Cnoc Mhuire, Granard reach the All-Ireland Final

All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship Semi-Final

All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship Semi-Final

Cnoc Mhuire, Granard . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7

Clonakilty Community College (Cork) . . . . . 0-9

Cnoc Mhuire, Granard battled back to beat Cork opponents Clonakilty Community College at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town on Saturday and the Leinster champions can now look forward to a Croke Park appearance in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ Football Championship Final against Holy Trinity College, Cookstown (Tyrone) on Saturday week, April 13th.

Just a solitary point separated the sides when the full-time whistle was eventually blown in this tight contest and the early goal from Nigel Rabbitte with just two minutes gone on the clock proved to be the decisive score as the north Longford school achieved a magnificent victory.

Winners of the All-Ireland U-16 ‘A’ titles in 2011 and 2012, Cnoc Mhuire were expected to make a major impact at senior level this season and will be quietly confident of crossing the last hurdle despite the obvious tough task against the title holders Holy Trinity College who scored a comprehensive 2-12 to 1-6 win over Davitt College, Castlebar (Mayo) in the other semi-final on Saturday last.

CNOC MHUIRE, GRANARD: Luke Meehan (Northern Gaels); Tadhg McGahern (Mullahoran), Diarmuid Fitzsimons (Mullahoran), Barry McKiernan (Northern Gaels); Anthony O’Reilly (Northern Gaels), Sean McKeogh (Mullahoran), Liam Sullivan (Granard/Ballymore, 0-1); David McGivney (Northern Gaels, 0-1), Aidan McElligott (Northern Gaels); Nigel Rabbitte (Northern Gaels, 1-1), Mattie Gorman (Granard/Ballymore), Ciaran Mallon (Granard/Ballymore); Rian Brady (Northern Gaels, 0-3, one free), Aaron Brady (Gowna, 0-1), Fionnan O’Reilly (Mullahoran).

Sub:- Mark Kiernan (Ballymachugh) for F O’Reilly (28 mins).

Read Padraic O’Brien’s full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday