Killoe produce strong second half display to win the Leader Cup

Senior League - Leader Cup Final

Senior League - Leader Cup Final

Killoe Young Emmets . . . . 3-11 Longford Slashers . . . . 1-7

It took Killoe quite some time to assert their superiority over Longford Slashers in the Leader Cup Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday but when they eventually turned on the power in the second half there was just no stopping the confident county champions who ended up winning the league title by the wide margin of ten points to complete the senior double in some style.

Young Emmets (holding a slender 1-3 to 0-5 lead at the break with Paddy Thompson scoring a cracking goal in the 10th minute) ended a wonderful year in producing their usual immense workrate in a real team effort when it mattered most. Killoe pulled right away from a Slashers side who competed particularly well in the first half and appeared to be very much in contention when Michael Brady scored a goal with three minutes gone on the changeover.

Brady rose high right in front of the posts to direct a Mark Smith centre into the back of the net to leave the championship runners-up leading by 1-5 to 1-3 but Killoe recovered quickly and their superior fitness proved decisive as they stepped up another couple of gears to clock up 2-5 without reply in a glorious spell between the 34th and 48th minutes with Daniel Mimnagh and Mark Hughes getting the crucial goals.

Read the full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday