On Sunday last Killoe Young Emmets, by beating Navan O’Mahony’s at Pearse Park, became the first Longford side in nine years to reach the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship semi-final – Clonguish were the last back in 2003. Manager Tommy McCormack is delighted with his side’s achievement.
“Some reputable outfits came out of Longford in the last while but they just ran up against better opposition. I think we are starting to play some good football now at the present time; expressing ourselves more than we did in the championship. They are enthusiastic about it and it’s a great achievement to get to this stage and to now look forward to a Leinster semi-final,” he told the Leader.
From start to finish the Killoe side controlled the game and McCormack agreed that it was their most complete performance to date. “I definitely think it was. Our link-up play was brilliant. We had been struggling in the middle third to get the ball into the boys inside. Today we seemed to have men on the end of it and support to help them out. There was more fluency in our play. The boys were so resilient and composed and there was great discipline from them.”
Leading by three points at the break Killoe started the second half in fantastic fashion and two goals inside the opening three minutes extended their lead to nine points. McCormack admitted the start was down to words of wisdom from captain Joe McCormack. “Joe initiated that he said the next 10 minutes of the game is going to be absolutely vital and to leave down a marker. We got the breaks. We talked about them in the dressingroom beforehand. Simon (Kiernan) is a big guy and can cause a lot of problems and then we got the second goal after that; a great finish from Michael (Quinn). The game as a contest was then virtually over.”