Longford's class proved telling as they overcame a spirited Waterford side by 1-14 to 1-05 in an eagerly awaited Bank of Ireland SFC second round qualifier in Portlaoise.

The match was over as a contest by half-time, as Longford ran up a 1-08 tally to Waterford's two points, from Billy Harty (free) and Niall Corran.

The Longford goal came from the boot of Padraig Davis on 24 minutes. Trevor Smullen laid off for giant forward Niall Sheridan to swivel on the square and feed Paul Barden on 24 minutes, in the move which led to Longford's goal.

Barden saw Davis in space and the Fr. Manning Gaels' forward finished with aplomb for a 1-04 to 0-01 lead.

The placed ball kicking of Davis, which earned him an enviable championship tally of 1-17 going into this tie, warded off any hopes of a Waterford comeback in the second half, although Connie Power did raise slim hopes with a goal with 15 minutes remaining. 

Substitute John Moore and Lee Hayes (0-02) added points for Waterford in the second half but Davis (0-03), Paul Barden (0-02) and Sheridan closing out the win, with Davis fittingly the final scorer in injury time.

Filed by Barry McEneaney