Longford Slashers gained sweet revenge for their one-point defeat in the Feile Final at the hands of rivals, Wolfe Tones, in the championship decider last Wednesday evening in Pearse Park. Both sides had recently participated in the Feile na nGael in Waterford and Tipperary but it seemed the 'boys in blue' benefited more from the weekend at the annual national hurling festival.
Slashers were quick out of the blocks and kept the scoreboard ticking over with points from play as well as from frees from the unerring Conor Leonard. At halftime they held a well-deserved eight-point lead which could have been greater but for the resolute Alex Fahey at fullback for the Mostrim men.
The second half began in lightning fashion with Wolfe Tones' danger man, Tiernan Hussey, firing a rasper across the bows of Daniel Gallagher's goals. With this near miss it seemed ominous it wasn't to be their day and Slashers continued where they left off by adding another point through Leonard. They then introduced sub Mícheál Mulcahy, recently recovered from a hip operation, who finished a wonderful move which began in their own fullback line and was despatched to the net with aplomb to kill the game as a contest.
This was an important win for Longford Slashers hurling as they hadn't won the U14 championship since 2011. Backboned by centre back dynamo, Iarlaith Dolan (capt.), and Conor Leonard a colossus at midfield this was also a complete team performance. They now march on to compete in the Westmeath Division 2 Championship.
Final score: Longford Slashers 2-11 Wolfe Tone 0-0
Scorers for Slashers: Stephen Murray 1-4 (2fs), Conor Leonard 0-6 (3f's, 1 '65), Mícheál Mulcahy 1-0, Ciaran Scanlon 0-1