Leinster Minor Football Championship Quarter-Final
Dublin . . . . . . 0 – 10 Longford . . . . . . 0 – 5
Padraic O’Brien reporting from Pearse Park
Title holders Longford made their exit from the Leinster Minor Football Championship when a strong finish by Dublin yielded a fairly comfortable five-point victory in the quarter-final clash at Pearse Park on Saturday evening and the visitors would have won by a wider margin but for a few great saves by the opposing goalkeeper Gareth Higgins in the second half.
LONGFORD: Gareth Higgins (Carrick Sarsfields); Michael McHugh (Northern Gaels), Barry O’Farrell (Carrick Sarsfields), John Gill (St. Dominic’s, Kenagh); Shane Clarke (Killoe), Brian Collum (St. Vincent’s, Drumlish/Ballinamuck), Cian Farrelly (Killoe); Robbie Smyth (Northern Gaels, 0-3, two frees), Timmy Jackson (Granard/Ballymore); Daniel Mimnagh (Killoe), James McGivney (Northern Gaels, 0-1, free), Conor Clarke (Longford Slashers); Brian Walsh (Longford Slashers), Barry McKeon (Colmcille, 0-1), Cillian Lynn (Wolfe Tones, Mostrim).
Subs:- Ross McNerney (Colmcille) for C Lynn (30 mins); Martin Mulligan (Colmcille) for S Clarke (51 mins); Paudge Gill (St. Vincent’s) for T Jackson (58 mins); Gary Maguire (Dromard) for B Walsh (63 mins); Andrew Dalton (Longford Slashers) for J Gill (63 mins).
DUBLIN: Ross O’Hanlon; Graham Hannigan, Robert McDaid, Eoghan Boyne; Jack McCaffrey (0-1), John Small, Rutherson Real; Emmet O’Conghaile (0-1), Patrick O’Higgins; Eric Lowndes, Ciaran Kilkenny (0-2, one free), Conor Meaney; Scott Fulham, Gavin Ivory (0-5, two 45’s), David Campbell.
Subs:- Ross Mullins for E Lowndes (44 mins); Cormac Costello (0-1) for D Campbell (48 mins); Andy O’Brien for S Fulham (60 mins).
Referee: Fergal Smith (Offaly).