Thomas Donohoe, the manager of the Killoe Emmet Og senior football squad Picture: Declan Gilmore
A cracking goal from Ronan McGoldrick in first half stoppage time proved to be a shattering setback for Colmcille with Killoe eventually winning by the comfortable margin of five points at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday evening to reach the senior football championship final for the first time since 2015 when they last won the county title.
Killoe Emmet Og . . . 2-10 Colmcille 0-11
Full-forward McGoldrick also got the other Emmet Og goal in the 11th minute to leave his side leading by 1-4 to 0-1 but Colmcille came storming back to close the gap to just a solitary point before the break.
Then came the killer blow of the second McGoldrick goal after Sean McCormack had a shot blocked and Mark Hughes followed up with a point to leave Killoe 2-7 to 0-8 in front at half-time.
The second half developed into a scrappy affair as the wiser and more experienced Emmet Og team consolidated their grip on the game to book their place in the Connolly Cup decider against Abbeylara or Longford Slashers on the first Sunday in October.
It did not matter when Killoe defender Michael Quinn was sent-off in the 59th minute after receiving a second yellow card and Colmcille also finished the match with 14 players with Alan McKeon dismissed for a second booking in stoppage time.
KILLOE EMMET OG: Shane Fitzpatrick; Daniel Keogh, Padraig McCormack, Gavin Hughes; James Moran, Michael Quinn, Ryan Moffett; Simon Kiernan, Daniel Mimnagh (0-3); Eamon Keogh, Sean McCormack (0-2, one free), Denis McGoldrick (0-1, free); Mark Hughes (0-1), Ronan McGoldrick (2-3), Cian Farrelly.
Subs:- Liam Hughes for D Keogh (injured, half-time); Niall Farrelly for E Keogh (38 mins); Cian Dooner for M Hughes (44 mins); Eugene Clarke for S Kiernan (black card, 46 mins); Jake Donnelly for J Moran (injured, 56 mins).
COLMCILLE: Mark Kiernan; Alan McKeon, Martin Mulligan, Cormac Hughes; Declan Reilly, Kieran Brady, Gerry Mulligan; Enda Macken, Fergal Sheridan; Vinny Hourican (0-2), Paul McKeon (0-1, free), Ciaran McKeon; Cathal McCabe (0-1), Barry McKeon (0-4, three frees), Rory Hawkins (0-3, two frees).
Subs:- Cathal Reilly for K Brady (half-time); Darren Mulligan for C Reilly (black card, 47 mins); Declan Farrell for E Macken (49 mins); Dylan McCabe for C McKeon (58 mins).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon).
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