By Joe Bracken
The Tipperary footballers travelled to Longford looking for a win to keep promotion hopes alive in the Allianz Football League Roinn 3 round 5 match also last Sunday, but met strong resistance from the home side in the second half and had to come home suffering their first loss of the campaign on a score of 1-17 to 1-11 to Longford. Tipperary’s goal came early in the second half from Jason Lonergan but a strong run saw Longford home.
Combined with losses for Kildare and Clare, it makes for an extremely tight finish to the league. Kildare are still two points ahead on eight points, while Tipperary and Clare have now been joined by Longford and Offaly on six points. Tipperary’s home match against Kildare on Easter weekend has taken on even greater significance now as any of the five could claim first and second spot. Sligo away from home will be no easy task either considering their victory over Kildare on Sunday to throw the league wide open.