Laois 0-10 v 0-09 Longford, Portlaoise, 2pm
Full time: Laois have held on to win a tough game, Longford had their chances but will only have themselves to blame with 16 wides. Full report to follow.
70 +2 min Kingston blasts wide, should have done better, that would have sealed it. Ref calls in, Laois hold on and will now face Dublin
70min 2 minutes of added time, Longford have had 15 wides. Boyle has another shot but directly at Sheridan again. Laois defending in numbers, Barden with yet another wide.
69min Poor shot from Kingston, ball comes straight in to Sheridan, should have done better. Longford in the Laois half, Kavanagh has another go, but misses.
68min Another Laois attack breaks down and Longford have it. Brian Kavanagh reduces lead to one, good score.
67min Poor pass forward from Longford, sails wide.
66min Timmons robs the ball from McCormack, good defending, Longford have the ball just inside their own half
65min Donogher gets another point to put the lead back to two.
64min McCormack gets this one, 1 point in it, 6 minutes to go.
63min Another free to Longford, Barden again fouled.
62min Laois hit the post through Begley, good chance, ends wide, there 10th
62min Another wide, 13 now for Longford, laois have 9
61min 9 minutes to go, 2 points in it and a free to Longford on the 45m line
60min McCormack gets another point, he’s unusual kick style is proving effective
59min Quigley get a card for a dangerous tackle, free to longford who then get another free after Barden is fouled, this is good range
58min Chance for Laois, Munnelly with a free. He gets it, three in a row for Laois who have stepped up
57min Donogher finally gets his point, good kick. Kingston, who is only just on, did well in build up
56min couple of players for both side involved in an off the ball there, Brady and Sheehan colliding
55min This game needs a goal and Laois almost get in, but good defence
54min Its goes wide, bad day for the free kickers
53min Mulligan does well to win a 45 for Longford, chance to equalise. – last act for mulligan he goes off for Foy
52min Carroll gets another chance, some quick hands but it goes wide, Laois coming back in it again. The sun has gone in for a minute and we have some rain.
51min Daithi Carroll get Laois back up and running, great shot from distance, fine debut.
50min could there a shock on the cards? Its 43 year since Longford last won in the Championship against Laois, won’t get a better chance to end that winless run
49min Laois with another wide from Donogher while at the other end McCormack levels the score.
47min Munnelly is fouled free to Laois, Tierney has just gone off so Munnelly takes the free but it goes wide
46min an indication of the wind, ball moves away as Sheridan goes to kick it out
44min Quigley shoots straight at Sheridan in the Longford goal, got a lot of space there, its now 19 minutes since Laois scored
43min Laois with a shot on goal but it goes wide
42min Brian Kavanagh will a chance there but it is well side from distance, good height there but cost him with the wind
42min Martin Brady with another wide for Longford, these could prove costly. Brady was straight there and should have done better.
40min Free in, foul on Kavanagh by Meaney, earlier Farrell did well in the Longford defence. McElvanney gets it, first score of the second half and Laois lead is down to one
39min Loose kick there from Laois in defence, kick to no one gives ball back to Longford, Paddy Dowd with his second wide of the day
38min David Barden caught in the face there, Billy Sheehan with a stray elbow gets a yellow. Barden is down
37min Tierney on target but Sheridan catches it, just short.
37min indecision from linesmen there was it a wide or 45, ref settles it by giving Laois a 45. first chance of the second half
36min Second half is under way, Longford are very much still in this and we have a very interesting second half to come. Longford had 14 scoring chances to Laois’s 10
Half time Longford are in this game, they are only 2 points down with the wind on their backs for the second half. Laois have been holding the ball well at times but their build up play has been slow allowing Longford to get men back and defend. Interesting second half to come.
35min Sheridan kicks it well wide, one minute of added time almost up
35min Referee gives a 45 to Longford, Sheridan is up again, chance to reduce lead to one
33min Brady goes for goal but get a point, powerful shot. Barden again involved.
32min Foul on Ross Munnelly fouled, free by Donogher but wide. 3 minutes to half time, Longford will be pleased to be just three points down, Laois are being too patient in their build up
30min Good defending from Longford
28min Longford keeper Damian Sheridan takes the kick, gives it a good kick but misses the target, good effort though.
28min do well there and win a 45, Kavanagh has been impressive
26min Free into Laois, Carroll kicks it over, good strike, his third of the day
26min Barden with yet again wide, the wind is not helping but these chances have been relatively straight forward, maybe it harder down there though. 4 wides in a row now though.
25min Three wides in a row, McElvanney from distance, good set up again by Kavanagh though. Laois haven’t scored now in 8 minutes
23min Not its Laois’s turn to feel the pressure, Barden fouls the ball, too many steps but Longford were nearly through again, free Laois
22min Brady with another chance for Longford and again he misses, 2 misses in a minute, could be costly.
21min Sean McCormack has scored all 3 points. Paddy Dowd misses there for Longford, should have done better there. He had time and could have gone for goal. Poor, but great pass from Barden to create it.
20min Longford have weathered the storm and are coming back into it, McCormack again with a fisted point that hits the bar and goes over. Kavanagh is coming into it more for Longford.
19min Longford’s McElvanney has a pop from distance but it goes wide.
18min Another good block there by Timmons as Longford attacked.
17min Daithi Carroll works hard for the ball there and comes away with it, fisting it over for this second and Laois’s 5th
17min Despite Laois being on top, Longford are only 2 points behind.
15min Good work there by Barden who slips the ball to McCormack who slots it over for Longford’s second of the day, nice.
14min Longford look rattled at the moment, Laois dominating. Longford have a free on the half way line
13min Laois holding the ball well there and play ends with a great point from MJ Tierney, good patience there
12min Poor clearance there from Longford gives it to Laois, Donoher with a wide though
10min Sean McCormack slots that over, 2 point in it
10min Great block from Peter O’Leary, Kavanagh wanted too much time on the ball. Longford get a free though, first score coming for them
7min Laois defending easily enough, link between Longford midfielder and Forwards not yet up and running, breeze not helping them at all though.
6min Sheehan gets his second point – Laois 3 up from 3 chances.
6min Foul by Brian Kavanagh on the Laois full back Meaney, Laois free
5min Longford not able to really get on the ball, first shot from there, off Target
4min Good point there, good work from Ross Mulligan setting up Sheehan for Laois’s second point.
2min First wide of the game there, Carroll unable to keep the ball in there from a long punt upfield, the wind really carried that
1min Good start for Laois, 11 seconds in and they go one up, debut point for Daithi Carroll
0min Its a nice day for football in Portlaoise, the sun is shining although there is a strong breeze though which will impact proceedings, Laois with the wind on their backs
0min Laois meet Longford in the first of a Leinster preliminary round Football Championship double header in Portlaoise looking to live up their tag as favourites and seal a quarter final tie against Dublin.
Laois line up: E Culleton; C Healy, K Meaney, M Timmons, D Strong, S Julian, P O’Leary, C Begley, B Quigley, D Carroll, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher, R Munnelly, B Sheehan, MJ Tierney.
Longford line up:D Sheridan; D Brady, B Gilleran, D Reilly; S Mulligan, K Diffley, N Farrell; B McElvanney, M Brady; D Barden, P Dowd, P Barden; D McElligott, B Kavanagh, S McCormack.
Longford have a poor record against Laois and have failed to beat Laois in Championship since 1968 when they won 3-9 to 1-04 while for third year in a round they must make the trip to Portlaoise for their championship opener and will hope that they can improve on defeats to Wicklow in 2009 and Louth last year.
That said Longford will come into this game in good form after beating Roscommon to win the Division 4 title and beating Cavan and Meath in subsequent challenge game and will looking to the attacking talents of Paul Barden and Brian Kavanagh to continue that upward momentum.
Laois meanwhile will play their football in Division one next year after a strong league campaign, that saw them narrowly lose the division 2 championship by a point to Donegal, one of only three defeats they have suffered this year. Sligo, Donegal, Derry, Meath and Antrim were all beaten on their way to the runner up spot in the table.
Longford will hand championship debuts to Kevin Diffley, Michael Brady and Donal McElligott on Sunday. Glenn Ryan will have to plan without Diarmuid Masterson, as well as long term casualty Enda Williams who has been out of action with a shoulder injury since early February however David Barden has shaken off a knock to take his place in the team.
Diffley will replace Masterson in the centre of defence for Longford. JJ Mathews, the under-21 corner forward who came in the final win over Roscommon is also out after suffering a serious knee injury for this club.
Laois meanwhile will be without Padraig Clancy, who injured his hamstring in the narrow defeat to Donegal in the division two final. That injury means that former Brisbane Lions duo Colm Begley and Brendan Quigley will form the midfield pairing.
Daithi Carroll comes into the forward line, replacing Begley while there is no place for Donie Kingston, who despite his 0-3 points in the NFL final resume bench duties for this tie.