The Longford team and mentors pictured prior to their historic win over Donegal. Photo: Twitter Desmond McGoldrick @desmond820
New York Senior Football Championship semi-final: Longford 1-15 Donegal 0-10
Longford GAA in New York are celebrating an historic milestone tonight after their 1-15 to 0-10 victory over Donegal sealed their passage to a first ever New York Senior Football Championship Final appearance.
Watch Jamie Clarke slot home his penalty in this Tweet from Patrick Donohue @PatDonohueNYC
Longford will progress to meet the winners of Monaghan or St Barnabas in the final. Former Armagh star Jamie Clarke was in superb form for Longford and his 1-4 contribution proved decisive.
The game was delicately poised when Longford were awarded a 38th minute penalty, and the brilliant Clarke confidently slid the ball to the bottom corner of the net, giving his side a 1-8 to 0-7 cushion and they didn’t look back afterwards.
At the end of a hard fought opening half the teams were deadlocked at 0-6 apiece.
Longford, with former inter-county star Brian Kavanagh impressing and orchestrating the show from centre forward, upped their performance considerably in the second half.
Points by Gary Maguire, JJ Matthews and of course Clarke’s 1-4 personal haul sealed a famous Longford win.
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