Longford Slashers forward Darragh O'Connell battling for the ball in this tussle with Carrickedmond opponent Enda Farrell. Action from the SFC third round clash on Saturday evening Pic: Declan Gilmore
Longford Slashers are safely through to the last eight in the 2020 Senior Football Championship but there was no joy for Carrickedmond who suffered their second defeat in the group stage and thus exit the Connolly Cup.
Longford Slashers . . . 1-9 Carrickedmond . . . 0-7
This was a must win match for Carrick in the behind closed doors fixture at a deserted Leo Casey Park in Ballymahon on Saturday evening and they trailed by just a point at the break, 0-4 to 0-3.
Slashers were struggling to assert their superiority but struck a killer blow to score the crucial only goal with four minutes gone in the second half.
Stephen Coy’s side were punished for a costly mistake as Ruairi Clarke raced through to plant the ball in the back of the net after receiving the perfect pass from his brother Sean.
Carrickedmond, to their credit, came storming back to fire over three points in a row through Aidan McGuire (free), Rioch Farrell (free) and Eoghan McCormack to close the gap to the minimum of margins, 1-4 to 0-6.
But the south Longford club then squandered a couple of good chances (including a free) and Slashers got back on top with points from Colm Farrell (free), Darragh O’Connell, Conor Clarke and Barry Gilleran clinching a hard earned win.
This result means that last year’s Intermediate champions Fr Manning Gaels are also through to the quarter-finals and Carrickedmond’s tale of woe was complete when Sean Kelly was sent-off after receiving a second yellow card deep into stoppage time.
LONGFORD SLASHERS: Colm Farrell (0-1, free); Paddy Duggan, Dermot Brady, Ronan Sheahan; Sean Clarke, Barry Gilleran (0-1), Peter Lynn; Gerard Flynn, Daire O’Brien (0-1); Andrew Kelly, Ruairi Clarke (1-0), Robbie O’Connell (0-1, free); Conor Clarke (0-2), Andrew Dalton (0-2), Darragh O’Connell (0-1).
Subs:- Robbie Clarke for Ruairi Clarke (47 mins); Tadhg McNevin for A Kelly (54 mins); Ronan Kenny for P Duggan (58 mins); A Kelly for C Clarke (five minutes into stoppage time).
CARRICKEDMOND: Garrett Higgins; Niall O’Farrell, Kevin Moran, Michael Cahill; Kyle Kenny, Oisin Farrell, Enda Farrell; Barry O’Farrell, Paddy Farrell; Diarmuid Kelly, Sean Kelly, Rioch Farrell (0-1, free); Eoghan McCormack (0-2), Aidan McGuire (0-4, two frees, one ‘45), Johnny Gerety.
Subs:- Jonathan Keegan for P Farrell (injured, 13 mins); David Shannon for K Moran (58 mins); John Burns for K Kenny (three minutes into stoppage time).
Referee: Mark Glancy (Rathcline).