Limerick got their first win of this season’s Allianz Football League Division 3 thanks to a 2-11 to 0-11 win over Longford in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.
Having lost to Sligo in the opening round despite having most of the possession, Limerick needed a win to stay in touch with the leaders and any win is vital in the bid to avoid relegation back to Division 4.
Limerick played some good football in the opening half and were full value for their 0-9 to 0-3 lead at half time.
Ger Collins scored a brilliant goal after the break to strengthen Limerick’s position and a penalty from Seanie Buckley sealed the win late on.
Limerick now travel to Roscommon in three weeks time for their next game. There were also wins in Division 3 over the weekend for Fermanagh over Sligo, Cavan over Offaly and Roscommon over Wexford.
SCORERS - Limerick: Ian Ryan 0-4 (two frees), Ger Collins, Seanie Buckley (1-0 penalty) 1-1 each, John Riordan, Micheál Brosnan, Iain Corbett, Mike Fitzgibbon, John Mullane 0-1 each; Longford: Brian Farrell 0-3, Michael Quinn, Seán McCormack (two frees) 0-2 each, Paul McKeon, Peter Foy, Pauric Gill, Francis McGee 0-1 each.
LIMERICK: Donal O’Sullivan; Mark O’Riordan, Johnny McCarthy, John Riordan; Iain Corbett, Paudie Browne, Pa Ranahan; Tom Lee, Darragh Treacy; Micheál Brosnan, Eoin Hanrahan, Seanie Buckley; Séamus O’Carroll, Ger Collins, Ian Ryan. Subs: James O’Meara (Ballysteen) for John Riordan (injured - 15 mins), Mike Fitzgibbon for Eoin Hanrahan (31mins), Gearóid Hegarty for Darragh Treacy (48 mins), John Mullane for Séamus O’Carroll (61 mins), Mike Sheahan for Pa Ranahan (65 mins), Danny Neville for Micheál Brosnan (70 mins).
LONGFORD: Damien Sheridan; Dermot Brady, Barry Gilleran, Fergal Battrim; Aidan Rowan, Enda Williams, Peter Brady; John Keegan, Michael Brady; Paul McKeon, Peter Foy, Michael Quinn; Brian Farrell, Seán McCormack, Francis McGee. Subs: Shane Mulligan for Peter Brady (half-time), Pauric Gill for Paul McKeon (half-time), Colm P Smyth for Enda Williams (48 mins), Diarmuid Cooney for Peter Foy (54 mins), Daniel Keogh for Shane Mulligan (black card 58 mins), Kevin Diffley for Michael Brady (68 mins).
REFEREE: Derek O’Mahony (Tipperary)
- For more on this game, see the Monday print edition of the Limerick Leader.