St. Vincents 0-09
Longwood maintained a solid start to life in Division 3 of the AFL with a hard fought draw against St Vincent's.
After an early morning pitch inspection at Longwood, the match was given the green light to go ahead. Within five minutes of the ball being thrown in however, near blizzard conditions set in, making any attempt at stylish football a challenge. To their credit, both teams were full of endeavour and battled on regardless.
St. Vincents picked up a couple of frees towards the end of the first half but the conditions ensured that scores were at a premium as both defences were on top throughout. Ryan Moore picked up Longwood's sole point of the opening half from a 18th minute free.
Longwood were far more potent in the early part of the 2nd half and took a one point lead following further scores by Moore and a point from play by Aaron Ennis. Ross Kerrigan and Evan Coyle combined well to unlock the visitors defence with Coyle placing a low shot to the net to open up a four point lead for the home team.
At that stage it appeared that Longwood had put the game beyond reach. Credit must go to St Vincent's as they hit a purple patch, scoring 4 points in the space of just five minutes to restore parity. Indeed they could have returned to Ardcath with both points were not for a missed free late on.
All in all a draw was probably a fair result in a game that was played in good spirit despite the arctic conditions.
The pitch will need a bit of TLC over the next week or two though!
Longwood: Darragh Maguire, Corran Byrne, David McQuaid, Johnny Furey, Jamie Connolly, Mickey Burke, Bob Maguire, Niall Mulvey, Anthony Healy, Joey Stenson, Ryan Moore (0-4), Evan Coyle (1-1), Aaron Ennis (0-1), Ross Kerrigan, Dean Keogh.
Subs: Gavin Griffith for Dean Keogh, Enda Dixon for David McQuaid