Longford Slashers showed great character to beat Killoe in a highly entertaining Senior Football Championship quarter-final clash at Pearse Park on Sunday evening last (watched by a big attendance in the region of 1,500) and thus gained sweet revenge for their defeat in last year’s title decider.
The reigning champions Emmet Og were fancied by many to emerge victorious but Slashers got off to a great start to lead by 0-5 to 0-0 with just five minutes gone and Killoe suffered a significant setback when their big midfielder Simon Kiernan was sent-off in the 20th minute (straight red card) after clashing with Mark Smith. Having said that, Killoe battled back to trail by just a solitary point when Joe McCormack landed a glorious strike from near the sideline in the 25th minute but Slashers finished the first half strongly to lead by 0-9 to 0-6 at the break. Five of their points came from the deadly accurate Colin Smith, who ended up with 0-7 (all frees) in playing a leading role in the worthy win but particularly outstanding in the Slashers defence was the braveheart Dermot Brady. It must also be said that Martin Nevin’s workrate in attack was immense and the 2011 champions now confront Colmcille in the semi-final. Even though Slashers had the advantage of the extra man, Killoe were not going to relinguish their title without a fierce fight and the sides were all square (0-9 to 0-9) when Denis McGoldrick fired over a wonderful point in the 40th minute. But Emmet Og were guilty of some poor finishing and Slashers went on to clinch a terrific win in scoring four more points, a brace from Colin Smith (free-taking of the highest quality) with David Sheridan and Barry Gilleran also on target and ended the game with 14 players as Trevor Clendenning was dismissed for a second yellow card in the 58th minute.
SLASHERS: Colm Farrell; Dominic Glennon, Barry Gilleran (0-1), Gareth Ghee; Peter Brady, Dermot Brady, Trevor Clendenning (0-1); David Sheridan (0-1), Michael Brady; Peter Foy (0-1), Colin Smith (0-7, all frees), Philip Dobson; Martin Nevin (0-1), Marc Diffley (0-1), Niall Mulligan. Subs:- Mark Smith for P Dobson (injured, 13 mins); Martin Tarmey for M Smith (injured, 47 mins).
KILLOE: Cillian Burns; Ronan Keogh, Padraig McCormack, Daniel Keogh; Shane Dowd, Joe McCormack (0-1), Michael Quinn; Paddy Thompson, Simon Kiernan; Denis McGoldrick (0-2), Ronan McGoldrick (0-1), Daniel Mimnagh; Eugene Clarke, Mark Hughes (0-3), Sean McCormack (0-3, all frees). Subs:- Cian Farrelly for S Dowd (injured, 42 mins); Paddy Kiernan for D Mimnagh (50 mins); Shane Clarke for R McGoldrick (56 mins).
Referee: Patrick Maguire (Granard).