Mark McCormack on the ball for Ballymahon in this tussle with Fr Manning Gaels opponent Petie Collum in the Senior Football Championship first round clash at Keenan Park. Photo: Declan Gilmore
Fr Manning Gaels and Ballymahon finished all square in Group 3 of the Senior Football Championship at Keenan Park, Ardagh on Saturday evening.
Fr Manning Gaels . . . 1-9 Ballymahon . . . 1-9
Ballymahon, who led by 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time, were a point in front when Colm Flynn converted his fifth free with just four minutes remaining but a confidently struck score from substitute Eoin Keane earned Fr Manning Gaels a draw in the first round clash.
FR MANNING GAELS: Paddy Collum (0-1, 45'); Mickey Kelly, Cian Brady, Dan Gorman; Mark Duffy, Mark Hughes, Nigel Kiernan; Kevin Whelan, David Collum; Emmet Noonan, Martin Cassidy (0-4), Pauric Gill (0-2); Sean Whelan, Diarmuid Cooney, Petie Collum (1-1).
Subs:- Eoin Keane (0-1) for Kevin Whelan (49 mins); Dean Cosgrove for D Collum (49 mins); D Collum for D Cosgrove (black card, 51 mins).
BALLYMAHON: Dean Reilly; James Daly, Emmet Finn, Mark McCormack; Ross Claffey (0-1), Matthew Daly, TJ McArdle; Thomas Mulvihill, John Nevin (0-1); Gareth Murtagh, Colm Flynn (0-5, all frees), Pedro Byrne (1-0); Eddie Noonan, Joe Kelly (0-2), Thomas Lennon.
Sub:- Cian Cooney for E Finn (40 mins).
Referee: Aidan Dowler (Moydow Harpers).
Full match report and pictures in the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday, along with a special 2017 Longford GAA Championship football preview supplement