Francis Molloy pictured in action for Clonguish Gaels
Longford senior hurling champions Clonguish Gaels found the going too tough against the Kilkenny representatives Conahy Shamrocks in the Leinster Junior Club semi-final on Saturday.
Making the long trip down to Jenkinstown more in hope than in confidence, Clonguish tried hard to remain in contention but the stronger home side gradually began to assert their superiority.
Conahy Shamrocks had built up a commanding 0-11 to 0-3 lead at the break and ran out very easy winners in the finish to book their place in the provincial final against Ballygarrett (Wexford).
While the defeat was disappointing, Clonguish Gaels deserve a lot of credit for reaching the last four in Leinster and their excellent wins over Barndarrig (Wicklow) and Mountmellick (Laois) in the previous rounds was a great boost for Longford hurling.
CONAHY SHAMROCKS: Padraic Delaney; Simon Callinan, Davy Healy; Liam Cass; Darren Cuddihy, Brian Healy, Eoin Carroll (0-1); Donal Brennan (0-1), Edmond Delaney (0-2, 0-1f); Eoin Cahill (1-0), John Mullan (0-2), Tom Phelan (0-5); Thomas Rice, Kieran Mooney (0-9, 0-7 frees); Bill Murphy (0-1).
Subs used:- Karl Downey (0-1); Padraic Gunner; Thomas Nolan; Cian Harding; Sean Brennan.
CLONGUISH GAELS: Eanna Daly; Gerard Moore, Paul Hession, Paddy Corcoran; Francie Molloy, Neil O'Connor, Michael Devlin; Stephen Gregg, Paul Barden Jnr; Bart Hanley (0-1, free); Shane O'Brien, Alan Sorohan; Paul Barden, Joe O'Brien (0-6, five frees), Eugene Kiernan.
Subs used:- Kevin Burke, Ciaran Corcoran, Anthony Corcoran, David Gregg, Padraig McGuinness.
Referee: Richie Fitzsimons (Offaly).