Longwood maintained their progress in Championship 2018 with victory over Boardsmill on a glorious summer evening in Athboy on Sunday last.
Despite never scaling the heights of their previous victory over Trim, Longwood were in control for much of the game.
Longwood started brightly with a point from corner forward Aaron Ennis giving them an early lead. With ten minutes gone, Longwood led by 1-3 to 0-1
the goal coming from Anthony Healy, a clinical finish after a strong run through the Boardsmill defence.
Despite taking a 4 point lead to the halftme break, the general feeling was that Longwood had more to offer; the players would likely admit that they were not producing their best hurling. Some of their striking was poor and they registered a number of poor wides.
That said, they kept Boardsmill at a relatively safe distance until midway through the third quarter. Then disaster struck as they conceded two sloppy goals within the space of two minutes.
Such a blow could have proved difficult to recover from but to be fair to the Longwood players, they maintained their composure and gradually assumed control once again. Wing back Ryan Moore and Damien Healy were very much to the fore over the closing period as Longwood tagged on a number of excellent points.
At the final whistle, the scoreboard read Longwood 1-15 to Boardsmill's 2-8.
So not a vintage performance from the Wood, but the championship is not a beauty contest. The two points secured by this victory are just as valuable as the points gained against Trim. The boys are well placed after the opening two rounds and can look forward to the next championship outing against O'Mahonys with a sense of optimism and confidence.
Longwood: Mick Healy, Paul Gill, Chris Lynch, Johnny Furey, Joey Stenson, Mickey Burke, Ryan Moore (0-2), Niall Mulvey, Karl Ennis (0-1), Bob Maguire, Eoin Lynch (0-2), Damien Healy (0-2), Aaron Ennis (0-2), Anthony Healy (1-6), Keith Masterson. Subs: Enda Dixon for Mulvey, Ross Kerrigan for Masterson