Longford RFC Club News 13/01/2020   13/01/2020

By Tommy Butler Longford RFC PRO

Senior Men

Leinster League

The J1 and J2 matches versus Carlow were called off due to the passing of one of Carlow’s Past Presidents.  The match will be refixed for January 26th instead. Longford’s first match of the season will therefore be at home to run away league leaders Monkstown.  As pointed out last week Longford have five matches remaining and everyone will take on the nature of a cup final starting with Monkstown.  The league might have looked a lot different for both sides had Longford converted a last minute chance to cross the white wash and plunder a win from Sydney Parade.  However, instead Longford are now focusing on securing second place and a shot of promotion and are in an almighty scrap for that place with Tullow and Carlow.  It will take Longford’s best performance of the season to turn over a Monkstown side who have won all their matches in the league to date despite a few very close shaves, one being versus Longford.  Its still all to play for and it starts on Sunday in CPL Park.

This is a potentially season defining game for both the J1/J2 sides and we ask as many of our members, supporters and friends to pack out CPL Park and get behind the lads.

Upcoming Fixtures

Sunday January 19th Leinster League Longford v Monkstown KO 13:00/14:30 J1&J2

Sunday January 26th Leinster League Carlow v Longford KO 13:00/14:30 J1&J2

Sunday February 2nd Leinster League Cill Dara v Longford KO 13:30/15:00 J1&J2

The full season calendar can be downloaded at: https://bit.ly/2KAwsrr

Longford Women (Warriors)

Longford Women took on Blackrock yesterday and gave a good account of themselves going down 43-34 away to Blackrock.  The league now splits into top and bottom conferences with a draw for Longford’s remaining fixtures taking place this week.   

Longford Women welcome new players throughout the season with all fitness levels, shapes and sizes are welcome.  The Warriors really are on an upward curve and are making an assault on the Division 4 Title and want you to be a part.  Training is on Tuesdays and Fridays and 7.30.  Drop in to training for a chat or alternatively give Head Coach Nuala McGoey a ring on 0862482005.

Upcoming Fixtures


Longford Mini/Youths

The Longford Mini/Youth Season is now in full swing.  All teams are now back training and playing.  


Remember new players are welcome at all levels with no prior experience required.  It could be you lining out for Ireland in a coming World Cup!

Minis U6-U12 

Training on Sundays at 10.30 am in CPL Park for both girls and boys.  A full season planner can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2NxGL1j 

U13 Male

U13s training every Thursday at 6.30 PM.

U14 Male

U14s training every Thursday 7-8.30 PM.

U15 Male

U15s train every Wednesday at 7.30 PM.

U16 Male

U16s train every Wednesday at 7.30 PM.

U17s&18s Male

U17/U18s train every Thursday at 7.30 PM.

U14 Female

U14s train every Sunday morning with an extra day per week TBC.

U16&U18 Female

U16s&U18s train every Tuesday and Friday at 7.30 PM.


U18FM v Athy (Away)

U16M v Arklow (Home)

U16FM v Ashbourne/Balbriggan (Home)

U15M v Ashbourne (Home) Sunday

U14M v Tullow (Away)

U14FM v Tallaght (Away)

U13M v Carlow (Away)

U9/U10M Blitz Mullingar (Away)

U8-U12FM Blitz Tullamore (Away)

Please check our website for fixtures; http://www.longfordrugby.com/clubFixtures/14013/f_i_x_t_u_r_e_s

Match Reports


Longford U18s lost out 7-0 to Portarlington in a close fought Leinster league game on Saturday past. Conditions were not conducive to a game of running rugby, leading to an arm wrestle of a match, with Longford failing in the last play of the game to rescue a draw.  The next Leinster League game is versus Kilkenny at home on February 1st with more games to be fixed before then.


Longford U16s put in a great performance in really tough conditions versus Kilkenny, with the first 15 minutes seeing brilliant wet weather rugby.  Longford scored seven tries to Kilkenny’s two.  Gavin Courage Foynes scored a hatrick. Ronan Columb Smith, Cormac Casey, Josh Osabuhien and Kevin Byrne all dotted down for a try each with David Keenan kicking three conversions. Next up is a home game against a tough Arklow side at home.

Longford play in the RDS

You can watch a short montage video on the great day by clicking on the picture below!

Longford Mini/Youth Players had a day to remember yesterday when over 200 Players/Parents travelled to the RDS to support Leinster in their 42-14 win versus Lyon in the Champions Cup.  Our U12s also has the privilege of playing at half time and gave a great account of themselves and the club.  The day started early with the Longford posse climbing onto their bus fleet at the club resplendent in their Longford gear.  First up was welcoming the Leinster players to the RDS.  This was even featured on the Champions Cup Twitter Account!  Next up was meeting Leo the Lion and getting ready for the match.  Our U12s were in the zone for most of the first half and came out like Lions at half time.  A brilliant day was had by all.  Thanks for everyone involved in organising it.  No doubt we will be back for the Quarter Final and maybe even Semi-Finals.  Great value trips to watch Leinster are one of the great benefits of playing for Longford.  It is not too late to start we field teams for Boys and Girls right from U16 to U18.  We welcome new players at all age levels.  Talk to any member/coach or message us on Facebook/Twitter.

Longford CCRO Dylan Quinn featured in Leinster Program

Well done to Longford CCRO Dylan Quinn who was interviewed about his work in promoting rugby in Longford for the Leinster v Lyon match program.  The interview featured as a two page centre fold spread.  Keep up the good work Dylan!

Great Food/Events at Longford RFC

The Sin Bin at Longford RFC serves great quality and value food on Friday from 12-3 and 12-7 on Saturday and Sunday.  Booking for events such as birthdays, christening, confirmations, communions, weddings and funerals are also available.  For bookings and information phone Kris on 0872872357.

 4G All Weather Pitch Rental

Our state of the art floodlight Mel Diffley 4G pitch is available for rental.  It contains shock absorption so that players can play contact sports/fall over without hurting themselves.  It is also perfect for 5 a side soccer.  If you would like to book it phone Damian on 0862757103.

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