Warwickshire 2-16, Longford 0-10
By Larry Cooney.
Warwickshire hurlers are celebrating their first All-Ireland success in forty years after they won their first Lory Meagher Cup at sun-drenched Croke Park last Saturday afternoon.
They made light of their pre-match underdog status to lead from start to finish and were worth every single score of their twelve-point victory over 2011 winners Longford before a sparse but vocal attendance in GAA headquarters.
Despite facing the elements as they played into the Hill 16 end, the Exiles made the better start and opened the scoring through an Enda Lyons point after just 37 seconds.
Although a foul on Diarmuid Corcoran gave Eoin Donnellan a chance to equalise from the resultant free also in the opening minute, Warwickshire were looking extremely sharp in the opening minutes and hit four unanswered points through Enda Lyons, Paddy Duggan, Michael Bermingham and an excellent score from Alan Morrissey.
Although Eoin Donnellan responded with an excellent opportunist point in seventh minute, Warwickshire’s marquee forward and top scorer Sean Hennessy also got in on the scoring action in the tenth minute when he pointed the first of his three successful frees.
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