Paul Cassidy scored a goal on his Derry senior debut (Pic: Seamus Loughran)
NFL DIVISION 3 - ROUND 6
Two cracking goals from Paul Cassidy and Patrick Kearney helped Derry to a comfortable win, on a night Conor Glass made his return to GAA action.
Glass, Paul Cassidy and Ethan Doherty all made their Derry senior debuts, with Oisin McWilliams coming on to mark his first league outing - having played in the McKenna Cup. It takes the number of league debuts handed out by Rory Gallagher to 11.
Points from Ciaran McFaul, Cassidy and two from Shane McGuigan had Derry in a comfortable position after 14 minutes.
The visitors had a slight chance of goal when Rian Brady got possession inside, but tapped over the bar.
Longford had the margin back to two points (0-5 to 0-3), before Derry kicked on again. Rogers' run from full-back began a move for a Conor Doherty point. Straight from the kick-out, Kearney fed McFaul for a point.
League debuts under Rory Gallagher- Shea Downey, Odhran Lynch, Alex Doherty, Ben McCarron, Eoghan Duffy, Oisin McWilliams, Conor Glass, Paul Cassidy, Ethan Doherty, Patrick Kearney and Declan Cassidy ... plus Oran Armstrong in McKenna Cup #GAA— Michael McMullan (@malmcmullan) October 17, 2020
Before the break Padraig Cassidy began the move for the first goal with a run and then Kearney got the ball, he buried low to the bottom corner of the net, for a 1-7 to 0-4 interval lead.
Colm P Smith and Rian Brady hit two points at the start of the second half for Longford. Niall Loughlin was on the end of a McFaul pass and with a glimmer of goal on, he opted for a fisted point from a tight angle.
Derry were 1-10 to 0-9 ahead at the three quarter mark. Glass picked up possession deep in midfield and when the ball went forward, Niall Loughlin's point attempt hit the post and when it fell for Paul Cassidy he buried it to the net.
Darragh Doherty and Brady hit points for the visitors, but it was Derry who ended strongly. Glass claimed a fine mark in his defence and they were unlucky when a move involving Ethan Doherty and Shane McGuigan failed to finish in the net.
Oisin McWilliams, Brendan Rogers and Paul Cassidy added scores as Derry ran out easy winners, on a night that Louth's 5-19 to 1-16 defeat in Cork saw them relegated.
The Oakleafers travel to Offaly next Sunday. If they win, Louth beat Down and Longford beat Cork, all three teams will finish on nine points and a possible play-off for second place.
DERRY: Odhran Lynch, Paul McNeill, Brendan Rogers (0-1), Conor Doherty (0-1), Carlus McWilliams, Chrissy McKaigue (0-1), Michael McEvoy, Ciaran McFaul (0-2), Padraig Cassidy (0-1), Ethan Doherty, Enda Lynn (0-1), Danny Tallon (0-1), Patrick Kearney (1-0), Shane McGuigan (0-2, 1f), Niall Loughlin (0-2, 1f)
SUBS: Thomas Mallon, Alex Doherty, Ben McCarron, Gavin O'Neill, Benny Heron, Paul Cassidy (1-1), Oisin McWilliams (0-1), Conor Glass, Mark McGrogan, Declan Cassidy, Niall Toner
LONGFORD: Paddy Colum, Patrick Fox, Andrew Farrell, Barry O'Farrell, Colm P Smyth (0-2), Gary Rogers, Liam Hughes, Darren Gallagher (0-2f), Kevin Diffley, Donal McElligott, Daniel Mimnagh, Dessie Reynolds (0-1), Rian Brady (0-4, 2f), Liam Connerton (0-1), Oran Kenny
SUBS: David Mulvihill, Iarla O'Sullivan, Darragh Doherty (0-1), Joseph Hagan (0-1), Shane Farrell, Robbie Smyth, Gerard Flynn, Aidan McGuire, Eoghan McCormack, Peter Lynn, Liam Moran
REF: Sean Laverty (Antrim)
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