John Duignan presenting the JJ Duignan Cup (in memory of his father Jimmy) to Clonguish Gaels senior hurling captain Bart Hanley Photo: Syl Healy
After producing a strong first half performance to hold a commanding 1-9 to 0-3 lead at the break with Stephen Gregg scoring the goal, Clonguish Gaels withstood a spirited Slashers comeback to win the Senior Hurling Championship title for the first time since 2019.
Clonguish Gaels . . . 1-15 Longford Slashers . . . 1-13
Despite the difficult wet conditions in the county final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday last, the sides served up an entertaining encounter with Clonguish overcoming the significant setback of playing most of the second half with 14 players.
Experienced defender Gerry Moore was sent-off after receiving a second yellow card with eight minutes gone on the changeover and while Slashers gradually closed the gap, time ran out for the reigning county champions.
Clonguish were five points in front entering stoppage time and while Slashers were given a glimmer of hope with a late, late goal from David Buckley, it came too late to salvage the situation.
Joe O’Brien, operating most effectively in a new role at centre-half-back, fired over 6 points (3 frees) and was a deserving winner of the player of the match award.
Clonguish Gaels, who were winning the county senior hurling title for the sixth time, now move on to meet the Westmeath Junior champions in the opening round of the Leinster Junior Club competition at the end of October.
CLONGUISH GAELS: Eanna Daly; Michael Devlin, Gerry Moore, Declan Lee; David Gregg, Joe O’Brien (0-6, 3 frees), Padraig McGuinness; Paddy Corcoran, Paul Barden; Brian Brady, Bart Hanley (0-5, 4 frees), Dan Crossan (0-1); Matthew Flynn (0-1), Alan Sorohan, Stephen Gregg (1-2).
Subs:- Oisin Flanagan for A Sorohan (37 mins); Francie Molloy for B Brady (43 mins).
LONGFORD SLASHERS: Daniel Gallagher; Coilin Regan, Karl Murray, Daire Regan; Iarlaith Dolan, David Buckley (1-0), Francie Dolan; Zach Tunstead, Rory Maher; Johnny Casey, Cian Kavanagh (0-9, 7 frees), Ronan Kenny; David Harney, Reuben Murray (0-2, 1 free, 1 ‘65), Micheal Mulcahy.
Subs:- Kealan Cox for C Regan (17 mins); Stephen Farrell (0-1) for I Dolan (injured, 30 mins); Eoin Donnellan (0-1) for Z Tunstead (half-time); Matthew Hawes for M Mulcahy (56 mins).
Referee: Caymon Flynn (Westmeath).
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