Superior Killoe too strong for Slashers

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship - Round 1

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship - Round 1

Killoe Emmet Og . . . . . 1-15 Longford Slashers . . . . . 1-9

Padraic O’Brien reporting from Maguire Park, Ballinalee

In a repeat of last year’s county title decider, superior Killoe proved too strong for a disappointing Longford Slashers side in Round 1 of the 2013 Senior Football Championship at Maguire Park in Ballinalee on Friday evening last.

An attendance in the region of 800 gathered at the splendid Sean Connolly’s GFC grounds to watch impressive Emmet Og storm to a six points win with Denis McGoldrick scoring the goal for the county champions in the 16th minute of the first half.

Minus the services of Paul Kelly (injured), Mark Smith (injured) and Peter Foy (suspended) with Stephen Phillips and Conor Clarke on the long term casualty list, Slashers were given a glimmer of hope when their chief marksman Colin Smith crashed the ball to the net in first half stoppage time.

Thus Killoe had to be content with a rather slender 1-6 to 1-3 lead at the break after missing quite a few scoring chances but Tommy McCormack’s side gradually pulled away in the second half to win with some ease in the finish, particularly after Slashers were reduced to 14 players when defender Peter Brady was sent-off for a second yellow card offence in the 42nd minute.

Scorers - KILLOE: Sean McCormack (0-6, 4 frees), Denis McGoldrick (1-1), Shane Dowd (0-2), Ronan McGoldrick (0-2), Michael Quinn (0-1), Eugene Clarke (0-1), Mark Hughes (0-1) and Paddy Thompson (0-1).

Scorers - SLASHERS: Colin Smith (1-7, 6 frees), Marc Diffley (0-1), Niall Mulligan (0-1, ‘45’).

Referee: Derek Fahy.