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18/09/2021

St Brigid’s Killashee crowned the 2020 Longford Intermediate football champions

Late, late goals clinch the capture of the Gerry Hennessy Cup

St Brigid’s Killashee crowned the 2020 Longford Intermediate football champions

Killashee captain Michael Farrell with the Hennessy Cup along with Chairperson Albert Cooney & sponsor Niall Mulleady Pic: Syl Healy

In a dramatic finish to the highly entertaining 2020 Mulleady Group Intermediate Football Championship final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Sunday, Darren Carberry struck to score a couple of goals in stoppage time to clinch the capture of the Gerry Hennessy Cup for Killashee for the first time since 2016. 

St Brigid’s Killashee . . . 2-12    Ardagh Moydow . . . 1-9

While it was no more than St Brigid’s deserved as they were the better team for most of the Covid delayed title decider, Ardagh Moydow looked like completing a great comeback when they came from four points down to take the lead midway through the second half after Paddy Ganly fired over a close range free. 

Killashee led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break and when they extended their advantage with three superb points from Dylan Farrell in the early stages of the second half, Ray Curley’s side looked well on the way to victory. 

But Ardagh Moydow came storming back to score 1-2 in quick succession with Dylan Coady getting the goal in the 42nd minute following a great move and it was a very tense battle from there until the frantic finish. 

Francie Dolan fired over the equalising point in the 49th minute and there was no further score until the 59th minute when Dylan Farrell converted a ‘45’ to put St Brigid’s back in front.

Then came the killer goals from Carberry, with a point for Ardagh Moydow in between from Aaron McTiernan, and there were scenes of tremendous joy at the final whistle as Killashee celebrated their fifth Intermediate Championship triumph. 

ST BRIGID’S KILLASHEE: Pat Farrell; Shane Cosgrove, Quintan Lee, Darren Cosgrove; Jack Magan, Johnny Casey, Keelan Cox; Michael Farrell (captain), James Willis; Dylan Farrell (0-5, one ‘45), Darren Carberry (2-3, one point from free), John Lee; Francie Dolan (0-3, one mark), Chris Dineen (0-1, free), Cillian Lee.

Subs:-  Mark Rossiter for C Dineen (51 mins); Mel Shanley for J Lee (two minutes into stoppage time).

ARDAGH MOYDOW: Brian Farrell; Mark McCord, Niall Keenan, Dylan Reilly; Gerard Farrell, Conor Carroll, Kyle McConnon; Paddy Keenan (captain), Emmett Donlon; Shane Henry, Dylan Coady (1-0), Ronan Keane; Paddy Ganly (0-6, five frees), Killian Farrell (0-2, frees), Aaron McTiernan (0-1).

Subs:- Gareth Mulleady for E Donlon (51 mins); Mark Donlon for S Henry (56 mins); Fergal Farrell for R Keane (two minutes into stoppage time). 

Referee: Hugh O’Kane (Young Grattans). 

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