A fantastic goal from Daniel Mimnagh in the 60th minute gave Killoe a dramatic win over Abbeylara in the Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday evening last.
The corner-forward received the ball from Ronan McGoldrick and it looked like he was going for a point but he struck the ball into the top right-hand corner of the net to claim victory for the Young Emmets who now meet Colmcille or Dromard in the semi-final.
Abbeylara suffered a further setback one minute into additional time when Barry Smyth received a straight red card for lashing out at Michael Quinn. In the aftermath of that sending-off Abbey were lucky not to have had more players sent-off for trying to clash with Quinn again with the County star subject to some very robust close attention throughout the game.
The football on show was very poor with only a few stand-out players. Padraig McCormack was the outstanding footballer on show and he really was a driving force for Killoe. Abbeylara were well beaten by Killoe in the league stage of the championship a few weeks ago but were a different proposition on this occasion.
It was Mickey O’Connor who opened the scoring inside the opening minute after receiving the ball from Niall Sheridan. Killoe were level in the 9th minute when Michael Quinn excellently pointed a ’45.
A free from Jason Kelly, after Robbie Smyth had been fouled, edged Abbey in front again in the 19th minute and another free, this time from the boot of Smyth, put them ahead by two in the 25th minute. But that was to be their last score of the first half as Killoe began to get a hold on proceedings.
In the final six minutes of the first half the Young Emmets scored five unanswered points to go in at the break two points in front. Padraig McCormack led the scoring with a fantastic point in the 26th minute and he was the provider three minutes later, playing the ball into Mark Hughes who passed to Daniel Mimnagh and he pointed. Two frees from the boot of McCormack’s older brother Sean gave his side a 0-5 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Killoe started the second half well and within the first minute extended their lead to three points when Joe McCormack fired over a point. Mark Hughes was unlucky not to get a goal two minutes later but his effort was stopped on the line. Paddy Hughes followed up with a point to put four between the sides in the 34th minute.
But in the space of three minutes Abbey were level. First Robbie Smyth scored a neat point in the 41st minute and then the dangerman Niall Sheridan got his first goal of the game when finishing James McEntire’s centre to the net in the 44th minute.
A free from Robbie Smyth in the 48th minute put Abbeylara ahead for only the second time in the game. But six minutes later Killoe were back in front when Padraig McCormack played in a lovely ball to Mark Hughes and from a tight angle he found the back of the net.
That lead only lasted one minute as Abbeylara grabbed their second goal. Killoe keeper Steve Coy pulled off a very good save to deny Jason Kelly but unfortunately for Coy the loose ball fell to Niall Sheridan and he made no mistake to put Abbeylara ahead by the minimum of margins.
A great point from Sean McCormack one minute from time levelled the game again and a replay looked the likely outcome but Killoe weren’t content with that and went looking for the winning score. Ronan McGoldrick won the ball and passed into Daniel Mimnagh, who struck a sweet strike to the top corner of the net to settle the issue.
KILLOE YOUNG EMMETS: Stephen Coy; Darragh Bennett, Daniel Keogh, Ronan Keogh; Shane Dowd, Padraig McCormack (0-1), Paddy Hughes (0-1); Joe McCormack (0-1), Paddy Thompson; Michael Quinn (0-1, ‘45’), Ronan McGoldrick, Eugene Clarke; Daniel Mimnagh (1-1), Mark Hughes (1-0), Sean McCormack (0-3, two frees).
Subs:- Denis McGoldrick for E Clarke (52 mins); Cian Farrelly for P Hughes (52mins).
ABBEYLARA: Damien O’Connor; Colm P Smyth, Fergal Battrim, Cormac Smyth; Shane Mahon, James McEntire, Eamonn Gallagher; Arthur O’Connor, Derek Smyth; Jason Kelly (0-1, free), William Crawford, Brian Smyth; Robbie Smyth (0-3, two frees), Niall Sheridan (2-0), Mickey O’Connor (0-1).
Subs:- Barry Smyth for W Crawford (injured, 14 mins); John Kiernan for M O’Connor (40 mins); Michael McHugh for S Mahon (48 mins); Anthony McBrien for Brian Smyth (56 mins).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon).