Longford SFC: Crucial first half goal puts Mullinalaghta on the way to win over Mostrim

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final

Padraic O'Brien

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2018 Longford Senior Football Championship

Mullinalaghta forward James McGivney who scored four points in the win over Mostrim in the SFC quarter-final.

While Mullinalaghta remain on course to capture the county senior football championship title for the third year in a row they were made to work hard for the win over Mostrim in the quarter-final clash at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Saturday evening.

Mullinalaghta St Columba’s . . . 1-11     Mostrim . . . 0-9

Five points separated the sides in the finish and the concession of a soft goal in the first half proved to be a severe setback for the gutsy Edgeworthstown outfit who tried their best to get back into contention.

Jayson Matthews pounced to finish the ball to the net from a few yards out in the 13th minute and that decisive score left St Columba’s in a comfortable 1-5 to 0-2 lead.

Mullinalaghta managed to consolidate their grip on the game in doing enough to make it through to the semi-final in a couple of weeks time.

MULLINALAGHTA ST COLUMBA’S: Patrick Rogers; Simon Cadam, Patrick Fox, Luke Meehan; Shane Mulligan, Donal McElligott (0-2), Francis Mulligan; David McGivney (0-2, one free), John Keegan; Gary Rogers, James McGivney (0-4), Brendan Fox; Jayson Matthews (1-1), Rian Brady (0-1), Aidan McElligott (0-1).

Subs:- Conor McElligott for B Fox (44 mins); Conan Brady for L Meehan (57 mins); Michael Cunningham for C Brady (black card, 59 mins).

MOSTRIM: Ciaran Garvey; Sean Noone (0-1), Martin Coyle, Aaron Gallagher; Seamus Hannon (0-1), Shane Kiernan, Niall Quinn; Fintan Coyle, Sean Noonan; Ciaran Gallagher, Daniel Connell, Shane Campbell; Darragh Doherty (0-3, two frees), Gerard Smith (0-1), Brian Farrell (0-2, frees).

Subs:- Joe Dempsey for N Quinn (45 mins); Evan Murphy (0-1) for C Gallagher (51 mins).

Referee: Mark Glancy (Rathcline).