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Longford 0-10 Cavan 0-7

Longford clinched back-to-back league victories with a win at Kingspan Breffni Park thanks to a dominant second-half display.

Glen Ryan's men initially struggled to contain the rapier-like attacks inspired by Cavan speedsters Niall Smith and Niall McDermott. Longford eventually came out of their shell, with Sean McCormack ending a 32-minute barren spell to cut Cavan's lead to 0-4 to 0-3 at the interval.



The Leinster men were much more energised up front on the restart and by the 47th minute managed to regain the lead, 0-6 to 0-5, for the first time since the 19th minute. The visitors had a pep in their step and played with a swagger in the final 15 minutes that made Cavan look very second-rate and their penchant for taking the circuitous route played right into the hands of the mobile Longford defence.



Longford spurned a hatful of chances in the final minutes, but still managed to win pulling up.



Scorers - Longford: S McCormack 0-4 (2f), P Barden, J McGivney 0-2 each, M Quinn (1 '45'), D McElligott 0-1 each. Cavan: R Galligan (2f), N McDermott, Eugene Keating (1f) 0-2 each, Padraig O'Reilly 0-1



Longford: D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; S Mulligan, M Quinn, C P Smyth; B McElvaney, J Keegan; D Barden, P Barden, N Mulligan; R Smyth, S McCormack, JJ Matthews. Subs: P Foy for S Mulligan (33), J McGivney for N Mulligan (h-t), D McElligott for R Smyth (h-t)



Cavan: J Reilly; D Barkey, O Minagh, R Flanagan; R Maloney-Derham, P O'Reilly, D O'Reilly; D Givney, G McKiernan; N Smith, N McDermott, K Meehan; B Fitzpatrick, E Keating, R Galligan. Subs: M Dunne for R Galligan (h-t), D O'Dowd for D O'Reilly (41), D McKiernan for B Fitzpatrick (54), R Cullivan for K Meehan (60), C McClarey for G McKiernan (67)



Referee: B O'Shea (Dublin)

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