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Longford cause major shock with football qualifier win over league finalists Derry

Longford’s great run in clashes against Derry continues.

Longford's Paul Barden celebrates with manager Jack Sheedy.
Longford's Paul Barden celebrates with manager Jack Sheedy.
Image: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

Longford 2-16
Derry 2-14

LONGFORD SPRUNG A massive surprise with victory over Derry in Celtic Park this afternoon in the first round of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers.

The result continued Longford’s brilliant record over Derry in the qualifiers and helped Jack Sheedy’s side recover from their Leinster quarter-final exit to Wexford.

In contrast Derry exit the championship in hugely disappointing fashion. Their 2014 campaign had looked so positive when they reached the Division 1 league final in April but a heavy defeat there against Dublin was followed by an Ulster loss at home to Donegal. Their miserable run continued today and their 2014 season now grinds to a halt.

Derry had started the game positively and looked to be in control when they lead by 0-7 to 0-3 after Mark Lynch pointed in the 25th minute. But Longford hit back with a great goal from Paul Barden helping them to a 1-6 to 0-7 interval lead.

Some quality points by Michael Quinn, Barry Gilleran and Barden stretched Longford’s advantage to 1-13 to 0-11 with 12 minutes remaining.

Derry then received a lifeline when Benny Heron raised a green flag in the 59th minute and then Lynch struck home a terrific goal four minutes later to bring the teams level at 1-14 to 2-11.

However Longford were not to be denied and finished powerfully. Mark Hughes bagged a crucial goal with Francis McGee and Brian Kavanagh adding the insurance points to help them advance.

Source: Presseye/John McIlwaine/INPHO

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