Joe Hagan and Dessie Reynolds were to the fore as Longford maintained their Division 3 status thanks to a comfortable win over Laois.

The result means that Laois drop to Division 4 after a poor campaign culminated with yet another home defeat.

Laois picked up just one point from four home games and you have to go back to February 2020, a stretch of eight games, for their last league win in Portlaoise.

It means back-to-back relegations and a disappointing start to Billy Sheehan's managerial term.

For Longford boss Billy O'Loughlin it was a bittersweet return to his native county but his side were fully deserving of victory.

Dessie Reynolds and Joe Hagan were hugely impressive for the winners.

Reynolds scored 1-02 from the half-back line while Hagan hit 1-06 from play in a man-of-the-match display.

Longford did most of the early running and though Mark Barry struck for a fine goal for Laois midway through the half, Longford made full use of the extra man after Sean O’Flynn was sin-binned in the 25th minute and led 1-10 to 1-05 at half-time.

Laois hit a mountain of wides in the second half and Reynolds got their second goal in the 48th minute to make it safe.

Laois: D Bolger; T Collins, M Timmons (0-03), A Mohan; S O'Flynn, J O'Loughlin, G Dillon; K Lillis, J Finn; B Byrne, E Lowry (0-02), D O'Reilly; M Barry (1-04, 3f), E O'Carroll, G Walsh (0-03, 1f).

Subs: A Farrell for Dillon (20), S Moore (0-01) for O’Reilly (ht), C Murphy for Mohan (ht), B Daly for Finn (50), R Munnelly for O’Carroll (60).

Longford: P Collum; J Moran, A Farrell (0-01), B O'Farrell; Dessie Reynolds (1-02), M Quinn, I O'Sullivan; K Diffley, D Gallagher (0-03, 3f); E McCormack, D Doherty (0-01), J Hagan (1-06); J Matthews (0-01), J Duggan (0-01), O Kenny (0-01).

Subs: PJ Masterson for O’Farrell (44), K McGann (0-01) for Duggan (46), A McGuire for Matthews (53), Daniel Reynolds for Kenny (60), R Moffett for Doherty (67).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry).