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2024 Allianz Football League Division 4 – Longford 0-16 Waterford 0-13

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Longford defeated Waterford by 0-16 to 0-13 in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on Saturday February 17th at Ballygunner.

Christie’s Longford survive Waterford scare

Allianz FL Division 4: Longford 0-16 Waterford 0-13

Report by Tomas McCarthy for

Longford football boss Paddy Christie was full of praise for Waterford after his side survived a scare in Ballygunner on a misty Saturday evening.

The Déise came oh so close to a surprise result as Dermot Ryan struck the post with eight minutes left. The home side also missed three second-half frees.

“I don’t understand how people can turn their noses up at Waterford football. When I was with Tipperary, we struggled to beat them. They are hard to beat down here and I admire them.”

The O’Byrne Cup winners stepped it up in the second half. Three points apiece from Mark Hughes and Darren Gallagher gave Christie’s men their first win of the Division 4 campaign.

“At half time, Waterford were up by a point but they should have been up by four or five. They were the better team. We were very poor. There was a bit of bite missing with us and that changed at half-time. A few of the senior players stood up and were counted. You could see a dramatic change. It went from a five out of ten to an eight out of ten very quickly. Waterford have a decent team. They live in the shadows of the hurlers down here but it is always hard going to beat them. They are full of fight and full of grit.”

This game was switched to the Ballygunner GAA grounds on Saturday afternoon as the SETU Arena was deemed unplayable. Long-range points from Dermot Ryan, Michael Mullaney and Robbie McGrath gave the hosts a 3-2 advantage after eight minutes. The visitors hit back with four unanswered points from Dessie Reynolds, Jayson Matthews, Darren Gallagher and Daniel Reynolds.

Waterford levelled up matters with three white flags in as many minutes via Jason Curry, Stephen Curry and Ryan. An injury time free from Tom O’Connell edged them 9-8 ahead at the break.

Longford re-emerged with more intensity. Bryan Masterson split the posts within 20 seconds of the restart before Joseph Hagan put them in front. O’Connell made it all square for the eighth time with a fisted effort.

Darren Gallagher took over at midfield for Longford as Waterford went 20 minutes without a score. Points from Gallagher, Paddy Kiernan and Mark Hughes moved them 14-10 up.

Gallagher was dismissed on 65 minutes for a second bookable offence but the Déise couldn’t capitalise. O’Connell converted three late frees for Paul Shankey’s side. The home team also finished with 14 as Alan Dunwoody picked up a black card deep into injury time.

Scorers for Waterford: T O’Connell 0-6 (5fs), D Ryan, J Curry (2fs) 0-2 each, S Curry, R McGrath, M Mullaney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Longford: Mark Hughes (1 mark), D Gallagher (1f, 1 45), J Matthews (3fs) 0-3 each, D Mimnagh, P Kiernan, J Hagan, B Masterson, M Quinn, Daniel Reynolds, Dessie Reynolds 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: P Hunt; R Browne, C Ó Cuirrín, L Fennell; C McCarthy, D Ryan, R McGrath; M Curry, M Mullaney; W Beresford, S Curry, S Whelan Barrett; C Mac Craith, T O’Connell, J Curry.
Subs: A Dunwoody for Beresford (40), J Booth for Mullaney (60), B Hynes for Ó Cuirrín (62), J Sheehan for McGrath (72), N McSweeney for S Curry (76).

LONGFORD: Micheal Hughes; P Fox, O O’Toole, B Masterson; Dessie Reynolds, R Moffett, K McGann; D Gallagher, P Kiernan; Daniel Reynolds, M Quinn, J Hagan; J Matthews, C McCabe, Mark Hughes.
Subs: D Mimnagh for Matthews (23), D Farrell for Daniel Reynolds (51), B O’Farrell for Masterson (54), R Harkin for McCabe (56), L Hughes for McGann (72).

Referee: J Ryan (Cork)

Fixture Details

Saturday February 17th
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 Round 3
SETU Arena, Carriganore
16:00 Port Láirge v An Longfort
Referee: John Ryan, Corcaigh

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February 17
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm



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