New football kingpins to be crowned in Longford as mighty Mullinalaghta dethrone Killoe

New football kingpins to be crowned in Longford as mighty Mullinalaghta dethrone Killoe

 

Peter Hanley Motors Longford Senior Football Championship semi-final:

Mullinalaghta St Columba’s 2-12 Killoe Emmet Og 1-10

 

Late goals by Donal McElligott (55th minute penalty) and Rian Brady ensured that impressive Mullinalaghta St Columba’s deservedly dethroned three-in-a-row seeking Killoe Emmet Og in this evening’s exciting Peter Hanley Motors Longford Senior Football Championship semi-final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.  

Managed by former Cavan star Mickey Graham, Mullinalaghta, who were last county champions way back in 1950, stormed 0-6 to nil ahead inside the opening eleven minutes. Killoe steadied the ship and by half-time the Connolly Cup winners of the past two years had clawed back to within a point - 0-8 to 0-9.

Declan Rowley’s charges went in front for the first time in the 45th minute after Daniel Mimnagh found the onion bag, 1-9 to 0-11.

However, Mullinalaghta, who lost to Killoe in the 2014 county final by 0-10 to 2-11, responded defiantly. And in the 55th minute they went 1-12 to 1-9 ahead after Donal McElligott drilled a penalty to the net.

Things then went from bad to worse for defending champions Killoe as Sean McCormack was shown a red card in the 59th minute and during the five minutes of additional time that were allowed, they were reduced to 13 players as Simon Kiernan received a second yellow card.

It was 1-12 to 1-10 at this stage and Mullinalaghta put the icing on the cake as Rian Brady bagged their second goal and set them up for a final clash with the winners of the second semi-final, Abbeylara or Dromard.  

 

See Wednesday’s Longford Leader for full match report.