John Daly presenting the Pearse Daly Memorial Cup to Clonguish Og U-15 captain James Hagan along with Longford GAA Officer Finbar Meehan Pic: Richard Howard
Goals at crucial stages of the game was the decisive factor as powerful Clonguish scored a comprehensive win over gallant Granard in the U-15 ‘A’ football championship final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Thursday evening.
Clonguish Og . . . 4-10 Granard . . . 0-6
It was yet another underage success for the Clonguish club and after Michael McDonagh finished the ball to the net in the 18th minute, Granard suffered a shattering blow when they conceded a second goal just before the break.
Eanna Madden was on target from close range to leave Clonguish leading by 2-4 to 0-4 at half-time and a couple of more goals followed on the changeover through Joshua Marsh and McDonagh.
Granard ended up with 13 players on the pitch after George Burns and Ben Blessington were sent-off after receiving second yellow cards during the closing minutes of the match.
CLONGUISH OG: Abdullah Munir; Sean Hagan, Alan Mimnagh, Michael Glennon; Senan Buckley, Mark Cooney, Eoghan Kiernan; Corrmac Flynn, Michael McDonagh (2-1); James Flynn, James Hagan (0-2, one free), Luke Shepherd; Eanna Madden (1-0), Peter Toher (0-5), Joshua Marsh (1-1).
Subs:- Ruairi Flynn (0-1) for L Shepherd (46 mins); Cian Crossan for J Marsh (54 mins); Jamie McGlynn for S Buckley (57 mins).
GRANARD: Adam Murphy; Jake Durkin, Derek Creegan, Liam O’Hara; Niall O’Donnell, Ben Blessington, Shane O’Hara; Daniel Corr, Oisin Kiernan; George Burns, Cian O’Donnell (0-1, free), Jacob Gaynor Brady; Conor O’Hara (0-2), Eoin O’Hara, Brendan Martin (0-3, all frees).
Subs:- James Macken for O Kiernan (injured, half-time); Liam Farrell for B Martin (injured, 59 mins).
Referee: Hugh O’Kane (Young Grattans).
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