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06 Oct 2022

Longford SFC: Black card for Michael Quinn a major turning point as Dromard defeat Killoe

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

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Aaron Farrell shooting past Killoe keeper Shane Fitzpatrick for Dromard's opening goal midway through the first half of the SFC quarter-final Photo: Syl Healy

Dromard moved a step closer to reaching the Senior Football Championship final for the first time since 2013 when they defeated Killoe in the quarter-final clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday evening last. 

Dromard . . . 3-7    Killoe Emmet Og . . . 0-11

The intensity was high in this tough battle to determine the opposition for the title holders Mullinalaghta in the last four and a major turning point was the black card for Killoe’s key player Michael Quinn in the closing stages of the first half. 

The sides were all square (0-4 to 1-1) when midfielder Quinn was dismissed and during his ten minute period in the sin bin, Dromard took full advantage of the extra man in adding 2-3 to their tally.

Defender Oisin O’Toole, capitalising on a misdirected Killoe kick out approaching half-time, and attacker Aaron Farrell scored the crucial goals and Killoe never really recovered in crashing out of the championship.

Farrell got the first goal for Sean Hagan’s side midway through the first half, at a stage when Emmet Og were leading by 0-3 to 0-1, but Dromard deserved their victory after shooting a total of 12 wides as compared to seven for the losers.  

DROMARD: Ollie Duffy; Dylan McCormack, Oisin O’Toole (1-0), Diarmuid Masterson; Ronan Bleakley, Joseph Hagan, Peter Reynolds; Daniel Conboy, Ronan McEntire (0-2, 1 free); Matt Duffy, Aaron Farrell (2-2), Bernard Sheridan (0-1); Fionn Hourican, Ross McNerney (0-1, free), Francis McGee (0-1).

Subs:- Peadar Kiernan for M Duffy (injured, 59 mins); James Mimnagh for D McCormack; Jamsie Martin for F McGee; Conor McGauran for R Bleakley and Emmet Masterson for R McNerney (all in stoppage time).

KILLOE EMMET OG: Shane Fitzpatrick; Gavin Farrelly, James Moran, Gavin Hughes; Niall Farrelly, Ryan Moffett, Jake Donnelly; Michael Quinn (0-1), Ronan Keogh; Eamon Keogh (0-2), Mark Hughes (0-5, all frees), Shane Clarke; Cian Farrelly, Daniel Mimnagh (0-2, 1 free), Ciaran Donohoe.

Subs:- Larry Moran for C Donohoe (half-time); Eugene Clarke (0-1) for C Farrelly (half-time); Jonathan Borland for S Clarke (57 mins); Simon Kiernan for E Clarke (60 mins). 

Referee: David Tiernan (Ardagh Moydow).  

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