Antrim women lose to Longford in All-Ireland Junior Football Final

Longford celebrate victory
Longford players celebrate after beating Antrim at Croke Park

Longford produced a stunning second-half fightback to beat Antrim 4-10 to 1-12 in Sunday's All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football final at Croke Park.

Seven minutes before half-time Longford trailed 1-8 to 0-2 but three unanswered points made it 1-8 to 0-5 at the break.

Claire Timoney scored Antrim's goal in the 12th minute of the game.

Longford's four goals in the second half came from player of the match Jacinta Brady, Emer Heaney, Aoife Darcy and Aishling Greene.

Antrim were hoping to secure a third success in the competition but it was Longford who ended a 19-year wait for national silverware.

The eventual victors followed up their three point sequence at the end of the first half by scoring 3-5 without reply at the start of the second.

In contrast, Antrim went without a score from the 23rd minute until 12 minutes from time.

Brady found the net in the 34th minute, then Heaney's 36th-minute goal was deflected into the net by Sarah Haughey.

Two minutes later Darcy's shot was deflected in by Antrim wing-back Eleanor Mallon.

Aishling Greene found the net with six minutes remaining and Longford's winning margin ended up as seven points.