury, but fears that goalkeeper Gary Connaughton could miss out have been allayed after he played in Westmeath’s victory over National League champions Donegal in a challenge match at Muff on Sunday.

 ;) ....wouldnt be so sure of when !!!

 
 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 02, 2007, 09:30:45 AM
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freak training ground incident

What of it, freaks need a ground for training too.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 12, 2007, 01:13:49 PM
We're off an running this weekend.
Nice little opener with the Shams and Clonguish and Slashers/Rathcline.  Should be interesting.
BTW can't believe Hughie Reilly is getting senior championship matches after the performance he put in during our league game last weekend. On second thoughts O'Brien was no better the week before...maybe its just me but the men in black are really annoying me something major recently.


Senior Football Championship 2007

Team 1                   Team 2                   Venue                    Date                   Time         Referee   
St Patricks               Sean Connollys          Allen Park              16/06/2007         18:00            Michael O Brien   
Longford Slashers    Rathcline                    Allen Park             16/06/2007         19:30             Hughie Reilly   
Cashel                    Fr Manning Gaels       Michael Fay Park     17/06/2007         18:30          Frank Toher   
Ballymahon             Clonguish                    Michael Fay Park   17/06/2007         20:00          Stephen Tierney   

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 12, 2007, 01:36:06 PM
Shur ye all want 'Rocky' Tierney to be in charge  :D

I believe that Colmcille players are eating raw turnips in preparation for the game v The Swampies.

A handy win here for our cousins in red and green, surely!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 12, 2007, 02:56:26 PM
Handy win, Colmcille and Championship......4 words not normally associated with each other.
It'll be anything but. I'd say our near neighbours would still be favourites.
Only have the raw turnips for breakfast on the day so of the game.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 18, 2007, 06:38:39 PM
Wins for Ballymahon over Clonguish and Fr. manning Gaels over Cashel this weekend in the Championship.

Previous weeks saw two draws (Rathcline v Slashers and Ardagh v Connollys)

I think.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 19, 2007, 03:22:39 PM
Anyone got scores, or do I have to visit Crayonland?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 19, 2007, 03:30:51 PM
Lemme see.

I remember Connollys and Ardagh ended up 7 apiece.

Slashers and Rthcline each 1-10 perhaps.  Laurel will confirm.

Shams beat Clonguish 0-15 to 0-12 with the few Clonguishes unimpressed with Rocky Tierneys refley performance
Windies beat Cashel 1-17 to 1-06
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 19, 2007, 03:32:05 PM
Connollys and Ardagh drew 0-7 each, and Connollys could have sneaked it at the end. I think there were 4 marking Kavanagh at one stage.

Slashers and Rathcline drew 1-10 apiece - didn't stay to watch it.

Drumlish hammered Cashel at the end 1-17 to 1-6.

Ballymahon beat Clonguish 0-15 to 0-12 and could have won by more but for some very sloppy finishing in the first half.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 19, 2007, 03:33:45 PM
the few Clonguishes unimpressed with Rocky Tierneys refley performance

These were Clonguish supporters from the lower end of our parish, who will turn into Colmcille supporters for next Saturday ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 19, 2007, 04:04:48 PM
We will all be Colmcille supporters next Saturday  :-*
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 19, 2007, 04:19:45 PM
All support greatfully accepted!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 19, 2007, 05:12:24 PM
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I think there were 4 marking Kavanagh at one stage.

Hey, it worked for Laois!  :P

Am trying to engineer a trip to Killoe at the moment, ye better make it worth the grief NL.    ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 20, 2007, 08:50:13 AM
Billy,
I hope thats the grief of getting there rather than the grief of being there!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 22, 2007, 11:45:14 AM
So ...how do you think the matches will go this weekend ....

Mostrim v Ballymore : Hopefully we wont have a repeat performance of two years ago ..... we have a very young team , training has been going well and a number of position changes will have improved our chances ..... team is named tonight and Longfordian doesnt expect to start ...but may get a run in FF line if things dont so well ......

Rathcline v Slashers...I have heard of an exodus of Rats to the US which wont help matters ...expecting a Slashers win .

Ardagh v Connollys : Ardagh seemingly let Connollys off the hook last week , cant expect the same this week .....

Dromard v Colmcille : Colmcille , looking at their leauge form , will have nothing to fear going into this one , expecting this to be a close encounter .

Abbey v Killoe : Have heard Killoe have been hit hard with injuries and lads on "the year off down under" .... coupled with that they are meeting an Abbey team playing good football ...(they blew us out of the water 3 weeks ago. Abbey win here .
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 22, 2007, 01:41:39 PM
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Dromard v Colmcille

I've heard rumblings that Killoe don't want to host this, as they're expecting the crowd to be big.  Is this going to Pearse Park???
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2007, 03:42:40 PM
So ...how do you think the matches will go this weekend ....

Mostrim v Ballymore : Hopefully we wont have a repeat performance of two years ago ..... we have a very young team , training has been going well and a number of position changes will have improved our chances ..... team is named tonight and Longfordian doesnt expect to start ...but may get a run in FF line if things dont so well ......

Rathcline v Slashers...I have heard of an exodus of Rats to the US which wont help matters ...expecting a Slashers win .

Would expect yis to win handy (though have yis not a departure of yeer own to San Fran?) and expect the same as you for the other match. I think it's McCormack and Casey (also off to San Fran) who are gone from Rathcline, though only Casey was playing last week. San Fran seems to be popular...

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Ardagh v Connollys : Ardagh seemingly let Connollys off the hook last week , cant expect the same this week .....

Dromard v Colmcille : Colmcille , looking at their leauge form , will have nothing to fear going into this one , expecting this to be a close encounter .

Abbey v Killoe : Have heard Killoe have been hit hard with injuries and lads on "the year off down under" .... coupled with that they are meeting an Abbey team playing good football ...(they blew us out of the water 3 weeks ago. Abbey win here .

Abbey are physical, though they're not optimistic - missing Enda Ledwith, Ciarán Drake (broken ribs I believe) and John Kiernan. Physical, though. Some of them over-physical in my view >:(

Other way around with the Ardagh-Connollys match, I thought - Connollys could have taken it at the end though it was poor fare. Expect Ardagh to win the replay.

Dromard-Colmcille will be too close to call.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 22, 2007, 04:41:29 PM
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San Fran seems to be popular

Any Mullinalaghta 'stars' heading for the Golden Gate this summer?  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 22, 2007, 11:56:05 PM
Wear the '16' jersey well Longfordian. I can't see us losing to Ballymore but, hey, with Mostrim anything is possible.

Ardagh will surely see off the Connollys and I have €1,000 on Colmcille to win by more than 5 points at 14/1.

I'll buy North Longford/Billys Boots and the holidaying Billys Shoes a rake of pints should my bet come in.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 23, 2007, 12:29:09 PM
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San Fran seems to be popular

Any Mullinalaghta 'stars' heading for the Golden Gate this summer?  :P

Not that we've been told about yet ;)

I hope not. The two toughest games in the Intermediate Championship group are our first two (Carrickedmond and Legan), and the Championship will start, I'd say, the weekend after Longford exit from the qualifiers, whenever that will be. Aren't the first three rounds of the qualifiers in successive weeks?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 24, 2007, 11:21:22 AM
Im 17 Shamrock (or should that be its 17 !!)...........but it will be worn well !!!!

First shock of the championship ...Connollys HAMMERED Ardagh ...played some great football ...and took some great scores ......very surprised .... but wont shed to many tears at an Ardagh loss ....(its not my fault ...I was brought up in a house where hatred of Ardagh was actively encouraged ... :D)

Colmcille let Dromard off the hook in the 2nd encounter ....they had the momentum in the 2nd half and should have pushed home ...... Dromard were very poor especially in the 2nd half ....Billy was the brother injured ?.....

3 draws already .....Mana from heaven for the Co board.........


roll on 5pm ...till we get going ......




Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 24, 2007, 07:30:32 PM
Breaking News

Longfordian has come on with Mostim 0-05 to 0-03 up.

Things about to improve.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 24, 2007, 08:26:52 PM
Final score was:

Mostrim 0-09
Ballymore 0-03

Longfordian did not appear on the scoreboard but did contribute to at least two points.

Second game result was:

Killoe 1-10
Abbeylara 0-05

Two red cards dished out in this one after a goalmouth schmozzle

Round 2 draw is

Windies v Connollys
Granard or Rathcline v Shams
Swampies or Colmcille v Slashers
Killoe v Mostrim (God halp us)

Qualifier draw:

Cashel - bye
Clonguish Third Reich v Swampies or Colmcille
Ballymore v Ardagh
Abbeylara v Granard or Rathcline

That is all
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 25, 2007, 12:26:46 PM
A wins a win .....as they say !!! ...... poor enough fare though .....02-02 at half time ...... !!!

Yeah Shamrock ....have adapted well into the role of impact sub !!! .......  :D

Their county star was well marshalled by Fintan Coyle ..... once he was kept quiet , we were happy .....

..... Paddy Smith / Fintan Coyle / and Matthew Kelly stood out for us ......

Very surprised to hear Killoe beating Abbey ...hammered them actually !! ..... not overally worried about them though.... but they'll feel the same ...... so we'll see !!!






Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 25, 2007, 12:51:10 PM
Couple of surprises over the weekend. Heard Killoe looked pretty good but that Abbey were terrible and had a few notable absentees.
Most of Rathcline seemed to have emigrated or retired over the past 6 momnths I believe from talking to one of their club men so they seem to be in bother.
Good win for the connolly's as well. Bit of a surprise there.
Well done to Mostrim.  Big improvement onthe last ime yee met those boys in the championship.
As for Dromard and Colmcille well I suppose it panned out as expected.....not a whole lot in it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 25, 2007, 02:43:27 PM
A wins a win .....as they say !!! ...... poor enough fare though .....02-02 at half time ...... !!!

I would hope that those of us there for the first half might be offered a discount for future matches owing to the mental trauma involved.

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Yeah Shamrock ....have adapted well into the role of impact sub !!! .......  :D

The Mullinalaghta contingent were quite impressed with your performance - both the contribution to the scores and the contribution to putting manners on a certain Ballymore player who was giving the small cousin a bit of abuse :D

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Their county star was well marshalled by Fintan Coyle ..... once he was kept quiet , we were happy .....

..... Paddy Smith / Fintan Coyle / and Matthew Kelly stood out for us ......

Very surprised to hear Killoe beating Abbey ...hammered them actually !! ..... not overally worried about them though.... but they'll feel the same ...... so we'll see !!!

Does anyone know what the reason was for dropping Seán McCormack off the county panel? He would be a useful addition in comparison to some already there. Certainly if you were asked to do a blind pick on who the county forward was on the pitch, it wouldn't have been anyone in red and white.

And the siilver lining to last night is that your Senior status is safe for next year.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 25, 2007, 04:37:30 PM
"The Mullinalaghta contingent were quite impressed with your performance - both the contribution to the scores and the contribution to putting manners on a certain Ballymore player who was giving the small cousin a bit of abuse"

Thanks Laurel ...... what's seldom is wonderful !!!!

that was an innocent clash Laurel ...no mallace intended  ;)....... the same lad wasnt or isnt too shy on dishing them out !!!

I heard he (McCormack) had a fantastic game alright ...... your right he would be a good option inside for Longford !!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 26, 2007, 09:23:50 AM
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I heard he (McCormack) had a fantastic game alright ...... your right he would be a good option inside for Longford !!

I understood that he'd been on the panel at some stage, and you'd think with the Killoe influence on the management team .....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 26, 2007, 12:16:20 PM
This is the same Killoe influence that ensures panel is free of Mosrim men  ???
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 26, 2007, 01:29:38 PM
I wouldn't have thought there be any enmity towards Edgerstown in Ennybegs - what did ye do?  And, em, no offence intended, but do ye have any starlets in Mostrim?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 26, 2007, 02:44:25 PM
To be honest Shamrock ...Billy is correct ....we dont have anyone up to that standard....(bar Martin Coyle who was on the provisional panel of 35 and was dropped) 

I always got on well with the Killoe selector during my dealings with him in Naomh Mel

......  Did you have a run in with him at any time ...would you be one in the same age ?....or am I a country mile off the mark with that remark !!!!!  :o

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 26, 2007, 03:29:27 PM
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would you be one in the same age ?....

Wooo Hooo, the oul silver locks are letting you down SS!  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 26, 2007, 05:11:25 PM
Killoe have hated us , officially, since the 'Christy and Willsheen Kennedy' affair in the late 70s/early 80s.

Tongue was firmly in cheek with my comments but Eldest Brother does have a conspiracy theory if I could just remember the specifics.

My footballing 'skills' never hit any sort of a radar in Mels but as the Killoe man was two years ahead of myself and Billys Boots he would not be aware of my existence.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 26, 2007, 11:44:06 PM
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I heard he (McCormack) had a fantastic game alright ...... your right he would be a good option inside for Longford !!

I understood that he'd been on the panel at some stage, and you'd think with the Killoe influence on the management team .....

He was dropped at a very late stage during the League campaign, along with Peter Foy and Barry Gilleran. I wasn't especially surprised to see the other two let go, but very surprised to see him dropped. Certainly his college hold him in high regard.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 11, 2007, 09:11:04 AM
What championship matches are on this weekend?  When's the replay with the swamp critters?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 11, 2007, 09:40:05 AM
This weekend (Saturday) at 7.30 in slashers
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 12, 2007, 02:18:57 PM
Tomorrow sees the mighty clash as Mostrim face St. Columbas in Crippen Devine Park.

Current odds with Paddy Power

Mostrim 8/15
Draw 7/1
Mullinalaghta 2/1

Get the money on now boys.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 13, 2007, 11:52:28 AM
Oh I dunno SS, that's a very short price on Meathas Truim, for all that they've achieved recently.  A very tempting punt on the half-parish!!   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 13, 2007, 05:04:56 PM
Oh I dunno SS, that's a very short price on Meathas Truim, for all that they've achieved recently.  A very tempting punt on the half-parish!!   :P

Not biting, Billy.

Not even after our great victory in the Division 6 final last weekend ;)

Be brave on Saturday night :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 13, 2007, 09:42:32 PM
Result from Crippen Devine Park:

Mostrim 2-08
St. Columbas 0-12

In an unusual turn of events Mostrim umpire seemingly got a yellow card for "mouthing" at the ref.

Pitch horrid heavy and wet - then it is below sea level down there near the railway track (note not tracks)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 14, 2007, 09:07:54 PM
Billys enigmatic Colmcille made no mistake second time of asking.

Colmcille 1-13
Swampies 1-03

Swampies goal came with last kick of the game.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 15, 2007, 12:38:27 AM
Result from Crippen Devine Park:

Mostrim 2-08
St. Columbas 0-12

In an unusual turn of events Mostrim umpire seemingly got a yellow card for "mouthing" at the ref.

Pitch horrid heavy and wet - then it is below sea level down there near the railway track (note not tracks)

Yes, I found it somewhat damp as I trudged my way through the area behind the goals, seeing the pinkeens cheerfully wave at the strange creature sloshing past before they darted into the deeper water around the square...

Congratulations to Billy and to NL on the victory this evening over their amphibious neighbours. Perhaps if the match had been played in Crippen Park there might have been a closer finish as the men in green and red might have been at a disadvantage in the damper conditions... ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 16, 2007, 10:49:25 AM
Joy to the World!  Nothing can upset me now.   ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 18, 2007, 02:01:54 PM
Was off in Italia last week so missed the game v Columbas .......heard the conditions were very poor ......

Breaking news from the Mostrim camp :
Our present keeper broke his coller bone in training last night .....and seemingly our sub keeper (last years county minor keeper) has gotten the hump with being dropped for the championship v Ballymore and hasnt been out since....and from what I hear is refusing to make himself available !!! ) ...... not good news at all

Lonfordian got a phone call this morning ...to get his arse out every night between now and training Friday to run all the pizza and red wine that he consumed over the past week !!! ...... maybe they want to play me between the sticks  :D

Great win for Colmcille ...congrats to Billy and Northlongford ...especially with the manner of the victory ....... 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 19, 2007, 10:29:49 PM
Longfordian - maybe it's time to resurrect my schoolboy/U14/U16 role and pick up the yellow jersey again. Always had to get Bobby Farrell to do the kick outs though as I could only manage about 2 yards from a dead ball.

Have we a hope agin Killoe in the championship?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 20, 2007, 10:29:55 AM
Haven't seen Killoe at al this year .... by all accounts they were excellent v Abbeylara ...but they are 0 wins and 5 loses in leauge ... which isn't overally impressive.
Our sub keeper is back in action ..and while he may not be the best shot stopper .....his kick outs are excellent and he can find a man consistently which we will need v a massive midfield ....

Our fullback line could be our downfall ....and they have a very strong FF line

They are justifiable favorites .... but they are not world beaters ....so we'll see !!

You making it down ...... a festival of footall all day Sunday to enjoy  :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 20, 2007, 05:32:44 PM
Haven't seen Killoe at al this year .... by all accounts they were excellent v Abbeylara ...but they are 0 wins and 5 loses in leauge ... which isn't overally impressive.
Our sub keeper is back in action ..and while he may not be the best shot stopper .....his kick outs are excellent and he can find a man consistently which we will need v a massive midfield ....

Our fullback line could be our downfall ....and they have a very strong FF line

They are justifiable favorites .... but they are not world beaters ....so we'll see !!

You making it down ...... a festival of footall all day Sunday to enjoy  :)


Indeed. Starting with Carrickedmond vs Mullinalaghta at 12. It could be a loooooooong day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 20, 2007, 08:57:38 PM
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You making it down ......

No can do Longfordian - heading to Cavan to drop off the little wimmin with their Nana for 2 day's holidays (for them and us  ;D )

I am sure Radio Laureleye will be in touch but the signal is very dodgy in Bailieboro and there is only one sq inch of the house that a wake signal is detectable.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 23, 2007, 10:52:11 AM
Were were awful ...too small and inexperienced in too many areas ....... Joe McCormack scored 2-7 !!! ......
Abbey will kick 10 colours of sh1te out of us ........Niall Sheridan back ...scored 1-7  :'(

Clonguish are gone ....Dromard came back to win by 1 pt .....Francis McGee was maginificant ........

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 23, 2007, 11:02:02 AM
I can see only doom against Abbey. I had a feeling that Killoe would walk all over us. Ah well.

False Dawn boys lived up to their name going down badly to Slashers. Auld Shamrock heard a conspiracy theory that Dromard threw the game against Colmcille last week so as to avoid the Slashers.

I can't see that - could that be true  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 23, 2007, 12:26:05 PM
Very much doubt if the swampies would fear Slashers to be honest.
Don't think we are too far away still. Worst performance of the year by a bit of a distance yet still were 2 points up with 7 minutes left.
Gifted them a goal and then a 50 and an injury time goal put the icing on the cake for the town boys.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 10, 2007, 11:03:27 PM
who are the favourites for the minor championship the year?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 13, 2007, 08:57:52 PM
Great stuff again last night NL, fair play indeed.  Another chance to avenge ourselves on the Townies?

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Auld Shamrock heard a conspiracy theory that Dromard threw the game against Colmcille

I know Auld Shamrock is a great man for the conspiracies, but that takes the biscuit.  You're forgetting that Auld Shamrock has had the knife in Colmcille since the dawn of civilisation.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 14, 2007, 10:12:43 AM
It was ok but a bit poor during first 15 of second half. Conceeded a couple of poor goals from defensive standpoint and could have shipped another one. Still lots of room for improvement which I suppose is good. Indeed Slashers looked good against Abbey on Saturday...better than they were against us the first day so it will take a fair performance to beat them......heres hoping.!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 14, 2007, 12:35:28 PM
Didn't see the Slashers-Abbey match due to commitments elsewhere, but I thought Colmcille looked very impressive on Sunday night against what was not a bad Windies team.

BTW, Billy, I heard the Dromard conspiracy theory too - from someone who hasn't had the knife stuck in yis since the dawn of civilisation ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 14, 2007, 12:59:33 PM
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I heard the Dromard conspiracy theory too

I hadn't realised things were that slow round the county this summer.  I must make some inquiries.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 14, 2007, 01:25:26 PM
Jazes - Auld Shamrock sends Richie Culhane 25 years ago to the line and suddenly he's Colmcille's bette noir  :D

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 14, 2007, 02:36:57 PM
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Auld Shamrock sends Richie Culhane 25 years ago

And Caoimhin Smith, in the same game, don't forget.  Thanks for the memories.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 14, 2007, 05:36:09 PM
Jazes - Auld Shamrock sends Richie Culhane 25 years ago to the line and suddenly he's Colmcille's bette noir  :D

Is this an obscure reference to the Leader's series of stories about Bette Davis being almost nearly a Longfordwoman, Shamrock? ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 14, 2007, 11:08:45 PM
So I'm right about it being a slow summer in Longford Laureleye????
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 15, 2007, 11:23:19 AM
No - he is right Billy. Layder did comment on this some time back. My mistaken extra 't' in bete provoked his memory.

Still think "J-Lo may visit Longford" is top - or perhaps "Faroe Island's captain's wife's grandmother is from Ballymahon" could be a contender

I see our beloved Chairman is crowing about John Bannon getting the Dublin Kerry game as ref. With Eugene 'Bate-down-the-doors" Murtagh reffing the AI Club final it has been, according to Mr. Skelly, a "wonderful year for Longford referees".

Sometimes I am left speechless by something. This is one of those times  :'(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 17, 2007, 09:21:45 AM
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provoked his memory

You'll have to desist with this.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 17, 2007, 04:36:58 PM
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provoked his memory

You'll have to desist with this.  :P

Aye, it's getting kinda rusty at this stage...

Though even at its best it wasn't able to remember Colmcille winning a Senior Championship :P2
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 17, 2007, 05:32:04 PM
Even a bit before my time Laureleye.  ;)  And judging by last night, might be another while.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 20, 2007, 10:59:13 AM
Any reports on the weekend's qfs?  Other than in Crayonese?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 20, 2007, 03:12:57 PM
Connollys shock Ballymahon
Swampies account for Killoe
Reich survice senior ststus and now Cashel v Granard to see who survives into senior and who gets the flick into Intermediate.

In Breaking News Declan Rowley has resigned as......well....what was he.

Anyway he is no longer at Luke's side cos he got the bum's rush over Luke's media profile while he had to stay at home and actually look at local games to see where the 2008 players are coming from.

Ah yes it's Meath and not Moydow for Luke
Cork, not Clonguish
Kerry not Killoe.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 20, 2007, 03:41:29 PM
Any views on who the new piss-boy is likely to be?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 20, 2007, 03:55:36 PM
The queue will form outside Aras Ui Bhrian on Sun eve next at 6.30 pm.

Can't see a mad rush to be honest.

(a) Seeing as Luke is pissing people off down below with his current profile I would expect nothing will be done until Luke walks next summer. Skelly is out of the chair in Dec and I can see him   become an official selector along with Eugene McCormack.

(b) Paidi.....

(c) Babs......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 20, 2007, 05:39:20 PM
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(c) Babs......

I'd pay to watch that.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 20, 2007, 11:17:46 PM
Hardly likely Billy - surely.

I reckon that this could see Luke's position undermined. Not that there is a queue either for his replacement and I personally am not opposed to him getting an extra year at least, as agreed, but this, plus the murmur murmur murmur coming from the homes of Longford about 'our' media star, cannot be ignored.

Time to reel it in Luke and concentrate on the job.

How many other active inter county managers are on the radio/tv as pundits?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 21, 2007, 12:18:00 AM
Cashel v Granard to see who survives into senior and who gets the flick into Intermediate.

This should be interesting - for the politics though maybe not for the quality of football.

Either Cashel go down - in which case the Senior Championship would end up having a sponsor associated with an Intermediate club and there will undoubtedly be high jinks as the rulebook is trawled in time for the County Convention - or Granard go down - in which case Ballymore become the Senior club in Granard parish - a highly amusing prospect.

Timetables for the Championship semi-finals and finals:

Sat 1st:

Intermediate semi-final: Mullinalaghta vs Killashee, 7pm

Sun 2nd:

Minor semi-final: Drumlish vs Dromard, 5pm
Senior semi-final: Colmcille vs Slashers, 7pm

Sat 8th:

Intermediate semi-final: Carrickedmond vs Kenagh, 7pm

Sun 9th:

Minor semi-final: Northern Gaels vs Ballymore/Granard, 5pm
Senior semi-final: Dromard vs Seán Connollys, 7pm

Sun 23rd:

Intermediate final, Junior A final

Sun 30th:

Senior final, Minor final
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 22, 2007, 01:46:17 PM
championship appears rather predictable from now on, slashers v.dromard final with the townies winning it
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 28, 2007, 09:25:11 AM
Any big game news?  Apart from the antics of the Swampies on the County Board.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 28, 2007, 07:54:40 PM
Well - last Fri eve Rocky Tierney got in a spot of bother reffing Clonguish v Ardagh.

Despite sending off 2 Clonguishes the game ended in a draw - or did it?

Clonguish insisted they had won by a point but when Rocky confirmed it a draw they went balubas and surrounded the bauld Rocky (not a difficult feat) and started shouting the odds. (A known Ardagh player floored a Clonguish mentor in the confusion).

Fast foward to today's match report in The News:

"ref had....many dubious decisions" and "lucky to escape unscathed"

That last sentence is a disgrace and the clown that wrote it should be hauled up in front of the CCC or whatever it's called. Fecking Clonguishes think that they are God's gift - all we had to so is recall the behaviour of the Gossun a few years ago.

Meanwhile there is no truth in the rumour that certain well placed Swampie officials have pushed back the county final date to 30 Sep 2007 to enable long term Swamp Merchants injuries to heal nor is there any truth in the rumour that a certain Armagh player (perhaps now retired) is making a 500 mile round trip twice a week to train The Swampies.

No truth whatsover.

Should we hope that the Connollys do us a favour or wait for Colmcille to do it in the final?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on August 30, 2007, 06:24:00 AM
Hi Laurel Eye
     I'll be over that country next week ,if I get a chance I'll call to see the Cooper.Could you leave a few Euro behind the bar in Keoghs in case youre not around yourself.The dollar is very weak at the minute
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 02, 2007, 08:29:13 PM
Congrats to Colmcille on reaching the senior county final for the first time since Cromwell with a 1-13 to 1-09 win over the Slashers.

Billysboots and North Longford happy.

Congrats to St. Columbas of Mullinalaghta who are now in the Intermediate final.

Laureleye v happy.

Nothing for Shamrock Shore or Longfordian to smile about.

Shame.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 03, 2007, 01:12:44 AM
Congrats to St. Columbas of Mullinalaghta who are now in the Intermediate final.

Laureleye v happy.

LaurelEye is just f**king relieved after what was an extremely close call last night. If Killashee had had any forwards who could score, or if our own defence hadn't been on top form last night, LaurelEye would be contemplating taking a long walk off Dring Pier (or, more profitably, prodding certain Mullinalaghta players ahead of him as he proceeded along Dring Pier towards his watery rendezvous).

Major attitude adjustments required before the final.

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Nothing for Shamrock Shore or Longfordian to smile about.

Shame.

Yis are Senior for another year. Yeer Junior team seems to be going well. That's two things.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 03, 2007, 09:48:19 AM
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Congrats to Colmcille on reaching the senior county final for the first time since Cromwell

Eh, that would be 1994, but who's complaining.  A decent performance last night (fair play NL), but another one needed with neighbours lurking in the long-grass (or rushes).

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championship appears rather predictable from now on, slashers v.dromard final with the townies winning it

Any more predictions Forfeit Point?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 03, 2007, 10:03:16 AM
Billy
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Eh, that would be 1994, but who's complaining

Apologies - I thought it was 1952 or thereabouts. We have a worser record seeing our last Sept outing was in 1992.

Still a few blanks in the Wiki entry for the competition. I did my best to fill it in. Would Auld Boots be able to help out here Billy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longford_Senior_Football_Championship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longford_Senior_Football_Championship)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 03, 2007, 10:05:14 AM
Drici

It depends where you start from and how much you are getting paid per mile - officially, like!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 03, 2007, 10:30:46 AM
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Would Auld Boots be able to help out here Billy?

I thought Auld Shore would be better placed like.  The gaps all look a bit previous.  I can help though.  :P  The very first championship final was won by Colmcille, who beat (wait for it) Honest John Martins, now called Rathcline.

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Apologies - I thought it was 1952 or thereabouts.

And, as if I needed reminding, Dessie Barry won the 1994 final (for technical reasons, the records say that Slashers won it).  Colmcille led by six points at half-time, it was level two minutes into the second half and Slashers got a goal to win by a goal in injury time.  Thanks a bunch.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 03, 2007, 11:26:21 AM
Billy

Take comfort in that we too have been rogered by Dessie Barry in county finals.

Auld Shore has been asked by Swampies on County Board to come out of retirement to ref county final. They must reckon he will do a fair job reffing the Comcille lads.

Either that or Rocky Tierney.

Which would you prefer?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 03, 2007, 11:58:16 AM
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Auld Shore has been asked by Swampies on County Board to come out of retirement to ref county final.

That would make sense, from their perspective.   :P  I hope they're concentrating on the final next sunday evening.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 03, 2007, 12:54:32 PM
Jes lads the world seemed a better place this morning. Birds singing, sun shining and Colmcille in the county final for the second time in 49 years!!!
Then the hangover set in!!!!
Anyway happy enough yesterday with everybody doing there bit. Looking forward to the next month. Can't remember anything about the build up in '94 but its great to be there again.

Just the small matter of winning it now. Otherwise it won't be worth a fiddlers.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 04, 2007, 02:07:32 PM
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sun shining

I thought you lived in Cornadrung.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 04, 2007, 02:21:31 PM
I know Billy. Maybe it was just shining in my head!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 04, 2007, 02:40:59 PM
NL, just keep telling them that the Swampies are saying they let them win.  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 04, 2007, 03:23:43 PM
It would just be too funny if the Connollys won on Sunday, wouldn't it? But we can hope...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 04, 2007, 04:23:34 PM
Hopefully McGeeney will sicken them enough to make that eventuality a reality.  I'd be afraid that we'd be so busy laughing in Colmcille that the focus would be taken off Sunday 30th - so I'm voting for the Swampies on Sunday.  Now there's a first.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 04, 2007, 04:27:36 PM
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It would just be too funny if the Connollys won on Sunday, wouldn't it? But we can hope...

Quite simply it won't be allowed to happen.

I wonder will Geezer be there to rule over his charges? (a more than adequate description)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 04, 2007, 05:03:35 PM
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I'd be afraid that we'd be so busy laughing in Colmcille that the focus would be taken off Sunday 30th

Whatever else may happen Billy, be it the Connolly's, Dromard or Moydow second team we're playing that isn't going to happen
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 04, 2007, 05:17:21 PM
That's what I wanted to hear NL, fair play.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 04, 2007, 05:23:22 PM
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Moydow second team

Now that just doesn't bear thinking about  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 07, 2007, 11:53:56 PM
Anyone fancy the Connollys agin Dromard?

I fancy a shock - I think it's the Connolly's year.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 08, 2007, 07:10:53 PM
Anyone fancy the Connollys agin Dromard?

I fancy a shock - I think it's the Connolly's year.

it would be great to see connolys v. colmcille with a new name guaranteed on the cup but i reckon at this stage that dromard will brush aside the bal boys and then avenge the first round defeat to colmcille (who were devastating against slashers i must say) there is just something about dromard when it comes to the crunch - hard hoors to beat, even their worst footballer will play out of his skin when needs be
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 09, 2007, 06:32:45 PM
Connolly's 0-1 Dromard 0-1, not sure how long is gone, but very low-scoring.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 09, 2007, 06:54:25 PM
Connolly's 1-2 Dromard 0-2, early in second half.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 09, 2007, 07:04:08 PM
Connolly's 1-4 Dromard 0-5. Still plenty of time left.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 09, 2007, 07:27:46 PM
Colmcille v Dromard final it is. Dromard won 0-9 to 1-5, late free missed by Connolly's.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 09, 2007, 08:19:05 PM
i dont think i ever saw a worse first half performance by two teams in my entire life!
i thought dromard were much better than that, colmcille have to be licking their lips at the prospect of playing that outfit
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 09, 2007, 09:02:38 PM
If Connollys had been able to take a few of the chances they had in the first half, they'd have been home and dry.

The first half was generally so bad as to be funny. The second half wasn't a great deal better.

From Hoganstand today:

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McGeeney involved with Dromard in Longford
06 September 2007

Former All-Star and current Armagh senior player Kieran McGeeney who was with Mullahoran GFC last year in an advisory capacity when they won the Cavan SFC title, is performing a similar role with Longford side, Dromard – a club which lies close to the Cavan/Longford border.

Dromard are through to the Longford senior championship semi-final where they play Sean Connolly’s in Pearse Park, Longford on Sunday evening next at 6 p.m. – with the winners playing Colmcille in the county final. McGeeney.

Since McGeeney became involved with the Dromard club mid-season their fortunes have improved dramatically after they lost heavily to near-neighbours and keen rivals, Colmcille in the opening round of the current SFC. Since then they have turned their season around dramatically, and now they are in contention for a final place and another meeting with Colmcille, this time for the county title.

You could say McGeeney’s influence has been beneficial to the Dromard side as they have kick-started their season in fine style in recent weeks!

I believe Jack O'Connor has been up as well.

Judging by this evening's performance, Dromard are getting poor value for it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 09, 2007, 09:42:56 PM
Owenmoresider

What class of a masochist are u?

Brutal stuff I believe and I wish Colmcille all the best in the final.

WTF is Jack O'Connor doing around Pearse Park? Perhaps eyeing Luke's job. After all - it's a step above the Kerry one  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 09, 2007, 09:59:45 PM
Owenmoresider

What class of a masochist are u?
Was listening intermittently to Shannonside on the web, which possibly is a greater punishment than being at the game in many ways. :P Bad and all as it sounded, I'd say I've played in/been at worse, and that's just last weekend!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 09, 2007, 11:22:32 PM
Fair play OMS. I missed the opportunity to tune in cos I was off ceili-ing, as we used to say in Longford (i.e. out visiting)

Dromard have some heavy guns in this year on the training side but I fancy Colmcille to win the Connolly Cup for the first time since the 50s and I know that the one team they'd want to beat in the final is Dromard. Iran and Iraq, North and South Korea, Falls and Shankill are minor compared to Dromard and Colmcille.

Good luck to Mullinyarta in the Intermediate final agin Kayna who beat Carrickedmond this weekend.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 10, 2007, 10:37:47 AM
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I fancy Colmcille to win the Connolly Cup for the first time since the 50s

Many, many thanks for the kiss of death SS, could you not do the daycent thing and tip the Swamp Critters.  The only thing worse would be Liam Hayes tipping Colmcille.  Cue three weeks of unbearable tension.

Owenmoresider, you are some man to be sure - keep taking the tablets.

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Good luck to Mullinyarta in the Intermediate final

Ditto, come on the half-parish.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 10, 2007, 03:40:44 PM
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I fancy Colmcille to win the Connolly Cup for the first time since the 50s

Many, many thanks for the kiss of death SS, could you not do the daycent thing and tip the Swamp Critters.  The only thing worse would be Liam Hayes tipping Colmcille.  Cue three weeks of unbearable tension.

Owenmoresider, you are some man to be sure - keep taking the tablets.

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Good luck to Mullinyarta in the Intermediate final

Ditto, come on the half-parish.  ;)

Come on the men in maroon and white.... oh sorry, that's both teams...

I am hoping that the performance against Killashee will not be repeated. Kenagh are a good bit sharper up front than Killashee were. Hopefully we will not be favourites for this one, but thanks for the good wishes anyway and we will be reciprocating :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 10, 2007, 08:56:17 PM
Billy

A vote of confidence from me is hardly a kiss of death. I am sure the Colmcilles and the Swampies are a-quiver as to who Shamrock Shore is fancying.

Pass on best wishes to Billys Slippers who lines out for the Aughnacliffe men.

Auld Shore is in your corner as well - I know that may sting but he told me the 'Richie Culhane' story and I'll relate it, off-line, at some stage.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 11, 2007, 09:03:22 AM
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Auld Shore is in your corner as well

Jeez, what a compliment, he prefers us to the Swampies.  :P

Young Master Culhane was sitting in front of me at the Slashers match - hadn't seen him in years.

I see North Longford is keeping the head down now, the tension is surely building fast.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 12, 2007, 10:25:16 AM
 8)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on September 14, 2007, 02:38:15 AM
I was in Gowna on Thursday night watching Tony Scullion showing the Colmcille boys what was needed to win the County Final.He is helping Ciaran get them ready and I think they looked good and I'm taking them to win.Of course Mullinalaghta will win the Intermediate and Northern Gaels the Minor
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 14, 2007, 08:57:22 AM
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Tony Scullion showing the Colmcille boys what was needed

I believe this includes getting rid of flags, hats and headbands. 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 14, 2007, 09:16:04 AM
Jesus lads are there no secrets left in the world ;)

Billy I wouldn't totally blame Tony on that one.

Gortnaleck you certainly weren't on your own on Tuesday night. We were sorry we didn't charge a small entrance fee at one stage.
There was a rumour most of the Dromard panel were there as well!!!
Tony is actually very good. He's an Ulster coach and doesn't really do the club thing any more. We had him once before the semi just to vary things a bit and he said if we won he'd come back. So true to his word he did. He is very passionate about football and if that alone rubbed off on our lads it would be worth while. At the end of the day the winnig of it will come down to the 15 - 20 on the day but true enough they are going well in training(although believe or not there was about 5 of the first 15 missing with injuries Tuesday night)....... unforetuneately trainnig  is a million miles from what is involved in playing a county final....whats that old saying.....it will all come down to who performs on the day. Dromard have done it before and the last time Colmcille played a county final most of this team weren't even teenagers so you can never tell.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 14, 2007, 09:18:25 AM
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There was a rumour most of the Dromard panel were there as well!!!

We're they wearing disguises, or peeping across hedges, as is their wont?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 14, 2007, 09:35:50 AM
North Longford (the area, not the poster) will not do a clean sweep of titles this year as the Junior final is between Eggistown and Ardagh.

This the the curtain raiser for Mullinyarta v Kayna.

(I am in 'crumbs of comfort' mode this morning)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 14, 2007, 09:42:17 AM
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We're they wearing disguises, or peeping across hedges, as is their wont?
Now billy respect for our good neighbours.
They were merely mingling in the crowd...allegedly.
Funniest thing about Tuesday was the fact that Gowna have erected an electric fence (on top of the original fence) along one side of the new pitch and how it nabbed a few unsuspecting Colmcille/Gowna men who tried to cross it.
We're lucky we're not down about 3 men for the county final, indeed one of our Goalkeepers was just warned in time!!! ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 14, 2007, 11:50:43 AM
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We're they wearing disguises, or peeping across hedges, as is their wont?
Funniest thing about Tuesday was the fact that Gowna have erected an electric fence (on top of the original fence) along one side of the new pitch and how it nabbed a few unsuspecting Colmcille/Gowna men who tried to cross it.

I'm sure there could be a couple of Scr*bby jokes made at this point, but I'll be charitable to the lower end of the parish...

Hope Gortnaleck is enjoying the holiday. We've already had one returnee from Australia for the build-up to the final so San Francisco is only a short hop by comparison.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 20, 2007, 03:55:14 PM
Hmmm. We seem to have been given the kiss of death by Podgie O'Brien:

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Mullinalaghta face a tough task against Kenagh.
Preview: Padraic O'Brien.

After crashing to a heavy defeat against a strong Ardagh side in last year's decider and who also suffered the bitter disappointment of losing out to the Granard second string in the 2002 Intermediate Championship Final, the Kenagh footballers will be hoping for better luck when they battle it out with Mullinalaghta for the Gerry Hennessy Memorial Cup at Pearse Park on Sunday next.

On the evidence of the recent semi-finals, there should be little separating the sides and while St. Columba's were fancied to claim the Intermediate title at the start of the campaign the manner in which they struggled to overcome Killashee by a solitary point would suggest that they face another tough battle and will need to improve to achieve another success in this grade.

Kenagh, on the other hand, had six points to spare over Carrickedmond to reach the final for the second year on the trot but it was late in the game that they eventually made victory safe with a goal from their chief marksman Gary Murphy who also fired over seven points in his outstanding display.

Murphy registered another 1-7 in the draw against Killashee in the group stage and while he will take some stopping, it will come as no surprise if Mullinalaghta move regular Longford defender Shane Mulligan from midfield in a bid to contain the threat of the Kenagh dangerman.

With free-taker Paddy Ganley returning from injury to feature in the semi-final, Kenagh now have other options in attack with Shane Doyle and Enda McGann also capable of making a considerable impact up front which all depends on a decent supply of the ball.

Although the south Longford outfit will be minus suspended midfielder Jeffrey Hall, who received a straight red card in the Carrickedmond game, the prominent half-back-line of Sean Canavan, Ronan Carberry and Colin Murtagh are well capable of setting up the attacks as was the case in the semi-final.

This key Kenagh trio are a tight unit and will certainly make it tough for the St. Columba's half-forward-line, likely to be led by the experienced Dermot McCabe who will be hoping to make the most of his physical strength to create the space for the other members of the attack.

However, the main man up front for Mullinalaghta is unquestionably Kevin Mulligan who played for the Longford seniors in the short championship campaign this year and is obviously a potential matchwinner. After having a quiet game by his high standards against Killashee the last day, Kevin will be anxious to produce the goods when it matters most and will prove difficult to contain.

Another threat to the Kenagh defence is county minor Donal McElligott, who is deadly accurate from frees, while his brothers Ruairi (capable of gaining the upper hand at midfield) and Conor at centre-half-back are also expected to be much to the fore on the Mullinalaghta team.

If the Mulligan brothers Kevin and Shane can produce the sort of form that has been good enough to command places on the county team then the indications are that St. Columba's can win the Intermediate title for the first time since 2000 but it will be a close call.

After losing the 2002 and 2006 finals, Kenagh will be hoping that a third time lucky scenario materialises in the big game on Sunday and they will make a very determined bid to win this championship for the first time since 1983.

PREDICTION:
Mullinalaghta St. Columba's.

http://longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=3215920 (http://longfordtoday.ie/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=2628&ArticleID=3215920)

Best of luck to Mostrim in the Junior match beforehand.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 20, 2007, 04:08:07 PM
Come on the half-parish!!!  :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 20, 2007, 11:02:22 PM
When writing about Kevin Mulligan Podgie obviously was thinking of The Gooch.

Ok - here's the perfect result:

Senior winners: Colmcille
Intermediate winners:  St. Columbas
Junior winners: Mostrim

Not so sure who is in the minor final but the three above will keep all Longford posters (not so sure about The Forfeit Point) happy.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 21, 2007, 07:44:03 AM
Best of luck to our near neighbours in the intermediate final and also to our colour bearers in the junior.
I heard yesterday that the great James Keegan is injured and may no play. That should come as a relief to anyone who might come within striking distance...referees included.
Just a question for the Mostrim lads. Would there not be a few lads on the junior team that should be good enough for your senior team or I am living in the past?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 21, 2007, 09:15:42 AM
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I heard yesterday that the great James Keegan is injured and may no play.

Jaysus, that brings back (not very pleasant) memories - I guess he's served his, ahem, suspension.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 21, 2007, 11:24:14 AM
I spose you could say that NL. Most are veterns but Hussey, Leinster minor meggle winner, is back after a long lay off with a shaulder injury, and was allowed play junior. I dunno these things work to be honest.

Keegan will be a loss to Ardagh. 22 years since our famous 3 matches in the senoir decider. Now we are scrabbling over a f**king junior title.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 23, 2007, 07:05:38 PM
A fine win for Mostrim.

Mullinyarta and Kayna drew. Obligatory row after match in tunnel.

Crayonman on hand to record the evidence via digital camera. Got squirted with water for his trouble  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 23, 2007, 08:24:32 PM
A fine win for Mostrim.

Mullinyarta and Kayna drew.

Congratulations to Edgytown. Family circumstances meant I only arrived in Pearse Park after the Junior match had ended.

Fortunate to escape with the draw in the end, after having been 1-9 to 0-4 up early on in the second half. Dónal McElligott converted a pressure free in the last minute of time to draw the match. Kenagh kicked a fiasco of a penalty - anything in the half-time children's match would have been better-kicked - which saved our bacon.

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Obligatory row after match in tunnel. Crayonman on hand to record the evidence via digital camera. Got squirted with water for his trouble  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 23, 2007, 10:47:30 PM
Liam Tierney got the hump on Shannonside when the main commentator which may have been Dromard's Flake was recalling Mullinalaghta's glory days in the 40s. "Shure you will recall them Liam" sez he. "I wasn't even born" grumped Tierney.

Auld Shore will have regretted missing the row in the tunnel. In the olden days he started/caused a few of them himself. But the old meandering run from the old dressing rooms in Pearse Park to the pitch (almost via Newtownforbes) meant the row had to be very serious to make it back to the dressing rooms.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 24, 2007, 09:03:08 PM
Incidentally, the good wishes sign from Colmcille on the road at Aughagreagh was noted and appreciated.

We wish you a better outcome next Sunday :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 26, 2007, 09:59:23 AM
The tension is building now.   :-\

Is the replay on Sunday too?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 26, 2007, 01:09:28 PM
The tension is building now.   :-\

Is the replay on Sunday too?

Sunday week, in a double bill with the hurling final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on September 26, 2007, 01:41:53 PM
Is there a hurling final ?...... thought that was up in heap !!!


Best of luck to Billy and Northlongford on Sunday .......
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 26, 2007, 03:53:59 PM
Is there a hurling final ?...... thought that was up in heap !!!

Slashers beat Clonguish 2-11 to 0-11 last Saturday in the refixed semi-final. Play Mostrim in the final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 26, 2007, 07:38:15 PM
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Play Mostrim in the final

My mobile will remain switched off until after Sunday in case i get a late call up!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 28, 2007, 09:38:33 AM
I'm sick with nerves.   ::)

I hear half of New York are coming back to the oul sod for the weekend - some night at the Cross tomorrow.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 28, 2007, 09:55:45 AM
Billy

Ye'll be grand - despite Rocky being the ref. No Dessie Barry to haunt ye and the fear of losing to the Swampies and being their bitch for evermore will surely spur Colmcille to their first title since 195something.

Unfortunately the Roscommon county final is on at the same time so I am sure Shiteside will be focusing on that. However I will be tuning in with the ears and using the eyes for the rugby.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 30, 2007, 06:27:30 PM
Unfortunately no fairy tale for Colmcille as they lose by a point.

Had three chances at the end for the equaliser but no joy.
Sympathies to all the Boots and North Longford clans.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 01, 2007, 09:43:58 AM
Still ill.  :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 01, 2007, 04:18:45 PM
Commiserations to Billy and North Longford :'(

Thought Dromard had that bit of determination and cuteness that Colmcille didn't have, even though their skill was better.

We had our own disappointment in the Minor final earlier where we had 70-75% of the possession and were still completely unable to convert it onto the scoreboard where it was needed.

Don't think I could handle a third dose of disappointment next Sunday :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on October 01, 2007, 04:27:14 PM
Shite. Hard Luck Billy. I see the goalie scored a 45 as well.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: hardstation on October 02, 2007, 12:45:41 AM
You know what they say about 'friendlys' drici.........they always cut up rough.
You'd think they would be more civil in Longford and not go to war.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 02, 2007, 08:57:49 AM
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Interesting how they kept giving emphasis that Billy had taught both teams in the same Bunscoil together and that this was a Longford Cogadh na gCarad.

I couldn't bring myself to watch it again last night, you're going to have to explain that one to me (in words of one syllable). 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 05, 2007, 10:06:19 AM
Just said I'd log on to indicate I'm still alive. Very depressed but still alive! Haven't the will to comment on the game yet, just could never have believed no matter how hard they hit us and we  knew that they would hit hard that we could have played so poorly. I do have a question on the ref lads and to be honest I didn't notice him being overly bad during the game (possibly from being caught up in the thing) There were a few incidents that I thought were poor a couple of which seemed so obvious it wasn't funny but in general I thought he was midlin. But since the game I have had a Ballinalee man say he was a disgrace, a Drumlish man say he rode us and a Mullahoran man say if he reffed them like he reffed us he would have been bate off the pitch. I was a little surprised at this level of feeling and haven't had the will to watch the video again to onfirm or deny this. Just wondering did anyone else (and I know he has a couple of clubmate here) think similar. In fact a guy from Mayo who works with me saw the highlights and reckoned it was unreal the number of steps a Dromard player took before letting the ball in for the goal. Again I haven't even a clue who kicked the ball in, was more disappointed with how softly we conceeded the bloody thing. Just wondering if anybody else thought he was that poor.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 05, 2007, 04:54:05 PM
Didn't think he was particularly poor, but I thought he could have been a lot harder on them especially in relation to off-the-ball stuff.  Looks like the €500 per session 'investment' with the master of off-the-ball intimidation was worth it in the end.

I thought the fact that he only booked three of them, at the time of the penalty, all for striking offences, was a serious cop-out.

But we were poor on the day, and missed too many scorable chances, and when that happens you don't win, ever!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 06, 2007, 11:16:24 PM
As Kenagh implode with off the field rows it seems likely that Mullinyachta will slide into the title tomorrow.

Auld Shore should be on one of the gates, having missed a few due to his holiday, meaning Shamrock Shore will be back in drinking money.

Good luck to Mullinyachta

(I hope young scores aren't settled tomorrow early doors - could lead to a bloodbath. Crayonman has got a new 54.6 G card for the camera, which has been waterproofed, to capture all the, eh, action.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 07, 2007, 05:53:39 PM
A last minute goal gives 14 man Mullinalaghta the Intermediate championship.

Final score: St. Columbas 1-10 Kenagh 2-06.

Congrats to Laureleye and all the good folk in Mullinalaghta

Edit - it was actually 13 man Mullinalaghta as the lad who scored the last minute goal was sent off after his did a Ryan Giggs and tore off the jersey in celebration. The ref, of course, should be shot.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 07, 2007, 10:18:26 PM
A last minute goal gives 14 man Mullinalaghta the Intermediate championship.

Final score: St. Columbas 1-10 Kenagh 2-06.

Congrats to Laureleye and all the good folk in Mullinalaghta

Edit - it was actually 13 man Mullinalaghta as the lad who scored the last minute goal was sent off after his did a Ryan Giggs and tore off the jersey in celebration. The ref, of course, should be shot.

Nope. 14-man Mullinalaghta it finished up. But 14-man Kayna as well.

The player who got sent off was from the other crowd and he got the line for playfully putting the jersey round his marker's neck...

After which point we got the ball back in a surging run up the field involving several players and bulldozed into the goal by a member of the extended Eye clan :)




:) :) :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on October 08, 2007, 01:57:21 AM
Congratulations on a great win.It was a pity the other half of the parish could not have pulled off the double.Of course i am expecting a full report in due course
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 08, 2007, 09:26:57 AM
Got my wires crossed on the sending off. Shame about Gowna but, there ya go.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 08, 2007, 09:42:39 AM
Great stuff Laureleye - congrats from the neighbours.  Sounds like a very tight and (ahem) unusual finish.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 08, 2007, 09:55:43 AM
Big two-page write-up on Sunday Indo yesterday about the county final - looks like the Swampies are investing big-time in restoring their reputations as human beings.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 08, 2007, 12:07:29 PM
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Big two-page write-up on Sunday Indo yesterday about the county final
My imploring the heavens for intervention didn't work either :(

Watched the DVD of the game and my thoughts on Rocky didn't change much. In general would still say he was midlin but nearly all of the bad decisions he made seemed to go against us. Most glaring were 2 21 yard frees we should have gotten in the first half for fouls on Padaig Murtagh by Noel Reynolds and on Tommy Doyle by Padraig Jones. They are 2 of the incidents I remebered from the game and they even seem more obvious on the DVD.
One I didn't notice at the time was the lead up to the their goal. After Declan Reilly loses the ball it is played to Peter Masterson who proceeds to take 9 steps as he evades a challenge from Enda farrell then hops and solos and runs straight into Declan Reilly who has got back in front of him. Masterson actually turns his shoulrder to hit Reilly in the chest. Reilly falls and Enda Farrell comes in behind Masterson and a free is awarded against him (Actually very hard to see for what). It is the most blatant bit of charging you could imagine and Rocky is about 10 feet away. Masterson jumps up lorries the ball towards the goals and the rest is history!
Anyway it's done now and he didn't kick the 10 wides for us so he's not totally to blame!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 08, 2007, 12:57:58 PM
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My imploring the heavens for intervention didn't work either

Didn't realise the picture was yourself - looked like you were praying for rain.  :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 08, 2007, 05:00:12 PM
Great stuff Laureleye - congrats from the neighbours.  Sounds like a very tight and (ahem) unusual finish.  ;)

Rough sequence of events - more careful analysis will have to await seeing the video:

Went two up from Kevin Mulligan at the beginning, they then drew even with two frees from Ganly, then we took control again for the remainder of the half but didn't put enough on the scoreboard and went in 0-6 to 0-2 up at half time.

On the start we didn't assert control in the way that we did the last day and conceded a point and then a goal to leave the match square after 10 minutes. 20 minutes of nip and tuck, with them going ahead, us drawing even, then them going ahead again. Went two points down with about ten minutes left to go when the man who we were substituting at the time (his replacement had been signalled and was on the field) clocked his opposing marker - the two had been niggling during the game earlier - on the way out and got sent off. Down to 14 men with the replacement having to leave the field. Thought we were dead at that stage.

First resurrection. The shock of the lost player seemed to galvanise the remainder and we drew level again and then went a point ahead. Then, going into stoppage time, disaster strikes. A free given against us, a Mullinalaghta back leaves his marker far too much space, and their leading forward is able to bear down on the goalkeeper who can do next to nothing about it. Two points down and about two minutes left. Dead again.

The Kenagh forward, having scored the goal, does a soccer-style celebration, going over to his home support on the hill, and takes off the jersey, and then proceeds to drape it round his marker's neck. Referee not amused and issues a red card. Kenagh are distracted for the kickout, ball goes through a number of players before ending up with the centre-back who'd given too much space for the goal, who ploughs through the Kenagh defence, and suddenly the ball is in the net. One point ahead.

Second resurrection. Only seconds of stoppage time left to go. Kickout happens and goes to the stand side of the field. Mullinalaghta manage to get it, time expires, and the referee blows for full time. Mullinalaghta invade the pitch as Kenagh players lie prostrate on the pitch. Celebrations continuing ever since.

The End.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 08, 2007, 10:51:01 PM
Was talking to Auld Shore earlier and he said the last 2 minutes or so was the best craic he has ever witnessed on a football pitch.

Pure unadultereted mayhem.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 09, 2007, 12:13:00 AM
Was talking to Auld Shore earlier and he said the last 2 minutes or so was the best craic he has ever witnessed on a football pitch.

Pure unadultereted mayhem.

Not in the tunnel sense, we hasten to add...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 09, 2007, 09:23:54 AM
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the last 2 minutes or so was the best craic he has ever witnessed on a football pitch

I am genuinely sorry to have missed it.  Did ye get any sleep yet in the half-parish?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 09, 2007, 10:16:36 AM
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the last 2 minutes or so was the best craic he has ever witnessed on a football pitch

I am genuinely sorry to have missed it.  Did ye get any sleep yet in the half-parish?

I had to be at work yesterday by 2 and have an 11 o'clock start this morning so I've had to behave myself.

When I left Keogh's at 4am on Monday morning our goalscorer and our captain were engaging in a "You the man!.... No, no, you the man!" routine at the bar counter which seemed to have plenty of energy left in it still.

For all I know, they may be there yet.. :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 09, 2007, 11:47:35 AM
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"You the man!.... No, no, you the man!" routine

I can genuinely say I'm not sorry to have missed that.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 09, 2007, 02:13:47 PM
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"You the man!.... No, no, you the man!" routine

I can genuinely say I'm not sorry to have missed that.  :P

It had its subtle charms but you'd need to know the individuals concerned to really appreciate it... :)

You could say the same about the semi-streak, conducted at walking pace, through Kyne's by one of our forwards. I hope for his own sake he was wearing shoes :)

For the older set, Jody Sheridan led a few fine renditions above in Keogh's.

Sign of the week was a Campbell's can mockup at the head of the Eye ancestral lane in Toome: "Mullinalaghta for the Cup - Kenagh for the Soup".

Andy Warhol comes to Mullinalaghta...

Might get a few photos up later...

BTW, we had a few visitors from Colmcille later on in the night.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 09, 2007, 02:23:30 PM
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BTW, we had a few visitors from Colmcille later on in the night.

Glad to hear it - looking forward to the photos.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 12, 2007, 11:21:39 PM
Have the Swampies ere a hope in the Leinster club championship?

I think they play the winners of Wexford v Kildare away.

Curtains early methinks.

Longford clubs have a shite record in Leinster. A good Windies side in late 90s came close in semi final but a Podgie Davis bananna shot was signalled wide. It went to appeals etc but was over-ruled. I was at that game and, well, to be honest, it looked effing wide to me.

A Longford club has never reached the senior Leinster final. Can The Swampies alter this fact?

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: the ship on October 15, 2007, 10:04:40 AM
sorry to intrude but  why are they called the swampies?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 15, 2007, 10:16:40 AM
I dunno ship, I've no recollection of when/why it started, but their 'full' title is the Swamp Critters.  They've been called a lot of things, but they may have reacted badly to that particular one, and it stuck.  Maybe some of the other lads might have a better explanation.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: the ship on October 15, 2007, 11:48:40 AM
just one more question are they not that popular?,  BTW have enjoyed immensely reading all the posts sometimes we get immersed in our own clubs and counties and forget that there is a whole world out there that have the very same hopes and fears about their clubs and counties,     
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 15, 2007, 12:29:54 PM
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are they not that popular?

That's putting it mildly.  They're on a charm-offensive at the moment - apparently they have tickets to sell.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 15, 2007, 03:14:08 PM
I dunno ship, I've no recollection of when/why it started, but their 'full' title is the Swamp Critters.  They've been called a lot of things, but they may have reacted badly to that particular one, and it stuck.  Maybe some of the other lads might have a better explanation.

I seem to remember someone, once upon a time talking about a message board far far away that had a large and immature Dromard presence, asking why they didn't just shout to each other across the swamp...

As for the rest...

http://www.swampcritters.com/ (http://www.swampcritters.com/)

They're unpopular at the moment (outside Colmcille where they have guaranteed unpopularity) because they're combining success with cockiness and allegations of off-colour behaviour on the field in the County final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 15, 2007, 03:28:16 PM
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I seem to remember someone, once upon a time

Was that me?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: the ship on October 15, 2007, 03:46:02 PM
the article in the independent painted a completely different picture altogether.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 15, 2007, 04:53:09 PM
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I seem to remember someone, once upon a time

Was that me?

Might have been...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 15, 2007, 04:55:59 PM
the article in the independent painted a completely different picture altogether.

I find that articles in the Indo (and especially the Sindo) paint quare strange pictures...

I'm just giving reasons why they're not wildly popular elsewhere in the county. There was a good deal of goodwill towards them in 1999, when they won the first title in 53 years, but it's worn thin lately. Think of Clare hurlers...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 15, 2007, 05:30:41 PM
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the article in the independent painted a completely different picture altogether.

As I said at the time, wasn't it strange that this article appeared in the paper very shortly after the team/club in question had a crisis meeting to work on a strategy to repair a (very) damaged reputation following the county final?

All I'll say is that half the article was reasonably accurate.

And, to add fuel to the conspiracy theory, this article isn't (and has never been) available on the independent website, though other articles from the same edition are still there.   ::)  ::)  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 16, 2007, 01:06:02 PM
Ah leave the swampies alone will yee!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway anyone got any idea on changes to the county panel. Anyone new added, anyone gone. Heard a couple of new names from our club but haven't heard it from the horses mouths whether thay are actually going in or not. Also heard D Farrell isn't going in which is a pity the way he played all summer.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 16, 2007, 01:24:44 PM
Ah leave the swampies alone will yee!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway anyone got any idea on changes to the county panel. Anyone new added, anyone gone. Heard a couple of new names from our club but haven't heard it from the horses mouths whether thay are actually going in or not. Also heard D Farrell isn't going in which is a pity the way he played all summer.

Haven't heard anything yet but will ask around.

The only obvious departures are Podgie Davis and Benny McElvaney, but those have been well-signalled - McElvaney is off to Oz in the next few days.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 22, 2007, 09:54:54 AM
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Ah leave the swampies alone will yee!!

Will you not be hoping for a full-on assault on Sunday next NL?  Is there a Layder Cup in us?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 22, 2007, 11:13:44 AM
I believe there may be rows afoot in The Stadium of Light in Dormard on Sunday.

Something about old county final scores to settle.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 22, 2007, 11:37:18 AM
Thers not much point us fightin with them boys. Sur they're experts at it!!!
Hoping for a nice peaceful Sunday afernoon to be honest.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 22, 2007, 11:54:15 AM
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Something about old county final scores to settle.

I think we'd all be happier if there was some football this time.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 22, 2007, 12:57:59 PM
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Something about old county final scores to settle.

I think we'd all be happier if there was some football this time.

Congrats to Mostrim on the Hurling title by the way...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 22, 2007, 01:04:42 PM
Yes indeed, fair play - they must be playing some sport in Edgerstown after all.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 22, 2007, 03:36:57 PM
Yes indeed, fair play - they must be playing some sport in Edgerstown after all.

I'm sure Shamrock will remind you shortly of the Junior title this year...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 22, 2007, 04:06:59 PM
He's tired today!  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 23, 2007, 09:05:24 AM
I believe Longford's best corner-forward is about to join Kilmacud Crokes, or am I allowed to discuss things like that?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 23, 2007, 09:22:39 AM
Who's this Billy?

Jamesie? Kavanagh?

And why not Na Fianna - weren't/aren't they the market leaders in, eh, extraordinary renditions!

Still celebrating the hurling win. Is it still the case that one team gets a bye to the final?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 23, 2007, 10:07:44 AM
Who's this Billy?

Jamesie? Kavanagh?

Kavanagh is teaching down that direction, as far as I know. Very big blow for Ardagh if he goes (assuming that's who Billy is talking about). But I suppose in the days of the GPA, clubs don't matter that much.

Jamesie? From Billy? Very droll... :)

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And why not Na Fianna - weren't/aren't they the market leaders in, eh, extraordinary renditions!

Still celebrating the hurling win. Is it still the case that one team gets a bye to the final?

Yes, and the other takes part in the traditional legal battle to decide who gets to the final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 23, 2007, 10:31:32 AM
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Kavanagh is teaching down that direction, as far as I know. Very big blow for Ardagh if he goes (assuming that's who Billy is talking about).
Might explain his non appearance at a very recent league play-off game?

And by the evidence of said game it is definitely a huge blow to Ardagh
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 23, 2007, 10:55:03 AM
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Kavanagh is teaching down that direction, as far as I know. Very big blow for Ardagh if he goes (assuming that's who Billy is talking about).
Might explain his non appearance at a very recent league play-off game?

And by the evidence of said game it is definitely a huge blow to Ardagh

Indeed. They were poor enough in the Championship this year even with him. Ballymore will struggle as well without the two McElvaneys and Damien Monaghan.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 23, 2007, 12:03:57 PM
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Jamesie?

Nice one SS, a good genuine laugh on a miserable Tuesday.  ;D

I did mean Kavanagh by the way - I heard he's teaching down that way now, or did someone say that already?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 23, 2007, 01:31:33 PM
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Jamesie?

Nice one SS, a good genuine laugh on a miserable Tuesday.  ;D

I did mean Kavanagh by the way - I heard he's teaching down that way now, or did someone say that already?

I think it was mentioned in a newspaper article a few weeks ago.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 28, 2007, 10:27:29 PM
Good win in An Pairc le Solus in Dromard today for Colmcille. Hardly enough revenge for the county final defeat but a Leader Cup final agin Clonguish with a possible win may soften the pain a wee bit.

A theory doing the rounds was that Dromard took her handy cos of the impending Leinster Q/F clash with Kildare champs, Moorefield.

By taking it handy today will prob mean that Dromard will be beaten by 30 points as opposed to 40 by Moorefield.

Or is that fair?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 28, 2007, 11:15:13 PM
Good win in An Pairc le Solus in Dromard today for Colmcille. Hardly enough revenge for the county final defeat but a Leader Cup final agin Clonguish with a possible win may soften the pain a wee bit.

A theory doing the rounds was that Dromard took her handy cos of the impending Leinster Q/F clash with Kildare champs, Moorefield.

By taking it handy today will prob mean that Dromard will be beaten by 30 points as opposed to 40 by Moorefield.

Or is that fair?

On Moorefield?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 05, 2007, 09:24:03 AM
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Good win in An Pairc le Solus in Dromard today for Colmcille. Hardly enough revenge for the county final defeat but a Leader Cup final agin Clonguish with a possible win may soften the pain a wee bit.

I heard the game in the Stadium of Light was very similar to the county final - except that it was refereed.

Pain not softened I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 05, 2007, 09:53:45 AM
Unforetuenately no pain softened yesterday. Another masterful effort of grasping defeat from the jaws of victory. At least twice the scoring oppurtunities Clonguish had yesterday and still got beaten 08 - 07. Included in that are a missed penalty 2 or 3 more goal chances and the obligatory late free. Ah well! :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 05, 2007, 01:37:03 PM
Commiserations to Billy and NL.

We bowed out of the Leinster Intermediate yesterday at Derrycassan. Lost by 5 points with the Westmeath champs getting a late goal - we'd been 2 points behind with 3 minutes left to go and had been within a point earlier on. Our regular free-taker was off form after picking up a dead leg in the first couple of minutes and we missed a lot of chances. We can put it down to experience I suppose.

County Board got €1,200 on the gate at €5 a head, Black Jack officiating. Not a bad attendance considering that the County PRO seemed to have forgotten to tell either Shannonside or the papers that the match was on. I hope he'll be more careful for next week's match between Dromard and Moorefield.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 05, 2007, 01:45:23 PM
Update from the Westmeath Hoganstand page:

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Intermediate Football Championship
Westmeath champions made the journey to Mullinachta, Co. Longford to take on the home side in the Leinster Intermediate Football championship on Sunday last.
Mullinachta were a very strong physical side, particularly around the middle of the field and Ballinagore found it difficult to get to grips with them, especially as team captain, Stuart Gavin was struggling with an injury which eventually forced his withdrawal, and centre half back, Peter Heraty, also had to be replaced injured. However come to grips with the situation they most certainly did and at the break led by 1-4 to 0-5 thanks to Thomas McDaniel’s late goal.
Mullinachta closed the gap to the minimum before Michael Ennis struck for Ballinagore’s second goal to increase the lead to four. The Ballinagore defence held firm from then on with Mullinachta unable to get closer than two points, before Thomas McDaniel struck for his second and Ballinagore’s third goal to seal his side’s victory bu 3-5 to 0-9.
Heartiest congratulations to Ballinagore on their superb win and they now face a home tie on Sunday next against Kildare’s Suncroft. Suncroft will be a strong side who will include Anthony Rainbow and Killian Brennan in their ranks. No doubt it will be a difficult challenge for Ballinagore but with home support they will be hopeful of advancing to the semi final. Best of luck to all involved.

If people are going to describe us as "physical", it might do to point out that our leading free-taker did not pick up that dead leg by himself and the second goal came from a move which involved flattening one of our 17-year-old corner-forwards - which was immediately signalled by the linesman but for which a yellow card wasn't given until after the goal was scored.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on November 08, 2007, 06:18:44 PM
its amazing how one little thing has cost colmcille two titles this year.... bottle and what a vital little thing that is.
best of luck to dromard against moorefield!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 09, 2007, 08:54:02 AM
Well in the county final, the only one lacking bottle was the referee, and the folk who weren't interested in playing football.  Come on Moorefield.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on November 09, 2007, 12:34:07 PM
maybe so in the county final, but eugene murtagh couldnt have been more biased towards colmcille in the leader cup and colmcille still couldnt win it, against a very poor clonguish outfit who havent (as a team) near the amount of ability as colmcille - the resemblances to mayo here are uncanny........

wouldnt say rocky was the ONLY one...... were you not there for the last 5 minutes no??? :-X
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 09, 2007, 01:08:03 PM
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were you not there for the last 5 minutes no???

I was.  Point acknowledged.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: billy the kid on November 09, 2007, 01:21:38 PM
I think the GPA should be ashamed of themselves they are undermining everything the GAA stands for.  What they are asking for is Pay for |Play dressed up in fancy clothes.

They are an elitist Organisation who are only concerned with themselves and I firmly believe its a case of a few leading the many.

Don’t get me wrong i totally agree with players being treated well and looked after if they get injured but they are always looking for more and more.

Currently every season inter-county players in Derry get:

2 pairs of boots
2 full kits a season,
2 full sets of training gear. (1 wet and 1 normal)
1 rain jacket
1 zip up top
1 jumper
2 polo shirts
1 tracksuit
Home training Equipment
Free access to state of the art gym

All the above are official Derry gear from O neills with emblems and crests and this is only the gear I KNOW FOR CERTAIN they get!

Also they have access to a top class physio, team doctor dietician and heart screening facilities.

they receive meals after ALL games and on the way to away games

they get fed after every training

and they also get VERY GOOD rebates on their mileage expenses.

Again these are jut the things i KNOW FOR CERTAIN!!

for each national league game they receive 4 passes each allowing friends and family to gain admission to the games for FREE and the passes can be used for both hurling and football even if only involved in one code.

They receive at least 2 and sometimes more FREE tickets for ALL championship matches they are involved in

They receive 2 good tickets for the all Ireland final in their code (hurling or football) for FREE

Before the club championship begins they receive a pass allowing them to gain FREE entry to ALL championship matches within the county in EITHER code at ANY level
 
The above list was given to me when I asked a PRESENT COUNTY PLAYER from our club about conditions at inter-county level.

I don’t think anyone would begrudge them these things as the gear and medical farcicalities are a MUST and so are the mileage expenses and the meals.

The other stuff are added perks and again I would say Just right they are training very hard and giving a big commitment to Our County.

Looking at the list I would say our county players are fairly well looked after wouldn’t you? And this is just the example of our county alot of other counties like Armagh and Tyrone get even more gear and perks which again is fair enough.

But to ask for money and to make out that they are so hard done by and listening to some of their leaders you’d think some were hardly fit to feed themselves and on the way to financial ruin is an absolute myth and border line lie!! Nobodies making them play!!!

What ever happened to being proud to play for your county and pride in the jersey? That used to be enough to make people play for their counties.

Has Pride and honour fallen of the radar of the GPA in their obsession with self-worth and self-gain.
If pride in the jersey and being honoured to represent your County plus the list i have supplied aren’t enough to make individuals play for OUR county teams do we really want them to? The type of character who would undermine the very fabric of our great organisation to line his own pockets.   

I was also informed by the County player from my own Club that most county players don’t want to strike but are being openly pressurised to do so. Is this Democracy?

Its also evident the GPA are so far removed from the grassroots GAA and the supporters that they haven’t noticed that the vast majority are strongly against it, but why would they listen to us mere mortals?

Down Manager Ross Carr has the right idea:

If these prima donnas strike and refuse to play Each County should find a panel of players who will represent their counties for pride honour and the other perks i listed. There would be a stampede to trials and it would totally negate the strike and render their actions futile and meaningless.

We cannot let the elitist few hold the rest of us to ransom while they try to gain financially for doing what most TRUE Gaels consider an Honour and a privilege – PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTY  
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 09, 2007, 04:12:23 PM
Why is this in the Longford thread?

Oh I see now, it's a 'come-all-ye' message for true-gaels everywhere - you're wasting your breath in Longford lad, though I believe there are primadonnas on the county panel who want to play for (wait for it) Sligo (no offence meant to Sligonians btw).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 10, 2007, 03:43:15 PM
Depressingly I see from the Official site that Sam Maguire paid a visit to Stonepark recently.

Now Sam Maguire and the Grattans are about as far apart from each other as it gets.......only Forgney are futher apart.

No offence to either, of course.

I fear for Dromard tomorrow in the middle of Newbridge....could be an almighty baytin.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 11, 2007, 03:52:14 PM
Ok - I owe ye all an apology.

Dromard put up a great display in Newbridge today against the Leinster champions Moorefield who got a credible draw.

1-08 apiece and it sounded a good match on Shannonside.

I'd imagine the replay will be in Pearse Park as opposed to The Stadium of Light in Dromard.

Well done Dromard and best of luck in the replay

Edit - following the obligatory state of confusion the game has gone into extra time. Even the ref was unaware that there would be 20 mins extra time. And we laugh at the FAI

Edit II - after extra time it finished 1-12 apiece so again fair play to Dromard. I'm sure even Billy will give a wee nod in their general direction
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 12, 2007, 09:16:14 AM
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I'm sure even Billy will give a wee nod in their general direction

And I thought you knew me ...  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 12, 2007, 09:29:06 AM
Forfeit Point.
My problem with a general Colmcille haven't the bottle is that it's a very general statement which would imply the whole team hasn't the bottle. It might be more accurrate to question some individuals particularly in the forwards and then your arguement might be more justified (although I don't agree). You need every bit as much bottle to win a semi final to be honest. I'd say for most of the league final Colmcille outplayed Clonguish by some distance so I'd be inclined to think that a lot of the lads had the bottle required. I put a lot more down to experience that anything else. To be honest I'd say a couple of lads had a bit too much bottle when they went for goals when simple points were on. A bit more experience might have caused them to take a different course of action. Hopefully they have acquired some of that experience this year.
As for Murtagh I honestly didn't think he was that blatant. We had hoped he would be once Dowd was playing but there were a few decisions that seriously annoyed us. Indeed I spoke to a Clongish man who had a different opinion. He reckoned Murtagh was only bad for us and terrible for them. The one incident that convinces me he was "trying" to be fair was in the second half when Brendan McCabe took on a corner back, the corner back put his hand in, McCabe grabbed it and fell (what a huge percentage of players do). Now Murtagh gave a free against McCabe. I'd say in about 90% of cases the ref still gives a free to the forward. If Murtagh was trying to influence the game in any way he had a very simple oppurtunity to give Colmcille a 14 yard free.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 12, 2007, 10:10:23 AM
Good man Billy - not an inch!

I see our threads favourite referee (apart from Wally) Eugene Murtagh got in trouble again yesterday by not playing extra time in the Vincents/Senchalstown Leinster QF.

Had the Dromard match not finished a draw after ET I wonder would the losers have had a case pointing towards the Longford clown in operation in Parnell Park?

Murtagh was unaware of the 'extra time' rule - the more cynical could say that this can join a rake of other rules the laddo knows nothing about.

Whose skeltons is he aware of - how does he get these games.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 12, 2007, 10:23:57 AM
I don't think most clubs in Longford have a major problem with Murtagh as a ref, in comparison to some of the alternatives.  And sure the rules are only incidental anyway. 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 12, 2007, 11:43:59 AM
I'd agree with Billy re. Murtagh. I had a dislike for him a couple of years ago but the closer you are to the thing he's actually one of the better ones.
Funny enough the ones that are on the intercounty scene are way ahead of the others. Bannon, Fahey, Murtagh, Dowler etc make far fewer mistakes than the likes of Frankie Toher, Rocky, Wally, Michael O'Brien, Hughie Reilly, Pat Corrigan etc. They are also more consistent from one game to the next. Some of the lower level gents seem to have split personalities.
I'd probably rate them Bannon, Murtagh, Fahey, Dowler and after that I don't want any of them near a whistle
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 12, 2007, 02:40:32 PM
In Murtaghs defence there seems to be a general concensus from the Dromards on the Hogan stand that their ref didn't know extra time was to be played either. Not sure how they managed to end up playing it unless there was Leinster council officials present
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 14, 2007, 01:44:11 PM
Are they making Moorefield go to Legga?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 14, 2007, 01:59:24 PM
Nah - Leinster games have to be in county grounds so it's either Pearse Park or Ballymahon.

They chose Pearse Park.

New County Chair will be either Brendan Gilmore or Pat Cahill.

Hobson's Choice?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 14, 2007, 03:27:22 PM
You have to admit that Cahill would be, ahem, 'interesting'!  I'm just picturing a gathering of august and noble administrators round a fireplace, sipping brandies and discussing the lastest Westmeath court-case, and in strolls the bould Pat.  Hmmm.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 14, 2007, 10:08:14 PM
Brendan Gilmore has withdrawn his name so our new Chairman the Carrickedmond's Pat Cahill.

Interesting times ahead to be sure - esp with these GPA boys swanning around.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 15, 2007, 08:58:35 AM
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Interesting times ahead to be sure - esp with these GPA boys swanning around.

I'd be very interested in his relationship with one primadonna in particular.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 15, 2007, 01:27:20 PM
Of course if Longford go on strike will anyone notice  :-[

The more cynical of us may say that our strike began at throw-in in Mullingar in the Qualifiers................only the more cynical mind.

Let' see if we can do the 'Three-in-a-row' for the O'Byrne Bihhatimber.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 15, 2007, 03:30:44 PM
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Interesting times ahead to be sure - esp with these GPA boys swanning around.

I'd be very interested in his relationship with one primadonna in particular.   ::)

Apropos of nothing, I see from the Ardagh notes in the Leader that Liam Keenan has replaced Damian Sheridan as county captain for the coming year.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 15, 2007, 03:32:33 PM
Of course if Longford go on strike will anyone notice  :-[

The more cynical of us may say that our strike began at throw-in in Mullingar in the Qualifiers................only the more cynical mind.

As I recall, Rowley said when interviewed on Shannonside after his resignation that the players weren't really interested in the qualifiers once they were out of Leinster.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 18, 2007, 04:06:19 PM
Dromard and Moorefield have to go to a third game.

Final score from Pearse Park after extra time:

Dromard 0-12
Moorefield 0-12
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 23, 2007, 04:46:06 PM
Team of the Championship (according to HoganStand)

Damian Sheridan (Dromard); David Pettit (Dromard), Paddy McDonnell (Seán Connollys), Niall Vance (Dromard); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Declan S Reilly ("C" surely?) (Colmcille), Donie Conefrey (Dromard); Enda Farrell (Colmcille), Noel Farrell (Colmcille); Jamesie Martin (Dromard), Adrian Dalton (Seán Connollys), Mark Smith (Longford Slashers); Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta), Declan Farrell (Colmcille), Francis McGee (Dromard).

Nominations for Senior Player of the Year: Declan Reilly (assume it's "C" again), Francis McGee, Damian Sheridan
Nominations for Hurler of the year: Martin Coyle (Mostrim), Eoin Donnellan (Clonguish?), Joe O'Brien (Clonguish)
nominations for Intermediate Player of the Year: Gary Murphy (Kenagh), Kevin Mulligan, Conor McElligott (Mullinalaghta)
nominations for Junior Player of the Year: Joe Dempsey, Gerry Lynn (Mostrim), Nicholas Farrell (Ardagh)
Nominations for Ladies' Player of the Year: Marie Brady, Cliodhna McGowan, Ann-Marie Bratten

Get your votes in now...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 28, 2007, 12:35:54 PM
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Get your votes in now...

Is there voting through Crayonland.com?  I can't be arsed to look.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 28, 2007, 10:36:12 PM
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Get your votes in now...

Is there voting through Crayonland.com?  I can't be arsed to look.

Details are in this week's Layder.

The voting is for Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Hurler and Ladies player of the year.

Voting is by text, so if (let's make a hypothetical case here) you wanted to vote for Conor McElligott (who scored the last minute goal that gave Mullinalaghta an Intermediate title) as Intermediate Player of the Year, you'd type:

LONGI 1 EXIT

to the appropriate number - the "EXIT" at the end is to ensure that you don't get spam text messages from the Leader. Cost is €2 per text plus network charges and funds go to Our Lady's Children's Hospital.

I'll look up the phone number and the code for, say, Little Dec tomorrow - don't have the Layder to hand.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 29, 2007, 08:47:22 AM
Billy little Dec is           LONGS 2 EXIT
If you want the number for the other contenders then please feel free to let me know................I won't tell you though!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 29, 2007, 09:00:29 AM
What number do I text my vote for Dec to?  Don't make me buy the Layder ffs!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 29, 2007, 09:54:12 AM
57502..............9 or 10 times will do. Don't want to break you!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 29, 2007, 10:59:19 AM
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9 or 10 times will do

Once a Rossduff man .....  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 20, 2007, 11:24:05 PM
I see Vitruvius Hibernicus is doing us some service:

http://www.hoganstand.com/longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=87173 (http://www.hoganstand.com/longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=87173)

 :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 24, 2007, 09:00:31 AM
Happy Christmas to all the Longford loo-lahs - enjoy the break.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 24, 2007, 10:12:18 AM
Indeed a very Merry Christmas to ye all.

Here's to 2008 and the three-in-a-row Bihatimber.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 24, 2007, 11:34:03 PM
I see Vitruvius Hibernicus is doing us some service:

http://www.hoganstand.com/longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=87173 (http://www.hoganstand.com/longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=87173)

 :D

I believe the "client" were unaware that they were a "client" and have apologised to the County Board for their "representation".

Happy Christmas to all.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 07, 2008, 11:56:25 AM
Anyone go to Newbridge - reviews?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 07, 2008, 01:37:44 PM
Anyone go to Newbridge - reviews?

Otherwise engaged at our AGM. Heard the occasional snippet about onion bags from the Flake on Shannonside during the odd interval when Willie Hegarty wasn't hyperventilating about Roscommon's rogering.

"Shane had a great game" was the one-sentence summing up from the 11-year-old reviewer I was talking to afterwards.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 17, 2008, 10:34:56 AM
The reading of another site made me wonder. Is Kevin Smith still involved with the county. Always thought he had the potential to do well at county level but haven't heard him mentioned at all this year?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 17, 2008, 01:08:45 PM
I haven't a clue, hadn't heard mention of the name.  Perhaps our correspondent from that neck of the woods might know?

Is Fr. McGee Park functional yet NL?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 17, 2008, 01:13:37 PM
Nothing a couple of sets of Goal posts, some lines and some flags wouldn't sort out
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 17, 2008, 03:29:50 PM
And a few lads who'd want to kick ball at this time of year ...  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 20, 2008, 07:52:37 PM
The reading of another site made me wonder. Is Kevin Smith still involved with the county. Always thought he had the potential to do well at county level but haven't heard him mentioned at all this year?

I am assuming that I am "our correspondent from that neck of the woods"...

As far as I know he's not on the panel any more. Heard something about a forthcoming trip to America but that may not necessarily be reliable.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 21, 2008, 09:12:28 AM
Good result yesterday and good to see some of the new lads doing well.
Very impressed with Paddy Mc Donnell. Did a great job on Johnstoe and if reputations are anything to go by then he is unlikely to come up against much better. Deserves to keep his place on that performance and may free up me neighbour to move out the field a bit although you'd struggle to drop any back from yesterday. Midfield did well, both lads look very fit and cover a huge amount of ground for big men. Up front still a bit reliant on Kav for the scores from play but as usual he was excellent. McGee is a good addition, I'd say a good bit more reliable than David Barden when it comes to sticking the ball over the bar. Was impressed with Delan Farrell at wing forward, won a huge amount of ball and used most of it very well. Philips only did ok. Looked very light and struggled to retain possession if the back was very close to him but he did work hard and won some good ball. Paul Barden sharpening up with a couple of games should be a big addition to this sector.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 21, 2008, 09:42:19 AM
How did they look in the middle third - will McElvaney be missed?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 21, 2008, 10:16:37 AM
They did well in the middle 3rd yesterday anyway. Particularly in the 2nd half, they almost won everything in that area. Enda Farrell is playing every bit as well as I've seen McElvaney play and he probably covers more ground. It is early though yet and we might miss him before the year is out.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 21, 2008, 04:11:42 PM
The reading of another site made me wonder. Is Kevin Smith still involved with the county. Always thought he had the potential to do well at county level but haven't heard him mentioned at all this year?

I am assuming that I am "our correspondent from that neck of the woods"...

As far as I know he's not on the panel any more. Heard something about a forthcoming trip to America but that may not necessarily be reliable.

Reliable sources have been consulted. Off to Amerikay in the very near future he is.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 21, 2008, 04:38:48 PM
As I said in another thread....every little advantage on offer will be accepted. Any chance of confirming Hannify's emmigration. If so it would be a good days work in Fr.McGee park
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 21, 2008, 08:52:10 PM
As I said in another thread....every little advantage on offer will be accepted.

Don't know how long he's gone for (for all I know the INS could be eagle-eyed followers of Longford club football).

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Any chance of confirming Hannify's emmigration. If so it would be a good days work in Fr.McGee park

Has the blessed Luke not confirmed it? Can understand youse being afraid of Abbey but surely the Windies have blown themselves out at this stage?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 22, 2008, 09:02:50 AM
Not afraid of anyone just looking for a handy championship like Kerry get every now and then. ;D
I thought Dempsey's tone if you can get that from a written article was like "He says he's going but I don't believe him"
Anyway despite thrice hammering them last year thay have a few very good young fella's coming up and twould be better thay didn't have his help! Although I also heard that Enda Gallagher was gone to England so if they are without those 2 and an aging Padgie I don't see them being a realistic threat this year.   Famous last words!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2008, 09:03:42 AM
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Any chance of confirming Hannify's emmigration.

Where's he gone now?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 22, 2008, 09:52:03 AM
Luke says he's going to America I think, or is it Australia..............somewhere beginning with A although I don't think it's Arva.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2008, 10:18:32 AM
Aughavas?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 22, 2008, 11:21:35 AM
Aughakine?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 22, 2008, 12:44:00 PM
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Aughakine?

Can you see him across the lake?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 22, 2008, 04:02:00 PM
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Aughakine?

Can you see him across the lake?

I'd have to get my binoculars.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 23, 2008, 11:59:46 PM
At last night county board meeting the following were passed:

- U21 and minor grades to be retained
- No organised training allowed in the months of November and December

That is all.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 24, 2008, 09:51:25 AM
Is that county or club training.
If a team is still in Leinster/All Ireland club do they have to stop training for 2 months!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 24, 2008, 12:09:04 PM
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No organised training allowed in the months of November and December

Is that as opposed to disorganised training?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 24, 2008, 01:49:21 PM
Dunno lads - just typed is as I heard it.

I thought it was strange too as the County would need to have a few sessions (training that is) in preparation for the O'Byrne Cup/NFL

I am sure that if Colmcille were in the Leinster final they could obtain some class of permission from Pat Cahill to do the odd bit of exercise.

But then again.............
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 24, 2008, 02:42:18 PM
Not of immediate concern for Colmcille.
Think if we managed to win the Longford championship we'd struggle to get anyone capable of training for about 3 months anyway.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 24, 2008, 03:18:19 PM
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I am sure that if Colmcille were in the Leinster final they could obtain some class of permission from Pat Cahill to do the odd bit of exercise.

I'm picturing the response to that request.  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 04, 2008, 05:27:47 PM
Heard a rumour last night that Ballymore may have decided to regrade to Intermediate for the coming year. They are badly hit, not so much by the absence of Benny McElvaney in Australia on its own, but more by the fact that Dónal McElvaney and Damien Monaghan are gone along with him - leaves them a shook outfit.

Might there be no relegation from Senior this year as a result, or will Cashel get another reprieve from the drop?

[UPDATE: Well-placed sources deny the Ballymore rumour. Looks like Cashel will just have to do their time.]

And any word yet as to who our leading county forward (the one who didn't score yesterday) will be lining out with this summer?

I know it doesn't matter too much to Colmcille, but for the likes of meself and Shamrock down at the bottom of the Senior heap, these things are important ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 05, 2008, 08:53:42 AM
Ballymore will be very badly shook as a result of those defections alright, and should be a shoo-in for the drop.  And if Kavanagh plays in Dublin this summer, it might be a cushy enough year for Mullinalaghta and Mostrim (and Colmcille, hopefully).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 05, 2008, 11:59:34 AM
Ballymore will be very badly shook as a result of those defections alright, and should be a shoo-in for the drop.  And if Kavanagh plays in Dublin this summer, it might be a cushy enough year for Mullinalaghta and Mostrim (and Colmcille, hopefully).

I'm not making any assumptions, Billy...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on February 11, 2008, 09:06:11 PM
Longford championship draws on Shannonside now.

Interesting that each c'ship (x 3) has 15 teams, drawn from only 24 clubs like ourselves, which goes to show what an utter shambles our clubs are.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on February 11, 2008, 09:20:02 PM
Junior Championship draw:

Group A) Shroid Slashers, Dromard, St. Patrick's, Clonguish.
Group B) Forgney, Sean Connollys, Ballymahon, Fr. Manning Gaels.
Group C) Moydow, Kenagh, Cashel, Colmcille.
Group D) St. Columba's, Carrickedmond, Emmet Óg, Rathcline.

Intermediate Championship draw:

Group A) Legan Sarsfields, Longford Slashers, Mostrim, Abbeylara.
Group B) Grattan Óg, Kenagh, Dromard, Fr. Manning Gaels.
Group C) St. Brigid's, Cashel, Emmet Óg, Colmcille.
Group D) Carrickedmond, Clonguish, St. Mary's.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 11, 2008, 09:24:31 PM
Senior Championship draw:

Rathcline vs. Dromard

losers of Rathcline/Dromard vs. Granard

Longford Slashers vs. Abbeylara

Seán Connollys vs. Fr. Manning Gaels

Mostrim vs. Clonguish

Mullinalaghta vs. Colmcille

Ballymahon vs. Ballymore

Ardagh vs. Killoe

Intermediate Championship draw:

Group 1: Legan, Longford Slashers (2nd), Mostrim (2nd), Abbeylara (2nd)

Group 2: Grattan Óg, Kenagh, Dromard (2nd), Fr Manning Gaels (2nd)

Group 3: Killashee, Cashel, Killoe (2nd), Colmcille (2nd)

Group 4: Carrickedmond, Clonguish (2nd), Granard (2nd)

Top two teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals

Junior Championship draw:

Group 1: Shroid Slashers, Dromard (3rd), Ardagh (2nd), Clonguish (3rd)

Group 2: Forgney, Seán Connollys (2nd), Ballymahon (2nd), Fr Manning Gaels (3rd)

Group 3: Moydow Harpers, Kenagh (2nd), Cashel (2nd), Colmcille (3rd)

Group 4: Mullinalaghta (2nd), Carrickedmond (2nd), Killoe (3rd), Rathcline (2nd)

Top two teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on February 11, 2008, 09:24:41 PM
Senior Championship draw:

R1)
A: Rathcline v Dromard
Losers of A v St. Mary's
Longford Slashers v Abbeylara
Sean Connollys v Fr. Manning Gaels
Mostrim v Clonguish
Mullinalaghta v Colmcille :D
Ballymahon v Ballymore
Ardagh v Emmet Óg
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 11, 2008, 09:36:43 PM
Mullinalaghta v Colmcille :D

Something told me something like that would happen...

Enjoyed the Cahill and Duffy Show. Perhaps the Flake is angling for a job in RTÉ News as George Lee's understudy.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 12, 2008, 08:53:04 AM
Best bit was Cahill telling the whole of Longford that even a Dromard man can make a mistake. Don't think the flake was overly impressed.
As for the draw. To be honest I nearly have me fill of local derbies and teams that it would mean a little more to beat us than your average team but thems the breaks.
We've now had Ballymore,Dromard and Mullinalaghta in the 3 years. I assume it's the Connolly's next year just to close the set
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 12, 2008, 08:56:15 AM
Tha half-parish will be hard bate on the first day out!  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: OakLeaf on February 14, 2008, 10:27:31 AM
I've added a new Live Scores feature to GAA Radio. If you're at any Longford club games it'd be good if you could text score updates to 447624804328. This service is free for everyone to view at http://www.gaaradio.com/scores/liveScores.jsp . Thanks.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 14, 2008, 12:35:34 PM
Team for Sunday is that which finished against Dublin.
Berry out injured and Keenan still benched.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 14, 2008, 01:20:45 PM
Team for Leitrim:

Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Declan Reilly; Shane Mulligan, Arthur O'Connor, Noel Farrell; Paddy Dowd, Enda Farrell; David Barden, Paul Barden, Kevin Mulligan; Brian Kavanagh, Declan Farrell, Francis McGee.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 18, 2008, 03:31:06 PM
Any reports, other than cannibalism features, on the match?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 18, 2008, 04:13:17 PM
Any reports, other than cannibalism features, on the match?

Brady, Wee Dec, Dowd and the younger Barden all mentioned favourably in dispatches along with [whisper]McGee and Conefrey when he came on[/whisper].

Leitrim atrocious.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AhFeckRef on February 18, 2008, 07:15:35 PM
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Leitrim atrocious.

 :-\ Agree

So when is two hops not two hops.... Just curious!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 26, 2008, 01:22:30 PM
Laurel ...
I hear that ye're lads were staying in the Breaffy Sports Hotel over last weekend ... glad to see the Celtic Tiger is still alive and kicking  ;) ...... I'd like to be at our monthly meeting ,   if that was proposed !!!

 ye played Breaffy ...I have 3 cousins who play with them ....auld Longfordian was down at it aswell ..... think Christy Moore was playing in the vacinity last weekend
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 26, 2008, 05:21:42 PM
Laurel ...
I hear that ye're lads were staying in the Breaffy Sports Hotel over last weekend ... glad to see the Celtic Tiger is still alive and kicking  ;) ...... I'd like to be at our monthly meeting ,   if that was proposed !!!

Jazes, you are well informed - even I didn't know the name of the hotel :)

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ye played Breaffy ...I have 3 cousins who play with them ....auld Longfordian was down at it aswell ..... think Christy Moore was playing in the vacinity last weekend

I take it that a report has been furnished to the relevant authorities ahead of next Saturday's big game.

You can do nothing in this country without someone finding out.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 26, 2008, 11:14:30 PM
There was a Mayo swap last weekend.

As the Mullinalaghta lads went West some Mayo shower came East and played a challenge in Crippen Park in Edgeytown and then drank, or was that vice versa....not sure.

This 'bonding' must be great craic altogether.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 27, 2008, 08:58:07 AM
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You can do nothing in this country without someone finding out.

Jesus the Colmcille boys would want to start training soon..................acclimatisation weekends .....usually 2 or 3 months training done before they happen!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 27, 2008, 10:41:49 AM
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ye played Breaffy ...I have 3 cousins who play with them

I have loadsa cousins in those parts too (Keelogues/Balla), but I think they all play soccer.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 27, 2008, 12:57:18 PM
have many extended family members around Breaffy / Castlebar area .....

Laurel ...you have joined a long list of sporting organisations such as Munster rugby / Ireland U21s soccer etc who have enjoyed the maginificant facilities there .....( had a look in the window when I was down around the Christmas !!!) ...ye musnt be short of a few bob .....

cribben park is banished to memory ... we have our all singing all dancing prunty pitch in full working order .... Ryanair might be looking to develop our new pitch as its Midland Hub ..... pitch is a crazy size .....or maybe it just I cant get up and down it with the ease of years goneby !!!!  :)



Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 27, 2008, 01:12:57 PM
'Cribben' Park Longfordian  :o

Don't let Auld Longfordian hear you mispronounce the nickname of Hughie 'The Crippen' Devine.

Before your time I know but................
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 28, 2008, 12:11:25 PM
Team for Fermanagh..............

Longford: Damien Sheridan, Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Declan Reilly, Shane Mulligan, Arthur O’Connor, Noel Farrell, Liam Keenan (Capt), Enda Farrell, David Barden, Paul Barden, Paddy Dowd, Brian Kavanagh, Declan Farrell, Frankie McGee.

Subs Stephen Watters, Kevin Mulligan, Enda Williams, Padraig Berry, Jamesie Martin, Paddy McDonnell, Conor Casey, Cathal Conefrey, Sean McCormack, Peter Foy, Stephen Phillips, Paul Kelly and Aidan Rowan.


Do we have any insight on how bad the injury is that caused the change?
Will he be back for the first round of the club championship :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 29, 2008, 12:40:35 PM
Team for Fermanagh..............

Longford: Damien Sheridan, Dermot Brady, Diarmuid Masterson, Declan Reilly, Shane Mulligan, Arthur O’Connor, Noel Farrell, Liam Keenan (Capt), Enda Farrell, David Barden, Paul Barden, Paddy Dowd, Brian Kavanagh, Declan Farrell, Frankie McGee.

Subs Stephen Watters, Kevin Mulligan, Enda Williams, Padraig Berry, Jamesie Martin, Paddy McDonnell, Conor Casey, Cathal Conefrey, Sean McCormack, Peter Foy, Stephen Phillips, Paul Kelly and Aidan Rowan.

Do we have any insight on how bad the injury is that caused the change?

News to me about any injury. Keenan being back means that it's between our fella, Dowd and Declan Farrell as to who falls out of the bed when Luke says "roll over"...

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Will he be back for the first round of the club championship :D

We'll be thinking about the first round of Division 2 for the moment but that's a while off yet.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on March 03, 2008, 12:22:08 PM
I suppose seeing as I was at the game I may as well comment.
The game in general was very poor in my opinion. Longford were that bad it was hard to believe. At least half of the Fermanagh first half scores came from a Longford player giving away possession in his own half including the goal in the first minute.
There was no life to the team whatsoever.
The amazing thing was 1 that they were only 3 points down at half time and 2 that they had gotten back to a point with only a minute to go considering they had played nearly 20 minutes with 13 (they actually played better with 13 than 15!! which was still shite).
The 2 sendings off were deserved and were the height of stupidity particularly the second one.
On a individual basis I'll just comment on a few.
Dermot brady was behind his man from start to finish and I don't think won a single ball on his man.
Declan Reilly is completed wasted at corner back and I thought didn't look interested yesterday although he was down injured for a couple of minutes early on which might have contributed.
Arthur 'OConnor isnt good enough to be an intercounty CHB
Liam Keenan was mostly very poor although improved a bit as the game went on.
Paddy Dowd was attrocious from beginning to end. Playing CHF he managed to pass the ball directly to a Fermanagh man for a point on his own 21 early in the game and gradually got worse from there
David Barden looked far more like scoring (which he did twice) as a half back than a half forward
Declan Farrell just won't score enough despite how hard he works. Kicked a couple of poor efforts and then to avoid shooting (which was probably the right thing to do the way things were going) was passing what looked like nothing balls to fella's standing beside him. There did actually come 2 points of some of these passes but a lad with any confidence at all would probably kick the ball over the bar himself.
Francis McGee has this role going out the field when he's made his name at the edge of the square. He doesn't work hard enough or win enough loose ball to do this and his undoubted threat closer to the goals is lost.
Paul Barden was almost non existent.
Brain Kavanagh worked very hard but was mostly being marked by 2 players and needs more help.

And then to the incident that just turned me off the game completely.
I nor no one beside me could understand why Enda Farrell was taken off after 15 minutes. He wasn't even in the top 10 worst players on the Longford team at that point. He had 2 minutes earlier dropped a ball he was reversing back under and it just looked like it was any excuse to get him off. If ever a lads confidence is going to be destroyed then Demsey et al are going about it the right.

Anyway as Mr. Pain on the Cavan page says...................rant over!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 03, 2008, 12:29:32 PM
Jazes

Not even a crumb of comfort can be detected from you NL.

I am off to Newry on Sat week for the game v Down. Not travelling in confidence now.

Were all the players hungover from the hooley in Cashel (Martin Skelly new Leinster vice chair)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on March 03, 2008, 12:35:08 PM
The only crumb is that they were only beaten by a goal playing brutally. The performance was about 25% of the Dublin one. But I suppose how fermanagh do in subsequent games will tell a lot.
Don't know what sort of traiing they are doing but so many of them just looked dead on their feet from early on. Just grasping at straws with that one i think.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on March 14, 2008, 11:46:13 AM
Any sign of a team for tomorrow......or have we 15 available.
My sadistic 5 year old wants to go (and bring his 3 year old brother)!!!..............thinking of ironing all me clothes instead before standing out the back of the house naked for a couple of hours just to feel what a real March wind is all about.
Anyway don't hold much hope. I see Benny is back. One of our giant corner backs in for a long 70 minutes.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 14, 2008, 12:18:36 PM
Any sign of a team for tomorrow......or have we 15 available.
My sadistic 5 year old wants to go (and bring his 3 year old brother)!!!..............thinking of ironing all me clothes instead before standing out the back of the house naked for a couple of hours just to feel what a real March wind is all about.

Too late to follow our county stars' leads and get a ticket out to warmer climes?

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Anyway don't hold much hope. I see Benny is back. One of our giant corner backs in for a long 70 minutes.

No word yet that I can see. Luke fluting on on the radio yesterday about the great fighting spirit they had in the Fermanagh game - dunno if he meant Masterson and Mulligan  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 14, 2008, 01:40:07 PM
I hope, and intend, to be about a thousand miles away by the time this disaster ensues, though I'd appreciate if one of ye could text me the result please.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Mhic Easmuint on March 17, 2008, 09:58:46 PM

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Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on March 25, 2008, 04:48:47 PM
Vandalism in Ballinalee
I see someone has gone to great efforts to remove some fantastic signage from high up a tree on the Longford road out of Bal.
The said signage was an offering a wholehearteded good luck to the Colmcille GAA club for the forthcoming championship from one of its neighbouring clubs but amazingly said signage is now no longer in situ.
I don't know what the world is coming too when such gestures of peace and friendship just can't be left where they're put
I suppose it's a reflection on the youth of today ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 27, 2008, 02:54:17 PM
Vandalism in Ballinalee
I see someone has gone to great efforts to remove some fantastic signage from high up a tree on the Longford road out of Bal.
The said signage was an offering a wholehearteded good luck to the Colmcille GAA club for the forthcoming championship from one of its neighbouring clubs but amazingly said signage is now no longer in situ.
I don't know what the world is coming too when such gestures of peace and friendship just can't be left where they're put
I suppose it's a reflection on the youth of today ;D

Boo. Hiss.

Perhaps they took it down in case anyone got any ideas about the first round of this year's Championship ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 31, 2008, 12:00:01 AM
Well.

That's that then.

The knives are being sharpened.

Glad I didn't travel. Auld Shamrock said Longford today were a joke - and a bad one at that.

Will someone please think of the children.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: pedro on March 31, 2008, 12:05:24 AM
Well.

That's that then.

The knives are being sharpened.

Glad I didn't travel. Auld Shamrock said Longford today were a joke - and a bad one at that.

Will someone please think of the children.

Was thinking that myself SS. From the body language and attitude from the players I guess that Dempsey ha stayed a year or two too long?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 31, 2008, 01:55:40 AM
Well.

That's that then.

The knives are being sharpened.

Glad I didn't travel. Auld Shamrock said Longford today were a joke - and a bad one at that.

Will someone please think of the children.

Was thinking that myself SS. From the body language and attitude from the players I guess that Dempsey ha stayed a year or two too long?

Hmm.

I remember being told two years ago by one current player that Dempsey was "the worst manager that [he]'d ever encountered at club or county level" (and that would have included one or two right doozies). I was told this after one or two catastrophic League performances (Ballyshannon being the nadir). But then there was a transformation for the Championship game against Dublin, and although it would have been touch-and-go in that match's immediate aftermath, things were kept going on the qualifier run all the way to Killarney, and Dempsey (along with Rowley) was safe for the following year.

Last year, the League form was mediocre (only avoiding Division 4 on the last day of the League). However, we had the win over Westmeath in Pearse Park and a match in Portlaoise that we should have won but didn't. The warning signs were on display by the time of the Westmeath rematch in Cusack Park and Rowley's departure in its wake. There were definitely no signs of life from the team on that day and it was embarrassing to stand on the terrace looking at it.  The outgoing County Executive, though, managed to fix things to get Dempsey reappointed for this year, without having any discussion among the clubs.

This year has gone from a narrow defeat in the O'Byrne Cup final all the way down to yesterday's shambles. Dempsey should definitely be given the pearl-handled revolver (or its Carrickedmond equivalent) and told to do the decent thing ASAP. I do not want to hear him on the radio again moaning about how tough Division 3 is or the injustice of the Cooper Cup (a topic some of us warned about at the time). I don't want to hear anything further about him in connection with Longford, full stop. Let him build his media career elsewhere and at someone else's expense. Let somebody else - from within the county - try and turn this thing round enough in the next couple of weeks to save us from utter damnation.

Having said that, a good many of our county panellists need to take a good, long, hard look at themselves. Too many seem to be coasting on their 2006 reputations. There were a few brave attempts yesterday - I heard the names McDonnell, Reilly and Mulligan being mentioned favourably - but a lot of them don't seem to be trying very hard.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 31, 2008, 02:00:38 PM
The situation is probably beyond repair at the moment. I cannot see anything but 0 points in the last two games.

Agree totally with Laurel's views. However I cannot think of a man within the county to take over the reigns. Anyone in mind or is it a case of ABL?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 31, 2008, 04:18:44 PM
The situation is probably beyond repair at the moment. I cannot see anything but 0 points in the last two games.

Agree totally with Laurel's views. However I cannot think of a man within the county to take over the reigns. Anyone in mind or is it a case of ABL?

Offhand:

Declan Rowley to return (he seemed to be the work end of last year's management team, as opposed to the hot air and radio end)
Seán Hagan (Dromard - await sharp intake of breath from Billy and NL, but he has won a Co Championship with Kiltubrid in Leitrim)
Ciarán Fox (Seán Connollys - brought an unfancied and unremarkable team to the brink of a Senior final last year)

Else we're left with Eugene McCormack and Martin Skelly (presuming he can spare the time from organising the Longford Rose of Tralee ;) ).

Wouldn't see any of the above as being long-term solutions, at least for the moment - but we need something short-term (certainly before the Sligo match) before the thing disintegrates altogether.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on March 31, 2008, 04:27:49 PM
It's said that if Larry Cunningham plays The Londford Weaver on the ancient ivory trumpet of Londfordia, a hero will ride in on a trusty white steed and save the day.

Eugene McGee anyone?? :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 31, 2008, 08:35:22 PM
Sigh...

I remember being deeply pessimistic after the Donegal match back in 2006 (how badly did Donegal hammer them that night?) and feeling downright depressed with the stories in the background the week before the Dublin match.

Yet it was our best Championship run in my living memory.

Maybe Luke will wave his magic wand and things will turn round of their own accord in the next few matches.

Maybe.

But, Jases, it'll be a miracle worthy of canonisation if it happens. :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 01, 2008, 09:38:43 AM
Well, I have to say I'd always wondered what was going on with Lukie - any first-hand reports I'd had of him as a manager were, ahem, a shambles.  I'd heard on Friday last that the morale of the panel was very, very low - apparently there was a father and mother of a row after the O'Byrne Cup final, and it was never sorted out.  I've also heard that the re-appointment of Lukie's former assistant would not improve matters in the slightest.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 01, 2008, 11:44:27 AM
Well, I have to say I'd always wondered what was going on with Lukie - any first-hand reports I'd had of him as a manager were, ahem, a shambles.  I'd heard on Friday last that the morale of the panel was very, very low - apparently there was a father and mother of a row after the O'Byrne Cup final, and it was never sorted out.  I've also heard that the re-appointment of Lukie's former assistant would not improve matters in the slightest.   ::)

OK then, Hagan it is ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 01, 2008, 12:13:20 PM
To be honest Laureleye, it's probably time they tried to put a Longfordman in charge and (this is the critical bit) supported him while he was there.  I could live with Hagan if he was let get on with the job - unless of course he dispensed with players from any club but his own.  Can you take the swamp out of a critter?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on April 01, 2008, 01:08:26 PM
Dempsey should definitely be given the pearl-handled revolver (or its Carrickedmond equivalent) and told to do the decent thing ASAP. I do not want to hear him on the radio again moaning about how tough Division 3 is or the injustice of the Cooper Cup (a topic some of us warned about at the time). I don't want to hear anything further about him in connection with Longford, full stop. Let him build his media career elsewhere and at someone else's expense. Let somebody else - from within the county - try and turn this thing round enough in the next couple of weeks to save us from utter damnation.
Is this Dempsey or Maughan that you are talking about? Could really be either. Hopefully yer poor form dips below ours for Sunday week, ye can win all ye like after that. :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 01, 2008, 02:29:47 PM
OMS, we're almost certainly (after shipping a 13-point defeat) going down - Sligo are the least of our worries.  The championship game in May, that's another story.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 04, 2008, 09:41:48 AM
Has the axe fallen yet?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 04, 2008, 10:12:10 AM
Billy based on our new chairmans quotes in the Leader this week, an axe doesn't even exist.
I heard a story that due to the absence of the trainer at a session the week before the Louth game, the gaffer took training himself and after a bit of a warm up went hell for leather into a sprinting session and in the process injuring 4 of the panel including 3 of the starting team??!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 04, 2008, 11:35:33 AM
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Billy based on our new chairmans quotes in the Leader this week, an axe doesn't even exist.

He might be telling The Layder such things - but I believe his tune's very different 'off the air'.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 05, 2008, 08:53:31 PM
Good win for the minors today against Laois - 2-13 to 2-11.

Might as well lighten the gloom a little before the storm... :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 05, 2008, 09:27:31 PM
Good win indeed to be sure.

What nationalities are the players Laureleye - are there a few more 'South Longfords' that have been the norm of late?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 06, 2008, 01:06:41 AM
Good win indeed to be sure.

What nationalities are the players Laureleye - are there a few more 'South Longfords' that have been the norm of late?

Off the top of my head (I had a programme but don't have it to hand, so am refreshing the memory with the listed panel from the Layder):

Aiden Gray (Drumlish); Paul Devine (Longford Slashers), Fergal Battrim (Abbeylara), Aaron Quinn (Drumlish); Ruairi Barrins (Longford Slashers), Shane Mahon (Abbeylara), Colm E Smyth (Abbeylara); Kevin Diffley (Ballymahon), Pádraig Gill (Drumlish); Ronan McGoldrick (Killoe), Patrick Mullooly (Rathcline), Leon Doherty (Longford Slashers); J.J. Matthews (Mullinalaghta), Michael Quinn (Killoe), Colm P Smyth (Abbeylara)

Substitutes used: Conan Brady (Mullinalaghta) for Devine, Fergal Reilly (Drumlish) for CP Smyth.

Michael Quinn was top scorer with 1-7.

Other subs were: Ross Flaherty (Longford Slashers), Darren Rabbitte (Abbeylara), James Carroll, Fiachra Beirne, James Casey, Tony Mulligan (all Rathcline), Brian McLoughlin, James Farrell (both Mostrim), Kevin Reynolds (Clonguish), Kevin Farrell (Cashel/Killashee), Matt Clarke (Killoe), Conor Keegan (Ballymahon), Shane Powell (Ardagh), Conor Quaine (Carrickedmond), John Kavanagh (Ballymore)

You can figure out the answer to the South Longford Question from that, I think.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 06, 2008, 05:16:35 PM
Listening to the radio, there was a good performance in the second half after a sluggish start. Missing a few extra regulars but still able to rally things.

A draw against Sligo should be enough to ensure we stay up. The axe will remain sheathed at least until after the Championship.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 06, 2008, 11:50:55 PM
Good to see a few Rathclines in there.

My physche is still tormented by Shannon Gaels. U14 final. 1979. Marking Robbie Chalmers......... :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 07, 2008, 09:20:50 AM
Is the Mullinalaghta corner-forward any good? 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 07, 2008, 10:28:15 AM
Is the Mullinalaghta corner-forward any good? 

Handy enough.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 07, 2008, 12:31:41 PM
Is that all we get?  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 07, 2008, 01:14:11 PM
Is that all we get?  :P

Patience... Only another three months or so to go before the first round of the championship :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 07, 2008, 01:34:19 PM
Right so.  NL you better pay a trip to the Laurels for a gander at the new prodigy.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 07, 2008, 02:19:22 PM
Ah we're alright Billy, we have insiders planted already!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 07, 2008, 03:02:08 PM
Ah we're alright Billy, we have insiders planted already!

Or alternatively, yis haven't, but yis are just going to make us think yis have...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 07, 2008, 03:14:48 PM
Ah shure there are several half-parishers who want to rejoin the mainland.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 07, 2008, 03:32:43 PM
Laurel I'm sure there is a double bluff in there somewhere but I can't work it out!
We'll go over it in training tomorrow
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on April 14, 2008, 10:32:23 PM
How are yis fixed for Sunday lads? Go easy on us now please, you wouldn't want to put provincial champions into the wasteland of D4*?

* Assuming we don't both end up going there anyway!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 21, 2008, 02:30:59 PM
Anyone at the game yesterday. See lots on the Sligo team but wondering how the locals played or are we getting anywhere. Couldn't make it meself as our county board fixed a Bertie Allen game with Killoe for half 12 which didn't start till quarter to 1 and with Hughie in charge it was farily free flowing in all respects meaning it was 20 past 2 before we got showered and togged in. Would have been near half time before I would have gotten in so decided against.
A few regulars not playing, Dermot Brady, Noel Farrell, Kevin Mulligan etc and a few new lads in...how do we think the championship team is panning out?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 21, 2008, 02:57:10 PM
I don't think any of the regulars, for one reason or another, were at the game.

Did ye bate Killoe?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 21, 2008, 03:34:39 PM
Anyone at the game yesterday. See lots on the Sligo team but wondering how the locals played or are we getting anywhere. Couldn't make it meself as our county board fixed a Bertie Allen game with Killoe for half 12 which didn't start till quarter to 1 and with Hughie in charge it was farily free flowing in all respects meaning it was 20 past 2 before we got showered and togged in. Would have been near half time before I would have gotten in so decided against.
A few regulars not playing, Dermot Brady, Noel Farrell, Kevin Mulligan etc and a few new lads in...how do we think the championship team is panning out?

A bit puzzled by the match times myself. Our match started at 12.45 and was similarly, eh, free-flowing, although we were helped by the fact that the opposition only had 14 on the pitch in the first half. (They did manage a fifteenth man for the second half - although they failed to score for the thirty minutes.)

Brady and the older Mulligan came on in the second half and the younger Mulligan is back from his travels and was on the bench.

Guess as to the Championship team:

Sheridan; Brady, Masterson, N Farrell; S Mulligan, O'Connor, DC Reilly; Keenan, K Mulligan; Martin, P Barden, Berry; McGee, D Farrell, Kavanagh (though Dowd might start at midfield with the older Mulligan replacing Martin on the wing).

No word as to whether Kofi Annan has been dispatched to the Killashee end of Clonguish yet?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 21, 2008, 03:40:05 PM
Billy we did indeed which was good enough as we were not exactly at full strength. Came from 6 down at half time to win by one but there was a strong breeze. Hughie lets a level of agression go that most other refs don't. And I'm glad to say both teams got into the spirit of it!!!

Laurel would Dowd not make the 15 and is there any particual reason that so many regulars are not playing so close to the championship?

On Kofi's predicamant I would doubt if he is actually up to the job!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 21, 2008, 04:21:11 PM
Laurel would Dowd not make the 15 and is there any particual reason that so many regulars are not playing so close to the championship?

On further reflection, I'd expect Dowd to start at midfield and Kevin Mulligan on the wing. But Dowd had a number of poor performances during the league according to reports, which is what lead me to the idea that Mulligan might be played at midfield. At 6'0" he is one of the taller players on the team.

Kevin Mulligan's hamstring played up during the warm-up for the Limerick match and I suppose it would have been difficult to justify dropping Foy after the goal. Not sure what the problem was with Brady or Noel Farrell, but I suppose Masterson's medical situation might have explained why he didn't start.

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On Kofi's predicamant I would doubt if he is actually up to the job!

Ow...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 22, 2008, 10:46:44 AM
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On Kofi's predicamant I would doubt if he is actually up to the job!

Did ye hear that Bertie is going to work for Kofi, starting shortly - a trip to Clonguish might be his first (and last) task.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 24, 2008, 10:17:55 PM
I'd say send down Biffo to ease himself into the Teashop's job.

What better way to face Inda and the mob across the floor than a face-to-face with the Clonguishes and their upset garsuns
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 25, 2008, 09:12:02 AM
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upset garsuns

I thought there was only one, though he'd create enough ruckus for ten.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 25, 2008, 02:08:21 PM
This deserves a wider readership on the main board......don't ye think? (i've changed nothing)

RACE DAY '08: What a day at the Races for all Longford Gaels

What a Day! What an occasion! What a special memory for all!

Six years ago Martin Skelly and Seamus Ross - two great Longford Gaels - came up with an idea of a cooperate day at the races and lets be honest nobody in their wildest dreams could of imagined that six years later it would be the biggest cooperate event in the country. Wednesday the 23rd April will go down in the Irish History Books as Bertie Ahern’s last day in Dáil but in the History Books of Longford GAA it will go down as the biggest, best and most memorable fundraising event ever for Longford GAA.

From 10am in the morning “Punters” from Longford and indeed many corners of the world packed the Killashee House Pavilion for what was a whirlwind of top-class horsing racing and once again this year the day went off without one single problem and that is testament to Longford and Ireland’s most famous referee, John Bannon for his attention to detail in organising the event while on the day there was so many people that played their part in making a day none of us will forget for a long time to come and on the day Ted and Ruby Walsh offered their expert advice while Colm Murray and Robbie Irwin of RTÉ Sports acted as MC’s

On the day there was over 210 and tables and Longford County Board would like to sincerely thank who sold and indeed bought tickets and table and the various sponsors who put up fabulous prizes. Congratulations to Kathleen Pruny, who won the McNally Motors sponsored Toyota Yaris. And, finally, thanks to everybody who made the 6 Annual Flynn & O Flaherty Longford GAA Corporate Race Day a resounding success and the day’s activities ended with Busy Fingers entertaining all. SEE YOU ALL NEXT!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on April 25, 2008, 02:12:44 PM
The grammar, or lack of it. The exclamation marks. The spelling. The readability. Sheer Genius. Or should I say 'Sheer Genus!!!!!'.? :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 25, 2008, 02:43:32 PM
Welcome to Crayonland!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 27, 2008, 09:57:57 PM
I believe a peace deal has been struck whereby the Independent Republic of Clonguish and its rebel son have come back under the command of General Patricius Cahillous.

Expect the fruits of the negotiations to be on diplay on Sun week.

*move along now, nothing more to see here!*

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on April 28, 2008, 12:04:33 AM
that is testament to Longford and Ireland’s most famous referee, John Bannon
Did anybody tell Pat McEneaney this? Or is there an 'in' missing there?

A strange article, clearly no proof-readers being employed in those parts!

btw SS, what's that Clonguish business all about?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 28, 2008, 09:17:09 AM
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btw SS, what's that Clonguish business all about?

OMS, how do we put this without encouraging our neighbours? Hmmm.

Eh, there was a row, and eh, it was sorted out by a man more accustomed to starting than sorting.  And, eh, everything's, em, brilliant.  Will that do ye?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 28, 2008, 10:40:59 PM
OMS

One of the Clonguishes was taken off (unfairly in my opinion) in our game agin Down in the first half. After stewing on the bench he decided to "feck this", threw toys out of pram and headed to the dressing rooms. He then decided to leave the panel (being officially 'injured').

A few attempts at mediation ended up with a good few 'effs' and 'blinds' down the phone but sense has prevailed and the mercurial garsun will prob start agin Westmeath.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 08, 2008, 10:33:06 AM
Anyone know what the crack with the tickets for Sunday is.
Went down to the "Ticket" office yesterday and was told they had no stand tickets at all??? Was told the clubs would have some.
Spoke to the club secretary last night and she was told she was only being given 20 stand tickets??? One of the biggest clubs in the county only getting 20 stand tickets. Does anyone know how these are allocated. Surely the stand holds a few thousand people. How can the clubs only be getting 20 tickets for it?!?!?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: mattockranger on May 08, 2008, 02:49:06 PM

hi lads

Just doin a bit of spying for our minors  ;D who play yous down in pearse park on saturday?
How do the players rate to other years?
and do yous see any potential stars? we heard through th grapevine that the full forward line has some excellent talent

the two sides have played a challenge against each other early on in the year with your boys coming out on top
you've defeated laois and so did we
i think it will be a tight affair and should be a thoroughly enjoyable one in excellent settings!
(very envious of the development of pearse park compared to our shambles)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on May 09, 2008, 12:20:30 AM
NL

Auld Shore got the same guff. Rared up, effed and blinded and I believe that now, magically, a day later, myself, me brother and 3 chavvies are sorted.

Dunno what the story was. I assume the axis of power had done some sort of 'hold back' scheme for licks and others first and then released the remainder to the great unwashed.

Sorry Mattockranger - an exile so I am not in tune with the scene. The brother is well in there but the refixture suits cos of a star player has soccer committments as well and Sunday was a potential problem. God bless TV.

NL - as Billy is in France I hope to Jazes we pull off a miracle in a classic.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on May 12, 2008, 04:18:58 AM
Hey Laurel
 What about a report on the minor game esp the Mullinalaghta boys
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 12, 2008, 10:56:35 AM
Hey Laurel
 What about a report on the minor game esp the Mullinalaghta boys

Summary of a summary - team didn't play as well as they did the previous day against Laois, but were still comfortable enough winners, which is what counts in the end. Best for Longford on the day were probably Michael Quinn from Killoe at full-forward and Leon Doherty from Slashers in the half-forward line. J.J. Matthews was good as a corner-forward and Paddy the Cooper's lad came on as a sub towards the end.

Next match is vs Meath in Navan on the 7th July.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: mattockranger on May 12, 2008, 11:27:02 AM
minors were average think meath will have two much power

the goal was the defining moment in the game
Gill and Quinn
stars for the future especially quinn if he stay away from ground ball
fair play to ya's hope yous go all the way to leinster

seperate question?}do ya's put alot into underage work down there? good pedigree there and steady supply of players over the years

[/quote] Best for Longford on the day were probably Michael Quinn from Killoe at full-forward and Leon Doherty from Slashers in the half-forward line. [/quote]
leon doherty was centre back??  poor and a showman really insensed us  (the visiting crowd) with his play acting
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 12, 2008, 11:45:52 AM
minors were average think meath will have two much power

the goal was the defining moment in the game
Gill and Quinn
stars for the future especially quinn if he stay away from ground ball
fair play to ya's hope yous go all the way to leinster

seperate question?}do ya's put alot into underage work down there? good pedigree there and steady supply of players over the years

Reasonable emphasis. Development squads from under-14 up, etc.

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Best for Longford on the day were probably Michael Quinn from Killoe at full-forward and Leon Doherty from Slashers in the half-forward line.
leon doherty was centre back??

My mistake.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 12, 2008, 03:31:18 PM
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Reasonable emphasis. Development squads from under-14 up, etc.

I suppose the fact that both Moyne and Mels exist too means that most minors will probably get good quality colleges football during the winter too.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 12, 2008, 05:40:24 PM
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Reasonable emphasis. Development squads from under-14 up, etc.

I suppose the fact that both Moyne and Mels exist too means that most minors will probably get good quality colleges football during the winter too.

*cough*

There's also the County Vocational Schools' team, which has produced more county players over the last couple of years than Mel's has... :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 13, 2008, 09:43:39 AM
Are Mels and Moyne boarding schools? Back in the day when we played them, Moyne seemed to have a pile of Cavan and Monaghan lads, and Mels had lads from everywhere?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 13, 2008, 10:17:59 AM
Are Mels and Moyne boarding schools? Back in the day when we played them, Moyne seemed to have a pile of Cavan and Monaghan lads, and Mels had lads from everywhere?

Mel's had a boarding section until about 8(?) years ago - certainly in Billy and Shamrock's time - but would still take in players from neighbouring parishes in Leitrim and Roscommon. Dessie Dolan and Martin Flanagan are ex-students.

Moyne always has been a community school but it's located up at the tip of north Longford and has a lot of territory in Cavan and Leitrim in its catchment area (Arva, Killeshandra, Gowna, Cornafean, Carrigallen, Aghavas, Cloone, Gortletteragh) as well as Dromard, Drumlish and Colmcille. No Monaghans though.

All the schools in Longford are located close to the county borders so pull in people from outside. Granard was about 30% Cavan and 15% Westmeath in my time.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 13, 2008, 04:02:59 PM
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There's also the County Vocational Schools' team, which has produced more county players over the last couple of years than Mel's has.

Apologies Laureleye, you're probably right on that one.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 26, 2008, 04:05:57 PM
Big win over The Reich this weekend, I see.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 27, 2008, 08:48:45 AM
Not before time - what was the score?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 27, 2008, 09:00:24 AM
Twas 0-16 to 1-04 Billy and if I told you we were 0-04 to 0-01 down at half time you might be a little surprised but there was a wind that wound nearly blow you out of your standing!! We managed to kick 12 wides as well so possession wise it was a good day but they were very poor. Even with the gale we should have been ahead at half time, missed an open goal and a 21 yard free. Best performance of the year so far but we're still not getting anywhere near the level of some of last years championship matches.
And as performances go, I wandered up to Ballybrien on a glorious Saturday evening to watch a couple of our neighbours play out a local derby. Must say it was also a very one sided affair!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 27, 2008, 09:17:26 AM
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there was a wind that wound nearly blow you out of your standing!

It wouldn't have helped the master-race that it was on the top of a big f*cking hill either.  ;)

Crayonman has a win for Clonguish on Crayonsite - he must have gone home at half-time.  Any other scores from the weekend - I should know better than to rely on that clown.  He's probably busy setting up a Longford-style celebrity magazine, in the format of 'Hello' - he'll probably call it 'Well?'
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 27, 2008, 09:18:59 AM
Jaysus lads, ye have some amount of nicknames for clubs up there. I haven't a clue who you are talking about half the time. The half parish, the swamp critters, the Reich. The GAA will want to start printing these in programmes so we can keep up :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 27, 2008, 10:02:46 AM
Billy.....you should know better. You have a dig a little. Whats running across the home page is results from a week ago. In the results section you can find this weeks scores. Its obvious really!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2008, 12:26:27 PM
Jaysus lads, ye have some amount of nicknames for clubs up there. I haven't a clue who you are talking about half the time. The half parish, the swamp critters, the Reich. The GAA will want to start printing these in programmes so we can keep up :D

Swamp Critters = Dromard.
Half-parish = Mullinalaghta (other half is in Cavan - Gowna).
The Reich = Clonguish - so named after they announced after their second successive senior title in 2004 that they were going for five-in-a-row. They haven't been near a final since.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2008, 12:27:28 PM
Twas 0-16 to 1-04 Billy and if I told you we were 0-04 to 0-01 down at half time you might be a little surprised but there was a wind that wound nearly blow you out of your standing!! We managed to kick 12 wides as well so possession wise it was a good day but they were very poor. Even with the gale we should have been ahead at half time, missed an open goal and a 21 yard free. Best performance of the year so far but we're still not getting anywhere near the level of some of last years championship matches.
And as performances go, I wandered up to Ballybrien on a glorious Saturday evening to watch a couple of our neighbours play out a local derby. Must say it was also a very one sided affair!!

Good to see you're keeping a tight eye on us :) Not exactly sure why....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 27, 2008, 12:28:28 PM
The navigation on that mess is awful - if you look in the obvious places you haven't a hope, and I haven't the 'understanding' to find the places where I might find results.   ::)

Nice day in Bunlahy on Saturday - two weeks to the showdown with the half-parish?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 27, 2008, 12:30:27 PM
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Half-parish = Mullinalaghta (other half is in Cavan - Gowna).

On the old OS maps it's called Colmcille West - they should know their place and come back into the fold.  You'd never know, some of them might even get a game - in the Div6 team.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on May 27, 2008, 12:44:59 PM
Mostrim top of Division 2 aftet beating "3 of the division's weakest teams" according to some yahoo on Hoganshite.

Laureleye is not amused.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2008, 12:47:27 PM
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Half-parish = Mullinalaghta (other half is in Cavan - Gowna).

On the old OS maps it's called Colmcille West - they should know their place and come back into the fold.

Ehmm, we're the ones on the eastern side of the lake last time I checked.

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You'd never know, some of them might even get a game - in the Div6 team.

Well, at least they'd be playing on a Colmcille team that had some chance of winning something :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 27, 2008, 12:56:12 PM
Ahhh, isn't the run-up to the championship great all the same?

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Ehmm, we're the ones on the eastern side of the lake last time I checked.

Just checking you're awake, and haven't fallen asleep correcting scripts.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 27, 2008, 01:18:06 PM
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Good to see you're keeping a tight eye on us  Not exactly sure why....
We're meticulous ya know. Had the pleasure of being next to Jimmy the cooper and Terry McGovern.......they should have their own show!!!

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Well, at least they'd be playing on a Colmcille team that had some chance of winning something
Japers just when ya might need something to jiz the lads up ya could always use a quote from one of the Mullinalaghta's!!!! :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2008, 01:49:47 PM
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Good to see you're keeping a tight eye on us  Not exactly sure why....
We're meticulous ya know. Had the pleasure of being next to Jimmy the cooper and Terry McGovern.......they should have their own show!!!

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Well, at least they'd be playing on a Colmcille team that had some chance of winning something
Japers just when ya might need something to jiz the lads up ya could always use a quote from one of the Mullinalaghta's!!!! :D

If yis get any more jizzing up after last weekend, yis'd be hyperactive. I'm sure yis are quaking in your boots...

One-sided Saturday may have been, but if we keep picking up injuries at this rate we might be calling Johnny Hand and Mickey Duffy into service for June 15th.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 27, 2008, 02:07:01 PM
Yis are lucky the cooper wasn't playing so, there'd have been a few more "out here with me" as the sayin goes!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2008, 02:15:03 PM
Yis are lucky the cooper wasn't playing so, there'd have been a few more "out here with me" as the sayin goes!!

Given that the Ballymore leading lights are off sowing winter barley in computerised tractors, both Coopers could yet get a call-up before the Championship is over if they have their boots. At least it mightn't take them 52 minutes to score a point.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 27, 2008, 03:18:21 PM
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if they have their boots
Some buck of a playing age went past him.....obviously from Ballymore and the cooper reckoned he didn't need boots, he'd be as goodas what was out there with his shoes so thats that sorted.........to the dismay of the young wan with him the conversation between the cooper and Terry quickly changed to the new kind of playing he was obviously at..........it got better from there. Suffice to say the pair of young wans moved on down the line pretty promptly!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
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Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 02, 2008, 02:45:38 PM
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Good to see you're keeping a tight eye on us  Not exactly sure why....

Four goals at the weekend, the heads must be bursting at this stage.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 02, 2008, 07:37:23 PM
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Good to see you're keeping a tight eye on us  Not exactly sure why....

Four goals at the weekend, the heads must be bursting at this stage.   :P

The result says more about the state that Kenagh have sunk to than anything about us.

I believe one Longford Slasher member of the county panel has headed stateside. Tournament match in the Heart of Darkness this afternoon - most entertaining aspect was probably the many and various ways in which Cavan failed to score goals.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 02, 2008, 08:12:53 PM
I never knew Legga was called Párc na nGael before - it makes sense, in the context of the sort of fellahs me oul lad used to call 'fíor gaels'.

An amusing Bank Holiday so, Laureleye?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 02, 2008, 09:44:21 PM
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believe one Longford Slasher member of the county panel has headed stateside. Tournament match in the Heart of Darkness this afternoon - most entertaining aspect was probably the many and various ways in which Cavan fail

I assume thats Paul Kelly who wasn't there today. Thought the Mullinalaghta contingent may have been gone also as they didn't appear today either!!!

A few other noticeable things about today. Longford in the space of a 15 minute half time break changed there whole approach which they have been using for the last 3 years. Were they copying Cavan.......it actually worked to a certain degree.
Also is it possible that McGee could have a bigger chip on his shoulder than young Barden. I'm not actually sure why he togged out today because he certainly had no interest in being there.
Was chating to Deco before the game and he reckoned we had only 18 togged!! Sombody must have given out to him at half time he certainly upped his performance in the second half. Would also say I was impressed with Waters in the goals. All in all 1-19 was a good score considering these boys haven't seen each other since the Westmeath game......of course 1-16 was a lot to concede!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 03, 2008, 09:53:03 AM
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Would also say I was impressed with Waters in the goals.

That's good news for all of us.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 03, 2008, 11:03:17 AM
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believe one Longford Slasher member of the county panel has headed stateside. Tournament match in the Heart of Darkness this afternoon - most entertaining aspect was probably the many and various ways in which Cavan fail

I assume thats Paul Kelly who wasn't there today.

That would be correct. I was informed of a rumour later on last night that there might be another departure westwards in another few weeks before the qualifiers, but it wouldn't affect the club scene and it's only a rumour in any case.

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Thought the Mullinalaghta contingent may have been gone also as they didn't appear today either!!!

Ah, the dirty rub....

Well now, you weren't observing as closely as you might have been or you'd have seen one of them in the dugout. Not togged out, but there anyway. Maybe you didn't recognise him without the smig.

The other fella was spotted moving cattle later in the evening but I don't believe he was in Legga.

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A few other noticeable things about today. Longford in the space of a 15 minute half time break changed there whole approach which they have been using for the last 3 years. Were they copying Cavan.......it actually worked to a certain degree.
Also is it possible that McGee could have a bigger chip on his shoulder than young Barden. I'm not actually sure why he togged out today because he certainly had no interest in being there.
Was chating to Deco before the game and he reckoned we had only 18 togged!!

We had no-one to do a kick-around at half-time anyway. I think there might have been a number of soreish heads, but that would only have been an impression that I might have gotten from a casual remark from someone who wasn't togged out if you understand what I mean.

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Sombody must have given out to him at half time he certainly upped his performance in the second half. Would also say I was impressed with Waters in the goals. All in all 1-19 was a good score considering these boys haven't seen each other since the Westmeath game......of course 1-16 was a lot to concede!!

I'm sure they've seen each other on the field - just not on the same side. Off the field I couldn't possibly comment.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 03, 2008, 11:09:01 AM
I never knew Legga was called Párc na nGael before - it makes sense, in the context of the sort of fellahs me oul lad used to call 'fíor gaels'.

An amusing Bank Holiday so, Laureleye?

Sort of.

Got drenched on Saturday evening in the Laurels. The rain was so heavy even the midges had to get out their umbrellas. I have a nice cough as a souvenir.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 03, 2008, 11:29:02 AM
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Got drenched on Saturday evening in the Laurels.

Sun was splitting the stones all day in Boots-land: 24C all day, though I was told it spilled rain on the other side of the lake on Saturday too.  For punishment, I worked all day yesterday.  Not as bad a punishment as traipsing down to Legga though.   :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 09, 2008, 04:25:04 PM
Well men, what are the predictions for next weekend, and the start of the feast of football?

(i) Rathcline -v- Dromard  Pearse Park 14/06/2008 18:00 Aidan Dowler   
(ii) Longford Slashers -v- Abbeylara  Pearse Park 14/06/2008 19:30 Derek Fahy   
(iii) Mostrim -v- Clonguish  Pearse Park 15/06/2008 18:00 Michael O Brien   
(iv) St Columbas -v- Colmcille  Pearse Park 15/06/2008 19:30 John Bannon

(i) Swamp Critters look too strong here, sadly.
(ii) Townies could be pushing all the way this year, and should have too much for Abbey.
(iii) The Reich are not going very well, could be a surprise here.
(iv) Not going here, hopefully we can trigger a mass exodus stateside from the other side of the lake.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 09, 2008, 04:48:08 PM
 
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(i) Swamp Critters look too strong here, sadly.       ..................agreed, far too strong
(ii) Townies could be pushing all the way this year, and should have too much for Abbey..........I'd agree but with Paul kelly and Stephen Philips both supposed to be out I'd say it will be very tight...
(iii) The Reich are not going very well, could be a surprise here..............Still think Clonguish will win with a few to spare
(iv) Not going here, hopefully we can trigger a mass exodus stateside from the other side of the lake.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 09, 2008, 06:28:19 PM
(iv) Not going here, hopefully we can trigger a mass exodus stateside from the other side of the lake.  :P

Agree completely, hopefully we can trigger a mass exodus stateside from the other side of the lake. :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 10, 2008, 11:28:33 AM
clean bill of health to report from on our end ..... our centre back will be flying in from Germany ...where he's on work placement and our centre half forward is making the long trek from Liverpool ...where hes also on work placement .....

we'll want to be at our best to beat the Reich ! ....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 10, 2008, 12:47:52 PM
Longfordian, I think they are beatable but I still believe they are capable of winning the championship as well. They are not as bad as the score against us would make them appear. Brendan Burke and Enda Williams were missing and they are the mainstay of their defence. Without them their backs are weak but adding 2 good players will strengthen that a good bit although I don't think Burke has played much football this year so I'm not even sure if he will be playing at the weekend. Added to that in Declan Reilly we have one of the few backs inthe county capable of getting the better of Paul Barden which puts a huge whole in their attack. The league game with us was strange in that it was a lovely sunny day with an 80 mile an hour wind blowing straight down the field. Thye played with it in`the first half and we dominated midfield so they were only 04 to 01 ahead. (On a calm day we would have been 5 or 6 points up). We had levelled about 6 or 7 minutes into the second half and about 10 minutes later they gave up completely and it was nothig more than shooting practice. All they got in the second half was a goal with about 5 minutes to go. I saw Jack Lynn there and its probably the worst game he could have watched. I put much more into the fact that they are the only team to beat the Conollys and Ballymahon.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 10, 2008, 04:10:43 PM
North Longford .....
Yes I agree with you , if you dominate at midfield against them ... you will more than likely get the upper hand against them . I dont too many read this , so dont think I'll be giving away tactics !! ....but the elder Dowd wouldnt be the most mobile in the world .... so we will be looking to exploit this on kickouts and general play at midfield ....

I also agree with you that it was the worst possible game for him to watch ....and they will be a far different team on Sunday .... but we have are playing reasonably well ( albeit guaging that from playing Div 2) ...we have a reasonably young and quick team (obviously that doesnt include yours truely !!) . Like I said , we have the potential to beat them , Sunday will tell !!

How are ye fixed for Sunday North ..... ? ....and Laurel has the injury to the eldest Mulligan cleared up ?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 10, 2008, 04:31:14 PM
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How are ye fixed for Sunday North ..... ?
...don't think I'll  be answering that  :-X.......but it could be a little better

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and Laurel has the injury to the eldest Mulligan cleared up ?
...and I'm certian he won't answer that ...unless he is going to lie  ;D


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the elder Dowd wouldnt be the most mobile in the world

totally agree, terrible against us and taken off in the middle of the second half and we didn't have the most mobile guy in the world on him. They ended up going with P Barden to midfield which is a completely different proposition  but it robs their forwards a bit.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 10, 2008, 10:40:28 PM
How are ye fixed for Sunday North ..... ? ....and Laurel has the injury to the eldest Mulligan cleared up ?

You'll find that out on Sunday at 7.30. No spoilers.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 11, 2008, 08:45:45 AM
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You'll find that out on Sunday at 7.30. No spoilers.

Its ok Laurel, the word has filtered across the lake that every county player from the age of 18 to 48 in Mullinalaghta is either injured or unavailable next Sunday. We're getting bombarded with this useful information from all angles.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 11, 2008, 12:23:33 PM
havent we our game faces on very early in the week  :D.....





Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 11, 2008, 12:55:24 PM
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You'll find that out on Sunday at 7.30. No spoilers.

Its ok Laurel, the word has filtered across the lake that every county player from the age of 18 to 48 in Mullinalaghta is either injured or unavailable next Sunday. We're getting bombarded with this useful information from all angles.

I won't swear to the 48-year-olds....

...all I'll say is that if you're male, able to stand up, and out in the open anywhere between Mullinroe Cross and the Scrabby Bridge on Sunday you're likely to be handed a pair of boots.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 12, 2008, 09:14:24 AM
Does this mean we'll see you in the Maroon and White Laureleye, or will you be keeping the head down?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 12, 2008, 01:37:28 PM
Does this mean we'll see you in the Maroon and White Laureleye, or will you be keeping the head down?

They're paying me to stay out of the way until after the throw-in... :P

(I'll be in consultations with the GPA as to the appropriate level of "expenses" required.)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 13, 2008, 12:56:50 PM
Seemingly Mostrim have never bayten Clonguish in the Championship since records started being kept by Tommy O'Brien (RIP) in 1876.

Will that change on Sunday? As I am so long away from the local scene I can't give an assessment of our chances.

Do we have someone to get a rise out of David Barden?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 13, 2008, 01:30:39 PM
auld Shore has been keeping careful eye on our preparations for the last couple of weeks ..... cycles in every evening we're out ! ....

final preparations tonight ...... to be honest Shamrock ...we'd want to be at our very best Sunday ..... have the forwards to hurt them ...its how much we can restrict theirs .......



Shamrock ....have you any info on the potential team line up for the game after ours ..... as info has been at a premium from North and Laurel
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 13, 2008, 02:55:07 PM
auld Shore has been keeping careful eye on our preparations for the last couple of weeks ..... cycles in every evening we're out ! ....

final preparations tonight ...... to be honest Shamrock ...we'd want to be at our very best Sunday ..... have the forwards to hurt them ...its how much we can restrict theirs .......



Shamrock ....have you any info on the potential team line up for the game after ours ..... as info has been at a premium from North and Laurel

If we knew, we'd tell you...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 15, 2008, 06:58:13 PM
Mostrim being mauled by Clonguish

2-07 to 0-02 at half time.

It ended

Clonguish 3-13
Mostrim 2-05

Ouch  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 15, 2008, 08:58:19 PM
Another Ouch

Colmcille 2-10
St. Columbas 0-05

 :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 15, 2008, 11:11:11 PM
Another Ouch

Colmcille 2-10
St. Columbas 0-05

 :-[

Disappointing for us in that a penalty and an "own point" went in in the last two minutes of stoppage time to put an unrespectable look on it. Having said that, we only managed one point in the entire second half and there were a lot of wayward passes coming out of defence. When we were only 1-5 to 0-4 down at half time, I was allowing myself the occasional moment of stunned semi-optimism (not enough to start thinking about a first Senior Championship win since 1952, but nevertheless there was the flicker of hope for a shock result). In comparison with what I was expecting before the throw-in, 11 points is at the better end of the range.

Congratulations and best of luck to Colmcille. The qualifier draw next weekend awaits us.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 16, 2008, 09:02:10 AM
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flicker of hope
There was more than a flicker where I was standing. Final score is a big injustice to Mullinalaghta. Colmcille were very poor, the only thing that saved us was that our backs were decent and so was Enda Farell but from there to 15 you'd imagine we'd just been introduced to each other. Only thing is 3 of the forwards have missed a good bit of training recently with injury (hence my " could be better" comment last week) but it still doesn't excuse the inabilty to do anything remotely resembling combined play. If Mullinaghta could get Kevin Mulligan back they could still cause an upset along the line, just might struggle to get the scores but there are certainly worse teams in the senior championship and I hope yee at least get the win to keep yee in it next year and yee can build with some of the good young players.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 16, 2008, 09:10:52 AM
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Final score is a big injustice to Mullinalaghta.

I believe Mullinalaghta were without a lot of key players too.  Well, at least the wagon keeps rolling on, for the moment.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 16, 2008, 09:26:51 AM
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I believe Mullinalaghta were without a lot of key players too.  Well, at least the wagon keeps rolling on, for the moment.

I believe quite a few of them came on....some very early but Laurel could confirm this. It certainly didn't help their cause starting without them.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 16, 2008, 09:56:52 AM
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It certainly didn't help their cause starting without them.

What was that all about?  Saving them for more important games???
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 16, 2008, 10:13:50 AM
Again I can't answer for them but I know the county minor thing is a little issue at the moment. Something along the lines of they're not supposed to play but they haven't been told not to play but they shouldn't play but they can play if they want to sort of thing!! Shane Mulligan starting to warm up after about 5 minutes I can't answer. He didn't seem particularly worse for wear when he came on but I'm sure he would have started if demed fit enough.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 16, 2008, 10:43:59 AM
Is Kevin Mulligan still injured since the Westmeath game?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 16, 2008, 11:07:27 AM
The county minors had been told not to play (or it had been implied to them that they had a choice between playing with their clubs and playing with the county) but then on Friday night the county management relented and said that they could play as long as they didn't play the full match. JJ Matthews would not be 100% and I see that the pondlife at Hoganstand are taking a pop at us for him playing.

Shane Mulligan had had an eye operation the week before last and was not supposed to play for three weeks after it. He togged out and came on - at his own insistence - but wouldn't have been at full form - he got a knock from a collision with another Mullinalaghta player during the match so we were worried about keeping him on.

Our regular goalkeeper tore a thigh muscle during a league match against Ballymore, and wasn't able to play or tog out. Kevin Mulligan's ankle (the "other" ankle) still isn't sorted.

We also had injury worries about a couple of the players who started, so expectations among the support would have been very low beforehand, not that I was going to announce that in public. It was less a "game face" than a brave one.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 16, 2008, 11:32:26 AM
When are the 'backdoor' games scheduled Laureleye, are ye likely to have a good pop at it this year, or will ye be able to keep a full panel, with the draws of the cheap dollar?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 16, 2008, 11:36:47 AM
When are the 'backdoor' games scheduled Laureleye, are ye likely to have a good pop at it this year, or will ye be able to keep a full panel, with the draws of the cheap dollar?

The draw for them is next Sunday evening.

I don't expect any American departures, but our "impact" forward is getting married next weekend and will be away for a number of weeks on honeymoon.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 17, 2008, 10:59:59 AM
"Wins for Dromard, Slashers, Mostrim & Colmcille in Championship"

Note the deliberate mistake in Crayonland headline!   ::)  Come on Edgerstown!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 17, 2008, 11:05:06 AM
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However the visual components of the game are unlikely to trouble Ciaran Brady.

Can anyone translate the above Crayonese for me - I realise it's probably not Crayonman's expertise here, but he seems to have passed the mantle successfully.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 17, 2008, 11:34:00 AM
I think most of the reports on there now come from the Longford news school of journalism. Certificates in this can be obtained through doing a 5 minute course with a well known local photographer.
Think he's trying to say the lads aren't as good looking as Jack Charltons new team.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 18, 2008, 12:24:22 PM
I think most of the reports on there now come from the Longford news school of journalism. Certificates in this can be obtained through doing a 5 minute course with a well known local photographer.
Think he's trying to say the lads aren't as good looking as Jack Charltons new team.

From the previews:

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Ballymahon v Ballymore, Pearse Park, June 22, 6pm

One would think an easy victory for Ballymahon should be on the cards, with Ballymore’s efforts not helped through the unavailability of Bernard McElvaney, who is still “down under”. Ballymahon playing divison one standard football should be playing a higher standard of football, although division two is very competitive this year.

Ballymahon will be relying on Mark Connor for the all important scores, where he will be assisstd by Trevor Smullen, who is also in charge of training his charges this year. County minor captain Kevin Diffley will be a severe loss to the south Longford club as he proven over the past two years that he is well capable of performing on the senior stage.

Damien Monaghan and Kenny Duffy will be the dangermen for the Ballymahon rearguard to mind while in defence Sean Donohue and John Brennan could be given the tricky task of watching Ballymahon’s attacking force.

Ballymahon should have enough fire power to overcome their north Longford opponents with a few points to spare. Ballymore may be have a relegation battle on their hands as they may struggle without their county star.

It will be an impressive achievement for Damien Monaghan to be the dangerman for Ballymore - he's in Australia along with the two McElvaneys.

But then Derek Smyth was mentioned as being one of Abbey's main potential performers last week - in spite of the fact that he'd headed Stateside the previous week.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 18, 2008, 01:13:03 PM
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Trevor Smullen, who is also in charge of training his charges this year.

I wonder will he instruct them to 'charge', as the famous Tom Donoghue once did, famously on a famous occasion.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 19, 2008, 09:21:44 AM
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I think most of the reports on there now come from the Longford news school of journalism. Certificates in this can be obtained through doing a 5 minute course with a well known local photographer.
Think he's trying to say the lads aren't as good looking as Jack Charltons new team.


I'm aghast to say that on reviewing this weeks laeder the blame for this rubbish needs to be reapportioned to Padraig O'Briens understudy. Apologies to all those in the Longford News who I wrongly blamed.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 19, 2008, 12:46:56 PM
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Brian Kavanagh who will be a seriously loss to the Ardagh club

A few gems in the previews alright this week.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 19, 2008, 05:20:20 PM
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I think most of the reports on there now come from the Longford news school of journalism. Certificates in this can be obtained through doing a 5 minute course with a well known local photographer.
Think he's trying to say the lads aren't as good looking as Jack Charltons new team.


I'm aghast to say that on reviewing this weeks laeder the blame for this rubbish needs to be reapportioned to Padraig O'Briens understudy. Apologies to all those in the Longford News who I wrongly blamed.

I wouldn't worry. I'm sure there are plenty of other atrocities that they have committed.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 23, 2008, 09:20:44 AM
I see there were no major surprises in Pearse Park this weekend - any craic?

How did Rathcline get two 'bites at the cherry', as they say?  They must be very, very poor indeed - does this mean they get no 'back-door' attempt?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 23, 2008, 10:05:45 AM
They do indeed. There is a preliminary round and its the second year ina row they were in it. The draws were made for second round proper and Qualifiers as follows

Round 2: Dromard v Clonguish, St. Mary's v Colmcille, Emmet Óg v Longford Slashers, Fr. Manning Gaels v Ballymahon

Qualifiers: Sean Connolly's a bye, Mostrim v St. Columba's, Abbeylara v St. Patrick's, Ballymore v Rathcline


Not sure how Conolly's manage to get a bye when Ratchline are on their 3rd game tho. Just don't remember anyone getting a bye before but could have been the case.

Nice to see another GAAboard derby in the pipeline.....nice bit of local rivalry also.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 23, 2008, 10:16:42 AM
They do indeed. There is a preliminary round and its the second year ina row they were in it. The draws were made for second round proper and Qualifiers as follows

Round 2: Dromard v Clonguish, St. Mary's v Colmcille, Emmet Óg v Longford Slashers, Fr. Manning Gaels v Ballymahon

Qualifiers: Sean Connolly's a bye, Mostrim v St. Columba's, Abbeylara v St. Patrick's, Ballymore v Rathcline


Not sure how Conolly's manage to get a bye when Ratchline are on their 3rd game tho. Just don't remember anyone getting a bye before but could have been the case.

Nice to see another GAAboard derby in the pipeline.....nice bit of local rivalry also.

Only 7 teams in the qualifiers so someone had to get a bye. If Connollys lose their match against whatever second round loser they're drawn against, they go into the relegation playoffs though.

I don't think Rathcline will complain too much about the draw. If they can't beat a team that improved when its 43-year-old trainer brought himself on as a substitute last night, then they may as well go home.

Our main impact forward is off on his honeymoon for five weeks and I'm not sure how restrictive an attitude the county minor management will have in regard to players lining out with their clubs next weekend. Kevin Diffley played the whole match with Ballymahon last night and Michael Quinn came on as a sub for Killoe. Shane Mulligan will probably be able to play for the whole match though - no ill-effects after last Sunday. The Ankle, on the other hand, is unlikely to play. Overall, I wouldn't expect us to be any stronger, and possibly even a bit weaker than we were against ye.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 23, 2008, 11:35:01 AM
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There is a preliminary round and its the second year ina row they were in it.

Now this I don't understand - if there was a preliminary round (Rathcline -v- Swamp Dwellers), and the winner got into Round 2 (with the losers getting another whack at Round 1), then it couldn't really be described as a preliminary round, rather a 'preferred-loser' first round match.  I'm not sure if I was from Ballymore, Mullinalaghta, Edgytown, Connollys etc., I'd be very pleased about this.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 23, 2008, 05:03:08 PM
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There is a preliminary round and its the second year ina row they were in it.

Now this I don't understand - if there was a preliminary round (Rathcline -v- Swamp Dwellers), and the winner got into Round 2 (with the losers getting another whack at Round 1), then it couldn't really be described as a preliminary round, rather a 'preferred-loser' first round match.  I'm not sure if I was from Ballymore, Mullinalaghta, Edgytown, Connollys etc., I'd be very pleased about this.

Speaking personally, I'm more concerned about what happens if we don't win on Saturday evening. Anything else is academic...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 27, 2008, 12:43:47 AM
For old time's sake Laureleye a €5 bet.

i.e. if Mostim lose I will buy some Mullinaghta lotto tickets.

ergo the opposite.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 27, 2008, 01:55:36 AM
For old time's sake Laureleye a €5 bet.

i.e. if Mostim lose I will buy some Mullinaghta lotto tickets.

ergo the opposite.

I imagine that the Shore inheritance is probably pretty safe based on current expectations.

How much is your Lotto at the moment? <checking pockets for any stray pieces of fluff, bus tickets, Malawian coins, etc.>

;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 27, 2008, 08:51:48 AM
I'm almost tempted to load up the car for Smiler Fay Park on Saherdah - almost.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 27, 2008, 11:24:06 PM
I'm almost tempted to load up the car for Smiler Fay Park on Saherdah - almost.  :P

Only if you want to be responsible for a set of traumatised Bootees. :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 28, 2008, 09:47:51 AM
Bets are on. I think it has to be €6 or €4 as each in-vil-ope is €2 in Mostrim. Not sure about Mullinalaghta. Make it 3 entries (oo'er Mrs)


Shore senior at a wedding in Mayo so won't be at the game of the season in Smiler Fay Park. We'll exchange winnings in the near future or perhaps in Naaaaaaaaaaavan next Saherday. Perhaps, Billy, that would be a better place to bring yon Slipper instead of Smiler Fay Park.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 29, 2008, 12:10:08 PM
Mostrim 3-15 Mullinalaghta 1-8

 :-[

A bad penalty decision didn't help and getting our full-back sent off midway through the second half for a second yellow definitively sunk us, but we were lifeless for most of the match. None of the effort or determination that were on display against Colmcille. Gutted.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 29, 2008, 04:51:00 PM
agree with you on the penalty decision , one of the softest I ever seen given , our man involved couldnt believe it when it happened , he was running back into position as he presumed it was a free out !.... our half forward line played very well ...the cousin and Seamus Hannon worked their socks off and got in some great tackles ...
Restored a little pride after the walloping we took v Clonguish ....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 30, 2008, 11:22:03 AM
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None of the effort or determination that were on display against Colmcille

This now seems to be the thing to do I'm afraid...........you'd want to have seen the Connolly's on Friday night........lucky 3 or 4 of their sideline aren't in Hospital with strokes and heart attacks and the like
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 30, 2008, 11:54:29 AM
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None of the effort or determination that were on display against Colmcille

This now seems to be the thing to do I'm afraid...........you'd want to have seen the Connolly's on Friday night........lucky 3 or 4 of their sideline aren't in Hospital with strokes and heart attacks and the like

Wouldn't have been looking for anything extraordinary - but every match between ourselves and Mostrim over the last few years has been close - a couple of points either way - being on the receiving end of a 13-point margin is a sickener.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 02, 2008, 01:04:47 PM
Weekend's Fixtures

Abbeylara -v- St Patricks  Devine Park 06/07/2008 14:45 Frank Toher Qualifier Rd. 1 
Hard to call, Ardagh should probably have a bit more to offer, Abbey on a bad run.

Dromard -v- Clonguish  Pearse Park 05/07/2008 18:00 John Bannon 2nd. Round
Aaaargh, can they both not lose?  Swampies I s'pose in clash of the round.

St Marys -v- Colmcille  Pearse Park 05/07/2008 19:30 Michael O Brien 2nd. Round 
Neither of these two lighting up the skies presently.  Would hope Colmcille would win with something left in the tank.  Who knows?

Emmet Og -v- Longford Slashers  Pearse Park 06/07/2008 18:00 Eugene Murtagh 2nd. Round
I'd be thinking that Slashers fancy themselves this year, though Killoe will always be a tough prospect. 

Fr Manning Gaels -v- Ballymahon  Pearse Park 06/07/2008 19:30 Mick Doherty 2nd. Round
Not sure that either will be troubling the engravers this year, will go for Ballymahon here.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 02, 2008, 01:17:08 PM
Weekend's Fixtures

Abbeylara -v- St Patricks  Devine Park 06/07/2008 14:45 Frank Toher Qualifier Rd. 1 
Hard to call, Ardagh should probably have a bit more to offer, Abbey on a bad run.

They've beaten the Swampies and the Townies in their last two league matches. Would expect them to win at a gallop.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 02, 2008, 01:25:14 PM
I suppose they've also the motivation of 'sticking it' to the, ahem, lost sheep.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 02, 2008, 02:12:58 PM
I suppose they've also the motivation of 'sticking it' to the, ahem, lost sheep.

Just to make it clear, it's Abbey who I expect to win this one at a gallop.

The "lost sheep" is unlikely to poke his nose inside Pearse Park except in a playing capacity on the 19th (if he has no more urgent engagements at the time).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 02, 2008, 02:38:29 PM
Abbey easily enough I'd say
Sneaky feeling for Clonguish....recent results have been good in the league
Who knows
Actually think this will be very tight. Killoe may win this
Ballymahon easily enough
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 03, 2008, 10:01:37 AM
All peace and tree hugging in Longford as teams start sharing facilities.

The Granards are playing their 'home' games and doing their training in Crippen Devine Park whereas Ardagh have decamped to Moran Park in Carrickedmond. This is because of re-seeding work etc in their pitches.

Wouldn't have had that in my day, bejazes.

If Colmcille ever get around to flatten out the rabbit holes will they be on the phone to The Swampies or would they head to Cavan or even look to Killoe or (God forbid) the other side of the parish?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 03, 2008, 11:28:14 AM
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If Colmcille ever get around to flatten out the rabbit holes will they be on the phone to The Swampies or would they head to Cavan or even look to Killoe or (God forbid) the other side of the parish?

Shamrock you need to take wee trip down to the all new Fr McGee Park.....................

http://colmcille.longford.gaa.ie/photos.html

Look down through the page this opens and indeed we had many friends during our 2 years of nomadism, including most generously Mullingalaghta, Shroid, Gowna, Killoe, Ballinalee, Dromard, Longford RFC, Drumlish and there could have been more........jeez thay were fun times!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 03, 2008, 12:06:28 PM
Good man NL.

Shows you how up-to-date I am  :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 03, 2008, 01:26:04 PM
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many friends during our 2 years of nomadism

Are some of those pictures taken in the leafy glades of Colmcille East?  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 03, 2008, 03:29:23 PM
Believe it or not they are all in Colmcille but we are making valiant attempt to recreate teh atmosphere of the Laurels!!
Them trees have a bit of growing to do yet!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 03, 2008, 05:35:57 PM
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many friends during our 2 years of nomadism

Are some of those pictures taken in the leafy glades of Colmcille East?  :P

You'll have a while to wait for those trees to grow as tall as ours up there in the hills of Dromard South :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 03, 2008, 05:38:38 PM
Believe it or not they are all in Colmcille but we are making valiant attempt to recreate teh atmosphere of the Laurels!!

We can loan you some of our midges.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 04, 2008, 08:40:19 AM
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We can loan you some of our midges.

That is one thing we have no problem recreating....................hoors (of the midges variety!), I'm still scratching from last night.!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 04, 2008, 09:26:52 AM
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We can loan you some of our midges.

We have mosquitos in tropical Donabate - I have ankles on me this morning like I'm 8 months pregnant.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 04, 2008, 09:56:03 AM
Scratch hard Billy. You know it makes sense.

Anyone off to Navan tomorrow? The Shores will be there in force. Jazes I hate that pitch - one victory is all I can recall. O'Byrne Cup earlier this year. Would be great to get to another Leinster final.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 06, 2008, 11:18:34 PM
Sad to report the death of former Mostrim player and a good friend in the past Paul Reynolds. I hadn't seen him for perhaps 10 years but to hear of his passing shocked me.

Played all levels with Mostrim and was a class act - on and off the pitch.

Was a boarder in Mels along with myself and the Boots lad but was a year ahead putting him still in the early 40s age-wise.

Sympathies to his family and friends here and abroad.

RIP
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 07, 2008, 02:11:11 PM
My sympathies to the Reynolds family also ......

Never actually meet Paul .....but heard he was one of the finest footballers ever to grace a Mostrim and Longford jersey ....

RIP
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 07, 2008, 11:54:26 PM
Christ Longfordian - never would have thought you never met Paul Reynolds. His Mam ran a hairdressers down there where the post office is now approx. I think it's Francis (Tanai) Greenes Auctioneers now (we had 2 Greens in our era in Ken Sheridan's domain. Brendan who was 'Ramhair' and Francis who was 'Tanai'). She still lives in Shore country adout in Bracklin.

Paul's eldest brother Gerry was the Maradonna of the Mostrim side that won their first championship in '74 agin Ardagh. Remember it like it was yesterday. Gerry coulda been the best Longford player ever. Better than Jackie Devine, Sean Donnelly et al. However he headed to England for work along with the likes of Joe Fogarty and others.

Another brother Michéal has been in Oz for yonks. There is a sister as well but I don't think I ever met her.

Life is shit sometimes as we all know.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 08, 2008, 09:44:13 AM
Nice fellah Paul, remember him well, and sad to hear of his passing.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 11, 2008, 11:13:08 AM
I believe there's war in the Abbey camp at the moment. 8 or so players refusing to play for coach Mickey Harkins.

Can anyone put flesh to these bones?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 11, 2008, 12:20:52 PM
Ah thats a misinterpretation of the facts...........there's only one who won't play but he's the size of 8 players!!!

In all seriousness I've heard for the last 2 years of constant issues between Mickey and the players but they always seem to have him back!

I do believe the big man did site his relationship with the manager as his reason for quitting, couldn't take the abuse apparently but that would be from a third party so quite possible not true
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 11, 2008, 12:40:34 PM
Shamrock Shore senior was always one to put legs on a story.

Longford v Kilmacud Crokes tonight in Stillorgan at 7.30. As this is but 1 mile from Shore Manor I will attend on yer behalf and report on progress.

Will be interesting to see what team St. Patrick's lost sheep will play for  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 11, 2008, 01:05:29 PM
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Shamrock Shore senior was always one to put legs on a story.

After their surprising draw with the sheepless Ardagh things may have deteriorated.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 11, 2008, 06:17:31 PM
Ah thats a misinterpretation of the facts...........there's only one who won't play but he's the size of 8 players!!!

In all seriousness I've heard for the last 2 years of constant issues between Mickey and the players but they always seem to have him back!

I do believe the big man did site his relationship with the manager as his reason for quitting, couldn't take the abuse apparently but that would be from a third party so quite possible not true

As far as I know, the big lad is only playing with the Intermediates and the younger goalkeeper is not available to the senior team either.

A few fellas - some well-known, some less well-known - have also headed Stateside or Thames-side for work now that opportunities in the building trade have dried up locally. One of the Stateside departures has been in NY off and on for the last two or three years and I don't really think that Harkins, no matter what his other failings, can be blamed for his frequent absences.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 11, 2008, 06:19:24 PM
Shamrock Shore senior was always one to put legs on a story.

Longford v Kilmacud Crokes tonight in Stillorgan at 7.30. As this is but 1 mile from Shore Manor I will attend on yer behalf and report on progress.

Will be interesting to see what team St. Patrick's lost sheep will play for  :D

You will be rewarded in a future life for that, I hope.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 11, 2008, 09:45:12 PM
Final score:

Longford 4-25 Kilmacud 2-13

Half time it was Crokes 1-06 Longford 1-05.

Longford played some good stuff in the second half in the 80 min encounter with Liam Keenan, Shane Mulligan and Declan Reilly getting top marks. Longford's goals were by Padraic Berry in the first half and Paul Barden and two by ? Mulvihill from Cashel in the second.

A useful exercise ahead of Sat v Laois whom, I believe, went 12 rounds the other evening with CAvan!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 13, 2008, 11:36:42 PM
Luke at it agin in Oirish Daily Mail.

Give it a rest Luke FFS!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 14, 2008, 09:12:08 AM
Heard there have been a few late call ups to the panel.
Ciaran Mulvihill from Cashel and Danny Keenan from Ardagh I believe accepted the challenge!
Believe a couple more didn't.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 14, 2008, 11:24:54 AM
With the end of the County's season only a few days away, we should be thinking about a post-mortem.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 20, 2008, 12:14:41 AM
Bye bye Luke and, well, thanks for moving it forward ever so slightly.

Is the Dromard lad Sean Hagan now a shoo-in. Big Joe Kernan was the subject of whispers earlier. Can we afford his "expenses"?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 20, 2008, 11:04:46 AM
Bye bye Luke and, well, thanks for moving it forward ever so slightly.

Slightly forward overall, possibly, but stayed on too long. We are going backwards, and have been since Portlaoise last year. At the end of the day, we won one Leinster Championship match in four years and didn't win a qualifier match in three years out of four. League performances were mediocre every year. I don't view that as being anything to write home about.

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Is the Dromard lad Sean Hagan now a shoo-in. Big Joe Kernan was the subject of whispers earlier. Can we afford his "expenses"?

Hagan is supposedly not interested. I'd expect, given the current County Board leadership, that we'd be looking for someone local rather than a big name.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 21, 2008, 12:16:08 AM
And someone with a lower level of 'expenses'.

Next manager has to teach free takers how to take frees off the ground AND how to pass to a better placed colleague and also he/she should look at cloning Cathal Conefrey.

And Liam Keenan. If there were All Stars for honest Jazesing effort he'd be a shoo in. Gives 110% every time.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 21, 2008, 01:03:26 PM
I suppose the Killoe fellah 'doesn't want it' either, like Hagan.  If a swampie says he 'doesn't want it', you can be assured he'll be doing it in 10 mins time.  At least the upside is that Colmcille lads won't be getting injured on duty for the county.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 21, 2008, 01:32:47 PM
Next manager has to teach free takers how to take frees off the ground AND how to pass to a better placed colleague

I wish them luck with that proposition. I'd say they'd concentrate on an easier task like human cloning.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 21, 2008, 03:34:14 PM
They should find him a better place to practice than Edgytown too.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on July 21, 2008, 03:35:30 PM
Things are so bad in Offaly that we're looking at Luke to be our saviour  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 21, 2008, 04:08:31 PM
Things are so bad in Offaly that we're looking at Luke to be our saviour  ::)

Well, he won't be able to whinge about club fixtures interfering with his preparations anyway.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 21, 2008, 04:08:49 PM
Oh dear, that is a low ebb - any of the Offaly panel need jobs?   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 23, 2008, 11:18:57 AM
Abbeylara -v- St Patricks, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 15:00 - Qualifiers Rd. 1 Replay 
Emmet Og -v- Longford Slashers, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 16:30 - 2nd. Round

Well everyone laughed at me for tipping Ardagh the last time, but with Keenan in such good form, I'm sticking with them - St. Patricks
Has to be the Townies, doesn't it? - Longford Slashers
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 23, 2008, 02:11:06 PM
Abbeylara -v- St Patricks, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 15:00 - Qualifiers Rd. 1 Replay 
Emmet Og -v- Longford Slashers, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 16:30 - 2nd. Round

Well everyone laughed at me for tipping Ardagh the last time, but with Keenan in such good form, I'm sticking with them - St. Patricks

Find it hard to believe that Abbey will be as bad again. I'd expect them to escape this time, though they won't go much further.

Though perhaps the Lost Sheep will be there again to give Ardagh incentive from the sideline.

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Has to be the Townies, doesn't it? - Longford Slashers

Yes.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 23, 2008, 03:16:30 PM
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Though perhaps the Lost Sheep will be there again to give Ardagh incentive from the sideline.

Will he not be entertaining the denizens of New York with his brilliance?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 23, 2008, 08:28:20 PM
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Though perhaps the Lost Sheep will be there again to give Ardagh incentive from the sideline.

Will he not be entertaining the denizens of New York with his brilliance?

Haven't heard anything, but AFAIK he would have to have had the paperwork completed by last Sunday (20th) to be able to go to NYC for the summer.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 28, 2008, 09:19:21 PM
Abbeylara -v- St Patricks, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 15:00 - Qualifiers Rd. 1 Replay 
Emmet Og -v- Longford Slashers, Pearse Park 27/07/2008 16:30 - 2nd. Round

Well everyone laughed at me for tipping Ardagh the last time, but with Keenan in such good form, I'm sticking with them - St. Patricks

Find it hard to believe that Abbey will be as bad again. I'd expect them to escape this time, though they won't go much further.

Though perhaps the Lost Sheep will be there again to give Ardagh incentive from the sideline.

Well, not sure if the Lost Sheep made it to Pearse Park or not, or whether the spectators are just too far from the sideline there to get the Ardaghs ris, but a fairly comfortable win for a not particularly great Abbey team, who then proceeded to get a stroke of luck in drawing the hapless Granard for the qualifier round. Quarter-finals - but no further on yesterday's evidence.

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Has to be the Townies, doesn't it? - Longford Slashers

Yes.

That statement is no longer operative  :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 10, 2008, 11:35:39 PM
Excellent. A great win for Mostrim over Dromard to send the Swampies, the defending champions, out of the championship. Our reward is a quarter final place against long time foes and neighbours, Emmet Og.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 11, 2008, 10:09:57 AM
Full Draws..........

Quarter Finals
Clonguish v Longford Slashers
Ballymahon v Abbeylara
Emmet Óg v Mostrim
Colmcille v Fr. Manning Gaels

Winners of first paly winners of second etc

Relegation Play Off
St. Columba’s v Sean Connolly’s
St. Patrick’s v Ballymore
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 11, 2008, 11:21:33 AM
Excellent. A great win for Mostrim over Dromard to send the Swampies, the defending champions, out of the championship. Our reward is a quarter final place against long time foes and neighbours, Emmet Og.

A well-deserved win, even if things did get a bit frantic towards the end and Mostrim lost a man on a straight red (I think). In hindsight, Shore Senior should probably have stayed a little longer at the match on Friday night for observation purposes, even if we were muck during the first half.

I'm sure there will be huge sympathy in Colmcille for their beloved neighbours. Billy will be especially distraught.

Apropos of nothing, overheard in the stand at the end of the match from a spectator with a Dromard accent: "Well, they can drink all they like now...".

It will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the Dempsey succession stakes.

Rathcline will be mightily p'd-off with losing by a point in the last seconds of extra time played in semi-darkness just when those in the stand from both sides were calling for the match to be blown up.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 18, 2008, 04:56:36 PM
Jaysus, has nothing happened in a week?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 19, 2008, 08:57:37 AM
Just the usual ..........couple more poor performances by Colmcille teams against Dromard!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 19, 2008, 09:18:36 AM
We're waiting to see who Barack Obama will pick as vice-Presidential candidate. The News has apparently managed to find a possible candidate with a Killashee great-grandfather, so this may have ramifications in the Intermediate Championship race....

Relegation play-offs this weekend, along with Reich vs Townies and Shams vs Abbey.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 19, 2008, 09:43:19 AM
Reich -v- Townies: has to be Clonguish, doesn't it, have Slashers anything impressive other than young Smith?  Longford Slashers

Shams -v- Abbey: Smullen seems to have done a good job so-far in Ballymahon, though Abbey's run has been impressive (and they have the credentials to win the title when they're not the best team).  Abbeylara
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 19, 2008, 10:22:55 AM
Really couldn't throw a guess at the first game. Gonna be on the day. Would say Slashers slightly better balanced team overall with Clonguish maybe having one or two better individuals. Think a lot depends on how Slashers handle these.

Would expect Ballymahon to win the second game.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 19, 2008, 12:07:11 PM
Abbey's run has been impressive

I would beg to differ, but then I was only at the Ardagh matches.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 19, 2008, 01:15:27 PM
Who are you going for so, Laureleye?   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 19, 2008, 01:41:24 PM
Who are you going for so, Laureleye?   :P

Ballymahon and Clonguish in the quarter-finals.

Ardagh in the other relegation play-off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 24, 2008, 11:19:38 PM
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Ballymahon and Clonguish in the quarter-finals

oh dear!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 25, 2008, 03:13:13 PM
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Ballymahon and Clonguish in the quarter-finals

oh dear!

Think I should get Billy to fill out my Lotto ticket for next weekend.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 26, 2008, 09:38:19 AM
Am getting worried about Abbey again, Jaysus.  Though I suppose I should be worrying about the Windies this week.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 27, 2008, 01:27:47 AM
Am getting worried about Abbey again, Jaysus.  Though I suppose I should be worrying about the Windies this week.  ::)

Windies first. Then Edgytown ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 27, 2008, 12:45:33 PM
Let's worry about getting past the Windies first, not a shoe-in by any means.

Ye reckon the Edgies will beat Killoe?  I dunno.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 27, 2008, 02:16:49 PM
I think we have a good chance. We certainly won't be favourites but I am sure a good account will be given

(note - above is unusually optomistic for me, so perhaps we're doomed)

The other red-and-greens will surely beat the Windies!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 28, 2008, 12:45:39 AM
Let's worry about getting past the Windies first, not a shoe-in by any means.

Ye reckon the Edgies will beat Killoe?  I dunno.

The Edgies, Killoe and Colmcille have all played mighty Mullinalaghta ;D in the last couple of months.

Margin of victory:

Colmcille:  10
Killoe: 10
Edgytown: 13

Case closed  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 28, 2008, 07:32:07 PM
I think we have a good chance. We certainly won't be favourites but I am sure a good account will be given

(note - above is unusually optomistic for me, so perhaps we're doomed)

The other red-and-greens will surely beat the Windies!

funny that, i thought colmcille were yellow............
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 28, 2008, 10:49:29 PM
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funny that, i thought colmcille were yellow............

Dems fighting words!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 28, 2008, 10:59:04 PM
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funny that, i thought colmcille were yellow............

Dems fighting words!
dems true words
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 29, 2008, 12:05:50 PM
Ye must have funny oul eyesight down there in the swamp - LOSER.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 29, 2008, 05:37:01 PM
Ye must have funny oul eyesight down there in the swamp - LOSER.   ::)

if thats a message for me - why would i be a loser im a slashers man ;)

ye lads in colmcille would want to get over your obsession with everything dromard and focus on yourselves - really hope ye do beat drumlish though as should we get to the final id certainly rather face ye than the gaels! :-X
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 30, 2008, 10:20:14 PM
Mostrim lost by a stoppage time point.

Curses.

Looks like our one title per decade since the 70s (74, 85 and 92) looks to be in danger.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 31, 2008, 11:20:19 PM
Well done Colmcille.

Hope ye go all the way.

Is it

Slashers v Abbey
Colmcille v Killoe

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 01, 2008, 09:38:45 AM
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why would i be a loser im a slashers man

Question and answer in one sentence.

I didn't know Slashers had any fans - are you sure about that?  We might have been obsessed with Dromard last year - it didn't stop us kicking the shite out of Slashers.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 04, 2008, 03:29:58 PM
Crayonmania strikes again. From the front page of our official county GAA website:

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Cathal Cremer's 21st

Longford GAA would like to send out big 21st birthday wishes to our man Cathal Cremer who celebrates his 21st this coming weekend. Everybody invited to John Browne's Public House this Saturday night for the celebrations (around 9pm) - which hopefully come in 3's? Come early as they will be big queue's for the 21st kisses's

Longford GAA Online, 01/09/08

 :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 08, 2008, 12:51:59 PM
The Longford GAA website continues to get its priorities right:

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LONGFORD GAA ONLINE
THE BIRTHDAY BOY! Happy 21st birthday to Cathal Cremer

Longford Slashers beat Abbeylara to reach Senior Championship Final.



 
LONGFORD GAA ONLINE
A weekend of mixed emotions as a new chapter starts for many

This past weekend for lots of different reasons seen some highs and some lows around this place that's called Longford, the new "party central" of the midlands, for Enda, Gerry and the Longford ladies team Saturday afternoon proved a low when they lost out to Clare, but I think that night in the Spiral Tree and the good memories, times and friends took some of the pain away, Enda is one of the best and we all wish him well down the road. . . we all hope Derek Nolan got home safe and well to Grattans . . . keep away from the fatfrogs bud. John Browne's Public House was the place to be for Cathal Cremer's 21st as they came from near and far, and the crowd and many faces that packed JB's Saturday night last is testament to how popular this fine young man is with so many, I believe the party is still going on . . . think some should stay away from the Old No.7? At this time many of the young folks out there are heading off to college, good luck to you all, its a part of life and its a part of growing up, enjoy! . . . The profit Nostradamus reckons the world is going to end this Wednesday, if it does by god we went out with a bang last weekend! . . . If ya seen Paul's phone please return, he can pick it up in McDonald's anyday!

Is no-one at County Board level prepared to deal with this sh1te or does no-one care any longer?

At the trivial end of things, the two Smith brothers put on a virtuoso performance to send Slashers into the semi-final - though Abbey's wastefulness with frees and in front of goals didn't help - and Mullinalaghta won their first match in the Senior Championship since about 1952 to stay senior for next year.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 08, 2008, 01:48:56 PM
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Is no-one at County Board level prepared to deal with this sh1te or does no-one care any longer?

That is a joke - is this what passes for a review of the Ladies Semi-final?  Oh, for this to be a line in the sand - do the County Board actually pay this clown?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 08, 2008, 02:12:43 PM
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Is no-one at County Board level prepared to deal with this sh1te or does no-one care any longer?

That is a joke - is this what passes for a review of the Ladies Semi-final?  Oh, for this to be a line in the sand - do the County Board actually pay this clown?

The Ladies' report is further down the page:

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LADIES
Ladies leave it too late as they go out to Clare

The Longford ladies footballers made their exit from the TG4 Intermediate Football Championship when they were narrowly defeated by Clare on Saturday afternoon by two points in the semi final. The Final score reading Clare 1-15 Longford 3-7. It wasn't to be for Enda, Gerry and the girls on this occasion.

Sin é...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 08, 2008, 02:50:39 PM
Well, you have to give the man credit for consistently achieving 'new lows'.   ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 08, 2008, 04:24:28 PM
Well, you have to give the man credit for consistently achieving 'new lows'.   ::)

...or as he might put it himself - "new low's"...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 21, 2008, 12:49:39 AM
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why would i be a loser im a slashers man

Question and answer in one sentence.

I didn't know Slashers had any fans - are you sure about that?  We might have been obsessed with Dromard last year - it didn't stop us kicking the shite out of Slashers.

well i dont know about fans for that is plural and i am a single entity and quite the loyal follower! top of the roll of honour begs to differ with your referal to us being losers! ;)

have to hand it to ye though, even though ye were poor in the 2nd half ye held on very well something which i wasnt expecting...... maybe colmcilles name is just etched on the cup with the year thats in it and all........... :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 21, 2008, 11:11:49 PM
well i dont know about fans for that is plural and i am a single entity and quite the loyal follower! top of the roll of honour begs to differ with your referal to us being losers! ;)

Slashers having "fans" in the plural is a welcome if recent development. Not all that long ago that the Mullinalaghta support were outnumbering them in Farneyhoogan ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 22, 2008, 09:33:37 AM
Looking forward to and dreading Sunday next at the same time - it'll be a loooong week.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AbbeySider on September 23, 2008, 05:28:51 PM
I have a question about Pearse Park...

Which is the bigger Terrace along ether sideline ?
East Terrace
South Terrace
South West Corner Stand
West Stand
West Terrace


Can you walk around to any terraces or are you restricted ?

Thanks!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 23, 2008, 06:02:33 PM
Aim for The Stand where there is seating and good views. The 'town goal' end is standing covered. I have no idea on which is south east etc as these phrases are only a new invention.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AbbeySider on September 24, 2008, 09:31:03 AM
Aim for The Stand where there is seating and good views. The 'town goal' end is standing covered. I have no idea on which is south east etc as these phrases are only a new invention.

So once you are in, can you walk around to any terraces or are you restricted ?
I know you cant get into the stand if you dont have a stand ticket.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 24, 2008, 11:26:21 AM
I have a question about Pearse Park...

Which is the bigger Terrace along ether sideline ?
East Terrace
South Terrace
South West Corner Stand
West Stand
West Terrace


Can you walk around to any terraces or are you restricted ?

Thanks!




The "Town End" is the south (left on the map).

Everywhere except "The Hill" aka "The East Terrace" is covered although the lower end of the seated area can be exposed on a wet and windy day.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 24, 2008, 12:30:03 PM
You were lucky to get that map before it was coloured in.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 24, 2008, 08:58:46 PM
You were lucky to get that map before it was coloured in.

 ;D

I see Colmcille's trainer has been banned from the sideline for Sunday.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 25, 2008, 09:01:09 AM
What did he do?  Throw a slap at Dowler in the semi?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 25, 2008, 11:52:09 AM
What did he do?  Throw a slap at Dowler in the semi?

Went onto the pitch too often in the semi...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 25, 2008, 01:42:10 PM
I can tell you the full story, sometime, about the booking of the Colmcille goalie against Killoe too - it's a bit too surreal even for this thread.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 25, 2008, 07:29:02 PM
I can tell you the full story, sometime, about the booking of the Colmcille goalie against Killoe too - it's a bit too surreal even for this thread.

Surreal even by Longford GAA standards?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Puckoon on September 25, 2008, 07:30:10 PM
Well my interest is piqued anyways.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 25, 2008, 07:43:06 PM
I believe it was over the non speedy removal of yon yoke that you put the ball on at the kickout. The umpire asked him to take it off the pitch. The Goalie ignored the request until after a break in play. The next time the ball came up and wide the umpire called the ref over, said the Goalie had given him verbals, and Goalie gets booked. He never said boo to the umpire at all.

Gobshite of an umpire.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 26, 2008, 09:42:54 AM
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The umpire asked him to take it off the pitch.

The keeper took a short kick-out, the Colmcille defender dropped the ball, and the keeper headed back to cover the goal - the umpire instructed him to go back out and retrieve the tee.  He ignored him and followed the play until the ball went out of play, at which point he retrieved the tee.  As SS says, the umpire called Dowler over and told him that the keeper had 'dissented' him.  Dowler didn't ask for details, but produced the yellow.

Bizarre, even by Longford standards.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 28, 2008, 08:02:11 PM
Congrats to Billy Boots and North Longford's beloved club Colmcille who won the senior championship for the first time in 50 years.

Great achievement lads.

Final Score:

Colmcille 0-13
Slashers 0-07
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 28, 2008, 08:09:22 PM
Congrats to Billy Boots and North Longford's beloved club Colmcille who won the senior championship for the first time in 50 years.

Great achievement lads.

Final Score:

Colmcille 0-13
Slashers 0-07

Seconded. Not a great game but a fantastic aftermath.

Time for Mullinalaghta and Mostrim to step up to the mark for next year :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Owenmoresider on September 28, 2008, 08:09:58 PM
Congrats to the Boots clan, NL and all involved, always good to see different teams (and clubs in the best sense) making the breakthrough.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 10:13:06 AM
Still feeling a bit light-headed this morning - and no drink (well not much) last night.  Left the celebrations at the cross before midnight, and they looked like they were only getting moving.  More a feeling of relief than jubilation in the parish, though that may change as the week progresses.

Am particularly happy for my brother - his 11th final in a Colmcille jersey, having played for the club since 1980, and his first medal. 

Fair play to North Longford - he looked a dazed man at the presentation, I hope he's enjoying it now.

As Eugene McGee said yesterday, perhaps in reference to our beloved neighbours - we won it playing football.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 29, 2008, 11:12:51 AM
Many thanks for all the good wishes. It was a great day and night altho like yourself Billy, relief was and probably still is the biggest emotion. it's been a ferocious couple of years and I can't even consider what a defeat again might have done.
Twas a late finish alright last night with the gardai emptying the pubs sometime after 4. Was funny....we had wee Dec home with us and we got to his house there wasn't a sinner there. The wife says to him its a terror the man of the match is home before his father and mother and granny....yeah says he and they don't even drink.!
Delighted for Gavin and Ollie and Gary and Francie Mulligan who has been a great influence over the past couple of months. It will probably really sink in over the next couple of days and hopefully I'll get my voice back soon...that bainisteoir job is hard on the throat!
Anyway have to go and get more painkillers and then line my stomach for the rest of the week!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on September 29, 2008, 11:16:28 AM
Well done lads. Remember the Leinster club is up next though!!. Fair play to finally getting there again after a good few years of heartache. If ye had a good goalie, ye'd have won more I'd say ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on September 29, 2008, 11:38:51 AM
Billy and Northlongford ....
Delighted for ye both ...Billy pass on my congrats to the brother .... great reward for him after all these years !

great to see someone in green and red lift a bit of silverware !!!! .......  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 11:52:12 AM
Indo Report

Famine over for slick Colmcille
Colmcille 0-13 Longford Slashers 0-7

Colmcille won the title for the first time in 50 years as they stormed to a comfortable win over Longford Slashers in the county final at Pearse Park.

After losing to Dromard in last year's decider, Colmcille were really fired up to make amends and they were well on the road to victory at half-time when leading by 0-7 to 0-2.

Watched by a crowd of 5,000, the north Longford club raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead, with the opening point coming from captain Francis Kavanagh.

Donie McKeon (free) and Tommy Doyle (two frees) were also on target before Slashers got a point from Adrian Murphy in the 12th minute.

However, the town side only managed one more score in the first half, from Colin Smith, while Colmcille added three through McKeon (free), Doyle and John Paul Reilly.

Slashers fell further behind in the opening minute of the second half when McKeon hit another free but almost got a badly needed goal when the ball was cleared off the line after keeper Gavin Tonra fumbled a shot from Trevor Clendenning.

Colmcille quickly hit points from McKeon (free and play) before Reilly got his second to make it 0-11 to 0-3.

Slashers managed to outscore Colmcille 0-4 to 0-2 in the remainder of the game but David Sheridan was sent off in the closing minutes.

Scorers -- Colmcille: D McKeon 0-7 (6f), T Doyle 0-3 (2f), JP Reilly 0-2, F Kavanagh 0-1. Longford Slashers: A Murphy (1 '45'), M Smith (2f) 0-2 each, C Smith, P Kelly, N Mulligan 0-1 each.

COLMCILLE -- G Tonra; Padraig Murtagh, N Farrell, O McGivney; B Brady, G Murtagh, F Kavanagh; E Farrell, DC Reilly; JP Reilly, DS Reilly, Paul Murtagh; T Doyle, D Farrell, D McKeon. Subs: A Gormley for Paul Murtagh (ht), P McKeon for Doyle (55).

LONGFORD SLASHERS -- G Hourican; D Mannion, D Glennon, G Ghee; P Brady, M Brady, D Brady; D Sheridan,I Shannon M Smith, B Gilleran, A Murphy; T Clendenning, S Phillips, C Smith. Subs: P Kelly for Sheridan (11, blood), Sheridan for M Brady (37), N Mulligan for Clendenning (41), C Barrins for Mannion (43), P Dobson for Gilleran (51), B Farrell for Shannon (59).

REF -- M Doherty (Legan Sarsfields).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 11:55:04 AM
Shamrock Shore's favourite journalist's take ...

Small parish savours thrilling day in the sun

The great thing about the GAA is that, now and again, you don't have to be from Tyrone or Kerry to achieve greatness.

Yesterday in one of the many county finals on offer at this time of year, my native club Colmcille from north Longford -- next door to Co Cavan -- won the Longford senior championship for the first time in 50 years.

For the people of Colmcille this was far more important than winning the Sam Maguire Cup was for the people of Tyrone.

That is where the GAA excels -- at restoring local pride, developing the youngsters for the honour and glory of the parish and watching them burst forth in their early twenties to capture the county final.

County board delegate Pearse Daly, now in his mid-eighties, will take particular pleasure in this 0-13 to 0-7 victory in Pearse Park but every man, woman and child from Colmcille will walk taller for months to come because of this great day.

The GAA has its faults at times but it has no equal when it comes to promoting the positive effects of local pride in the parish.

- Eugene McGee
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 11:59:06 AM
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Remember the Leinster club is up next though

Screw that - that's for next year!   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 29, 2008, 01:27:00 PM
And in other news:

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Northern Gaels finally capture Minor Crown
BY CATHAL CREMER    
Sunday, 28th September 2008    
Northern Gaels 0-14 Killoe 1-6    

Northern Gaels won the minor football championship for the first time in their short history when they had five points to spare over Killoe in Pearse Park on county final Sunday. It was a well deserved victory and the Abbeylara and Mullinalaghta men certainly were the better team throughout and it will make amends for last years bitterly disappointing defeat to St. Vincent's at the same stage of the competition.

Northern Gaels entered the fray as favourites and seemed to struggle with the favourites tag as they were very nervous in the opening periods. Simple balls were being fumbled and while they gradually got to grips with the game they did not deliver a vintage performance that these extremly talented players are capable of. Although this will not bother the north Longford side. Credit must go to a Killoe side who many had written off prior to the throw-in and if Killoe had taken some scores in the opening ten minutes, the winning margin could have been reduced.

Killoe started the better with Michael Quinn operating at midfield instead of his usual centre forward role. Quinn was ruling the middle third of the field and the Killoe gameplan was to hit full-forward Ronan McGoldrick with direct early ball. Fergal Battrim, the county minor full back was up to the task and an interseting dual was emerging.

Killoe ended a barren opening ten minutes with Mark Quinn reacting quickest to a loose ball around the Northern Gaels goalmouth. Michael Quinn sent in a long sideline ball and big Simon Kiernan fisted it down to the awaiting Quinn. Killoe doubled their advantage less than a minute later when McGoldrick fired over the bar with Michael Quinn orchestrating affairs further out the field.

Northern Gaels opened their account when centre back Colm P Smyth raced forward to convert a well worked score. Sean Berry, James McGivney (who was a late replacement for the injured JJ Matthews) and Smyth were all involved for a hard earned score in the twelfth minute. John Keegan brought the sides level at 0-2 apiece when he converted a great point on the run just after the thirteenth minute mark.

Midfielder David Donohoe then landed a tremendous long range point from thirty five metres despite the fact he was off balance but their lead was short lived as Michael Quinn responded at the opposite end with another wonderfully struck long range effort. Quinn's point came as a result of a poor free from the talented senior player but Northern Gaels' attepmted claerance only reached Quinn again and he took his second chance with open arms.

A trademark run from wing back Conan Brady resulted in the joint team captain being fouled and Bernard Crawford made no mistake with the resulting free, Northern Gaels 0-4 to 0-3 ahead, a lead they would never relinquish. JJ Matthews was then introduced to the fore at the expense of corner back Ruaidhri Mulligan, with James McGivney moving back to the corner back position. The move made an immediate impact with Matthews racing in along the touchline to fist over.

With little over three minutes remaining in the first half wing back Colm Dalton sweetly struck over a forty-five to stretch the lead out to three points, 0-6 to 0-3. Ronan McGoldrick was rewarded for his persistance two minutes prior to the interval when he was fouled and Michael Quinn made no mistake with the close range free. Northern Gaels leading 0-6 to 0-4 at the break but with things still certainly all to play for.

Dalton fired over his second of the afternoon with a point on the run from just under the stand on the resumption but the game turned into a scrappy affair with both sides failing to take the initiative at the start of the second half. Crawford added another free on eight minutes with Michael Quinn pulling down Gary Rogers. Northern Gaels looked well on course when Sean Berry added another point to put his side 0-9 to 0-4 ahead but just when it seemed the north Longford men were going to pull away Killoe struck for the games only goal.

Michael Quinn supplied the delivery into Ronan McGoldrick and the full forward turned and dispatched home with a low drive with his left. Game on at 0-9 to 1-4, with just over a quarter of an hour remaining. Man of the Match Colm P Smyth got just the reply Northern Gaels needed when he slotted over a point from thirty metres. Berry added his second point of the half with another terrific score and Donohoe opened the gap out to five after he linked up well with Keegan and Rogers.

Mark Quinn scored a great point under severe pressure for the Killoe men to give the men in green and white a fighting chance with ten minutes to go, 0-12 to 1-5. The direct route paved the way for a further Northern Gaels point when Sean Berry gained possession and turned quickly to fire over.

Paddy Hughes added respectability to the scoreline in the final minute of normal time with another great longe range point. Perhaps it was fitting that Northern Gaels had the final say and it was JJ Matthews who put the icing on the cake with a point off his left to leave his side 0-14 to 1-6 winners.

Killoe certainly made Northern Gaels work very hard for their victory but in the end Northern Gaels class shone through. An early injury to Simon Kiernan did not help the Killoe cause and the midfielder had to replaced in the second half due to injury. Colm P Smyth and Fergal Battrim led from the back with strong displays while up front John Keegan and Sean Berry were the leading lights.

Michael Quinn led the Killoe charge from start to finish and was ably assissted by Garry Connell at full back and Paddy Thompson who made an impact when operating around the middle of the field. Killoe will be disappointed with their display on the day but it was ultimately to be Northern Gaels day and they will glad to break their duck and capture their first minor title.

NORTHERN GAELS: Darren Rabbitte, Patrick Fox, Fergal Battrim (0-1), Ruaidhri Mulligan, Colm Dalton (0-2, 1 4), Colm P Smyth (0-2), Conan Brady, David Donohoe (0-2), Shane Mahon, John Keegan (0-1), Colm E Smyth, James McGivney, Gary Rogers, Sean Berry (0-3), Bernard Crawford (0-2, 2fs).

SUBS USED:- J.J. Matthews (0-2) for R. Mulligan (21 mins), Robbie Smyth for G. Rogers (49 mins).

KILLOE: Brian Mahon, Darren Nolan, Garry Connell, Darren Bratten, David Kiernan, Daniel Keogh, Terry McCormack, Simon Kiernan, Michael Quinn (0-2, 1f), Paddy Thompson, Paddy Hughes (0-1), John Gilna, Matt Clarke, Ronan McGoldrick (1-1), Mark Quinn (0-2).

SUBS USED:- Padraig O' Reilly for J. Gilna (37 mins), Conor Clarke for S. Kiernan (41 mins), Ciaran Corr & David Mimnagh for T McCormack & M. Clarke (52 mins).

REFEREE: Aidan Dowler (Moydow Harpers).

MAN OF THE MATCH: Colm P Smyth (Northern Gaels)

:)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 01:44:21 PM
Sorry Laureleye, in the dazed confusion, I forgot to congratulate your Minor success.  Congrats.

In true Crayonsite fashion, there is no report on the county senior final accessible on www.longfordgaa.ie (http://www.longfordgaa.ie).  Quelle surprise - I was kinda looking forward to the comedy view.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 29, 2008, 01:53:55 PM
Sorry Laureleye, in the dazed confusion, I forgot to congratulate your Minor success.  Congrats.

Thanks. 7 Mullinalaghta starters so we have many causes to be happy.

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In true Crayonsite fashion, there is no report on the county senior final accessible on www.longfordgaa.ie (http://www.longfordgaa.ie).  Quelle surprise - I was kinda looking forward to the comedy view.

It's probably still being translated into English.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 29, 2008, 02:38:14 PM
It's up now!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 30, 2008, 06:01:10 PM
well done colmcille on a fantastic display! im absolutely gutted at the way we folded but colmcille learned from last year in the way we failed to do from '06. your players who some might say were bullied in last years final really stood up to the mark! declan reilly is a good a distributor of the ball as there is anywhere!

guess you were right about the loser tag billy :'( hope all goes well in leinster 8)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 01, 2008, 11:15:14 AM
Still haven't made it back to work but gonna use today to try and reacquaint my body with the real world. Sunday and Monday night (in Dolans no less!!!) will live long in the memory and the reception in the national school yesterday and in Moyne was great too.
Having watched the dvd a couple of times I get more and more impressed with our lads. Every one of them were fantastic and the work rate and discipline was just amazing. Its a lovely feeling when it comes right on the big day.
Like billy I should have congratulated Northern Gaels on their great win and its good to see so many of those players are from the half parish. The future looks bright. We had quite a few of the players and management in the cross on Sunday night. Your manager is some man to talk! There was at least one member of the Mulligan clan there drinking Vodka into the very late hours.........someone should ask him where he was buying the vodka!!!!!!!
Thanks also to Forfeit Point for his magnanimous congrats. Slashers won't be far away over the next couple of years.
Anyway off now to relax for the rest of the day. Its good to be able to.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 01, 2008, 02:57:39 PM
There was at least one member of the Mulligan clan there drinking Vodka into the very late hours.........someone should ask him where he was buying the vodka!!!!!!!

I take it this was not the one in Templemore or the one now teaching (quiet at the back there!) in Bray.

In which case, I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 01, 2008, 05:46:15 PM
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the reception in the national school yesterday and in Moyne was great too.

Moyne, that was cheeky.   ;D

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well done colmcille on a fantastic display! im absolutely gutted at the way we folded but colmcille learned from last year in the way we failed to do from '06

Fair play Forfeit Point - I was only winding with the name-calling.  There are good players on your side, and ye'll have your day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 01, 2008, 06:46:42 PM
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the reception in the national school yesterday and in Moyne was great too.

Moyne, that was cheeky.   ;D

Sure haven't yis men from Edenmore, Glenmore and Fostra on that team? ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on October 01, 2008, 07:19:22 PM
Takes a Cavan man to help you win, Billy.  Now he joins the Cavan county set up as a selector.  Hope we win Sam before 2059 though ;D :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 01, 2008, 09:52:29 PM
Something even closer to home for Dennforever. Two of Colmcilles top men last sunday Tommy Doyle and Declan Reilly(MoM) are 1st cousins. Their mothers are sisters, married to Colmcille men and they are originally from Denn. So we have more to thank Denn for than you might think!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 02, 2008, 09:11:18 AM
Have ye Denn folk not got an imminent hammering from Cavan Gaels to be occupying your thoughts with at present?  :P  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on October 02, 2008, 01:19:37 PM
We might just beat Cavan Gaels for badness!  Also hoping the Seanie Johnson will be thinking more about Australia than Denn as he would be hoping for a call up.

Something even closer to home for Dennforever. Two of Colmcilles top men last sunday Tommy Doyle and Declan Reilly(MoM) are 1st cousins. Their mothers are sisters, married to Colmcille men and they are originally from Denn. So we have more to thank Denn for than you might think!
Who are they?  Six degrees of seperation and all that.

Also we only have to hold on to Ciaran until 2012 to repeat the 50 year symmetry.

Also glad Colmcille won and would always root for the small parish rather than a town team.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 02, 2008, 01:37:58 PM
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and would always root for the small parish rather than a town team.

And sure they're nearer geographically to Ulster and all that.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 02, 2008, 02:17:04 PM
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Who are they?  Six degrees of seperation and all that.
I'll have to check that one.
Reilly is probably the best player in Longford at the moment. Don't know if he can be loaned under the grandparent rule!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 06, 2008, 10:08:54 AM
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Who are they?  Six degrees of seperation and all that.

I'll have to check that one.

McKiernan
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 06, 2008, 10:45:31 AM
NL, I hear the Wicklow final was a draw - what's the news from Carla?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: paddypastit on October 06, 2008, 11:09:02 AM
Youse boys are getting Glen Ryan as Co team manager... heard it from informed, and disappointed, sources.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 06, 2008, 11:34:51 AM
Well that's interesting paddy, thanks.  Any word round HQ about this Laureleye/Shamrock Shore??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 06, 2008, 12:43:40 PM
Heard from a good source yesterday that Justin McNulty was there or there abouts!?!?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: paddypastit on October 06, 2008, 01:03:17 PM
NL - I believe that has (had?) some basis in truth as his name was mentioned as being front runner when I first heard of this Friday evening but the more recent update was this morning and it was informed from within the process, albeit informally.  The decision is tonight?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 07, 2008, 08:53:14 AM
Well Palatine beat Rathvilly by a point in one of the Carla semis - answering my own question, as others appear obsessed by Lucky Look's replacement.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on October 07, 2008, 09:29:36 AM
Billy you are worrying far too much about that auld Leinster thing!!! It'll all sort itself out in the end.................but if you do get any useful info on any of the likely opponents do let me know.................you'll be acknowledged at the presentation of whatever cup the Leinster champions get!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on October 08, 2008, 02:22:20 AM
glenn ryans just been appointed longford manager and look at what takes precedence on the official site........... ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 08, 2008, 08:22:14 AM
In fairness to

No actuallly I won't go there - WTF is Paddy O'Connor????

It's getting more and more like a shaggin Bebo page every day.

Cop on Webmasters FFS  >:(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 08, 2008, 09:15:50 AM
Crayonland is getting more bizarre by the minute, great picture of Glen Ryan and our esteemed leader at the foot of the page though.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 08, 2008, 10:28:35 AM
In fairness to

No actuallly I won't go there - WTF is Paddy O'Connor????

Slashers panellist.

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It's getting more and more like a shaggin Bebo page every day.

We haven't had the going-away party pictures from The Spiral Tree yet.

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Cop on Webmasters FFS  >:(

Do you not know better at this stage?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on October 08, 2008, 02:44:44 PM
hes a sound lad and all but id say hes embarrassed by that, such a joke of a site
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 20, 2008, 12:12:37 PM
Congratulations to Edgytown on finally making it back up to Division 1 :)

I see Colmcille will have to wait another week to see who or where they play in Leinster.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on October 20, 2008, 12:39:39 PM
More bizarreness in Crayonland - I see Killoe Ladies are (apparently) Leinster Champions, but there's no score given, no opposition and (obviously) no report.  Clonguish are also apparently Leader Cup winners, but there's only a few lines about that too.  Is this crap paid for by the county board?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 21, 2008, 03:13:34 PM
Although Mostrim technically did make it to Division 1 I think it will be all for nothing as the Leagues are in for a major overhaul. There is a question over the Div 2 trophy and whether Mostrim and Killoe have to play off for it.

In any event beating Ardagh in anything always improves an Edgeworthstown man's humour.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 03, 2008, 11:51:42 AM
What's the jackanory - are we off to Carla next Sunday?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 03, 2008, 12:31:56 PM
What's the jackanory - are we off to Carla next Sunday?

From the Crayonsite:

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Colmcille away to Eire Óg, Carlow this Sunday

Longford Senior Football Championship winners for 2008 - Colmcille - are away to the Carlow Counrt champions Eire Óg this coming Sunday, 9th November at 2.30pm in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow in the quarter-finals of the AIB Leinster Club Football Championship.

I think Northern Gaels are also down in Carlow next Sunday in the Leinster Minor Championship but I'm not sure of the time or place.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 03, 2008, 01:03:29 PM
Any board-members, excepting NL of course, heading for Carla?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 08, 2008, 10:12:35 AM
Best to Colmcille tomorrow but it won't be easy. Longford clubs, esp ones who have won Connolly after a long abscense, don't do well in Leinster usually. The Windies are the only ones ever to make a dent and that was just the once in 38 odd years so..........well.

Prove me wrong lads.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 09, 2008, 08:18:32 PM
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Prove me wrong lads.

Ahem.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 09, 2008, 09:12:46 PM
Good stuff Billy. Sincerest apologies for being a Doubting Larry.

I thought ye had it at the end. That free hitting the post. I spose a draw was a fair result in the end?

Good save by Mrs Tonra's middle gossun in the dying moments of extra time from a pinnilty. His Ma and Da must be very proud.

I assume you'll be in Pease Park for the replay?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 10, 2008, 09:13:42 AM
Arrangement for Sunday in place already - it's a pity we couldn't bring them up to Molly Hill for the day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 10, 2008, 10:30:40 AM
Never mind Shamrock shore, it appears Longford county board hadn't much hope for us either as we were told after the game yesterday that both Pearse Park and Dromard are closed at the moment and no way could they be used. We'd have to go to Ballymahon..........so much for home advantage. I'd say it is in some state after the recent weather.
Luckily there are one or two in the county board that would have a little regard for us and they are trying to do something with the Leinster council to allow Pearse Park be used. Our first correspondant certainly didn't give us that option and him from a neighbouring club who'd be wishing us the best of luck and all!!!
As for the game, we should have won it in normal time. At the 60 minute mark we had missed a clear 2-13 including 1-02 off the post.
I thought we gave a fantastic display and I would doubt if even Navan O'mahoneys had as much possession in the second half of their game as we had in ours. It appears thought that they could score which is always a benefit!!
Hopefully we'll be in Pearse Park on Sunday and it will all be to play for again.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 10, 2008, 10:50:15 AM
Aye drici. Sloppy reporting all around referring to the club as Colmcilles as opposed to Colmcille.

Then seeing as this is the error on the Official Leinster GAA website then I spose the papers can be excused.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 10, 2008, 10:58:47 AM
Congrats to Colmcille and hopefully the shooting will be better on Sunday.

(What's the cost of flights home from the 'Dam for lost full-forwards? :) )

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Never mind Shamrock shore, it appears Longford county board hadn't much hope for us either as we were told after the game yesterday that both Pearse Park and Dromard are closed at the moment and no way could they be used. We'd have to go to Ballymahon..........so much for home advantage. I'd say it is in some state after the recent weather.
Luckily there are one or two in the county board that would have a little regard for us and they are trying to do something with the Leinster council to allow Pearse Park be used. Our first correspondant certainly didn't give us that option and him from a neighbouring club who'd be wishing us the best of luck and all!!!

Cough, cough.... mention the words "contest at convention" to him and see if that makes any difference.

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Aye drici. Sloppy reporting all around referring to the club as Colmcilles as opposed to Colmcille.

I see the Indo got it right today, but then they have Kyujane McGee to give them guidance.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 10, 2008, 12:31:36 PM
No report yet on Crayonland.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 10, 2008, 01:26:41 PM
No report yet on Crayonland.  ::)

There's a photygraph and a few lines on the sidebar. What more would yis want? ;)

Northern Gaels got a bye yesterday in the minor. Not sure when the semi-final will be played, but apparently all the matches are down in Carlow.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 11, 2008, 09:25:30 AM
Confirmed for Pearse Park on Sunday at 14:00 apparently.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 11, 2008, 09:48:20 AM
Confirmed for Pearse Park on Sunday at 14:00 apparently.

So you know which way to vote now ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 11, 2008, 01:36:06 PM
Promises, Shromises.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 11, 2008, 11:56:06 PM
We could have laid on a fine spread in Crippen Park for the Aughnacliffe boys - we have a new scoreboard now you know - sponsored by Smiths' Garage. I think it will forthwith be known as the Sheeming Smith Scoreboard in honour of the late Seamus who did trojan work for the club as player and youth development.

Bestest wishes on Sunday - do ye think Luke will be there casting an eye over the Carla contingent???????
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 12, 2008, 09:13:15 AM
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do ye think Luke will be there casting an eye over the Carla contingent?

Did he get the job?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 12, 2008, 12:01:34 PM
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do ye think Luke will be there casting an eye over the Carla contingent?

Did he get the job?

http://hoganstand.com/Carlow/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=103239 (http://hoganstand.com/Carlow/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=103239)

I don't think there was a lot of competition for it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 12, 2008, 02:08:11 PM
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I don't think there was a lot of competition for it.

Or for him  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 17, 2008, 09:52:45 AM
Gutted on two counts - we had enough possession to win it (but evidently not enough smarts*), and secondly, how is that clown Coldrick allowed to be in charge of a whistle (I'd be surprised if he's in control of his bowels)?

* by smarts, read diving when in possession within 40 m of goal.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 17, 2008, 10:38:26 AM
Gutted too Billy. Really should have won the game irrespective of Goldrick who is a clown. Reliably informed that the Eire og player that dropped the ball on the goal line from the last free then proceeded to touch it on the ground but Goldrick just waved play on. Apparnently it was very obvious and a few supporters made their feelings known to him after the game.!! He disallowed our first point for Tommy Doyle touching the ball on the ground when it was about 6 inches off it.!
11 wides to 4 tells its own story and some of them were of the easiest variety so it wasn't for the lack of chances.
We can all hibernate now!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 17, 2008, 11:48:53 AM
I'll just get this off my chest, and then I'm finished.

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He disallowed our first point for Tommy Doyle touching the ball on the ground when it was about 6 inches off it.

He pulled us four times (to my recollection) for touching the ball on the floor - none of them were justified, one cost us a point.  Éire Óg did not get pulled for this once.  He gave (at least) three frees against us for foot-tackles, again one costing a point.  Éire Óg did not have a free awarded against them for a foot-tackle, though I counted two (one of which was in a scorable position for us).  Anthony Gormley was fouled while shooting - no free.  I could go on, and on, and on.  Suffice to say that I'm advised that the commentary on KCR thought that the referee had a great game.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 17, 2008, 12:14:07 PM
Hard luck lads - ye gave it a good auld lash.

Listened to a bit on the way back from Kilkenny on Carlow local radio - it was tense.

S'funny - the Carlow versions of Willie Hegarty were all praising Coldrick so he must have been biased.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on December 07, 2008, 07:27:15 PM
some achievement for dromards u21s today, 4 in a row never done before at the u21 grade! cian mimnagh was a different class altogether, anyone know if hes eligible for the upcoming county u21 team? fahy was terrible (no surprise there) gave anything that was going to mostrim. very disapointed with the mostrim forwards, with all their ability, they didnt seem to want to know about it
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on December 08, 2008, 04:24:54 PM
Serious achievement by Dromard because I honestly don't believe they have that many brilliant individuals on any of the 4 teams but they always come up with a very strong team where each individual is working for the good of the team.
Wasn't impressed with them at all in the semi against our amalgamation (which wasn't particularly strong) but they worked hard enough to win the game. They come out against a stronger Mostrim side and still manage to pull it off.
Mimnagh by the way is overage for the county.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 09, 2008, 02:53:50 PM
Serious achievement by Dromard because I honestly don't believe they have that many brilliant individuals on any of the 4 teams but they always come up with a very strong team where each individual is working for the good of the team.
Wasn't impressed with them at all in the semi against our amalgamation (which wasn't particularly strong) but they worked hard enough to win the game. They come out against a stronger Mostrim side and still manage to pull it off.
Mimnagh by the way is overage for the county.

The one plus for D'Amalgamation - apart from the fact that we could have won that semi-final if we'd been a bit tighter at the back in the first half or if a couple of open goals weren't missed in the second - is that nearly all the players who were available this year (or maybe all of them) are under age for next year as well. We have a couple who will have gone over-age but who were out injured this year.

This assumes, of course, that the Drumlish motion to restrict under-21 amalgamations to two clubs doesn't go through. Hopefully we might all live long enough for Bridie Fitzmaurice to have another go at "Mullinalaghta the arsehole of nowhere" in next year's championship :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 10, 2008, 09:13:33 AM
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Hopefully we might all live long enough for Bridie Fitzmaurice to have another go at "Mullinalaghta the arsehole of nowhere" in next year's championship

Niiiice.  Good to see our representatives are behaving to their usual standards.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 10, 2008, 11:37:06 AM
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Hopefully we might all live long enough for Bridie Fitzmaurice to have another go at "Mullinalaghta the arsehole of nowhere" in next year's championship

Niiiice.  Good to see our representatives are behaving to their usual standards.

Bridie is more properly termed a mascot than a representative :) She provided us all with great amusement in the stand at the semi-final, particularly as all the insults at Mullinalaghta's honour were being directed at Connollys supporters...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on December 10, 2008, 03:51:14 PM
Serious achievement by Dromard because I honestly don't believe they have that many brilliant individuals on any of the 4 teams but they always come up with a very strong team where each individual is working for the good of the team.
Wasn't impressed with them at all in the semi against our amalgamation (which wasn't particularly strong) but they worked hard enough to win the game. They come out against a stronger Mostrim side and still manage to pull it off.
Mimnagh by the way is overage for the county.

The one plus for D'Amalgamation - apart from the fact that we could have won that semi-final if we'd been a bit tighter at the back in the first half or if a couple of open goals weren't missed in the second - is that nearly all the players who were available this year (or maybe all of them) are under age for next year as well. We have a couple who will have gone over-age but who were out injured this year.

This assumes, of course, that the Drumlish motion to restrict under-21 amalgamations to two clubs doesn't go through. Hopefully we might all live long enough for Bridie Fitzmaurice to have another go at "Mullinalaghta the arsehole of nowhere" in next year's championship :)

i would expect ye to win it next year if thats the case as ye were very close to beating dromard in the semi! i would expect that motion to carry as there seemed to be alot of discontent from alot of different clubs over 3 senior teams amalgamated, well from what i heard in the stands whether thats anything to go by!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 10, 2008, 04:02:46 PM
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there seemed to be alot of discontent from alot of different clubs over 3 senior teams amalgamated

That doesn't sound unreasonable, in fairness.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 10, 2008, 05:47:41 PM
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there seemed to be alot of discontent from alot of different clubs over 3 senior teams amalgamated

That doesn't sound unreasonable, in fairness.

Given the way the economy is going, you might have to be combining more than 3 in a couple of years to get a full 15.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 11, 2008, 07:57:45 AM
HAppy Christmas from Longford GAA on-line:

"With the way things are in this country at the moment people should have more to be doing with their time than having cheap shots at people who put in a lot of effort and time to keep things going, yes every bodies views count but not the 'no named' hurlers on the ditch, to the other ten thousand plus Longford Gaels that log onto this website on a monthly basis THANK YOU and wherever you are in the World a very Happy Christmas, enjoy the holiday festivities and in what will be a year that many people face new challenges both on and off the playing fields a very Safe and Prosperous 2009"
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 11, 2008, 09:05:13 AM
What's that all about?  Crayons out of the schoolbag there!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 11, 2008, 03:26:17 PM
I wonder who pissed off Ray? Any of ye sarky hoors?

Not quite the rant of 3 years ago but a rant nonetheless!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 11, 2008, 07:26:47 PM
I wonder who pissed off Ray? Any of ye sarky hoors?

Not quite the rant of 3 years ago but a rant nonetheless!

There have been a lot of sharp comments lately on the H*g*nst*nd message board about the official Longford website concentrating on Slashers players' 21sts and going-away dos. I don't think anything in this little backwater would come to Crayonman's notice.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on December 15, 2008, 09:12:39 PM
I wonder who pissed off Ray? Any of ye sarky hoors?

Not quite the rant of 3 years ago but a rant nonetheless!

why what did he go on about then?? :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 17, 2008, 10:02:24 AM
Was that when he was criticised for turning the county website into a cheerleading page for some schoolboys/girls team he was associated with?  Or was it the time when he wrote and 'editorial' piece slagging off a referee at a schoolboys/girls match? 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 17, 2008, 10:22:47 PM
Any cummint, boys and girls, on the €17,800 bad debt that has had to be written off for ticket monies that seemingly was never collected.
Tribune had a piece on it last Sunday but it hasn't really made headlines.

Nobody, of course, is to blame, as usual.

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Longford reveal €17,800 loss in unpaid tickets
Gaelic Games News, Ewan MacKenna


Delegates at Longford GAA's county convention held last week heard that €17,800 had been written off in bad debts. Those in attendance were told the amount related to a range of outstanding monies owed to the county board, including sponsorship which had not been paid.

However, the Longford Leader reported that the figure actually accounted for unpaid ticket revenue for '06 and '07, which would translate to up to 200 tickets each year not being paid for. And there is a slightly smaller figure outstanding for tickets in the year under review but the board and its accountants are hopeful that this money is recoverable and was therefore not put down in the bad debt column.

Recently appointed county chairman Pat Cahill said "new measures will be put in place going forward and procedures will be put in place to tighten things," however some people at the convention were unhappy that there wasn't a full explanation given as to how such a problem arose.

"They seemed intent on saying very little on the subject," said one source close to the board. "They brought it up but were emphasising the record €180,000 surplus they had this year and the record amounts of money that had been going through the books. But how can you not pay for tickets, and it's a lot of tickets if you look at the debt involved. If anyone goes to a county board and asks for a ticket, you hand over cash, get your ticket and that's the end of it."

While the books have now been closed off on by the board's accountants, tensions remain high with another source claiming that the matter had become personal and that the raising of the matter was an attempt to hurt the Longford County Board's upcoming fundraising day in Punchestown.


Of course there is wild speculation on what the real story is here but this I will not go into here.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 18, 2008, 11:06:21 AM
Please tell me there are Swampies involved!!!!  ;D  ;D  ;D  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 23, 2008, 10:39:23 AM
Happy Christmas to all the Longford contingent here - there's snow in them there clouds.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 23, 2008, 11:29:41 AM
Good luck to all in 2009.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on December 24, 2008, 01:49:32 PM
Merry Christmas and  Happy new year to all from the home of the county champions. (Don't get to say that too often!)
By the way the champions have an arduous task on St. Stephens day when they come up against the might of the  beaten finalists from 94. Should be a thriller!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on January 11, 2009, 07:28:12 PM
God bless us and save us i saw the result of the louth match! :'( what on earth happened? couldnt make it to the game, looks like i didnt really miss out. anyone able to name the team?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: mattockranger on January 11, 2009, 08:01:19 PM
was at the game!
first time in pearse park and was impressed!

team from the programme
1james mckenna
2brian mahon
3barry gilleran
4paddy mcdonnell
5kevin smith  'bull' as the fans were cheering was your best player!
6noel farrell
7aidan rowan

8colm flynn
9rory mcelligott
 two mid fielders battled well opposite to our two in that were good in the air but not very mobile!

10declan farrell     
11 david morgan
12 willie skelly named but did not start
13 cian mimnagh played well
14 kevin mulligan
15 francis mcgee livliest forward our biggest threat throughout

padraig berry enda williams were introduced in the second half

could you give me an insight to the amount of starter you's had playing today or wat level that team is at?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 11, 2009, 08:19:54 PM
was at the game!
first time in pearse park and was impressed!

I hope it was with the grounds.

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team from the programme
1james mckenna
2brian mahon
3barry gilleran
4paddy mcdonnell
5kevin smith  'bull' as the fans were cheering was your best player!

Smyth didn't start - the "Bull" is actually Diarmuid Masterson of Dromard.

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6noel farrell
7aidan rowan

8colm flynn
9rory mcelligott
 two mid fielders battled well opposite to our two in that were good in the air but not very mobile!

10declan farrell     
11 david morgan
12 willie skelly named but did not start

Shane Doyle of Kenagh started instead.

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13 cian mimnagh played well
14 kevin mulligan
15 francis mcgee livliest forward our biggest threat throughout

Billy will be delighted with your favourable review of all those Dromard players ;)

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padraig berry enda williams were introduced in the second half

could you give me an insight to the amount of starter you's had playing today or wat level that team is at?

Masterson, the two Farrells, Mulligan and McGee - along with Berry and probably Williams - would have been expected starters last year.

Of the remainder of last year's team, the regular goalie is out for the year (I think) and his expected replacement is playing with the under-21s, Paul Barden is out injured until April, David Barden is out as well for the foreseeable future, Brian Kavanagh is concentrating on the Club Championship with Kilmacud, Liam Keenan is out long-term, Cathal Conefrey has retired, and Declan Reilly and Shane Mulligan aren't being considered for the panel at the moment. Bernard McElvaney was away in Australia for all of last year and I'm not sure if he's rejoined the panel or not.

I'd hope - I'd pray - that the team that starts the National Leagues will be stronger than we saw today. Today was at such a low level that you'd get dizzy on getting back to ground level.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 12, 2009, 09:14:16 AM
Very grim year ahead, I'd be thinking.  Are none of the Slashers world-beaters being considered, at this stage?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 12, 2009, 10:23:45 AM
Very grim year ahead, I'd be thinking.  Are none of the Slashers world-beaters being considered, at this stage?

Dermot Brady was on the bench yesterday. Mark Smith has gone to Australia for the year.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 12, 2009, 12:41:17 PM
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13 cian mimnagh played well
14 kevin mulligan
15 francis mcgee livliest forward our biggest threat throughout

Billy will be delighted with your favourable review of all those Dromard players

They scored 0-3 in total, frees included, this full-forward line; perspective is a great thing. 

Is the Cavan game first, and is it in Breffni?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 12, 2009, 03:06:34 PM
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13 cian mimnagh played well
14 kevin mulligan
15 francis mcgee livliest forward our biggest threat throughout

Billy will be delighted with your favourable review of all those Dromard players

They scored 0-3 in total, frees included, this full-forward line; perspective is a great thing. 

Is the Cavan game first, and is it in Breffni?

Yes, and No.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 12, 2009, 03:29:10 PM
Gilleran was full back.
Is Paul Kelly not involved?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 12, 2009, 03:50:30 PM
Gilleran was full back.

How could I have erased that from my mind?

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Is Paul Kelly not involved?

Doesn't seem to be.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on January 13, 2009, 01:38:29 PM
Happy new year to one and all ....

I have heard from the cousins and our other lad on the panel ...that the trainings are like nothing they have ever done before ...unbelievable hard ....thats from the little red lad ! ... who would and can run all day and night .... have heard they were out lumberjacking around derrycassion a week or so ago .... dont know if that was a factor in such a poor performance ....

I suppose we had an experimental side and Louth (so I heard , could be wrong ) , were close enough to full strength ....

McElvaney back on home soil and has joined the panel , by all accounts ,

any update on S Mulligan and D Reilly ? .....  need them back for first round of leauge !
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 13, 2009, 02:32:26 PM
Happy new year to one and all ....

I have heard from the cousins and our other lad on the panel ...that the trainings are like nothing they have ever done before ...unbelievable hard ....thats from the little red lad ! ... who would and can run all day and night ....

Heard the same from the cousin (different cousin before anyone gets too confused).

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have heard they were out lumberjacking around derrycassion a week or so ago .... dont know if that was a factor in such a poor performance ....

That's right - blame poor Mullinalaghta  :P

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any update on S Mulligan and D Reilly ? .....  need them back for first round of leauge !

The word I heard was that they were told that the panel was closed but that they would be considered based on their performances in the (club) league. Whether this stance will be reconsidered after last Sunday remains to be seen.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 13, 2009, 03:42:18 PM
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The word I heard was that they were told that the panel was closed but that they would be considered based on their performances in the (club) league. Whether this stance will be reconsidered after last Sunday remains to be seen.

I struggle to figure that one out. I would say it is highly unlikely but they will be two of the better players in any club league game they play in.
So what they are saying is if they were willing to go back next week they wouldn't take them until mid March so they can prove they are still as good as they were when they were asked in in the first place!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 13, 2009, 04:48:05 PM
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The word I heard was that they were told that the panel was closed but that they would be considered based on their performances in the (club) league. Whether this stance will be reconsidered after last Sunday remains to be seen.

I struggle to figure that one out. I would say it is highly unlikely but they will be two of the better players in any club league game they play in.
So what they are saying is if they were willing to go back next week they wouldn't take them until mid March so they can prove they are still as good as they were when they were asked in in the first place!!!

Your problem is that you're looking at this logically... you should know by now not to expect logic to be applied where Longford GAA is concerned.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: crossfire on January 13, 2009, 09:26:03 PM
Would some of you lads give me directions to Pearse Park.
I will be heading through Cavan town.

Many Thanks
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 14, 2009, 12:30:49 AM
Would some of you lads give me directions to Pearse Park.
I will be heading through Cavan town.

Many Thanks

From Cavan, take the turn for Ballinagh (Bellananagh) and go on to Granard.

In Granard, turn right just after the Greville Arms Hotel and follow the signs for Ballinalee and Longford.

When you reach the roundabout on the Longford by-pass where it meets the Ballinalee Road beside the Abbott factory, take the right hand exit for Sligo and continue on to the next roundabout, where you turn left into the town. Pearse Park is a hundred yards or so further on on the right-hand side.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 14, 2009, 09:07:07 AM
Is it not a sign that things have (to put it mildly) not improved if the most outstanding player in the county is not being considered for the panel??  He's hardly a primadonna type either, and doesn't appear to be afraid of hard work.  Grim times ahead, while big Glenn advertises his wares.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on January 14, 2009, 10:42:43 AM
totally agree Billy ! ... dont see the logic with  this move , i dont know the lad personally , but by all accounts ,as you have said he is no primadonna .
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 14, 2009, 11:38:02 AM
Hes no prima donna at all. Seen him at one of our training sessions last year (it was for Leinster a this stage) where we were doing a particularly intense drill and 1 in every 3 goes everyone should have had a rest period...........he wouldn't take one at all. Was actually quite funny because whatever the name for the affliction he had started to spread to other fellas in the group and we had to start to order fellas to take breaks so we'd have a couple of guys to receive the ball!!!
Can be a little hard to make out sometimes. I heard the stories about him not answerig the phone and to be honest that wouldn't totally surprise me because I think it would the easiest way for him to say no to going into training for a while rather than having to have a conversation with Glen Ryan about it. Not saying its right but it would be the way he is. He'd be one of the quietest guys in our dressing room.
Have heard 2 variations on the story of his absence. One that he didn't want to go in till January but was shown the door in the meantime.
I've recently heard that he wants to take a year out from the county. He's been going non stop for 6 or 7 years now and is said to be a bit peed of with it at the moment.
Need to preference all this with the fact that I wasn't speaking directly to him about it so both stories could be baloney
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 14, 2009, 12:50:24 PM
Hes no prima donna at all.

I wouldn't consider our fellow to be problematic at this stage either - he's matured a lot over the last couple of years and is very committed at club level. But he was being expected to travel up from Templemore three times a week during what is supposed to be a closed season where county training is concerned.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 15, 2009, 09:11:22 AM
If Ryan can't get the best players in the county to play for him (in reasonable circumstances), then he should stop pretending and go home.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on January 26, 2009, 04:46:58 PM
well lads what sort of a team do ye reckon we will have out against the breifne boys? i really fear for us considering all the players that are missing! that is a decent cavan side that could well give us a bit of a hiding :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 26, 2009, 05:55:50 PM
I don't feel too good about it particuarly as my missus is from Cavan and for nearly as long as we're together Longford have nearly always beaten Cavan (mostly challenges) but I'll take anything.
Afraid the pendulum might swing back a long way next Sunday!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 27, 2009, 09:05:42 AM
Yesterday in the Indo - not looking like a pleasant day (year) out.

Monday January 26 2009 By Eugene McGee

In the past week, we heard that two prominent county footballers would not be taking part in the national football league and possibly the 2009 championship because they had decided to spend a lengthy spell in Australia during the coming year.

Keith Higgins, an outstanding footballer and hurler with Mayo, has told manager John O'Mahony he will not be back in Ireland until around June at the earliest. Fermanagh player Michael Murphy is already gone to Australia and will be there, according to present plans, for the rest of 2009. There is also word that 2008 Longford player of the year Declan Reilly may be taking a long sabbatical this year.

The departure of star players just as the new NFL campaign is about to start is a major trend among GAA players in recent years, many of whom take long breaks, often a year or more, away from the stresses and strains of inter-county action. Dozens of county players and hundreds of club players have followed the same route. At times like these, the players must be very happy that they are still amateurs. Were they anything less, they would not have the freedom to travel the world while their counties were striving for provincial or national success.

Headache

Players who are absent for the best part of a season are a huge loss and a major headache for team managers. The three lads mentioned, for instance, are all leading lights in their respective teams and apart from their absence taking from the teams' performances, there is the probability that their replacements will not be of the same calibre.

This applies particularly to smaller counties like Fermanagh and Longford. The latter look like being without their captain and regular midfielder of recent times, Liam Keenan, for the rest of 2009 because of a serious injury which represents a double whammy for Glenn Ryan in his first season. Undoubtedly there will be barstool philosophers in all these counties whose reaction will be predictable. They will blame the players and criticise them for 'letting their county down'. That is a simplistic attitude which is insulting to the players.

Much more important is to try to analyse why so many leading players decide to opt out for up to a year at a time at the peaks of their careers. The playing career of the average inter-county footballer has been declining over the past 25 years and probably runs at around eight years at the moment. So if an outstanding player decides to give up around 10pc of that career, there must be important reasons for doing so.

In the present economic climate, the temptation for many players to get away from Ireland for a year is great and hundreds of GAA players have gone in search of employment. But it is a different matter with players who have good employment and still opt to take 'leave of absence'.

The overwhelming reason is the desire to get a break. For some players, the almost year-long treadmill of training, gym work, matches and pressure involving club and county teams takes too heavy a toll mentally and physically. Many young men in their early twenties are also involved with third-level GAA teams and have major examinations to sit, often with very little consideration from the respective team managers.

Most managers whom I have met over the years regard players under their remit as robots. They are expected to perform like mechanical beings who respond to switches constantly being pulled by the manager. No allowances are made for personal problems, psychological frailties, domestic hassle, exam pressures, long-standing dormant injuries that impair performance and, of course, the monotonous approach to training in many cases that prove eventually so soul-destroying.

In every team there are players who are fanatics. They train seven days a week, go on diets or stuff themselves with the latest energy-boosting fads, constantly give out to team-mates who might not share their fanaticism and these players are regarded as heroes by managers and fans alike. Good luck to them, but not all players are fanatics, for which we should all be grateful! Some managers have a tendency to regard these fanatical players in their panel as the template for others to aspire to and this can do untold damage. The best managers know that every player has a different make-up and each needs to be handled in accordance with his particular traits, habits and psychological make-up. The failure to do this has cost many GAA teams players who have left either temporarily or for good over the years.

It often puzzles genuine GAA followers how a star player could opt out for a year as they look forward to big championship and league games ahead. But players know best if and when it is time to take an extended break. Followers only see the exterior side of the player as he wears the county colours in a game. But there is a lot more to playing county football than that and players have a very different attitude to the game than followers have. Their amateur status protects their decision-making rights.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: cavan4ever on January 27, 2009, 09:37:27 AM
I don't feel too good about it particuarly as my missus is from Cavan and for nearly as long as we're together Longford have nearly always beaten Cavan (mostly challenges) but I'll take anything.
Afraid the pendulum might swing back a long way next Sunday!

I hope your missus gives you plenty of stick Sunday evening  :D. 

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on January 27, 2009, 05:11:04 PM
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I hope your missus gives you plenty of stick Sunday evening  Cheesy

I think she'll claim its pay back time!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 28, 2009, 09:07:38 AM
I think one of the sweetest moments of recent years was when Longford sent its u21s to Breffni Park for a League game (due to injuries on a massive scale) and took the points.  :-*
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 28, 2009, 09:19:47 AM
That day the Windie contingents were missing as well due to the tragic death of a teammate in a motorbike accident. This was, what, 2000 or so and Longford would have had a large Windie prescence in the team.

Anyhoo Longford won with a Niall Sheridan grubby goal in the last minute.

I still remember the feeling leaving Breffni. Walking on air.

Strange how little Longford victories can almost mean more than an All Ireland to a Kerryman.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: cavan4ever on January 28, 2009, 09:35:29 AM
I think one of the sweetest moments of recent years was when Longford sent its u21s to Breffni Park for a League game (due to injuries on a massive scale) and took the points.  :-*

When was that?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on January 28, 2009, 11:24:49 AM
The ref Fahy, what is he like?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 28, 2009, 01:34:26 PM
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The ref Fahy, what is he like?

If it's Derek Fahy you mean bc, he's fussy, tends to avoid letting play flow, if he can possibly find some technical fault.  Don't like to see him in charge of a game I'm watching, to be honest.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on January 28, 2009, 01:43:46 PM
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The ref Fahy, what is he like?

If it's Derek Fahy you mean bc, he's fussy, tends to avoid letting play flow, if he can possibly find some technical fault.  Don't like to see him in charge of a game I'm watching, to be honest.

Great,  :-\ he got the Cross AI semi final against Drombroadford.  Expect a 5-4 game won by frees then :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 28, 2009, 02:42:50 PM
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Expect a 5-4 game won by frees then

Is that not the way all Crossmaglen matches end?  Bang ball in to Oisín, cue death scene in Swan Lake followed by 14-yd free in front of the posts.  Repeat ad nauseum to infinity.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: brokencrossbar1 on January 28, 2009, 03:37:00 PM
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Expect a 5-4 game won by frees then

Is that not the way all Crossmaglen matches end?  Bang ball in to Oisín, cue death scene in Swan Lake followed by 14-yd free in front of the posts.  Repeat ad nauseum to infinity.

Watch yerself Boots, I know where you live (or at least where you work :P)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 30, 2009, 12:13:13 PM
Team vs. Cavan (supposedly):

Pat Farrell (Killashee); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Arthur O'Connor (Abbeylara), Noel Farrell (Colmcille); Enda Williams (Clonguish), Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), Shane Cox (Legan); Colm Flynn (Ballymahon), Kevin Mulligan (Mullinalaghta); Peter Foy (Cashel), Kevin Smyth (Abbeylara), David Morgan (Mostrim); Cian Mimnagh (Dromard), Francis McGee (Dromard), Pádraig Berry (Abbeylara).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 30, 2009, 04:00:14 PM
Cue carnage.  :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on January 30, 2009, 04:07:42 PM
That day the Windie contingents were missing as well due to the tragic death of a teammate in a motorbike accident. This was, what, 2000 or so and Longford would have had a large Windie prescence in the team.

Anyhoo Longford won with a Niall Sheridan grubby goal in the last minute.

I still remember the feeling leaving Breffni. Walking on air.

Strange how little Longford victories can almost mean more than an All Ireland to a Kerryman.

could you maybe try and have a little respect for jimmy tully RIP  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 30, 2009, 04:59:40 PM
I don't think any disrespect was intended, and I can't see how any was inferred.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on January 30, 2009, 06:28:41 PM
well certainly disrespectful to the drumlish lads who were absent due to the tragic death of their life long friend and teammate. anytime ive heard windie bein used was in a derogaritive manner (ive used it myself!!) so what if they were missing for a friggin league match, there are some things far more important than football. i knew the late jimmy well, a great talent and a great lad RIP
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 30, 2009, 08:18:34 PM
Jazes Forfeit point. Reel it in.

No disrespect was meant there. We all refer to the Drumlish/Ballinamuck lads as Windies in this thread as a nickname not as a derogatory label. Maybe the younger lads think that but for us 40+ yr olds it is just an age old way of referring to them.

However, if you are offended, I apologise.  No offence was meant.

My match report - 10 year ago!

February 14 1999
Cavan 1-11 Longford 2-11
Five minutes before kick off in this eagerly awaited match we felt like going home. How could Longford win this one? All of the Father Manning Gaels players decided as a mark of respect to Jimmy Tully, the Gaels' forward, to miss the match as Jimmy was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Friday night. We could not disagree with their decision. This meant that of the team announced the previous week, only six players would play in thier selected positions. Never before has a county team had to make such changes before a match. Longford couldn't win. They just couldn't.

However this is a different Longford team than the ones of old. The spirit of Wexford in 1998 and Westmeath in the league last year shows the character behind the lads. It was put up to them and they passed the Cavan test with flying colours. Never before have we witnessed such drama, action, anxiety and tension that we saw in this match. A crowd of approx. 5,000 came to watch - the majority from Cavan - curious to see what shape the team was after its implosion over the winter. They left knowing new manager Val Andrews has a lot of work to do.

The first fifteem minutes of the first half looked ominious for Longford. Cavan went into a three point lead without reply. Enda Barden pulled a couple back and we did sense at this stage that Longford would not be beaten easily. Points were traded but it was Cavan that went in at the half time interval with a three point lead (0-07 to 0-04).

The second half was nearly all Longford. The Keoghs and the Bardens were making hay and causing all sorts of trouble to the Cavan defenders. Niall Sheridan began to finally get into the match and began to field some excellent balls and won a number of frees. The first Longford goal was scored by Paul Barden with ten minutes gone. He sawed through the weak Cavan defence and buried it. Longford were now ahead for the first time. Cavan got their goal about 10 minutes later with some poor Longford marking on the left.

Tension was mounting. Players were being clocked off the ball and, in one bizzare incident, Down referree C. Broderick had to consult two linesmen and two umpires to see why a Longford player was flat out on the ground. Obviously he got 4 different versions of the event because he took no action. This held up the play for 5 minutes. Time was ticking away. Longford were now within one point. Then a pass split open the Cavan defence again and Niall Sheridan was all alone with the goalie to beat. Niall conspired to take the longest route to scoring a goal I have ever seen. The ball finally just trickled over the line to put Longford two points up and sent the Longford crowd wild with delight. Cavan tried a last few effors but it was Longford who had the final say with a Robbie Forbes point in the dying seconds.

This quote is true - a Longford man was heard to say after the match "This win meant more to me than the Leinster in 1968."

Those Longford people lucky enough to be at both occassions may or may not agree. But for me, who doesn't remember 1968, this was one of the sweetest victory ever - but perhaps the saddest one too for the Tully family in Drumlish and all the Father Manning Gaels players.

It would be unfair to single out any Longford players for special mention - so I won't. They were all magnificant.

Gavin Tonra
Cathal Conefry Donal Ledwith Brendan Burke
Enda Ledwith Mark Lennon Robbie Forbes (0-01)
Aidan Keogh and Enda Barden (0-05)
Terry Drake (0-01) Ciaran Keogh (0-01) Garret Johnson
Willie Skelly Niall Sheridan (1-00) Paul Barden (1-02)
Subs: Shane Carroll for Skelly, Maurice O'Connor for Johnson
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on February 01, 2009, 05:23:23 PM
ok shamrock im relatively new to these boards wouldnt have realised that. whenver windies is used round our parts its generally preceded by "effin"!! ;)

that was some win there today, have to hold my hands up in that i expected our boys to get a drubbin but credit where credit is due!! excellent defensively masterson was superb as was williams! berry made a big difference when he came in aswell.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: BallyhaiseMan on February 01, 2009, 06:16:08 PM
congrats lads,
some performance to put in,with ye missing probably 10-12 first choice players,
Thought we had it once we went 0-9 to 1-05 up,then again never count out cavans ability to self destruct.
was impressed with
Diarmuid Masterson
Kevin Mulligan
Padraig Berry(when he came on)
Francis McGee,
and big Pauric Shanley.
Best of luck the rest of the year in league and championship lads.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 01, 2009, 06:19:03 PM
Have crossed over there as well Ballyhaise man!

Did many Cavan lads travel? Usually you'd see a good crowd - esp as it was quite handy to get to. Radio said 2,000 were there. Not a huge crowd.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 01, 2009, 06:21:37 PM
Have crossed over there as well Ballyhaise man!

Did many Cavan lads travel? Usually you'd see a good crowd - esp as it was quite handy to get to. Radio said 2,000 were there. Not a huge crowd.

I'd say the crowd was about half-and-half - it was mainly Cavan where I was. The newly extended stand was fairly full and there were a good many over on the hill.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: BallyhaiseMan on February 01, 2009, 06:24:15 PM
fair few Cavan lads there,mostly Gowna and Arva lads from what i seen :P
i expected a bigger crowd,but i suppose with you lads mising so many players, and us, well being shite,alot of people stayed away.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 02, 2009, 09:05:06 AM
I was only a few hundred yards away yesterday, but couldn't get over to the match.  I was told that Noel Farrell was MOTM, by a country mile - funny that he hasn't had a mention so far.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 02, 2009, 11:10:58 AM
I was only a few hundred yards away yesterday, but couldn't get over to the match.  I was told that Noel Farrell was MOTM, by a country mile - funny that he hasn't had a mention so far.

From Another Place:

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National League Vs Cavan
that was a fantastic win and i admit i didnt think we had a hope in hell but credit where it is due! bull, williams, noel farrell and berry were exceptional. hopefully they can drive it on and when the others come back, who knows!!
dromardabu , 02/02/2009 at 00:27

The source of the praise should cheer you up no end :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 02, 2009, 03:50:28 PM
Unbelieveably didn't get to the game yesterday even tho I was ready to go at 12 but its a long short story as to why I didn go but it was my own doing on Saturday night. Thought when you woke up and weren't too bad that you'd get better as the day goes on rather than very worse!!!
Anyway ended up listening to the game in Cavan town on Northern sound. When I heard the team announced I thought God help us, but fair play they really stuck at it. I still think they are going to have to get a few of the regulars back to avoid a relagation battle. Yesterday was a bonus.
Northern Sound went to the Monaghan game with the score 3-05 to 0-12 with  about 5 to go and went back just at the full time whistle. I was expecting the worst but when the flake read the score I tried really hard to show empathy with my inlaws having told them it was the worst Longford team I had ever seen put out (was getting the excuses in) but I mustn't have suceeded..........the wife says to me. What the f*&k is the stupid grin about. Shur ya couldn't blame me!!!
Title: Longford Championship Draws 2009
Post by: LaurelEye on February 09, 2009, 09:20:35 PM
Junior Championship

Group 1: Forgney, Dromard, Cashel, Carrickedmond, Ballymore.
Group 2: Rathcline, Killoe, Seán Connollys, Ardagh.
Group 3: Clonguish, Fr Manning Gaels, Kenagh, Killashee.
Group 4: Colmcille, Ballymahon, Mullinalaghta, Moydow.

Intermediate Championship

Group 1: Killashee, Grattans, Fr Manning Gaels, Killoe, Granard.  
Group 2: Kenagh, Legan, Clonguish, Abbeylara.
Group 3: Shroid, Cashel, Colmcille, Longford Slashers.
Group 4: Carrickedmond, Ballymore, Dromard, Mostrim.

Senior Championship

Group 1: Longford Slashers, Fr Manning Gaels, Rathcline, Ballymahon.
Group 2: Abbeylara, Seán Connollys, Ardagh, Mostrim.
Group 3: Killoe, Granard, Clonguish.
Group 4: Colmcille, Dromard, Mullinalaghta.
Title: Re: Longford Championship Draws 2009
Post by: LaurelEye on February 09, 2009, 09:21:46 PM
Senior Championship

Group 4: Colmcille, Dromard, Mullinalaghta.

 ::)
Title: Re: Longford Championship Draws 2009
Post by: Owenmoresider on February 09, 2009, 10:03:25 PM
Senior Championship

Group 4: Colmcille, Dromard, Mullinalaghta.

 ::)
An interesting group for sure  :D
Title: Re: Longford Championship Draws 2009
Post by: The Forfeit Point on February 09, 2009, 10:58:40 PM
Junior Championship



Senior Championship

Group 1: Longford Slashers, Fr Manning Gaels, Rathcline, Ballymahon.
Group 2: Abbeylara, Seán Connollys, Ardagh, Mostrim.
Group 3: Killoe, Granard, Clonguish.
Group 4: Colmcille, Dromard, Mullinalaghta.

Predictions:
Group 1: Longford Slashers, Ballymahon.
Group 2: Abbeylara,Mostrim.
Group 3: Killoe,Clonguish.
Group 4: Colmcille, Dromard,

our own group would expect ourselves and ballymahon to pull through, rathcline are no-hopers, the gaels ya never know they arent as bad as they showed up to be last year, alot of young talent, but still expect to come through against them.

groups 2 and 3 are straightforward and i think the whole county is looking forward to group 4 for obvious reasons!! :D

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 10, 2009, 09:11:41 AM
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groups 2 and 3 are straightforward and i think the whole county is looking forward to group 4 for obvious reasons!!

Well I'm not.  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 10, 2009, 09:49:08 AM
Whew.....just got out in time!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
Although it might just be the incentive thats needed!
Then we have Dromard as well.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 10, 2009, 11:35:40 AM
Did ye keep yer job this year NL?

And how was Sunday morning?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 10, 2009, 12:47:48 PM
No.....a free man at last. Prob not be around in 50 years so reckoned it wasn't worth hanging on!!!
Sunday morning was cancelled this week Billy!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 10, 2009, 01:42:09 PM
Whew.....just got out in time!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
Although it might just be the incentive thats needed!
Then we have Dromard as well.

Yep, we're going to have to win the Connolly the hard way this year  ;) ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on February 11, 2009, 11:40:26 AM
from our point of view .... not the worst draw , but have the prospect of local derbys with the auld enemy and Connollys, plus a game vs a strong Abbey side ....


Group 4 ....  will make for an interesting summer in North Longford ....
 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 11, 2009, 11:54:28 PM
Longfordian.

You have been missed of late.

Yes - it could have been worse for the Mostrim bize and any game agin the auld enemy Arda is worth savouring.

Detached as I am from the local scene I predict Abbey and our lads to progess. Arda can not recover from the loss of Kavanagh and the unfortunate Liam Keenan (to whom I send best wishes) and the Connollys.......well, who can predict what the Connollys could do. Well, I predict they will only beat Arda.

And dems fighting words.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 13, 2009, 08:06:25 PM
North Longford looking well in the News...  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on February 15, 2009, 10:53:12 AM

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North Longford looking well in the News... 
Its quite scenic alright!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 02, 2009, 08:57:10 AM
good win at the weekend Laurel ! .... away too ! ... good start ...... good preparation for our visit in two weeks  ;).... our div 5 team there this weekend too ...!!

we owned the ball for vast periods of first half ...didnt convert chances ..... lost out to scrappy goal in closing stages of 2nd half ....

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 02, 2009, 12:22:38 PM
good win at the weekend Laurel ! .... away too ! ... good start ...... good preparation for our visit in two weeks  ;).... our div 5 team there this weekend too ...!!

we owned the ball for vast periods of first half ...didnt convert chances ..... lost out to scrappy goal in closing stages of 2nd half ....

Good win for us maintaining our 100% league record against Clonguish ;) - and a certain Clonguish ex-county player threw his rattle out of the pram at the end telling us c***ts to go back where we came from - which we were happy to do :D - but we won't have the two county men for the match in two weeks' time so I'd expect us to be weaker.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 02, 2009, 12:56:31 PM
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a certain Clonguish ex-county player threw his rattle out of the pram

Is that player's older (not oldest) brother kicking a ball these days?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 02, 2009, 01:06:07 PM
I hear the younger rattle thrower's elder brother will be back for the Roscommon match.

Good win for the Mullinyartas to be sure. I would say the Clonguishes had that down for a certain win  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 02, 2009, 03:08:02 PM
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a certain Clonguish ex-county player threw his rattle out of the pram

Is that player's older (not oldest) brother kicking a ball these days?

All three of them were kicking a ball on Friday night.

Quote from: Shamrock Shore
Good win for the Mullinyartas to be sure. I would say the Clonguishes had that down for a certain win :D

They had it down for a certain win back in 2006 as well :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on March 02, 2009, 07:38:55 PM
The county champions got off to a poor enough start on Saturday. Beaten 1-13 to 0-10. Missing a good few lads tho for different reasons and I think they are only trainin about 3 weeks so wouldn't be too dispondent. Reckon Abbey had a stronger team out than they had in the championship last year. Big Niall back at full forward scored a good goal and point but his man won a good bit of ball off him too. Kevin Smith back adds a good bit to them too. They seemed very fit fo this time of the year but our lads reckoned they would have had a lot of the team training with county seniors and U21's which might explain it..
1st half killed our lads. Ended up about 5 or 6 points behind after playing with wind but a least upped the effort for a while in the second half. Got it back to a goal and then completely ran out of steam.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 03, 2009, 08:58:20 PM
Very quiet on here ahead of the big local derby on Sunday - have Colmcille been refreshed by their visit to warmer climes?

Has Longfordian shaved off his beard yet?

Will the county be playing Division 4 football next year? (Probably.)

Will I regret posting this? (Possibly.)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 03, 2009, 11:29:33 PM
I see the Longford panel are off to Toulouse in a few week's time for some well earned r&r  :-\

Hopefully they don't come back 'toulouse' to Wickla.

Boom Boom
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 05, 2009, 08:30:02 PM
Congrats to Mullinyachta in beating the County Champions.

Bragging rights for a while inanyways.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 06, 2009, 09:24:55 AM
Good result Laureleye, and congrats to the half parish.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 06, 2009, 10:11:34 AM
Thanks lads  :)

To be fair, Colmcille were missing Little Dec through suspension and the biggest lad of the Farrells only came on half way through the second half. Also, I'm not sure what the implications will be for the corresponding game in the championship. But it was a dogged performance on our part, particularly in defence for the last 10 or 15 minutes.

To quote someone on Hogans****,

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Mullinaghta not as bad a team as people think.

 ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on April 06, 2009, 10:55:27 AM
He has Laurel ...along with his head ! ... 12 of us at work did it in aid of Crumlin Childrens Hospital ! ...not the best look in fairness ..although the current look isnt much better .. increasing told i look like the auld fella !

yeah ..great run by yourselves Laurel ...good to see ! ....our leauge campaign has gone from bad to worse ...beaten by Slashers with last kick of the game ! ..... havent had a look in this year myself ... maybe I should take the hint  ;)

yep ..looks like we're destined for the basement ... Ryan has a lot to answer for his fool-hardy approach to some of our more established players at the beginning of the year ...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 06, 2009, 04:05:38 PM
He has Laurel ...along with his head ! ... 12 of us at work did it in aid of Crumlin Childrens Hospital ! ...not the best look in fairness ..although the current look isnt much better .. increasing told i look like the auld fella !

yeah ..great run by yourselves Laurel ...good to see ! ....our leauge campaign has gone from bad to worse ...beaten by Slashers with last kick of the game ! ..... havent had a look in this year myself ... maybe I should take the hint  ;)

Sure you might get a chance to prove yourself in the Division 5 match a'Frida in Derrycassan. At least there's no relegation.

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yep ..looks like we're destined for the basement ... Ryan has a lot to answer for his fool-hardy approach to some of our more established players at the beginning of the year ...

Dunno - we'll see. I can think of more useful things to be spending €15K on in the current climate - 450 Mullinalaghta Prize Draw tickets for one :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on April 06, 2009, 04:36:36 PM
I see the Longford panel are off to Toulouse in a few week's time for some well earned r&r  :-\

Hopefully they don't come back 'toulouse' to Wickla.

Boom Boom

that is ridiculous!! makes my blood boil that a serious amount of money is being wasted at that carry on! people dont dip their hands in their pockets for longford gaa for the money to be wasted on these pointless trips! how about investing in proper coaching in the schools?

anyway, who is gonna stop abbeylara?? they are looking very good at the moment.
great win for mullinalaghta too, there is alot of talent there. im a big fan in particular of jj matthews think he is a class act altogether
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 06, 2009, 05:59:04 PM
that is ridiculous!! makes my blood boil that a serious amount of money is being wasted at that carry on! people dont dip their hands in their pockets for longford gaa for the money to be wasted on these pointless trips! how about investing in proper coaching in the schools?

Well, if there's a good performance in the championship it might be forgotten about. If not....

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anyway, who is gonna stop abbeylara?? they are looking very good at the moment.
great win for mullinalaghta too, there is alot of talent there. im a big fan in particular of jj matthews think he is a class act altogether

I think the first thing you ask is the €64million question of 2009. I'm finding it very hard at the moment to look beyond them for this year's Connolly Cup.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Superstar on April 10, 2009, 08:18:55 AM
Sorry to hijack youre thread lads, but here goes:

Hi there folks,

With the championship just around the corner, from now on in you will see various fantasy football competitions springing up, myself and a few other memebrs of our club have taken it upon ourselves to run a competition of our own as a fundraiser. Hopefully we will get alot of interest in it, weve kept the entry fee reasonably low, its a pretty straight forward competition, all the rules, scoring chart, and player lists ect can be found on our website, so why not have a nosey at it. I hope when you are deciding upon which of the competitions available to enter you will give us a thought, we may not have a flashy website with all the graphics, but in entering this competition, you will be supporting one of youre very own clubs. If you have any queries about the competition you can email me at clannnabanna@hotmail.co.uk

To view the competition just log on to clannnabanna.down.gaa.ie and click on the competitions link

Many thanks, i hope we can look forward to youre support.
Title: Foireann
Post by: drici on April 10, 2009, 04:58:51 PM
Came across this team( in a programme) which may be even older than the Longford posters on the Board.

                                                                      Croke Park
                                                                1st November 1987
                                                        Colleges Final (International Rules)

                                                                Coláiste Naomh Mel

                                                                 Raymond McMahon

                   Cormac Cashin                           Pádraig Farrell                         Oliver Kyne

                    Donal Smyth                             Dermot O'Reilly                      Barry McGuire

                                           Luke Dolan                                Thomas McGuinness

                    Leonard Dolan                           Paul Victory                           Enda Flynn

                    Paul Neary                                Colin McGlynn                         Paul Leavy

 Fir Ionaid: Eoghan Donlon   Brendan Dee   Seán Killian   Garrett McWeeney   Paul Shanley
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 11, 2009, 05:34:22 PM
Certainly not Drici. Recognise a good few names on that. Some, if not all, were all Ireland colleges medal winners.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 20, 2009, 09:51:50 AM
Ouch, they were all younger than me (and Shamrock Shore, though he doesn't admit it) in school.  Paul Victory was to be the next big name in Longford football at one point!!  Luke Dolan played for Roscommon at some point (or was it Westmeath, he's one of the Dolan mob anyway), and Colin McGlynn played for Laythrum.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 23, 2009, 11:00:05 PM
I am happy to admit my age Billy. 33 in old money.

Anyhoo any of ye hoors off to the Longford day in Punchestown? I've caged a ticket and a lift so I'll be there. If I bet on a horse make sure ye bet on some other nag cos I have no clue when it come to the horses.

Hope I don't get caught by Kodakman!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Gold on April 29, 2009, 04:22:01 PM
Who's gonna win Longford's Got Talent?
I like the look of Veronica!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 25, 2009, 02:28:27 AM
Who's gonna win Longford's Got Talent?
I like the look of Veronica!

Good to hear it.

Now, should we call her up as:

a) Team management,
b) Team selector,
c) County Board official, or
d) Give her a run out as full-back for the qualifiers?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 25, 2009, 09:23:04 AM
It being recessionary times she can do the lot.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 25, 2009, 10:37:54 AM
Hopefully for a good deal less per week than the current incumbents.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 25, 2009, 10:53:35 AM
Hard luck yesterday lads. I thought ye showed a good bit of spirit in fairness. Yer forward line (inside) was shocking though. The Bardens were poor, and Kevin Mulligan is very reluctant to shoot or make runs. He actually looks like he'd prefer to be a playmaking centre forward. I know ye moved them around a bit, but only very brief flashes by Kavanagh looked dangerous. That Berry lad is a little legend though. Ran all day, and got the goal he deserved.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 25, 2009, 12:06:37 PM
Hard luck yesterday lads. I thought ye showed a good bit of spirit in fairness. Yer forward line (inside) was shocking though. The Bardens were poor, and Kevin Mulligan is very reluctant to shoot or make runs. He actually looks like he'd prefer to be a playmaking centre forward.

Well, that is what he is at club level, so it makes sense.

Thanks, AZ. Disappointed but not at all surprised with the result. I can't see us having a long run in the qualifiers - unless we get Westmeath in the first round  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: AZOffaly on May 25, 2009, 12:12:51 PM
Hard luck yesterday lads. I thought ye showed a good bit of spirit in fairness. Yer forward line (inside) was shocking though. The Bardens were poor, and Kevin Mulligan is very reluctant to shoot or make runs. He actually looks like he'd prefer to be a playmaking centre forward.

Well, that is what he is at club level, so it makes sense.

Thanks, AZ. Disappointed but not at all surprised with the result. I can't see us having a long run in the qualifiers - unless we get Westmeath in the first round  ;)

Ye might get us. That'd be some titanic clash.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 25, 2009, 07:15:26 PM
Hard luck yesterday lads. I thought ye showed a good bit of spirit in fairness. Yer forward line (inside) was shocking though. The Bardens were poor, and Kevin Mulligan is very reluctant to shoot or make runs. He actually looks like he'd prefer to be a playmaking centre forward.

Well, that is what he is at club level, so it makes sense.

Thanks, AZ. Disappointed but not at all surprised with the result. I can't see us having a long run in the qualifiers - unless we get Westmeath in the first round  ;)

Ye might get us. That'd be some titanic clash.

We should all be careful what we wish for...  :D

On your earlier post, I've always been very impressed with Berry. Back in 2006, I thought he was the outstanding player of that year's championship campaign. He mightn't have got the plaudits or the recognition that Kavanagh got at the time, but he was a sterling worker in every match and without him a lot of the chances that were successfully taken wouldn't have arisen.

The only pity is that he doesn't play for the club whose grounds are two fields away from his house  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 26, 2009, 09:08:09 AM
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The only pity is that he doesn't play for the club whose grounds are two fields away from his house 

Or the parish where all his family are from ...  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 26, 2009, 10:32:06 AM
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The only pity is that he doesn't play for the club whose grounds are two fields away from his house 

Or the parish where all his family are from ...  :P

I think his mother might wish to have a conversation with you on that subject :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 26, 2009, 11:43:07 AM
She can talk all she likes ...  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 31, 2009, 02:46:34 AM
I see the big beasts of Longford football are getting their shooting boots into action these nights:

Colmcille 4-21 Seán Connollys 0-4
Dromard 3-20 Rathcline 1-6
Clonguish 4-14 Granard 1-10

Gulp.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 02, 2009, 01:41:49 PM
jaysus ...thats a mother and father of a beating Connollys took of Colmcille ! ....long may it continue  ;)

We lost out to Ballymahon by 2pts ...gave away two soft goals which killed us ....

Laurel ...I see the  run continues unabaited !! ..impressive beating ye gave the windies ...nothing to fear come championship time if you continue to play as ye are
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 02, 2009, 02:15:34 PM
jaysus ...thats a mother and father of a beating Connollys took of Colmcille ! ....long may it continue  ;)

We lost out to Ballymahon by 2pts ...gave away two soft goals which killed us ....

Ballymahon against us were very well-organised but also very mouthy to the point of almost trying to intimidate the ref. It being Frank Toher, it didn't work, but it being Frank Toher, he didn't favour us as a result either.

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Laurel ...I see the  run continues unabaited !! ..impressive beating ye gave the windies ...nothing to fear come championship time if you continue to play as ye are

The Windies didn't have Davis, but we eased off a bit towards the end of the first half (going from 8-1 up to 9-4 at half time) and took a while to get motoring in the second half. Solid but it's hard to know just how strong the Windies actually are at the moment.

I think we'll be more likely than not in the quarter-finals of the Leader Cup, and if we were in any other group, I'd be fairly confident of getting into the quarter-finals of the Championship. But we're up against it with both Dromard and Colmcille.

But that top-secret GM research institute in the depths of the Derrycassan woods is certainly paying its way ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on June 02, 2009, 03:09:07 PM
I see the big beasts of Longford football are getting their shooting boots into action these nights:

Colmcille 4-21 Seán Connollys 0-4
Dromard 3-20 Rathcline 1-6
Clonguish 4-14 Granard 1-10

Gulp.
results like that make me think having 14 "senior" teams is a bit ridiculous, the likes of ballinalee would be struggling at junior level in dublin.

kicking 18 points is very impressive laureleye no matter the opposition, your group is going to be very hard to call. think it will be between ye and colmcille for 2nd spot. was hannify playing for drumlish?? need to get all the info  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 02, 2009, 04:42:55 PM
I see the big beasts of Longford football are getting their shooting boots into action these nights:

Colmcille 4-21 Seán Connollys 0-4
Dromard 3-20 Rathcline 1-6
Clonguish 4-14 Granard 1-10

Gulp.
results like that make me think having 14 "senior" teams is a bit ridiculous, the likes of ballinalee would be struggling at junior level in dublin.

Ball are very hard hit by having nearly a dozen players in Australia or otherwise away for the year. They're hoping to have more of a squad for the relegation playoffs from what I'm told.

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kicking 18 points is very impressive laureleye no matter the opposition, your group is going to be very hard to call. think it will be between ye and colmcille for 2nd spot. was hannify playing for drumlish?? need to get all the info  :P

No Hannify or Davis.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 13, 2009, 01:03:11 AM
It would seem we are in a Leinster final.

The juniors - v Louth!

Auld Shore was on the Longford junior panel in 1953 when they did the business to get to a Leinster final but he got dropped when feckin bastarding students finished the Leaving and came on board as Johnny come latelys.

Auld Shore still bitter - 56 years later.

So, on that basis, I'm ooot!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 15, 2009, 09:36:46 AM
Talking to some of the lads, aparently the junior final has been upgraded from Pearse Park to Croke Park! Being played before the Dublin game. Delighted for one of our men who I reckon at this stage of his career never thought he'd be togging out in croker.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 15, 2009, 09:39:35 AM
Marvelllous news there North Longford.

Will revise my I'm oot to I'm in!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 15, 2009, 10:20:55 AM
Is the news likely to make auld shore even more bitter though?!!? Break it gently
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 15, 2009, 10:33:06 AM
Ah he'll be fine.

Tis time to let it go at this stage I suppose.

He actually was a selector on the junior management team in 1992. I remember beating the Dubs in Parnell Park and then losing to Wexford in the semi in Pearse Park.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on June 15, 2009, 04:44:16 PM
The taller red cousin told me yesterday morn ... he's over the moon about getting onto Croker ....! .. I was down at the semi final in our place I noticed your fella alright ...fair play to him ... the last time I saw him in the county colours was circa 1998 /99 around the same time ...... when yours turely used to warm the bench for Mr McCormack and Co ....

And onto Championship this weekend .....

We have our dearest neighbours in what promises to be a pulsating encounter in Slashers on Saturday evening  ;D , we are missing 8 first team starters due to J1's / Holidays and long term injuries ...so it will be a much weakened side , its that weak that Longfordian has been instructed to be home from the wedding of Mrs Ds daughter in time for training and no alcohol to pass him lips during the day !! .... hard to know how we will do given the time we will have out

wins for Abbey / Ballymahon and Slashers and Killoe in the other games I suspect
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 16, 2009, 08:57:34 AM
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Delighted for one of our men who I reckon at this stage of his career never thought he'd be togging out in croker.

Who is it NL?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 16, 2009, 10:11:00 AM
A certain red headed centre back.
Couple more of the lads playing too.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on June 16, 2009, 11:36:29 PM
Good for these lads to have a small part of a day in the Sun.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 17, 2009, 09:26:07 AM
A certain red headed centre back.
Couple more of the lads playing too.

Fair play, I'm delighted for him (and the others). 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 20, 2009, 02:47:11 AM
First blood drawn in the Connolly Cup:

Killoe 1-12 Granard 0-8.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on June 22, 2009, 09:20:40 AM
And Colmcille got a tanking from our nearest and dearest.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2009, 11:19:03 AM
And Colmcille got a tanking from our nearest and dearest.  ::)

Never mind, surely after Longford's qualifier run it'll be at least October before ye have to face Mullinalaghta.

Do Colmcille have a trainer at the moment? I saw no-one listed on the programme.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 22, 2009, 11:55:48 AM
They have a trainer alright. There were a good few players listed on the programme but I didn't see too many of them yesterday!!
In fairness things probably couldn't have gone any worse this year.
Donie McKeon going away and Ollie McGivey retiring would have made things tough enough but with Brian Bradys long term injury as well as big spells out for Padraig Murtagh and Dec S Reilly with injury which was then capped by Paul Kennedy's freak accident before the connollys game we are actually lucky to be able to put 6 backs outl although one of them isn't a back at all but hey come October we might be a bit more competitive.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2009, 12:25:11 PM
Looking more closely at that programme I see they've done a Michael Corleone on you  ;D

Was disappointed by the performance in the second half. But as I heard someone behind me saying as I was coming out of Monaduff:

"Ah well, shure we still have Mullinyarta to play and they'd be no use."
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 22, 2009, 01:56:04 PM
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Ah well, shure we still have Mullinyarta to play and they'd be no use."
Obviously someone who last gave any thought to Longford football last September!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 22, 2009, 02:17:09 PM
What peed me off more than anything was the decision en masse to give up completely with 10 minutes to go.
Dromard would have been under more pressure at training kicking the last 5 or 6 points
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2009, 03:30:17 PM
What peed me off more than anything was the decision en masse to give up completely with 10 minutes to go.
Dromard would have been under more pressure at training kicking the last 5 or 6 points

They seemed to be overwhelmed even earlier than that - I think it took 15 minutes of the second half before they managed to get the ball past midfield and make any sort of half-serious attack.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 22, 2009, 03:48:03 PM
To be honest they were overwhelmed for most of the game. The strongish breeze and a modicum of effort kept things at least a bit competive. Hence when they gave up with 10 to go it got embarrasing. Most of the last 6 or 7 scores Dromard got without even a tackle being put in.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2009, 04:40:45 PM
To be honest they were overwhelmed for most of the game. The strongish breeze and a modicum of effort kept things at least a bit competive. Hence when they gave up with 10 to go it got embarrasing. Most of the last 6 or 7 scores Dromard got without even a tackle being put in.

Admit it - youse knew we were watching and decided to lull us into a false sense of security... ;)

On balance, I still expect youse to beat us on the day.

Was impressed by Slashers last night against the Windies.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on June 22, 2009, 04:53:31 PM
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Admit it - youse knew we were watching and decided to lull us into a false sense of security
I'm afraid we may have lulled ourselves into a false sense of security!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on June 22, 2009, 05:53:42 PM
Abbey took a long time to get motoring against the Connollys. I was afraid that poor Father Campbell might have to dust off the speech that he gave at the official opening to give the ref a verbal clip on the ear but everything worked out fine in the end :) Given that he didn't have much luck at the fishing the week before it will have come as a relief for him.

Ballymahon less impressive than might have been expected against Rathcline - likewise Killoe against Granard. Wasn't able to stick around for Ardagh vs Mostrim but I believe the least said the better.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on July 05, 2009, 09:51:05 PM
I'm surprised that no one been on here yet.  Ye have a peach of a tie.  Has it happened before?  I'd say there be a full house at Pearse park for this one.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 06, 2009, 01:22:07 AM
I'm surprised that no one been on here yet.  Ye have a peach of a tie.  Has it happened before?  I'd say there be a full house at Pearse park for this one.

Well, in 2006 we had Dublin in Pearse Park for the Leinster Championship and then we had the trip down to Killarney.

If the house is filled, I'd expect us to be the ones doing it - Kerry will be waiting for the quarter-finals  ;D

There is a thread on the main message board.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: GaelicGames.In on July 10, 2009, 09:58:00 AM
Hi there,
I'm trying to put together a list of all the recent Longford footballers and their clubs. Can any one help by adding in the first names and the clubs?
 (Please can you keep an eye out for players with the same first initals eg P Canavan could either of the Tyrone footballers so dont just change it to Peter or Pascal - could you just add a note to say that)

Gavin   Tonra   Colmcille
Brendan   Burke   Clonguish
Donal   Ledwith   Abbeylara
C   Drake   
Martin   Mulleady   Fr. Manning Gaels
Arthur   O'Connor   Abbeylara
Enda   Ledwith   David Hannify
David   Hannify   Fr. Manning Gaels
I   Browne   
P   Ross   
Paul   Barden   Clonguish
David   Barden   Clonguish
J   Martin   
Padraic   Davis   Fr. Manning Gaels
A   Nealon   
Trevor   Smullen   Ballymahon
P   Brady   
P   Jones   
C   Sheridan   
Niall   Sheridan   Abbeylara
E   Barden   
David   Blessington   St. Mary's Granard
C   Hanniffy   
Damien   Sheridan   Dromard
Shane   Carroll   Rathcline
Fintan   Coyle   Mostrim
C   Keogh   
D   Brady   
Liam   Keenan   St. Patrick's Ardagh
R   Clyne   
M   Kenny   
D   Smyth   
Cathal   Conefrey   Dromard
J   O'Callaghan   
Mark   Lennon   Ballymahon
P   Shanley   
J   Nally   
Michael   Kelly   Carrickedmond
John   Kenny   St. Judes
Brian   Sheridan   St. Mary's Granard
Stephen   Lynch   St. Mary's Granard
Adrian   Dalton   Sean Connollys
Paddy   Dowd   Clonguish
Michael   Hussey   Mostrim
P   O'Hara   
S   Mulligan   
D   Reilly   
K   Mulligan   
T   Glendenning   
M   Connor   
D   Corcoran   
B   McElvaney   
D   Glennon   
J   Kiernan   
E   Williams   
B   Kavanagh   
K   Smith   
F   McGee   
D   Masterson   
P   Murtagh   
S   Shortt   
P   Berry   
T   Nolan   
N   Farrell   
B   Gilleran   
C   McKeown   
S   McCormack   
P   Foy   
W   Murray   
P   O'Dowd   
Declan_G   Reilly   
D   Mitchell   
D   Farrell   
Declan_C   Reilly   
E   Farrell   
P   McDonnell   
S   Phillips   
P   Kelly   
C   Casey   
B   Mahon   
J   McEntire   
C   Flynn   
D   Morgan   
W   Skelly   
C   Mimnagh   
S   Doyle   
A   Rowan   
P   Reynolds   
S   Watters   
D   Keenan   
Ger   Dennigan   
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on July 10, 2009, 01:31:24 PM
Hi there,
I'm trying to put together a list of all the recent Longford footballers and their clubs. Can any one help by adding in the first names and the clubs?
 (Please can you keep an eye out for players with the same first initals eg P Canavan could either of the Tyrone footballers so dont just change it to Peter or Pascal - could you just add a note to say that)

Gavin   Tonra   Colmcille
Brendan   Burke   Clonguish
Donal   Ledwith   Abbeylara
Ciaran   Drake   Abbeylara
Martin   Mulleady   Fr. Manning Gaels
Arthur   O'Connor   Abbeylara
Enda   Ledwith   David Hannify
David   Hannify   Fr. Manning Gaels
Ian   Browne   Killoe
Paul   Ross   Legan Sarsfields
Paul   Barden   Clonguish
David   Barden   Clonguish
James   Martin   Dromard
Padraic   Davis   Fr. Manning Gaels
Alan   Nealon   St.Mary's, Granard
Trevor   Smullen   Ballymahon
Padraig   Brady   Fr.Manning Gaels
Padraig   Jones   Dromard
Cliff   Sheridan   St.Mary's, Granard
Niall   Sheridan   Abbeylara
Enda   Barden   Clonguish
David   Blessington   St. Mary's Granard
Colin   Hanniffy   Fr.Manning Gaels
Damien   Sheridan   Dromard
Shane   Carroll   Rathcline
Fintan   Coyle   Mostrim
Ciaran   Keogh   Killoe
Dermot   Brady   Longford Slashers
Liam   Keenan   St. Patrick's Ardagh
Ronan   Clyne   Rathcline
M   Kenny   
D   Smyth   
Cathal   Conefrey   Dromard
John   O'Callaghan   Ballymahon
Mark   Lennon   Ballymahon
Padraig   Shanley   Rathcline
Justin   Nally   Ballymahon
Michael   Kelly   Carrickedmond
John   Kenny   St. Judes
Brian   Sheridan   St. Mary's Granard
Stephen   Lynch   St. Mary's Granard
Adrian   Dalton   Sean Connollys
Paddy   Dowd   Clonguish
Michael   Hussey   Mostrim
Paul   O'Hara   Killoe
Shane   Mulligan   St.Columba's, Mullinalaghta
Declan   Reilly   Colmcille
Kevin   Mulligan   St.Columba's, Mullinalaghta
Trevor   Clendenning Longford Slashers   
Mark   Connor   Ballymahon
Donncha   Corcoran   
Bernard   McElvaney   Ballymore
Dominic   Glennon   Longford Slashers
John   Kiernan   Killoe
Enda   Williams   Clonguish
Brian   Kavanagh   Kilmacud Crokes (Formerly Ardagh, St.Patrick's)
Kevin   Smith   Abbeylara
Francis   McGee   Dromard
Diarmuid   Masterson   Dromard
Padraig   Murtagh   Colmcille
Seamus   Shortt   Ardagh, St.Patrick's
Padraig   Berry   Abbeylara
Thomas   Nolan   Killoe
Noel   Farrell   Colmcille
Barry   Gilleran   Longford Slashers
Ciaran   McKeown   Sean Connolly's
Sean   McCormack   Killoe
Peter   Foy   Cashel
William   Murray   Longford Slashers
Patrick   O'Dowd   Clonguish
Declan_G   Reilly   Colmcille
D   Mitchell   
Declan   Farrell   Colmcille
Declan_C   Reilly   Colmcille
Eenda   Farrell   Colmcille
Patrick   McDonnell   Sean Connolly's
Stephen   Phillips   Longford Slashers
Paul   Kelly   Longford Slashers
Conan   Casey   Cashel
Brian   Mahon   Clonguish
James   McEntire   Abbeylara
Colm   Flynn   Ballymahon
David   Morgan   Mostrim
William   Skelly   St.Brigid's, Kilashee
Cian   Mimnagh   Dromard
Shane   Doyle   Kenagh
Aidan   Rowan   Cashel
Philip   Reynolds   Shroid Slashers
Stephen   Watters   Clonguish
Daniel   Keenan   Ardagh, St.Patrick's
Gerard   Dennigan   Cashel


hope that helps, a few there i just cant think of
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 10, 2009, 03:38:13 PM
Donncha Corcoran - Round Towers, Clondalkin (I think)
David Mitchell - ex Westmeath player (was it Tyrrellspass?)
   
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 10, 2009, 03:42:41 PM
Probably
Michael Kenny Cashel
Derek Smith Abbeylara
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 10, 2009, 05:41:34 PM
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Mark   Connor   Ballymahon

I think he was still with Forgney at under-21 county level.

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Conan   Casey   Cashel

Conor Casey, Rathcline

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Padraig   Shanley   Rathcline

Not sure how far back this is meant to go but Shanley transferred from Killashee to Rathcline in 2000(?).


Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 11, 2009, 02:32:38 AM
Donncha Corcoran - Round Towers, Clondalkin (I think)
David Mitchell - ex Westmeath player (was it Tyrrellspass?)

St Mary's Rochfortbridge, I think.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 11, 2009, 02:35:17 AM
Enda   Ledwith   David Hannify

Enda Ledwith - Abbeylara, then Na Fianna, then Abbeylara again.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 16, 2009, 10:33:40 AM
From another place:

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Championship predictions
I hear the McGee and Masterson are carrying knocks and havn't trained this week. Niall Vance was injuried against Louth in the Junior final and was taken off, he may be out for a long time. Peter Masterson and Jamsie Martin were injured against Colmcille and havn't played since then. Ronan McEntire who played a lot of the league at full forward is away for 2 months. Dromard had no league game last week so it is difficult to say who is available or not.

I still think the will struggle, even is McGee and Masterson are fit.
acomeon , 15/07/2009 at 18:31

By the sounds of it, we might have to lend them a couple of lads and play it as a challenge.  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 16, 2009, 11:07:48 AM
C'mon the half parish - sounds like they're setting ye up to underestimate them.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 16, 2009, 11:50:20 AM
C'mon the half parish - sounds like they're setting ye up to underestimate them.

I will remind you that it is not actually in Colmcille's interests for us to do well on Sunday. So the altruism is appreciated :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on July 16, 2009, 01:19:11 PM
I know that, but we're having a rest-year.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on July 16, 2009, 04:20:13 PM
would never believe anything coming out of dromard, they are always depleted yet when it comes to throw in everyone is back!! :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 16, 2009, 05:25:08 PM
Would bet me bottom dollar they will all play bar Vance.
He put county before club and apparently will pay the price for a while.
He hasn't been able to train since about 2 weeks before the junior final in croker.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 16, 2009, 05:58:59 PM
I think we are taking the Dromard poor mouth (why are they bothering?) with a bagful of salt.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 17, 2009, 12:58:30 PM
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Senior Football Championship Round 2 Previews
     
Padraic O'Brien of the Longford Leader previews the weekend action    

The Longford Senior Football Championship resumes this weekend with second round games down for decision in the four sections and the crucial top spot in Group 1 will be at stake when Ballymahon and Longford Slashers battle it out at McGann Park, Kenagh on Sunday evening.

After scoring a comprehensive 3-16 to 2-5 win over Fr. Manning Gaels in the opening round, Slashers should be in a confident frame of mind but will be minus the services of the unavailable Paul Kelly.

However, manager Jimmy Gacquin has a strong squad at his disposal and providing Michael Brady and David Sheridan gain the upper hand at centrefield the indications are that the sky-blues will come out on top.

While Ballymahon will need to improve on their struggle to beat Rathcline 0-11 to 0-8 in the first round with chief marksman Mark Connor clocking up eight points, inspirational player-manager Trevor Smullen will have his team fired up in the bid to achieve the win required to avoid a probable clash against Abbeylara in the quarter-final.

In the other Group 1 fixture at the Kenagh grounds, Rathcline have only a remote chance of reaching the knock-out-stages despite running Ballymahon close and are expected to keep their slim hopes alive by getting the better of Fr. Manning Gaels. The losers here will be facing a relegation play-off and it does appear as if the men from Drumlish and Ballinamuck are the team in trouble.

It took Abbeylara quite some time to assert their superiority over a spirited Sean Connolly's side in the opening round but they eventually won with considerable ease, 1-16 to 0-7, to confirm their status as the firm favourites to finish top of Group 2.

Title contenders Abbey are in action against Mostrim at the Slashers grounds on Saturday evening and will clinch a quarter-final spot by getting the better of the understrength Edgeworthstown outfit who are short so many regulars in the current championship campaign for different reasons.

It looks like another comfortable win for Abbeylara while on the same programme at Michael Fay Park is the meeting of Ardagh and Sean Connolly's with St. Patrick's manager Gerry Fox facing his native club.

Former Longford footballer Gerry guided Ardagh to a crucial 1-10 to 0-6 win over Mostrim in taking a big step towards a quarter-final spot and the Ballinalee man is now plotting the downfall of depleted Connolly's who have been so badly hit by emigration. St. Patrick's are expected to emerge victorious with a few points to spare.

Always regarded as Connolly Cup contenders, the Clonguish team make their first appearance in the 2009 Senior Championship against Granard at Emmet Park, Killoe on Friday evening and many years ago this would have been a game to savour.

However, the once mighty St. Mary's have fallen on lean times and after losing 1-12 to 0-8 against Killoe in the opening round the pressure is now really on in the uphill battle to avoid an early exit and into a relegation play-off.

Clonguish should prove too strong for Granard in achieving the victory that will put themselves and Killoe through to the quarter-finals and they will then meet in the remaining round-robin fixture to determine who will finish top of Group 3.

A very interesting situation is developing in Group 4 in the aftermath of Dromard's most emphatic 0-19 to 1-5 win over the reigning county champions Colmcille in the opening round and Mullinalaghta enter the senior championship arena with hopes of springing a surprise.

Under the driving force of new manager Joe Mulvihill, St. Columba's have registered some notable wins in Division 1 of the All County League this season and their emerging team are backboned by the Mulligan brothers Kevin, Shane and Francis and the McElligott brothers Ruairi, Conor and Donal.

Mullinalaghta take on Dromard at Fr. McGee Park, Aughnacliffe on Sunday next and while the 2007 Intermediate champions will be hard pressed to upset the odds on this occasion, they will be targeting their remaining group fixture against Colmcille as a more realistic chance of further progress at the expense of the title holders.

That remains to be seen . . . .

http://longfordgaa.ie/local/09-c%27ship-w-end-2-09.html (http://longfordgaa.ie/local/09-c%27ship-w-end-2-09.html)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 26, 2009, 12:16:36 PM
Remarkable degree of radio silence here (not least from our neighbours across the lough ;D) .

Dromard looked very solid - both last Sunday and on Wednesday night without the county players. My guess is that anyone who can beat them will win the Championship.

Rather disappointed with our performance in the second half on Sunday and we'd need to up things for this day week. Especially with buses bringing people back from training weekends and rumours of airlifts from Amsterdam :).

Not very impressed with Clonguish against Granard or with Slashers against Ballymahon. Ballymahon are dogged and will be hard-beat.

Niall Sheridan getting his first ever red card in a meaningless League match on Wednesday night will be a big blow for Abbey seeing as he'll miss the quarter-final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 26, 2009, 04:58:43 PM
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Especially with buses bringing people back from training weekends and rumours of airlifts from Amsterdam Smiley.
We were actually away for the whole week. ::)

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 26, 2009, 05:24:15 PM
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Especially with buses bringing people back from training weekends and rumours of airlifts from Amsterdam Smiley.
We were actually away for the whole week. ::)

What was the weather like? :)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 29, 2009, 06:34:05 PM
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Longford manager Glenn Ryan is on the lookout for a new selection team following the resignations of Mickey Harkin and Ambrose McGowan.

County Board Chairman Pat Cahill confirmed the news when contacted by the Leader on Wednesday afternoon.

"They just decided to do different things. I can't speak for either of them but I know one of them is doing something completely different away from football," he said.

Pressed about whether there had been signs of a growing rift between the manager and his two main confidants, Cahill instead chose to heap praise on both men's contribution to the county senior side's cause over the past season.

"All I know is they did a great job and deserve great credit," the county chairman continued.

He also confessed plans to replace Harkin and McGowan had already commenced.

For his part, former Abbeylara manager Mickey Harkin offered little by way of an explanation for his decision but did reveal senior members of the county board "were surprised alright" by the move.

"I'll just take a break for a while. There was no reason (for resignation) in particular," he stated.

Longford manager Glenn Ryan was unavailable for commment on Wednesday.

http://www.longfordleader.ie/sport/Longford-selectors-Harkin-and-McGowan.5506150.jp (http://www.longfordleader.ie/sport/Longford-selectors-Harkin-and-McGowan.5506150.jp)

No point in letting those mean Kyavan b's hog the limelight...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 29, 2009, 06:39:01 PM
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Colmcille face a must win game against neighbouring rivals Mullinalaghta in Round 3 of the Senior Football Championship at Lynch Park, Abbeylara on Sunday next and the pressure is really on the reigning county champions after crashing to a very disappointing 11-point defeat against Dromard in their previous game in Group 4.
St. Columba's, on the other hand, ran Dromard close in losing out by 1-10 to 0-9 and because of their superior scores difference a draw will be enough to a clinch a quarter-final spot.

Influential team manager Joe Mulvihill has made considerable progress in his first season with Mullinalaghta and the 2007 Intermediate champions will be quietly confident of springing a surprise.

The absence of Donie McKeon, the top scorer in last year's county title triumph, is certainly a big blow for Colmcille and it will be remarkable if they end up in a relegation play-off after capturing the coveted Connolly Cup in 2008.

However, if Declan C Reilly can make a big impact at midfield the indications are that his club will be good enough to achieve the victory required to avoid an early exit from the championship but a tense and closely fought local derby is in prospect.

With Ballymahon, Abbeylara, Ardagh, Clonguish, Killoe and Dromard already qualified for the quarter-finals, the only other fixture of any appeal in Round 3 is the Group 1 clash between Longford Slashers and Rathcline at McGann Park, Kenagh on Sunday evening and the winners here will complete the last eight line-up.

Slashers were impressive in their most emphatic 14-point win over Fr. Manning Gaels in the opening round but they found the going a lot tougher against Ballymahon in their next game and ended up losing by the minimum of margins, 0-10 to 1-6, in the battle for top spot.

The driving force of Paul Kelly (currently out of the country) was sorely missed in that significant setback as the sky-blues are now looking at a probable quarter-final confrontation against Abbeylara should they succeed in overcoming Rathcline.

After losing by three points against Ballymahon, the Lanesboro side kept their championship hopes alive with a hard earned 2-11 to 2-9 win over Fr. Manning Gaels.

A hamstring injury ruled out county panellist Padraig Shanley on that occasion and he is rated extremely doubtful for the showdown against Slashers.

Without the scoring threat of Shanley, it will be a difficult task for Rathcline to reach the quarter-finals and while a draw will be enough for Slashers because of their superior scores difference it looks like a win for last year's beaten finalists who are the favourites to advance a stage further in the senior championship.

In the other Group 1 fixture at the Kenagh grounds, Ballymahon will finish top providing they score their expected victory over relegation threatened Fr. Manning Gaels while Abbeylara will win Group 2 by overcoming the challenge of Ardagh and Sean Hagan's side are strongly fancied to get the better of St. Patrick's at Leo Casey Park on Saturday evening.

On the same programme at the Ballymahon grounds is the meeting of Clonguish and Killoe Young Emmets to determine who wins Group 3.

The Group 2 relegation battle between Mostrim and Sean Connolly's will be played at Michael Fay Park on Sunday week, August 9th with the Edgeworthstown outfit given the vote to come out on top in the survival stakes.

http://www.longfordleader.ie/sport/A-must-win-game-for.5505713.jp (http://www.longfordleader.ie/sport/A-must-win-game-for.5505713.jp)

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 02, 2009, 03:43:06 PM
Congrats to Colmcille on a well-deserved win and best of luck against Clonguish in the quarter-final. I was expecting a Colmcille victory but not on that scale.

We wasted far too many chances in the first half and were frankly a disgrace in the second half. Certain "big names" need to take a long, hard look at themselves - but the likelihood is that they won't and we'll carry on all the way back to Intermediate football. On today's performance it would be hard to argue that we don't belong there.  >:(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 11, 2009, 09:31:20 AM
So how do we see the QFs going? - have seen nothing so far this season myself, for various reasons, so am clueless on form.

Clonguish v Colmcille: Are Colmcille improving, or did the half parish have a very bad day.  Is there a last kick in the Reich?  Clonguish
Abbeylara v Longford Slashers: Are the townies going to realise their potential,; are Abbey going to keep surpassing theirs?  Slashers
Dromard v Emmet Óg: Is it another good year for the Swampies?  Can Killoe swamp the critters?  Dromard
Ballymahon v St. Patrick's: Battle of the grinders - can Ardagh survive without Keenan and Kavanagh?  Ballymahon
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 11, 2009, 12:10:25 PM
So how do we see the QFs going? - have seen nothing so far this season myself, for various reasons, so am clueless on form.

Clonguish v Colmcille: Are Colmcille improving,

Yes.

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or did the half parish have a very bad day.

Again, yes, and the half-parish need to get their act together in the relegation match against the not-useless Granard.

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Is there a last kick in the Reich?  Clonguish

Clonguish were only middling against Granard and only woke up in the last 20 minutes or so against Killoe, but looked lively doing so.

Clonguish marginal favourites.

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Abbeylara v Longford Slashers: Are the townies going to realise their potential,; are Abbey going to keep surpassing theirs?  Slashers

Abbey are missing Sheridan (suspension) and Páidie Berry (cartilage operation) and without them were poor against Ardagh. If the Townies can't edge it they may as well go home and hide.

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Dromard v Emmet Óg: Is it another good year for the Swampies?

Looks to be.

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Can Killoe swamp the critters?  Dromard

Killoe looked very good for the first 45 minutes against Clonguish after having been OK against Granard. Any other quarter-final opponent and I'd make them marginal favourites. But not against Dromard.

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Ballymahon v St. Patrick's: Battle of the grinders - can Ardagh survive without Keenan and Kavanagh?  Ballymahon

It will be dour. Ballymahon can score which will make the difference.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 11, 2009, 09:57:06 PM
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If the Townies can't edge it they may as well go home and hide

They could have trouble finding a sufficient number of safe houses  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 12, 2009, 11:20:31 AM
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If the Townies can't edge it they may as well go home and hide

They could have trouble finding a sufficient number of safe houses  :P

No predictions SS?  Does nobody disagree with Laureleye or Boots?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 12, 2009, 12:27:27 PM
Jazes Billy - I havent been near a championship match in years so I am no expert.

I have no reason to contradict you in the predictions.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 28, 2009, 09:35:53 AM
Championship Semi Finals:

Abbeylara -v- Dromard: Has to be the Swampies, doesn't it.  Didn't see the semifinal - did Abbey win or did the Townies bottle it again?  Too many injuries/absentees for Abbey.  Critters to win handily.

Ballymahon -v- Clonguish:  Hard call, Ballymahon are hard to beat this year, while Clonguish are racking up the scores.  I'll go for Clonguish, but with no conviction.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 28, 2009, 12:54:02 PM
Championship Semi Finals:

Abbeylara -v- Dromard: Has to be the Swampies, doesn't it.  Didn't see the semifinal - did Abbey win or did the Townies bottle it again?  Too many injuries/absentees for Abbey.  Critters to win handily.

Berry was back for the Slashers match and Sheridan will be back for this one. Abbey were woeful in the first half against Slashers but Berry made the difference in the second half (but, yes, Slashers collapsed as per usual). Abbey will pack defence and midfield and rely on Berry and Sheridan to do the damage. Dromard vs Killoe was the best match of the quarter-finals and they should have the quality to beat Abbeylara, but I don't know... might just plump for Abbey (even if the Swampies are more of a football team).

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Ballymahon -v- Clonguish:  Hard call, Ballymahon are hard to beat this year, while Clonguish are racking up the scores.  I'll go for Clonguish, but with no conviction.

I'd say that Clonguish have had the tougher opposition. Ardagh were atrocious against Ballymahon but Ballymahon still weren't able to be impressive. They're well organised in defence but that's the height of it. Clonguish.

As for the match at the other end... well, let's say I'm resigned to watching promise turn into humiliation.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 28, 2009, 05:31:14 PM
I go with Dromard and Clonguish to reach final.

Also I cannot see Columbas losing to The Connollys. I know Laureleye will be watching game from behind his fingers on Sun but, c'mon, I know Mullinalagta hit the 'reverse' gear over the summer but, Jazes, it's The Connollys

On a lighter can I put on record my full support and alliegence to our new master and commander, Peter 'Payter' O'Reilly.

Shame that he'll hardly be umpiring again!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 29, 2009, 01:53:28 PM
Also I cannot see Columbas losing to The Connollys. I know Laureleye will be watching game from behind his fingers on Sun

I tried that for the Granard match. Didn't work.

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but, c'mon, I know Mullinalagta hit the 'reverse' gear over the summer

By the looks of things, they've discovered a new "implode" gear.

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but, Jazes, it's The Connollys

They may only have won one match so far this year but tomorrow would be enough for them :/

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On a lighter can I put on record my full support and alliegence to our new master and commander, Peter 'Payter' O'Reilly.

Shame that he'll hardly be umpiring again!

John Miskella lets out a sigh of relief....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 30, 2009, 12:40:24 AM
Well, Dromard bate 12 bales of shite out of Abbeylara.

All eyes on later today....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 30, 2009, 02:25:04 PM
Oh dear.

Connollys win by 6 points.

Disaster for Mullinalaghta and Laureleye.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 30, 2009, 04:18:43 PM
Very, very angry at the moment.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 31, 2009, 09:15:43 AM
I feel for the half-parish, genuinely.

I've had no word on last night's proceedings - what happened?

And good luck to Paythur.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 31, 2009, 09:48:20 AM
Clonguish win it with a late late goal.

Them v Dromard in final.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 31, 2009, 11:16:30 AM
Probably the 'form' final, in fairness.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 05, 2009, 12:48:32 PM
after seeing what dromard did to abbeylara, its shown all of us where we stand in the pecking order in longford club football. its going to be a long time before sean connolly is back in the town, especially after seeing the humiliation of our minors in the semi final :-[ :(

what on earth happened mullinalaghta im shocked about that result? they were going great showing real promise. at the start of the year i thought they might reach a semi final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 07, 2009, 09:11:17 AM
I think Dromard have learned how to 'play' most/all of the clubs in the county, tactically.  I don't see Clonguish having the wherewithall for them in the final, though I'd imagine that Clonguish would want to be playing them (rather than Ballymahon) in the final.  That said, Dromard can do the grind better than Ballymahon when they feel like it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: No way ref on September 08, 2009, 10:50:47 PM
when is the final
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 09, 2009, 12:34:04 AM
Sunday, 3.15(?)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: No way ref on September 09, 2009, 08:19:58 AM
thanks
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 09, 2009, 11:07:12 AM
What's everyone's call for Sunday - can't see past the Swampies myself, unless: (a) they have a mare, succumbing to their hype (please, please, please!  :)), or (b) Dowd and the Bardens all have the games of their lives (which is a tall order).  Dromard, by 5
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 09, 2009, 01:28:03 PM
What's everyone's call for Sunday - can't see past the Swampies myself, unless: (a) they have a mare, succumbing to their hype (please, please, please!  :)), or (b) Dowd and the Bardens all have the games of their lives (which is a tall order).  Dromard, by 5.

It would be ironic if Dromard's closest shave in the Championship this year was to come from the team that got relegated to Intermediate  :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 10, 2009, 01:47:37 PM
Clonguish will win this one in my opinion.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 10, 2009, 03:03:33 PM
I'm not sure who'll win but its been a while since I watched a county final from a comfortable seat in the stand so looking forward to it!!!!!! :(
Laurel what sort of implosion happened against Granard. Couldn't believe the connollys beat yee till I saw the list of absentees....sounds a bit crazy?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 10, 2009, 03:34:31 PM
Laurel what sort of implosion happened against Granard. Couldn't believe the connollys beat yee till I saw the list of absentees....sounds a bit crazy?

I'd have said the implosion began in the second half of the match against Colmcille and continued on from there. Psychological as much as physical.

A missing midfielder (due to injury) and a complete rearrangement of the team from what it had been during the year (full-backs playing at full-forward, etc.) in the Granard match made matters worse and then Pauric McGee the Wonder Ref put the tin lid on it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on September 10, 2009, 03:46:10 PM
McGee is a gem alright. Apparently he was involved in the Junior match abandonment between Killashee and Moydow as well.
The same man was responsible for the 6 month suspension of a Colmcille selector a few years ago. One of the most placid men you could ever meet and probably never booked in his 20 years playing football. The charge was physical assault... and as such I must have just physically assaulted my keyboard while typing this message!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 10, 2009, 07:35:12 PM
McGee is a gem alright. Apparently he was involved in the Junior match abandonment between Killashee and Moydow as well.

I believe the abandonment happened when a goalkeeper flattened a defender and was only issued with a yellow card.

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The same man was responsible for the 6 month suspension of a Colmcille selector a few years ago. One of the most placid men you could ever meet and probably never booked in his 20 years playing football. The charge was physical assault... and as such I must have just physically assaulted my keyboard while typing this message!!!!

Well, a female Mullinalaghta supporter was also named for verbal abuse but the charges were dropped after a statement from a neutral witness and a solicitor's letter so nothing would surprise me.

As far as I know, The Wonder Ref only restarted reffing matches in the last couple of years after being sidelined during an earlier era in the history of the GAC as then was.

That being said, our fellas should have had the wit to not give him an excuse to display his judgement.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 11, 2009, 08:47:16 AM
Bring back Wally, all is forgiven.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 12, 2009, 01:45:07 AM
Bring back Wally, all is forgiven.   ;)

Don't think Wally was ever in a situation where he'd need to be forgiven.

But bring back Malachy Scott ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 14, 2009, 09:06:23 AM
A draw, I believe.  Any reports?
Title: Anocht
Post by: drici on September 14, 2009, 09:11:58 AM
Highlights on TG4 some time during the GAA 2009 programme which starts at 8-00pm.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 14, 2009, 01:50:57 PM
Flake got horrid excited towards the end on Shannonside. Sounded a good game but not being there it's hard to tell.

Another dat out and a few bob extra for the County Board.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 14, 2009, 07:22:03 PM
Flake got horrid excited towards the end on Shannonside. Sounded a good game but not being there it's hard to tell.

Exciting in that it was always close - although some of the shooting was cat.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: magpie seanie on September 15, 2009, 11:38:00 AM
Caught the end of the highlights on TG4 last night. Unusual scoring system ye have there in Longford. When I turned it on the team in green (Clonguish I assume) scored a penalty and the scorebaord had them 3 down. Then every time Dromard scored a point a point was added to the Clonguish score until Clonguish were a point ahead. Then Barden scored a point at the end to help Dromard draw level. Weird stuff altogether!!!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 15, 2009, 06:15:50 PM
Seanie

If you thought the shooting/score board was bad you should see the spelling on the official program - esp the pen pics of the senior players:

One is a "solisitor" another is "Former Refief" as well as someone who works for "Longford County Councel".

It's available as a .pdf on the main site - which is also funny for the official statement on the side about "fake" photographers wandering around the place!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 15, 2009, 07:47:51 PM
Seanie

If you thought the shooting/score board was bad you should see the spelling on the official program - esp the pen pics of the senior players:

One is a "solisitor" another is "Former Refief" as well as someone who works for "Longford County Councel".

I see the minor final was between "Cilloe Óg" and "Noamh Uinsionn". Sponsored by Tool Centre, which is probably appropriate enough.

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It's available as a .pdf on the main site - which is also funny for the official statement on the side about "fake" photographers wandering around the place!

Would the culprit for the spelling be the same as the person throwing a hissy fit over the photos?

To think that I paid €3 for that programme...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: magpie seanie on September 15, 2009, 10:51:10 PM
That's bad stuff folks but bad spelling is becoming more the norm nowadays.

In the case I highlighted though it was TG4 who were culpable. Their score graphic had the teams mixed up and I was worried for a while that my gaeilge was a lot worse than I'd feared!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 15, 2009, 11:15:42 PM
I know it was TG4's error - I was almost confused as well but I knew where thing were heading so I ignored it.

Bad spelling in the official program is unforgivable in my book. Indeed it was raised at last night's county board meeting by someone pissed off at the errors throughout. Another fellow was described as a 'carpetner'

Reminds me of the days of the All Irelands in the 70s where tonnes of culchies unwittingly bought the unoffical 'official' program with wrong teams, wrong ref, wrong everything, produced by Dubs with backstreet printing presses.

Glory days!

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 16, 2009, 09:05:10 AM
It's not called Crayonland for nothing.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 16, 2009, 09:41:17 AM
Crayonland or not it is not on to have clowns in charge of things like county final programs and access to rants on official websites.

Perhaps Payter will bring in a new way of doing things!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: magpie seanie on September 16, 2009, 11:03:17 AM
Crayonland or not it is not on to have clowns in charge of things like county final programs and access to rants on official websites.

Perhaps Payter will bring in a new way of doing things!


Maybe we could have the anti-McNamee awards for worst county final programme. Sort of like the Razzies to the Oscars. Worst local paper article, worst national paper article, worst tv programme, worst radio commentary - jaysus, there's some scope here!!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 16, 2009, 11:39:10 AM
Finally we could win some National title again.

I'm all for it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 25, 2009, 03:06:06 PM
Clonguish to win the replay this Sunday.

Longford reps playing Wexford champions in Leinster. I assume that will be one day out!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 28, 2009, 09:01:08 AM
And so it came to pass.  Congrats Clonguish.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on October 04, 2009, 12:13:56 AM
Congratulations Clonguish, must be said though that it was a terrible final.
Based on that performance I can't see Clonguish progressing far in Leinster. I hope I'm wrong, it would be great to see a Longford team do well in competition.

How did the Longford teams fare at the Kilmacud Crokes 7s?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 04, 2009, 12:30:01 AM
Colmcille did ok - won two lost one. Beat Crossmaglen 'B' but didnt get out of group.
Abbey won one, drew one, lost one
Killoe - no idea.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 04, 2009, 01:58:58 AM
Congratulations Clonguish, must be said though that it was a terrible final.
Based on that performance I can't see Clonguish progressing far in Leinster.

I thought their best performance was in the match against Killoe (who were unlucky to lose both to them and to Dromard).
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 11, 2009, 04:21:43 PM
Leader Cup Quarter-Finals

Abbeylara vs Granard (Thurs, 8pm)
Clonguish vs Mullinalaghta (Fri, 8pm)
Ballymahon vs Colmcille (Sun, 2pm)
Dromard vs Drumlish (Sun, 2pm)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on October 11, 2009, 06:08:56 PM
Congrats to Mostrim on winning the Senior Hurling title with an 8-point win over Clonguish in Pearse Park.

I'm sure the bonfires are lit outside The Park House even as we type.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on October 11, 2009, 09:31:08 PM
We'll celebrate long into the night  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 02, 2009, 12:26:40 PM
Leader Cup Quarter-Finals

Abbeylara vs Granard (Thurs, 8pm)
Clonguish vs Mullinalaghta (Fri, 8pm)
Ballymahon vs Colmcille (Sun, 2pm)
Dromard vs Drumlish (Sun, 2pm)

Well, the final will be between Colmcille and Abbeylara, apparently on Sunday 15th.

Congrats to North Longford, must be in for Gaaboard Manager of the Month award.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 02, 2009, 01:03:56 PM
He/She has my vote.

Mostrim hurlers (aka Wolfe Tones) got a trimming yesterday in the Leinster junior (or was it intermediate) championship.

The only way is up!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 02, 2009, 05:21:28 PM
Jesus Billy don't ya know the manager of the month award is a curse.
It'll be all your fault Billy!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 03, 2009, 08:57:53 AM
It usually is NL (all my fault), it usually is.  Good luck on Sunday week.   ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 03, 2009, 12:23:38 PM
Jesus Billy don't ya know the manager of the month award is a curse.
It'll be all your fault Billy!!!

Surely beating the Swampies deserves more than a mere manager of the month award?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 03, 2009, 01:22:12 PM
Jesus Billy don't ya know the manager of the month award is a curse.
It'll be all your fault Billy!!!

Surely beating the Swampies deserves more than a mere manager of the month award?

That's what I thought Laureleye; NL must be from the Micko school of thought.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on November 03, 2009, 05:47:20 PM
Ara yera begora not at all.
Sure we're happy enough now. Never be fit for Abbey. Be good to compare ourselves against them anyway to see where we can improve. Nice if we keep the score down in the first half. Keep the crowd in for the second half.
Who's this Micko fella anyway.....?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 04, 2009, 09:20:31 AM
That's the spirit!  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 10, 2009, 12:59:48 PM
Big announcement at the County Board meeting last night as land has been bought out near Killashee for a new centre of excellence.

No idea of the cost but I am sure more details to follow.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 10, 2009, 01:23:42 PM
Big announcement at the County Board meeting last night as land has been bought out near Killashee for a new centre of excellence.

Is this the first time that the words "excellence" and "Killashee" have featured in the same sentence?

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No idea of the cost but I am sure more details to follow.

There are a couple of half-abandoned estates from Magan's (ex-Willie Donlon's) on up towards the chapel (God bless Longford County Council's "planning" skills). Is this a special deal from Nama?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 11, 2009, 09:24:45 AM
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Big announcement at the County Board meeting last night as land has been bought out near Killashee for a new centre of excellence.

That'll be the swamp under the hump-backed bridge.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 11, 2009, 01:21:27 PM
I think it's more Kayna than Killashee.

Crayonsite says Kayna and who I am to disagree?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 11, 2009, 07:56:02 PM
I think it's more Kayna than Killashee.

Crayonsite says Kayna and who I am to disagree?

Is this the first time that the words "excellence" and "Killashee" "Kayna" have featured in the same sentence?

350K worth of excellence, I believe - 41 acres in total.

At least there are enough county board members on the County Council now for rezoning to be a formality - if in doubt, they could always seek advice from their party colleague and ex-Senior Championship sponsor.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 13, 2009, 04:48:58 PM
Good luck to Colmcille and NL on Sunday!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on November 13, 2009, 08:52:41 PM
I second that
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on November 15, 2009, 06:35:45 PM
I second that

Didn't work, GGF runs riot (again).  :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on November 25, 2009, 02:08:27 PM
Team of the Championship 2009:

Damian Sheridan (Dromard); Anthony Corcoran (Clonguish), Cathal Conefrey (Dromard), Brendan Burke (Clonguish); Dermot Brady (Longford Slashers), Enda Williams (Clonguish), Justin Nally (Ballymahon); Diarmuid Masterson (Dromard), David Barden (Clonguish); Padraig Berry (Abbeylara), Paul Barden (Clonguish), Francis McGee (Dromard); Ciaran Williams (Clonguish), Paddy Dowd (Clonguish), Mark Connor (Ballymahon).

Senior player of the year nominees: David Barden, Enda Williams, Mark Connor.

Intermediate player of the year nominees: Kieran Mulvihill (Cashel), Kevin Moran (Carrickedmond), Ger Dennigan (Cashel).

Junior player of the year nominees: Philip Quinn (Forgney), Ollie Rogers (Carrickedmond), Conor Keegan (Forgney).

Ladies' player of the year nominees: Mairead Moore (Clonguish), Alison Smyth (Rathcline), Michelle Hannify-Mulvey (Carrickedmond).

Hurler of the year nominees: Sean Browne (Mostrim), Joe O'Brien (Clonguish), Seamus Hannon (Mostrim).

In other news, Brendan Gilmore will contest the Chairmanship against Pat Cahill, with a lot of reshuffling of other positions due to term limits, and Mullinalaghta will stay Senior for next year with Carrickedmond moving up - despite losing the Intermediate final - to bring the number of senior teams to sixteen.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 03, 2009, 12:46:14 AM
Has Brendan Gilmore any hope of ousting Pat Cahill?

I see the motions are the usual auld load of shite. I see Swampies want matches available on line or for download via Crayonsite.

Walk first - then run.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 03, 2009, 06:54:27 PM
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3: That bye law 4, subsection vii, f delete the following exception, “that a player may declare for a club within a parish in which he went to National School and first played schools football with”. Baile Uí Mhatháin

This is Abbey's usual bugbear (although they have no-one to blame for the O'Hara fiasco but themselves). Why are the shams doing stooge for them?

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8: That Longford County Board make adjustments or renovations to the existing dugouts to improve the quality of the view towards the top right hand side of Pearse Park (Mc Donald's End). Droim Árd

Just put them in the other dugout.

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9: That Longford County Board invest in its existing sound system to improve the sound quality for its attendee’s at big matches. Droim Árd

10: That Longford County Board make available a DVD recording to all participating Clubs in championship matches for free as a gesture towards the player’s for providing this entertainment to all attending these matches. Droim Árd

Grrrr....

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11: That Longford County Board make available to all clubs through the Longford GAA Website previous recorded County Finals or any other such material associated with County Final Day for downloading or pay per view as part of a online historical archrival system for the clubs. Droim Árd

Surely Dromard already have a historical archrival?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 06, 2009, 10:06:45 AM
Copehagen should be informed about these motions. The amount of useless hot air that will be generated will surely melt Greenland.

The brother was saying the proposed 'Centre of Excellence' passed its first test recently.

i.e. the hooring site wasn't under 10 foot of water.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 06, 2009, 01:35:15 PM
Copehagen should be informed about these motions. The amount of useless hot air that will be generated will surely melt Greenland.

The brother was saying the proposed 'Centre of Excellence' passed its first test recently.

i.e. the hooring site wasn't under 10 foot of water.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sink-Longford-to-make-a-lake-to-prevent-future-flooding-in-Ireland/351203105327 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sink-Longford-to-make-a-lake-to-prevent-future-flooding-in-Ireland/351203105327)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2009, 12:51:53 PM
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3: That bye law 4, subsection vii, f delete the following exception, “that a player may declare for a club within a parish in which he went to National School and first played schools football with”. Baile Uí Mhatháin

This is Abbey's usual bugbear (although they have no-one to blame for the O'Hara fiasco but themselves). Why are the shams doing stooge for them?

Wah Hay, Padraig Berry can come back to Colmcille.  Thanks Scabbies.  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 07, 2009, 03:24:15 PM
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3: That bye law 4, subsection vii, f delete the following exception, “that a player may declare for a club within a parish in which he went to National School and first played schools football with”. Baile Uí Mhatháin

This is Abbey's usual bugbear (although they have no-one to blame for the O'Hara fiasco but themselves). Why are the shams doing stooge for them?

Wah Hay, Padraig Berry can come back to Colmcille.  Thanks Scabbies.  ;D

You can always take that point up with Mrs Berry, who may have a differing opinion :P

I assume that the prohibition is in relation to minors - seniors can declare for whoever they want as several Colmcille players resident in Edenmore and Fostra can testify. ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 07, 2009, 04:32:32 PM
Ah there's not several - is there?  Anyhow, Edenmore and Fostra are only parts of Swampland geographically - it would be a human rights abuse to expect them to play for anyone but Colmcille.   :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on December 07, 2009, 05:57:48 PM
Ah there's not several - is there?

Three on the championship-winning team. I forgot Glenmore.
 
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Anyhow, Edenmore and Fostra are only parts of Swampland geographically - it would be a human rights abuse to expect them to play for anyone but Colmcille.   :P

Indeed. Their chances of winning medals would definitely be affected :D



Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 08, 2009, 11:36:19 AM
Ah there's not several - is there?

Three on the championship-winning team. I forgot Glenmore.
 
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Anyhow, Edenmore and Fostra are only parts of Swampland geographically - it would be a human rights abuse to expect them to play for anyone but Colmcille.   :P

Indeed. Their chances of winning medals would definitely be affected :D

It's not about medals - it's about self-esteem.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: panc56 on December 12, 2009, 11:54:22 PM
Would ye lot in Colmcille ever get a grip. Berry is one of us! Always will be as long as those doggy knees of his last! What a player though pity we didnt hvae a few more like him. Anyway convention was the usual load of crap.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on December 14, 2009, 09:08:54 AM
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Would ye lot in Colmcille ever get a grip.

We're doing our best.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on December 16, 2009, 05:25:42 PM
Jeepers Panc ya neeedin be worrying about Colmcille if the rumours up this way and a little further north west are anything to go by. Couple of trophies must not have been enough this year!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on December 24, 2009, 12:12:24 AM
To all ye hoors from Colmcille, Mullinyachta, Slashers, Connollys etc all the best from myself

I hate the lot of ye.......but not in a bad way........unlike dem Ardagh ****s

Happy Christmas!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 04, 2010, 09:52:05 AM
Happy new year one and all - hope it's an improvement on 2009 for everyone.*






* except Dromard.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 05, 2010, 05:14:32 PM
Happy new year one and all - hope it's an improvement on 2009 for everyone.*






* except Dromard.

Hopefully we won't have to rely on paperwork f**k-ups to stay in Senior this year. Anything above that will be a bonus.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 07, 2010, 10:56:28 AM
Anyone heading to Ballymahon on Sunday?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 07, 2010, 12:12:11 PM
Hardy seems to think it's off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 07, 2010, 01:27:14 PM
Hardy seems to think it's off.

And he'd be right...

http://hoganstand.com/Longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=122256 (http://hoganstand.com/Longford/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=122256)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 07, 2010, 01:34:02 PM
Will we tell the lads in Meath that are busy organising a bus to Pearse Park?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 07, 2010, 02:55:37 PM
Will we tell the lads in Meath that are busy organising a bus to Pearse Park?

That would have been interesting even if the match had gone ahead...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 08, 2010, 12:56:30 AM
I may make Ballymahon the weekend after next.

Does Sat Nav have this hole registered?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 08, 2010, 09:33:30 AM
How's the centre of excellence progressing - sorry, am just fascinated by the concept!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on January 12, 2010, 01:30:06 PM
happy new year to one and all ... haven't been on board for a long time now !

How are all the shore's doing ? did you make it back during the Christmas ? , just back from 3 week holiday in Belize , missed all of the weather , from watching the frontline last night , looks like the place shut down !

Longfordian Sr is back at the helm this year  , he will have his work cut out !!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 12, 2010, 01:58:14 PM
looks like the place shut down !

The Dubs may have shut down, but we're made of sterner stuff up North. Ten laps of Derrycassan forest on Christmas Day to get their appetite going ;)

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Longfordian Sr is back at the helm this year  , he will have his work cut out !!

No backchat now :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 14, 2010, 01:04:05 PM
Welcome back Longfordian

I never made it down to the gaff over the Christmas as the water was off in the Shores so no showers, toilets manually refilled from the seperate tap out the back etc. Roads too were dire so we stayed put.

All well otherwise down there.

Best of luck to the auld fella in minding his charges. I don't envy him.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 14, 2010, 07:33:35 PM
I never made it down to the gaff over the Christmas as the water was off in the Shores so no showers, toilets manually refilled from the seperate tap out the back etc. Roads too were dire so we stayed put.

Dublin has made you soft, Shamrock :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 17, 2010, 12:01:55 AM
Aye Laurel, it has. From a fella who used to tog out in the nittils on the old Shroid pitch (the one that you had to shoo the cattle off prior to the match) to this! For shame.

We'll beat Meath later today. Has Longford ever lost in Shamtown?

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 17, 2010, 05:14:41 PM
We'll beat Meath later today. Has Longford ever lost in Shamtown?

They have now.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 18, 2010, 09:22:24 AM
Will there be a Laurelised report on proceedings?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 18, 2010, 09:37:31 AM
Don't vex him Billy.

Auld Shore said the first half had some good football but the wind was strong and obv in Longford's favour in the first half.

Meath scored 1-05 without reply at the start of the second half as big Joe Sheridan decided to shake off the duffle coat and get stuck in.

Awful trip to Wexford next Sunday for the bihatimber competition. Time to reclaim this again  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 24, 2010, 06:04:06 PM
Anyone go to the Bihatimber fixture in Wexford?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 25, 2010, 09:26:31 AM
I doubt it. I tuned into Flake on Shiteside.

Wexford got the winner 6 mins into added time in 2nd half. Sounded a bit tooo added.

Not to worry tho. Concentrate on game agin the Fruit Pastilles in opening game of the League.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on January 25, 2010, 06:54:54 PM
Concentrate on game agin the Fruit Pastilles in opening game of the League.

The record down in Dr Cullen Park has hardly been confidence-inspiring. Not sure I fancy another jaunt through the sideroads of Queen's County.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Dougal on January 28, 2010, 08:29:05 PM
anyone give me directions to the slashers club grounds?il be comming into longford from drumlish.thanks
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on January 29, 2010, 09:05:33 AM
Straight through the town, out past the railway station (on the left), past the greyhound track (on the right) and up Farnagh Hill on the right. 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Dougal on January 29, 2010, 09:29:55 AM
Straight through the town, out past the railway station (on the left), past the greyhound track (on the right) and up Farnagh Hill on the right. 

Thanks
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on January 30, 2010, 12:31:56 AM
To be on the safe side you should wait until Slashers have a game in Farneyhoogan and then follow the crowd from.....

oh wait  :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 01, 2010, 11:52:27 AM
Unnecessary and mean.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on February 01, 2010, 01:35:03 PM
the man makes a valid point  :-[

anyone know when the draws for the league and championship is being made?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on February 01, 2010, 05:58:05 PM
the man makes a valid point  :-[

I've still to see a match in Farneyhoogan where the Mullinalaghta support (pop. <500) didn't outnumber the Slashers one by about 2-1.

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anyone know when the draws for the league and championship is being made?

My guess would be this month's CB meeting (though "Moydow" getting the County Convention reheld may complicate matters).

No doubt the double act of Cllr Flake and Pat Cahill will be on hand to give a running commentary on Roscommonside.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 05, 2010, 12:26:39 AM
Anyone heading to Carlow?

Auld Shore is in a car with the usual gangsters from Mostim, Cashel and Connollys (Laureleye will know them) so, win, lose or draw the craic should be good.

I'll tune in on Shiteside but I'm in Cavan this weekend in an area with no O2 access and Shiteside fades in and out. But, as Roscommon are playing, I expect fading in and out will probably be a good thing!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 05, 2010, 12:18:24 PM
Won't decide until Sunday morning, though will probably stay in bed.  Which is probably apt.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on February 06, 2010, 12:34:18 AM
FFS - where is the spirit? Cmon........at the grimmest of grim times we need heros....soldiers.....to carry the battle...

Ah, fcuk it, I'll stay in bed as well.... :-\
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on February 07, 2010, 06:40:33 PM
Good god, Scallionated.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 11, 2010, 10:16:42 AM
The Draws for the 2010 Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship was made on Wednesday night at the County Board Meeting in Pearse Park.

In Group 1 last years winners Clonguish will play St. Patrick’s, Ardagh while St. Columba’s will play Emmet Óg Killoe in round one.

In Group 2 Abbeylara will face Colmcille in round one while Sean Connolly’s will play Cashel.

In Groupd 3 Ballymahon play Mostrim and Longford Slashers play St. Mary’s, Granard in round one.

In Group 4 Dromard play Rathcline while Fr. Manning Gaels will have a bye in the opening round.

There will be an open draw for the Quarter-Finals.

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship 2010
www.peterhanleymotors.ie 

Group 1
Clonguish
St. Patrick’s, Ardagh
St. Columba’s, Mullinalaght
Emmet Óg, Killoe

Round 1: Clonguish v St. Patrick’s / St. Columba’s v Emmet Óg

Group 2
Abbeylara
Colmcille
Sean Connolly’s
Cashel   

Round 1: Abbeylara v Colmcille / Sean Connolly’s v Cashel 

Group 3
Ballymahon
Mostrim 
Longford Slashers
St. Mary’s, Granard

Round 1: Ballymahon v Mostrim / Longford Slashers v St. Mary’s

Group 4
Dromard
Rathcline 
Fr. Manning Gaels

Round 1: Dromard v Rathcline / Fr. Manning Gaels a bye
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 11, 2010, 10:22:45 AM
Handy draw for Colmcille. I believe half the young Abbeys are America-bound for the summer.

Not just as bad as last year for us with a four-team group instead of three.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 11, 2010, 01:05:03 PM
No real Group-of-Death there this year alright.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on March 26, 2010, 08:43:39 AM
Shamrock ..congrats to auld Shore on his award ...was talking to him a few weeks ago , on his birthday , cycling by the garage !....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 26, 2010, 09:58:53 AM
Thanks Longfordian. We had a good night in Croke Park that night. Lots of GAA stalwards there with pioneer pins and comb-overs.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 26, 2010, 08:10:14 PM
I see Colmcille had a good win last night over the townies. WTF happened them against Rathcline?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on March 29, 2010, 09:26:14 AM
I think club football is the only thing that we'll be talking about here for a while - a new nadir yesterday in Pearse Park apparently. 

Head about the good display in Farneyhoogan alright Laureleye, but no-one was able to explain it to me.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 29, 2010, 10:34:29 AM
I think club football is the only thing that we'll be talking about here for a while - a new nadir yesterday in Pearse Park apparently.

When a team's opening point gets what could only be described as a sarcastic round of applause from their own supporters things can hardly get any worse, but I'm sure our management team can find new depths to explore.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on March 29, 2010, 11:24:08 PM
According to texts received from Laurel yesterday while I was hiding in London not only was this the worst Longford team in his memory it was also the worst Longford team in Auld Shamrock Shore's memory!!!!!!

And that bates Banagher!

(and no, i wasn't scoping Ruislip for next year)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on March 29, 2010, 11:38:11 PM
According to texts received from Laurel yesterday while I was hiding in London not only was this the worst Longford team in his memory it was also the worst Longford team in Auld Shamrock Shore's memory!!!!!!

And that bates Banagher!

(and no, i wasn't scoping Ruislip for next year)

Main engine in the forward line gone to Australia for the year.

Best forward in the county at present not taking part after a cameo against Wicklow.

Best-known forward not able to make the first team in his club in Dublin.

Longest-serving forward still injured.

Another two forwards out injured after racing round a flipping dog-track.

Remaining players seemingly demoralised with a training regime that seems to consist of running and little or nothing else. (Having said that, they need to look at themselves as well as at the management.)

What would you expect other than the shambles we have at the moment?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: panc56 on March 30, 2010, 04:26:18 PM
Can someone not shout stop now. The ambition has long since disappeared from Longford GAA people. It's been run at all levels by a bunch of old farts with nothing at stake except their own egos and hidden agendas , mostly of a commercial and political nature.
I'm sick of this - its being going on for ages. The decent people would not go withing an asses roar of getting involved.
How would any your kid aspire to play for the county senior team? A life of playing division four football to no crowds. This is serious.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 07, 2010, 08:36:15 AM
In other news Mostrim second in Div 1.

Now that's good news in a bleak landscape.

Mostrim bate 12 bales out of FMG (Dad's Army) and I see Mullinyachta had a good win over Clonguish. Good stuff Laureleye. May compensate for all this 'Larry Cunningham is from Granard' shite that was on Nationwide recently.

That program is still on RTE iPlayer. Worth a gawk for Louise Morrissey. Oh, sweet Jesus.......................
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 07, 2010, 12:19:28 PM
In other news Mostrim second in Div 1.

Now that's good news in a bleak landscape.

Looking good for the championship, especially seeing as the Shams seem to have imploded (hammered by Carrickedmond - Carrickedmond!).

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Mostrim bate 12 bales out of FMG (Dad's Army) and I see Mullinyachta had a good win over Clonguish. Good stuff Laureleye. May compensate for all this 'Larry Cunningham is from Granard' shite that was on Nationwide recently.

We'll happily take the same score in June if we got it ;-) They were missing Paul Barden and Enda Williams and we were missing Kevin Mulligan.

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That program is still on RTE iPlayer. Worth a gawk for Louise Morrissey. Oh, sweet Jesus.......................

Ah now, wasn't she nearly an Edgytown woman in her time :-D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 07, 2010, 02:05:30 PM
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Ah now, wasn't she nearly an Edgytown woman in her time

True.....true. But let's not go down that particular road!

Still, Louise in her prime.......... :-*
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 07, 2010, 05:12:58 PM
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Ah now, wasn't she nearly an Edgytown woman in her time

True.....true. But let's not go down that particular road!

Probably has half a dozen ghost estates off it by now...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 12, 2010, 02:47:10 PM
I was just looking at the lineup for yesterday's stunning victory - Declan Reilly is named at #13 and Paddy Dowd at #14.  He's not really playing four midfielders, is he?  I wonder if there's any chance that the Louth match could be played in Afghanistan, so I won't be tempted to go?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Denn Forever on April 12, 2010, 04:58:57 PM
But would that be fair on the Afgan people?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 12, 2010, 07:56:26 PM
I was just looking at the lineup for yesterday's stunning victory - Declan Reilly is named at #13 and Paddy Dowd at #14.  He's not really playing four midfielders, is he?

AFAIK, Dowd is playing as an orthodox forward. Certainly he was playing at full-forward for the match against us in the league.

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I wonder if there's any chance that the Louth match could be played in Afghanistan, so I won't be tempted to go?

They could play it in Derrycassan and I wouldn't be much tempted to go. Unless a palace coup takes place between now and the Louth match it's unlikely to be pretty - I see we have the first departure for Amerikay already.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 18, 2010, 11:59:50 PM
Minors getting thumped by Offaly was a shocking indicator of where exactly Longford football is at the moment.

FFS - the early versions of the match report on the offical website blamed the defeat on the feckin' Icelandic volcano.

Har-de-f**king-har!! Gobshites.

3 points they scored in 60 minutes and conceeded 2-21 or thereabouts.

Never has a Longford minor team lost so bad in Leinster. Not so long ago we won a Leinster title and got to a Leinster U21 final. Now we are a laughing stock.

Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on April 26, 2010, 04:07:24 AM
I see the Minors won at the weekend.Laurel,Is that Peter's lad that scored the goal?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 26, 2010, 11:13:06 AM
I see the Minors won at the weekend.Laurel,Is that Peter's lad that scored the goal?

Yep. Still another year at minor.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on April 28, 2010, 01:16:14 AM
Are ye sending any lads out to us this year ?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 28, 2010, 01:25:40 AM
Are ye sending any lads out to us this year ?

Was the one last year not enough?  ;D

No idea - there's one gone to New York on a semi-permanent basis and I hear stories about others going out for the summer but I don't know if anything'll come of it. On the form of the last couple of matches, we could be doing with all hands on deck for Ardagh in order to avoid the relegation playoffs again.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 29, 2010, 09:10:01 PM
In another place, odds for the Connolly Cup have been posted:

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They are:

Dromard 10/3

Clonguish 4/1

Abbeylara 4/1

Longford Slashers 9/2

Colmcille 5/1

Ballymahon 13/2

Killoe 10/1

Mullinalaghta St Columba's 16/1

Fr. Manning Gaels 20/1

St. Patrick's Ardagh 28/1

Mostrim 33/1

St. Mary's Granard 50/1

Sean Connolly's 66/1

Cashel 66/1

Rathcline 66/1

Each-way bets 1/3 odds first 2

Value bet on current form is Killoe at 10/1. On what I've seen so far, odds on Clonguish, Ballymahon, Drumlish and ourselves are too short (the middle two ridiculously so), and odds on Edgytown are too long.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on April 29, 2010, 10:46:01 PM
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odds on Edgytown are too long

Do you think I'll have hard earned on them??

Not on your nellie!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on April 29, 2010, 11:04:46 PM
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odds on Edgytown are too long

Do you think I'll have hard earned on them??

Not on your nellie!

Ah go on, go on, go on....

I'd put yis at about 16/1 or so. Yis are definitely not worse than the Windies or the Shams.

If I was tipping, myself, it would be:

Dromard 10/3
Abbeylara 4/1 5/1
Killoe 10/1 5/1
Clonguish 4/1 6/1
Longford Slashers 9/2 8/1
Colmcille 5/1 8/1
Mostrim 33/1 16/1
Ballymahon 13/2 20/1
Mullinalaghta St Columba's 16/1 25/1
St. Patrick's Ardagh 28/1 25/1
St. Mary's Granard 50/1 33/1
Rathcline 66/1 40/1
Sean Connolly's 66/1 40/1
Fr. Manning Gaels 20/1 50/1
Cashel 66/1 50/1
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on April 29, 2010, 11:40:59 PM
killoe 5/1? no way, look at who they have played so far and the circumstances of the other teams and that will explain why they are doing so well in the league. all teams bar the only 2 possible winners - dromard and clonguish are way way too short. half the teams there should be longer than 50/1
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on April 30, 2010, 12:54:47 PM
If Abbey don't have Berry and Smyth then they are more like a 8 or 9 - 1.
Colmcille more like 20's ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on April 30, 2010, 04:46:19 PM
In fairness, no team outside the top 6 are capable of winning it; and realistically it'll be between the Swamp, the Reich and Killoe.  Abbey have an outside chance, if they can keep Sheridan semi-fit.

I really haven't seen enough football recently to even say this, but I couldn't resist.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 04, 2010, 11:57:09 AM
Are ye sending any lads out to us this year ?

Update: the (only, TG) one who's fogward-bound may have complicated things for himself in yesterday's match by getting sent off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on May 04, 2010, 05:21:42 PM
In fairness, no team outside the top 6 are capable of winning it; and realistically it'll be between the Swamp, the Reich and Killoe.  Abbey have an outside chance, if they can keep Sheridan semi-fit.

I really haven't seen enough football recently to even say this, but I couldn't resist.

I can't understand this talk about killoe, what is it based on? this league that is mostly being played without county players?

anyways i wonder did the rest of ye notice a little joke on the longfordgaa website with regards the league round up:

"Dromard 3-12 Clonguish 0-8

Dromard recorded a comprehensive victory over Clonguish on the May Bank Holiday Monday at Allen Park in round seven of the All County Football League Division 1 to put the Arva men top of the league after the first stage of the games while Newtownforbes side sit third from the bottom, final score 3-12 to 0-8."
 :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on May 04, 2010, 05:33:21 PM
Thought it was an honest mistake....easy one to make!!!
He also said the Colmcille game was called off due to a death in the Colmcille club. It was actually in the Drumlish club. He was hardly joking there!!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 10, 2010, 09:17:54 AM
Jaysus, the excitement is fierce!  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on May 27, 2010, 12:44:33 AM
All back to normal now lads I suppose?

Lads....hello.........anyone there?

Pesky qualifier to lose heavily in but after that it's Connolly Cup time.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 27, 2010, 05:34:56 PM
All back to normal now lads I suppose?

Lads....hello.........anyone there?

Pesky qualifier to lose heavily in but after that it's Connolly Cup time.

We might always get Westmeath....

League back on on Saturday evening.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on May 30, 2010, 01:08:01 AM
Congratulations to Colmcille on emerging from the Swamp with two points  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on May 31, 2010, 09:10:36 AM
The summer is now complete!  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on July 11, 2010, 06:30:24 PM
Well done to the minors today. Fantastic result
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 13, 2010, 01:28:46 PM
Fantastic win for the minors , wasn't at it myself , but saw highlights on TG4 last night , did very well after being under pressure for most of the 1st half from Offally ! ....

We have Ballymahon in Killoe in the first round of the championship on Saturday evening , important game , as winner of this will fancy themselves to win v Granard and get into knock-out stages .....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 18, 2010, 11:21:09 PM
First round of Connolly Cup:

Group 1:

Clonguish 1-13 Ardagh 2-8
Mullinalaghta 1-12 Killoe 0-9

next matches: Clonguish v Killoe, Mullinalaghta v Ardagh

Group 2:

Abbeylara 1-8 Colmcille 0-7
Seán Connollys 2-6 Cashel 1-6

next matches: Cashel v Abbeylara, Colmcille v Seán Connollys

Group 3:

Mostrim 1-17 Ballymahon 2-5
Longford Slashers 3-11 Granard 0-8

next matches: Mostrim v Longford Slashers, Ballymahon v Granard

Group 4:

Dromard 1-17 Rathcline 1-10

next match: Rathcline v Fr Manning Gaels

Slashers, Mostrim, Abbey and Dromard all look pretty certain quarter-finalists after this weekend. Colmcille should almost certainly make it through as well with their two easier games to come. Group 1 is up in the air after Ardagh and Mullinalaghta's performances this weekend - anyone could qualify or alternatively anyone could still end up in the relegation playoffs. Fr Manning Gaels will be hoping to have the county minors available for the do-or-die Rathcline match on the bank holiday weekend.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on July 18, 2010, 11:53:02 PM
Wins for some of the lads here, Mostrim win (me and Longfordian), Colmcille defeat (Boots and North Longford), Slashers win (Forfeit Point), St. Columba's win (Laureleye)

Could be an interesting year this year. Ballymahon got their 2 goals at the end to make the score v us respectable. No sign of Brian kavanagh coming back into the Ardagh fold (despite being named as an Ardagh player in the qualifer programs).

We'll see how we get on v The Slashers. I always dreaded meeting Slashers in the Championship. Shur, I havn't recovered from the 1975 county final disappointment. Sean Donnelly killed us that day.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 19, 2010, 12:30:27 AM
Wins for some of the lads here, Mostrim win (me and Longfordian), Colmcille defeat (Boots and North Longford), Slashers win (Forfeit Point), St. Columba's win (Laureleye)

Could be an interesting year this year. Ballymahon got their 2 goals at the end to make the score v us respectable. No sign of Brian kavanagh coming back into the Ardagh fold (despite being named as an Ardagh player in the qualifer programs).

We'll see how we get on v The Slashers. I always dreaded meeting Slashers in the Championship. Shur, I havn't recovered from the 1975 county final disappointment. Sean Donnelly killed us that day.

I think Kavanagh's "return" was in the way of a misprint - I can't see him forsaking the bright lights of Kilmacud for Keenan Park any time soon.

Longfordian can comment on Slashers' performance, seeing as he was spotted in Edgeworthstown this evening ;) I was there for the second half during which Granard didn't put up much effective resistance but there were only 4 points in it at half time. Best match I saw this weekend was Clonguish-Ardagh (missed Mostrim's). Worst was Connollys-Cashel.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 20, 2010, 01:26:31 PM
Ballymahon had a very bad day at the office on Saturday .... so I wouldn't read much into the manner of our victory .... although we did play very well at times ...Brian Farrell was immense , Fintan Coyle cleaned up around the middle , Hannon and P Smith did very well in defence and attacked with pace ... one of our panelist's ,  will remain unmentioned ,had a considerable amount of money on us to win @ 2/1 ...he had a nervous first few mins , but calmed down after that !
Slashers always looked comfortable , it took them a while to shake Granard off , P Kelly and Philips will be a handful.
Performance of the weekend has to go to St.Columba's .... outplayed and outscored a very fancied Killoe outfit , great to see , and they will be very confident of securing a quater final spot.
 
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 20, 2010, 04:39:46 PM
Ballymahon had a very bad day at the office on Saturday .... so I wouldn't read much into the manner of our victory .... although we did play very well at times ...Brian Farrell was immense , Fintan Coyle cleaned up around the middle , Hannon and P Smith did very well in defence and attacked with pace ... one of our panelist's ,  will remain unmentioned ,had a considerable amount of money on us to win @ 2/1 ...he had a nervous first few mins , but calmed down after that !

Dunno what's gone wrong with Ballymahon this year, but whatever it is is fairly drastic; we played them in the league in Ballymahon and beat them quite comfortably despite missing several players.

We'll say nothing about the betting in case the CCCC take an interest :P

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Slashers always looked comfortable , it took them a while to shake Granard off , P Kelly and Philips will be a handful.
Performance of the weekend has to go to St.Columba's .... outplayed and outscored a very fancied Killoe outfit , great to see , and they will be very confident of securing a quater final spot.

We're not getting over-excited yet (at least I hope we're not). We'll be playing Ardagh without a couple of key players because of holidays, and they looked useful against Clonguish. You might well see all the teams in that group on 2 points after the next round of matches because Killoe will have to do their damnedest against Clonguish.

The first Senior Championship win since 1952 was a nice experience though  ;D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sheelinside on July 24, 2010, 03:48:09 AM
i saw naomh Columbas in a challenge game earlier this year, first time i saw them in about 4 years.
 They were a massive improvement from what i remembered-- some lovely young useful tidy footballers-- was impressed with what i saw that day. (albeit against extremely limited opposition)
the future looks bright there
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 26, 2010, 09:09:56 AM
Laurel ,
Word on the street is that Killoe are lodging an objection ...... is there any substance to it ? , if so then its very poor form from Killoe , as they were beaten fair and square !!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 26, 2010, 12:16:00 PM
First I've heard of it - which is not to say that it's not happening.

Update: There was a rumour, apparently, but I don't think they're pursuing the matter.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on July 27, 2010, 02:11:38 PM
i heard about that too, the player in question will hardly feature more for ye laurel  ??? twas a big risk to take (if the rumours of illegality are true of course)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 27, 2010, 04:31:48 PM
So Forfeit ....
What are your thoughts on the game on Saturday evening ? .... you should go into the match as favourites , was impressed with Philips inside and Smith was accurate from the 40' ...Brady will be a loss for ye in the full back line ...although ye have the other Bairns lad to slot in there
...Paul Kelly first championship outing against his old club ... a bit like Rooney coming back to Goodison ! ...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 27, 2010, 07:15:17 PM
i heard about that too, the player in question will hardly feature more for ye laurel  ??? twas a big risk to take (if the rumours of illegality are true of course)

Presumably if the rumours of illegality were true, Killoe would have pursued the matter, no?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 28, 2010, 11:41:55 AM
To make the issue above absolutely clear to any prospective barstool lawyers:

a) The player in question was given a sanction by Croke Park to play in San Francisco from May 13th. The 60-day time period during which he could not play for Mullinalaghta expired on July 12th. The Killoe match was on July 18th - six days after the expiry date. Any curious souls can check this for themselves on the main GAA website where lists of sanctions are published.

b) If the club weren't sure he was legal, they wouldn't have played him - end of story. Mullinalaghta were already ahead by three points when he came on, so it's not as if it was a last desperate throw of the dice. We may be viewed as half-savage crypto-Cavanmen by many people in Longford, but stupid or suicidal we ain't.

c) He didn't start because, well, he hadn't been around all summer and it wouldn't have been fair on the lads who had been. This point no longer applies for subsequent matches.

d) He was originally due home on July 24th but came home a week or so earlier. I'm no longer directly involved with the club, but I assume that they saw no need to advertise in advance the fact that he was available to play against Killoe (although I'm sure many people in the general Granard area would have been aware he was home early). Gamesmanship, perhaps, but not illegal.

Sorry if this sounds snippy, but the notion that we "got away" with playing an illegal player needs to be nipped in the bud  >:(.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on July 28, 2010, 02:44:14 PM
Laurel ,
As it was me who brought up this subject ....(sorry I did now !!  :-[ ) , I was at training last Friday evening and this was the chat I was hearing from the lads ...
 I was only looking for clarification and was in no way trying to devalue your win, as per my original mail I thought ye thoroughly deserved your victory , and was delighted to see ye do so ... as was Auld Longfordian  ;)
I was on a similar deal many moons ago in Boston ! and came back to play in the club championship that year (and to repeat an exam !!! )
Anyway Laurel , hope the original post didnt offend , wasn't my intention , should keep such questions to PM's in future !
onto matters on the field ...how are you fixed for Ardagh ?...win that and your sitting pretty in a quarter final spot !
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on July 28, 2010, 03:16:31 PM
Laurel ,
As it was me who brought up this subject ....(sorry I did now !!  :-[ ) , I was at training last Friday evening and this was the chat I was hearing from the lads ...
 I was only looking for clarification and was in no way trying to devalue your win, as per my original mail I thought ye thoroughly deserved your victory , and was delighted to see ye do so ... as was Auld Longfordian  ;)
I was on a similar deal many moons ago in Boston ! and came back to play in the club championship that year (and to repeat an exam !!! )
Anyway Laurel , hope the original post didnt offend , wasn't my intention , should keep such questions to PM's in future !
onto matters on the field ...how are you fixed for Ardagh ?...win that and your sitting pretty in a quarter final spot !

No offence taken from your comments, Longfordian.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on July 28, 2010, 10:48:12 PM
thanks for the clarification laurel eye, thats that then.

longfordian - im expecting a tight game between 2 teams that play the same style of football. i was not impressed with the performance against granard despite the margin of victory. it was only in patches we played.
i forgot about the paul kelly factor, he would be one serious addition to mostrim. this is the game to decide who tops the group, not that its important i dont think - open draw for the quarter finals i believe  ???  ballymahon are gone to pot
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 03, 2010, 12:12:56 AM
Second round of Connolly Cup:

Group 1:

Clonguish 0-9 Killoe 1-8
Ardagh 0-10 Mullinalaghta 0-16

Mullinalaghta 4pts (+12)
Clonguish 2pts (0)
Killoe 2pts (-4)
Ardagh 0pts (-8)

next matches: Clonguish v Mullinalaghta, Killoe v Ardagh (Sun @ 7.30)

Group 2:

Cashel 0-8 Abbeylara 0-9
Colmcille 2-11 Seán Connollys 0-9

Abbeylara 4pts (+5)
Colmcille 2pts (+4)
Seán Connollys 2pts (-5)
Cashel 0pts (-4)

next matches: Abbeylara v Seán Connollys (Sat @ 6pm), Cashel v Colmcille (Sun @ 6pm)

Group 3:

Mostrim 0-9 Longford Slashers 1-11
Ballymahon 5-14(!) Granard 0-6

Longford Slashers 4pts (+17)
Ballymahon 2pts (+14)
Mostrim 2pts (+4)
Granard 0pts (-35)

next matches: Mostrim v Granard, Ballymahon v Longford Slashers (Sun @ 2.30)

Group 4:

Rathcline 1-13 Fr Manning Gaels 1-10

Dromard 2pts (+7)
Rathcline 2pts (-4)
Fr Manning Gaels 0pts (-3)

next match: Dromard v Fr Manning Gaels (Sun @ 4pm)

Group 1 is still the most open of the four. Mullinalaghta look more likely than not to make it through to the quarter-finals, he acknowledged through gritted teeth (a win, draw or loss of less than 6 to Clonguish and they're safe), but nothing is certain (certainly not with a wedding the day before). Even Ardagh could still qualify if they beat Killoe, Mullinalaghta beat Clonguish, and the numbers are right.

Group 2 for some reason is the only one where the two final matches aren't being played simultaneously (both matches were originally fixed for Saturday at 6pm but the fixture list was changed since this lunchtime). Abbeylara - despite being mediocre against Cashel - should have enough to put away Connollys and Colmcille looked lively enough against Connollys on Sunday evening and knowing exactly what they need to do will help. (Update: Both matches now refixed for Sunday at 6.)

Group 3 looks safe for Slashers, who look to be current favourites to lift Connolly. Ballymahon put four goals away in the last ten minutes against a pisspoor Granard to leapfrog Mostrim in the table, but I can't see them beating Slashers (especially with Mark Connor red-carded) and Mostrim should have more than enough against the blue and white shambles on view this evening. Granard on the last two performances look to be strong favourites for relegation and should be assembling their legal team pronto  ::)

Group 4 requires Dromard to lose to their much-loved southern neighbours in order for a game Rathcline not to get to the quarter-finals. Don't think it'll happen.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 03, 2010, 12:28:07 AM
Thanks for the updates Laurel.

Jazes - Granard must be shite altogether. A Dad's Army of a Ballymahon beating them by +20 points!! Good luck agin the Reich. Make sure there's video cameras everywhere and beside the doctor on the bench is the club solicitor.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 03, 2010, 01:16:24 AM
Thanks for the updates Laurel.

Jazes - Granard must be shite altogether. A Dad's Army of a Ballymahon beating them by +20 points!! Good luck agin the Reich. Make sure there's video cameras everywhere and beside the doctor on the bench is the club solicitor.

Ballymahon wouldn't exactly be Dad's Army but they were bigger, stronger, and gave an impression of knowing what they were doing. (The last four goals came after they were down to fourteen men.)

I'm told that the rearrangement of fixtures for next weekend (as well as the Colmcille match, we were originally pencilled in for the Stadium of Drizzle on Saturday @ 7.30) was due to objections from Cashel and Clonguish. It does give our fellas an extra 24 hours recovery time from the wedding.

To be honest, I expect Clonguish and Killoe to win the two matches in Group 1, but barring disaster (disaster, of course, being precisely what happened us last year) we should be able to keep ahead of one of them on scoring difference. And if disaster does strike, at least this year the relegation playoffs are off the table for us.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on August 03, 2010, 01:23:32 PM
Another good win for ye Laurel ...barring a complete collapse , you are in the quarter finals ..
 
Our group has been turned up on its head after Ballymahon hockeyed Granard , if they beat Slashers , (tight pitch in Allen Park , might suit them ) , they could give Slashers lots of it , from our point of view , its would be great to see Slashers continue where they left off with us !  ;)

If Ballymahon win , we are as good as gone !  have to be looking at giving Granard a 14pt hiding to guarantee qualification if that happens , potentially at the expense of Slashers , which is highly unlikely !

So if we beat Granard , Slashers beat Ballymahon , we are through !
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 03, 2010, 01:59:30 PM
Granard are absolutely dire, Longfordian. Your Junior B team would hockey what was on display last night.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 08, 2010, 12:37:36 PM
Best of luck to all today - I don't think there are any Clonguish or Killoe posters here so I can say that with a clear conscience ;D.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 08, 2010, 01:25:59 PM
Anyone able to update the ballymahon game this afternoon?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 08, 2010, 10:52:38 PM
Third round of Connolly Cup:

Group 1:

Clonguish 0-13 Mullinalaghta 0-7
Ardagh 0-7 Killoe 2-18

Killoe 4 pts (+13)
Clonguish 4pts (+6)
Mullinalaghta 4pts (+6)
Ardagh 0pts (-25)

Killoe win group. Clonguish and Mullinalaghta even on both score difference and points scored so playoff for a quarter-final place next weekend.

Group 2:

Seán Connollys 1-7 Abbeylara 2-10
Cashel 2-11 Colmcille 0-9

Abbeylara 6pts (+11)
Cashel 2pts (+4)
Colmcille 2pts (-4)
Seán Connollys 2pts (-11)

Abbeylara win and Cashel come second on score difference.

Group 3:

Mostrim 2-15 Granard 0-7
Longford Slashers 2-12 Ballymahon 0-6

Longford Slashers 6pts (+29)
Mostrim 4pts (+18)
Ballymahon 2pts (+2)
Granard 0pts (-49)

Longford Slashers win, Mostrim second.

Group 4:

Dromard 0-14 Fr Manning Gaels 1-5

Dromard 4pts (+13)
Rathcline 2pts (-4)
Fr Manning Gaels 0pts (-9)

Dromard win, Rathcline second.

Quarter-finals:

1. Abbeylara v Rathcline (next Sat)
2. Dromard v Cashel (next Sun)
3. Longford Slashers v Clonguish/Mullinalaghta (Sat wk)
4. Killoe v Mostrim (Sun wk)

Semi-finals: 1 v 2, 3 v 4.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on August 09, 2010, 09:12:38 AM
Laurel ...
Ye had a great chance to knock out them out , points system doesn't seem fair when Cashel go through in their group with 2pts and you have to play off with 4pts , they really played well in the 2nd half ...Dowd going to full forward made a huge difference ...silence after the final whistle was deafening !! ...nobody had a clue around me what the situation was ....
We put away Granard without too much problems ...out of the relegation teams , Id expect them to go down ..
It was a happy little group of Edgerstown players when the draw was made ...avoided Dromard and Abbey ...Killoe are beatable , but must have improved since they played St Columba's ...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 09, 2010, 10:43:18 AM
Jaysus, the world must have turned on its fulcrum when Mostrim are looking forward to playing Killoe.  :o  :o
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 09, 2010, 12:15:13 PM
At least they are looking forward to playing someone!! :(
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 09, 2010, 12:31:26 PM
Sure you can go on holidays now NL - bring the kids to Dernaferst in the evenings etc.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 09, 2010, 01:04:31 PM
Laurel ...
Ye had a great chance to knock out them out , points system doesn't seem fair when Cashel go through in their group with 2pts and you have to play off with 4pts , they really played well in the 2nd half ...Dowd going to full forward made a huge difference ...silence after the final whistle was deafening !! ...nobody had a clue around me what the situation was ....

To be honest, we spent the last ten minutes holding onto a 6-point margin for dear life and were lucky not to be demolished. Losing a midfielder after 3 minutes and having no-one to replace him with killed us stone dead. It didn't look likely last night that he'll be able to play for next weekend and I expect Clonguish to finish the job pretty comfortably.

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We put away Granard without too much problems ...out of the relegation teams , Id expect them to go down ..
It was a happy little group of Edgerstown players when the draw was made ...avoided Dromard and Abbey ...Killoe are beatable , but must have improved since they played St Columba's ...

I did say that yis were safe for the quarter-finals :). The two semi-finals the weekend after next (Mostrim v Killoe and Slashers v The Reich) should be the closest affairs, though I was quite impressed by Cashel (sorry, Billy and NL) yesterday evening.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on August 09, 2010, 01:52:40 PM
Just judging Killoe on their performance v Columba's Billy , they looked pretty ordinary , it was the most favourable draw out of the 3 options of Dromard, Abbey and Killoe! ...will be a tough game , not doubts about that !
Only got in for the last game , very surprised at result , was umpire at Cashels first game and they were very poor , I heard Colmcille had a few of their leading lights injured and in fairness to Cashel , they pushed Abbey very close .

No doubt Laurel , losing your midfielder had a huge bearing on game ...as P Barden dominated in the 2nd half... they had two of three around K Mulligan everytime he had the ball ...hopefully ye can pick it up again next weekend
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 09, 2010, 02:22:07 PM
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I heard Colmcille had a few of their leading lights injured and in fairness to Cashel
Declans Reilly and Farrell plus JP Reilly and Anthony Gormley all not starting yesterday with injury on top of Paul McKeon gone to America for the summer meant Colmcille were seriously restricted up front. All 5 of them played in the forwards together in the league. Hence despite winning probably more than 50% of possession in the middle of the field they were beaten by 8 points. I wouldn't expect Dromard to have much difficulty with Cashel although in fairness in the last 15 minutes when Colmcille were putting on serious pressure they were very clinical at punishing almost every mistake Colmcille made.
I also wouldn't expect Dromard to give them a 2-03 to no score lead either. ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 10, 2010, 12:37:34 PM
I believe the Reich are demanding to be spared the tedious formality of a play-off.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 11, 2010, 09:11:58 AM
Sure it must be worth a punt. Newtownuberalles!  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 11, 2010, 11:26:27 AM
Sure it must be worth a punt. Newtownuberalles!  ::)

If they take it to the High Court as is being threatened, it will be worth loads of punts.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 11, 2010, 02:35:46 PM
What's their argument?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 11, 2010, 03:47:18 PM
They ended level on points with the bauld Mullinyarta lads and both had similar points and scoring averages. Reich's argument, as in UEFA or FIFA, was that as they had actually beaten Mullinyachta then they should go through.

Those feckers would start an argument in an empty room
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 11, 2010, 05:38:45 PM
The rules, as outlined by our County Chairman on Sunday night in Crippen Park, are:

a) if two teams finish on equal points in the group, the tie is broken by considering in order:

i) score difference,
ii) scores for,
iii) the result of the match between the two teams

b) if more than two teams finish on equal points in the group, the tie is broken by considering in order:

i) score difference,
ii) scores for,
iii) a playoff between teams who cannot be separated otherwise.

The Reich's argument is that the set of rules a) should be used instead of b).

Of course, last week, when the Reich feared losing out on score difference, the power-hungry serial litigant who pulls the Reich's strings was allegedly threatening to sue on the grounds that score difference should only be used in league and not championship situations, and that a playoff should be used instead. You really couldn't make it up.

It might be easier all round to present the Reich with the Connolly Cup now and have done with it, in order to save on the petrol for the weekly visits to Leinster Council and/or the Four Courts between now and September 26th that would result if they're not indulged at every turn.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 12, 2010, 12:12:31 AM
and to be fair any clonguisher i know would be against this type of shite.

its amazing the influence one particular individual can have....
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 12, 2010, 09:16:02 AM
and to be fair any clonguisher i know would be against this type of shite.

its amazing the influence one particular individual can have....

I'd heard already that the Clonguish players didn't want this crap going on, but were ignored.

Just be thankful that the particular individual only has influence at club level and never gained control at county board level, or Slashers would already have been thrown out of the championship along with ourselves :P. (When I made the comment about "prospective barstool lawyers" earlier in the thread, it was this individual I had in mind.)

The latest word seems to be that the matter isn't being pursued; perhaps it dawned on people in Newtownforbes that having the current county champions try to force the smallest club in the county out of the championship by legal means might be counter-productive.

Barring a miracle on Sunday, Slashers will be dealing with this fun and games soon enough. I wish yis luck with it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 12, 2010, 09:55:59 AM
Maybe we should just be thankful that none of the Swamp Critters ever went to law-school.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 12, 2010, 11:22:32 AM
Their grandfathers did in 1946, but that's ancient history at this stage; the current generation seem content to win things on the field.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 12, 2010, 05:00:47 PM
I am hearing that the Clonguish whinge was dealt with quite firmly by the County Secretary in a strongly worded email.

Nice one!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 12, 2010, 05:09:31 PM
and to be fair any clonguisher i know would be against this type of shite.

its amazing the influence one particular individual can have....

I'd heard already that the Clonguish players didn't want this crap going on, but were ignored.

Just be thankful that the particular individual only has influence at club level and never gained control at county board level, or Slashers would already have been thrown out of the championship along with ourselves :P. (When I made the comment about "prospective barstool lawyers" earlier in the thread, it was this individual I had in mind.)

The latest word seems to be that the matter isn't being pursued; perhaps it dawned on people in Newtownforbes that having the current county champions try to force the smallest club in the county out of the championship by legal means might be counter-productive.

Barring a miracle on Sunday, Slashers will be dealing with this fun and games soon enough. I wish yis luck with it.

if ye play like ye did against killoe i believe ye have every chance of beating them.

we might have to shut up about this individual otherwise gaaboard could get shut down  :D


with the group stages practically over its hard to know how it is going to fair out. we are flying at the moment but i wont hold my breath, its typical slashers. dromard were anything but impressive for the majority of the game against drumlish. mcgee was the difference between the 2. if colmcille were to draw dromard i dont think they would have any fear of them so i dont think cashel should fear them either.

i think mostrim will surprise a few, lots of workers around the pitch and clinical up front too
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 12, 2010, 11:44:54 PM
The latest word seems to be that the matter isn't being pursued; perhaps it dawned on people in Newtownforbes that having the current county champions try to force the smallest club in the county out of the championship by legal means might be counter-productive.

Or perhaps being publicly eviscerated by the county board through email softened their cough instead. Who knows?

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if ye play like ye did against killoe i believe ye have every chance of beating them.

The problem is that we're going to be missing some from that first match through injury. The most I can say is that they threw the kitchen sink at us last Sunday and still couldn't dispose of us, but one point will be enough for them this coming Sunday. While I suspect most of Longford would be delighted to see us win after this week's capers, I can't see it happening.

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we might have to shut up about this individual otherwise gaaboard could get shut down  :D

Hardly worse than accusing people of tarnishing the Connolly Cup "in pursuit of their own personal agenda or perhaps in enhancing their own ego". *cough*

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with the group stages practically over its hard to know how it is going to fair out. we are flying at the moment but i wont hold my breath, its typical slashers.

I saw the latter half of your matches against Granard and Ballymahon. Yis looked good even if the opposition was weak. I missed the Mostrim match.

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dromard were anything but impressive for the majority of the game against drumlish. mcgee was the difference between the 2. if colmcille were to draw dromard i dont think they would have any fear of them so i dont think cashel should fear them either.

For the first twenty minutes of that game, I was starting to believe that Dromard were throwing the match and then they woke up. Drumlish collapsed in the second half after their goal. Dromard weren't hugely impressive but then they didn't really have to be. I'd still expect them to have enough for Cashel.

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i think mostrim will surprise a few, lots of workers around the pitch and clinical up front too

Haven't seen Mostrim yet at all so I'll take it as read.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 13, 2010, 10:43:09 AM
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if colmcille were to draw dromard i dont think they would have any fear of them so i dont think cashel should fear them either
They would definitely fear them if they had to start with the team that played most of the game against Cashel and Dromard would beat them well.
Believe it or not through injury, retirement and emigration Colmcille were missing 10 of the players from the county final of less than 2 years ago. Don't think there is a club in the county could deal with that and still be thinking about winning championships.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 15, 2010, 04:53:04 PM
Little wonder the Reich were so anxious to get us thrown out.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: gortnaleck on August 15, 2010, 05:11:41 PM
Why ? What happened ?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 15, 2010, 05:23:42 PM
Mullinalaghta 1-11 Clonguish 0-11*

*subject to appeals to the Leinster Council, DRA, High Court, Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights, International War Crimes Tribunal, and United Federation of Planets Intergalactic Arbitration Board.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 15, 2010, 08:38:44 PM
Congrats to the Mullinyachta boys.

Well done.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 15, 2010, 09:04:49 PM
congratulations mullinalaghta...... for now  :P superb performance, not looknig forward to the quarter final...... if it ends up being mullinalaghta we play!  :D
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 15, 2010, 10:09:41 PM
congratulations mullinalaghta...... for now  :P

We noticed the interested spectators in mufti... but those teak-tanned legs of a certain midfield pharmacist were a dead giveaway :P. I suppose one of the advantages of playing LD Law is that everyone else wants you to win :).

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superb performance, not looknig forward to the quarter final...... if it ends up being mullinalaghta we play! :D

There were rumours this evening at the Dromard-Cashel match of yet another appeal. God and J**** C***** alone knows on what grounds.

Possibly there may be some obscure clause of the 1898 Local Government Act that says that we're legally in Cavan. Maybe he's found a Kenyan birth certificate for one of our forwards. The mind boggles.

I still think Slashers will make it through to the semi-final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 15, 2010, 10:16:43 PM
Someone should tell a well-known photographer that the match played this afternoon was not what he thought it was...

http://raydonlon.smugmug.com/2010/August-2010/15th-August-2010-Longford/13349751_pEBQe#970543936_pQzGW (http://raydonlon.smugmug.com/2010/August-2010/15th-August-2010-Longford/13349751_pEBQe#970543936_pQzGW)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 15, 2010, 10:35:49 PM
In other news....

Abbey apparently went to sleep in the second half yesterday evening and allowed Rathcline to sneak a draw (1-8 apiece).

Dromard obliterated Cashel 6-12 to 1-7.

Carrickedmond will play Legan in one Intermediate semi-final. Ballymore will have to wait to find out who they play in the other after Forgney objected to playing Killashee when the named referee didn't turn up and despite other referees being available, walked off and refused to play. There has been no confirmation of sightings of a Newtownforbes legal eagle in the Greater Ballymahon region, but he will, please God, be at a loose end after today.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 16, 2010, 09:39:02 AM
Well done Half-Parish; fair play indeed.  Good luck against the Townies.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 16, 2010, 10:32:57 AM
Well done Half-Parish; fair play indeed.  Good luck against the Townies.

I think the J**** C***** sh*te ended up benefiting us.

Firstly, even if the Clonguish players themselves wanted nothing to do with it, the uncertainty that it caused would still have been a background distraction and annoyance. Secondly, we're in a better situation having beaten them by 3 yesterday than if we'd lost by 5 last Sunday and gone through by default (though in that case Clonguish would have been hammering down the door for a playoff).

Having said that, we're still going to reach the point where we're biting off more than we can chew and next Saturday looks like being it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 16, 2010, 11:12:31 AM
Laurel, you're turning into a cute kerryman!!!! If JJ had his shooting boots with him yesterday you'd have won that game by 10 points!!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 16, 2010, 11:33:10 AM
Ah, to be fair Slashers beat us quite impressively earlier this year in the Laurels (whereas we've beaten Clonguish quite regularly in the league) so next Saturday is a sizeable step up.

As regards the scoring boots, we faded out of it for the latter part of the second half. Having been seven points up and then seeing the margin being shaved to six, then five, then four, then three, then two was nerve-wracking when whatever chances we were getting upfront were being sent astray. I had a sinking feeling right up to the end that they were going to manage a goal and put us out and the refereeing wasn't a help.

Other people in Mullinalaghta are much better than me at being cute Kerrymen for obvious reasons ;D.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: North Longford on August 16, 2010, 12:04:45 PM
Yeah I suppose when you're born with it. They must do lessons in it.
Jesus never seen anything like the way Dowler went in the last 20 mins. There appeared to be 2 rule books in operation. One for the Clonguish forwards on the acceptable ways to assault a mullinalaghta back coming out with the ball and get away with it. Then there was the one for the mullinalaghta backs which had just one clause inserted....touch him and its a free.
Thought when Davy Barden got one and one with a couple of minutes left that it could have been lights out. Keeper did well tho.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 16, 2010, 12:07:22 PM
Latest odds from Paddy Power:

Dromard 11/10
Longford Slashers 7/2
Abbeylara 9/2
Killoe 11/2
Mullinalaghta 6/1
Mostrim 10/1
Rathcline 16/1
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 16, 2010, 12:53:02 PM
Looks like the bookies don't fancy Meathas Truim as much as they fancy themselves.  :P
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 16, 2010, 12:55:39 PM
Looks like the bookies don't fancy Meathas Truim as much as they fancy themselves.  :P

I think the bookies are being fláithiúlach. I'd not be surprised at a Slashers-Mostrim semi-final.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on August 16, 2010, 01:23:04 PM
Laurel , nice to see a little Karma once in a while , although like already stated , I feel for the Clonguish players who had nothing to with last weeks debacle ! .... I think ye will give Slahers lots of it , I wouldn't one bit surprised to see you come through that game !
the cutehoor approach has worked so far ! , unlike us cocky lot !  :o :)



Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 16, 2010, 01:27:51 PM
Looks like the bookies don't fancy Meathas Truim as much as they fancy themselves.  :P

I think the bookies are being fláithiúlach. I'd not be surprised at a Slashers-Mostrim semi-final.

I've never met (or even heard of) a flaithiúlach bookie.  Ever.  Ever.  Even in Longford.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 16, 2010, 09:36:45 PM
i firmly expect mostrim to beat killoe and dromard to cruise into the final.

if the mullinalaghta that showed up yesterday shows up next weekend, slashers will be in trouble if its the mullinalaghta from the week before id expect to win.

that said i can't see anyone taking dromard in a county final  :-[
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 16, 2010, 10:00:46 PM
that said i can't see anyone taking dromard in a county final  :-[

That's what I thought last year after they hammered Abbey in the semi-final...
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 20, 2010, 09:23:28 AM
Any news from the Four Courts?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 20, 2010, 01:12:54 PM
Any news from the Four Courts?

I think the Reich developed a sense of shame after Sunday.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 20, 2010, 05:12:42 PM
Any news from the Four Courts?

I think the Reich developed a sense of shame after Sunday.

I hope someone took a picture.

Best of luck to the half-parish this weekend!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 20, 2010, 07:21:06 PM
Any news from the Four Courts?

I think the Reich developed a sense of shame after Sunday.

I hope someone took a picture.

Best of luck to the half-parish this weekend!

Cheers! We'll need all the luck we can get.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on August 21, 2010, 09:32:00 PM
Congratulations to Slashers on a thoroughly-deserved win (2-11 to 0-8) in which we were completely taken apart in the second half.

Best of luck to Mostrim tomorrow - I expect you at least to give a better account of yourselves than we did.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 22, 2010, 10:36:07 PM
One point win for us this evening! Semi now v The Slashers! No good memories of games v Slashers going back to 1975. Good to beat Killoe! Tight finish..perhaps the full four minutes of added time at the end weren't played!
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 28, 2010, 11:12:16 AM
Where is the best place to keep an eye on the fixtures/results from Longford club GAA?
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 28, 2010, 02:10:11 PM
Where is the best place to keep an eye on the fixtures/results from Longford club GAA?
stay well away from hoganstand anyway.
http://www.longfordgaa.ie/ is fairly on the ball with getting results up quickly i have to say.

i think the scoreline flattered us against mullinalaghta when the entire 60 minutes is taken into consideration, delighted to be back in the semi but there is a fear amongst us that repeats of '06 and '08 could be on the cards. we will be favourites against mostrim but they are a very useful team and the only thing i was surprised about with their result over killoe was not that they won but that the margin was only a point - i dont rate killoe at all and i rate mostrim very highly and definitely in the top 4 in the county.

dromard are in the final of that i have no doubt and if i can a decent handicap bet in town on that match il be throwin a few bob on it.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 28, 2010, 04:03:08 PM
Thanks. Got to head down and see a Ballymahon home game before the end of the season.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on August 28, 2010, 04:23:55 PM
Thanks. Got to head down and see a Ballymahon home game before the end of the season.

the league will be over very shortly, only 4 or 5 matches left
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 28, 2010, 04:44:27 PM
Thanks. Got to head down and see a Ballymahon home game before the end of the season.

the league will be over very shortly, only 4 or 5 matches left

I seen that on that Longford gaa so will have to get my finger out and do it soon. Where is the pitch in Ballymahon anyhow??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 28, 2010, 11:31:02 PM
You can't miss it! On the Edgeworthstown road! Look for Derry corpses
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 28, 2010, 11:37:15 PM
You can't miss it! On the Edgeworthstown road! Look for Derry corpses

Cheers. What's Derry corpses??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 28, 2010, 11:59:46 PM
A reference to a famous league win there over Derry in, what, 2002 or so, for Longford to seal promotion to Div something more than where we were. Derry whinged and moaned over the facilities at the venue. Cows having a gawk over the fence. No stand on the other side. Micky Moran was in charge at the time and effed and blinded at the sun moon and stars at the end. We got a bit of craic out of Derry lads here on the board (or its precursor) at the time. Da Bishop is one lad I recall. Where did he go?


Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: sammymaguire on August 29, 2010, 08:11:20 AM
Ah, I see, a memorable battle won against the invading army with bigger ammunition  ;D the spoilt lads from Derry did not know they were entering a shithole which would level things off, was that Micky Moran's master stroke??
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on August 30, 2010, 09:48:36 AM
I see the Critters won handy enough.  ::)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on August 31, 2010, 12:17:33 AM
Critters seen in Lynn's recently. Sussing out the likely competition.

Slashers may find things uncomfortable this weekend.

Never been a Mostrim v Dromard final. We've lost to Cashel, Slashers and Killoe in the finals since I started remembering things (1974) - beat Ardagh (74 and 85 - after 3 epic games) and Connollys (92) for our three titles. I think we may have been in a final in 193something when my grandfather was a stalward (we were called Edgeworthstown Volunteers I think) but I'd have to consult the books.



Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Longfordian on September 01, 2010, 02:18:58 PM
one or two injury concerns coming into the game at the weekend , but everyone should make it , Slashers are rightly favourites and I would expect them to advance to the finals , however its a semi final and anything could happen ! ...so all we can do is our best and see what happens !
Its been 18 years since we've appeared in Pearse Pk in late September , (16yr long years I have played for) , so we are long overdue an appearance ! , might be a step too far for our current team at the moment
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 03, 2010, 12:42:27 PM
Good luck to the Longford ladies; hoping the Ulster team make their usual ham-fisted attempt to cope with Ballymahon.  ;)
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: LaurelEye on September 03, 2010, 01:41:12 PM
one or two injury concerns coming into the game at the weekend , but everyone should make it , Slashers are rightly favourites and I would expect them to advance to the finals , however its a semi final and anything could happen ! ...so all we can do is our best and see what happens !
Its been 18 years since we've appeared in Pearse Pk in late September , (16yr long years I have played for) , so we are long overdue an appearance ! , might be a step too far for our current team at the moment

Best of luck on Sunday in any case.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Shamrock Shore on September 05, 2010, 08:34:56 PM
Slashers 0-13
Mostrim 0-05

The scoreline does not do justice to the awful performance by Mostrim. Last I heard on Shiteside it was 0-12 to 0-02 to Slashers with 10 or so mins to go.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 06, 2010, 04:11:01 AM
i was expecting much more from mostrim, they were woeful. we cruised through the game without being tested at all, which i fear will not help us against dromard - with or without francis mcgee. the performance will have to be upped 1000% to deal with the likes of martin, conefery and masterson
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boots on September 06, 2010, 01:29:15 PM
The whole county will be cheering for the Townies, and hopefully that might do the trick.
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: The Forfeit Point on September 06, 2010, 05:42:00 PM
The whole county will be cheering for the Townies, and hopefully that might do the trick.

well i suppose north longford will be behind us anyway  :D it's going to need a mammoth effort from the lads to do it. basically they will have to play like they never have before. i actually think dromard could be more dangerous without mcgee, it could end up being a serious motivator for them
Title: Re: Longford Football (& Hurling) Thread
Post by: Billys Boot