Dylan Corcoran on the ball for St Mary's Granard with Ballymahon opponent Mark McCormack closing in to challenge. Action from the Senior Football Championship game at Devine Park. Pic: D Gilmore
Inspired by a cracking goal from Joe Kelly just before the break, Ballymahon went on to score a great win over Granard in the Senior Football Championship Group 3 clash at Devine Park on Sunday in moving a big step closer to a place in the quarter-finals.
Ballymahon . . . 4-9 St Mary’s Granard . . . 1-6
St Mary’s, on the other hand, were guilty of kicking several costly wides in this severe setback and their cause was badly hampered when centre-half-back Vinny Nally was sent-off after receiving a straight red card with six minutes gone in the second half and soon after Eddie Noonan scored a decisive second goal for Ballymahon.
BALLYMAHON: Jack Fox; TJ McArdle, Kevin Diffley, James Daly; Mark McCormack, Matthew Daly, Ros Claffey; Thomas Mulvihill, John Nevin; Eddie Noonan (1-0), Joe Kelly (1-3), Pedro Byrne; Kyle Fitzmaurice (1-3), Colm Flynn (0-2, one free); Gareth Murtagh.
Subs:- Sean McMullen for E Noonan (45 mins); Thomas Lennon (1-0) for P Byrne (a minute into stoppage time); James Kenny for J Daly (two minutes into stoppage time); Aaron Kennedy for T Mulvihill (four minutes into stoppage time).
ST MARY’S GRANARD: Declan Hynes; Edward Smyth, Thomas Gallagher, Paddy McGivney; Mark Tully, Vinny Nally, Dylan Corcoran (0-1); Charlie Martin, Darren Gallagher; Derek Sheridan, Kevin McGauran, Paul Smyth (0-1); Ian Small, Liam O’Rourke (1-2, points from frees), Niall O’Hara.
Subs:- Liam Sullivan (0-1) for K McGahern (half-time); Brian Sheridan for I Small (36 mins); David Hynes (0-1, free) for N O’Hara (45 mins); Eoin Sheridan for D Corcoran (56 mins).
Referee: Ger Carberry (Killoe Emmet Og).
Full report and pictures in the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday