Killoe fall while Killashee march on

Emmet Skelly wins the ball for St Brigid's Killashee during the club's Leinster Club Junior Championship semi-final against Milltown of Westmeath. Photo: Frank McGrath
Three first half goals did the trick as St Brigid’s Killashee beat Milltown (Westmeath) at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last and thus created a piece of GAA history by becoming the first team from Longford to reach the Leinster Club Junior Football Championship Final.

Three first half goals did the trick as St Brigid’s Killashee beat Milltown (Westmeath) at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last and thus created a piece of GAA history by becoming the first team from Longford to reach the Leinster Club Junior Football Championship Final.

It is a tremendous achievement for St Brigid’s, who will have home advantage again when they take on the Meath junior champions Curraha in the provincial title decider at Pearse Park on Sunday week, December 6th.

Crucial goals were also the difference as Killoe unfortunately fell at the semi-final hurdle in the Leinster senior club clash at O’Moore Park. Vastly experienced Portlaoise produced a powerful performance to find the back of the net five times and eventually won by 5-12 to 0-11.

On Saturday next, November 28th, the 2015 Team of the Championship (see page 90 for the nominations) will be announced at the Gala Awards Night in the Longford Arms Hotel along with the various player of the year awards - Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Ladies and Hurling.

A total of nine senior clubs feature in the list of nominations for the Team of the Championship and the breakdown is as follows: Killoe (15), Abbeylara (5), Dromard (3), Clonguish (2), Longford Slashers (1), Colmcille (1), Mullinalaghta (1), Granard (1) and Ballymahon (1).

Padraig McCormack (Killoe), Conor Berry (Abbeylara) and Michael Quinn (Killoe) have been nominated for the 2015 senior football championship player of the year while on the shortlist for the Intermediate championship player of the year award are Johnny Casey (Killashee St Brigid’s) and Rathcline duo James Carroll and Shane Kenny.

Selected in the junior championship player of the year category are Jack Lynn (Mostrim), David Kiernan (Killoe) and Padraig Jones (Mostrim) while nominated for the 2015 senior hurling championship player of the year are Martin Coyle (Wolfe Tones, Mostrim), Karl Murray (Longford Slashers) and John Mulhern (Wolfe Tones).

After winning the ladies senior football championship for the first time since 2009, Clonguish dominate the player of the year in this category with three of their team nominated for the award - Aoife Darcy, Alice Magan and Mairead Moore.

Tickets for the Awards Night are priced at €35 and are available from Michael Carrigy, 087-2915072.

See page 90 for full details of the 2015 Longford GAA All-Stars nominations.