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©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan Barry McKeon, pictured here against Kildare in 2013, scored the winning point for Longford.
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McKeon the hero as Longford see off Westmeath in Leinster U21 replay
The O’Farrell County will meet Laois in the next round after beating their hosts in Mullingar.

BARRY MCKEON SLOTTED over the winning point for Longford in their Leinster U21 football championship replay with Westmeath.

Longford won 0-9 to 0-8 after a hard-fought tie at rain and wind-swept St Loman’s GAA Grounds. Westmeath led the match 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time and only fell behind for the first time with 20 minutes left on the lock.

Longford reeled off three points without reply to go 0-7 to 0-6 up with 15 minutes to play. The home side rallied, however, and the scores were level at 0-8 apiece with four minutes to play. The final clear-cut scoring chance fell to the visitors and McKeon made no mistake to deliver a victory for his side.

The other scoring star for Longford was Robbie Smith, who contributed three points. The O’Farrell County’s triumph has set up a tie with Laois in the next round.

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