Supporters immensely proud of Mullinalaghta following their club championship odyssey
Despite the disappointment of defeat, Mullinalaghta St Columba's supporters remain upbeat this evening and immensely proud of their magnificent team following their memorable AIB All-Ireland club senior football championship odyssey.
Mullinalaghta defeated their neighbours Abbeylara after a replay to win their third Longford county title in succession in 2018 and victories over Rhode (Offaly), Eire Og (Carlow) and Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) saw them become the first Longford club to win a provincial club senior crown.
The All-Ireland dream came unstuck today on a poor and slippy Semple Stadium, Thurles surface against Kerry's Dr Crokes of Killarney and afterwards Mullinalaghta supporters took to social media platforms in their droves to express their pride at the manner in which the team represented themselves, their families, 'half parish', county and province.
Here is a flavour of what the supporters had to say;
"It's been an amazing journey, it's rippled right through Ireland"— Off The Ball (@offtheball) February 16, 2019
Mullinalaghta captain Shane Mulligan proud of team's run despite defeat in today's All-Ireland semi-final #GAA pic.twitter.com/DLmYfk9f5n
Just looking back on the Mullinalaghta game & it confirms what i felt at the time - Referee Sean Hurson was terrible. As for the Mullinalaghta players they were top class & the whole county are immensely proud of https://t.co/rPZt42WH0O made Oisìn's day meeting @PadFox7 pic.twitter.com/IhRU5J1QHS— Cathal McGuinness (@c1mcguinness) February 16, 2019
I just love the @officialgaa especially on days like today in @semplestadium when the minnows @TheLaurelsM of @OfficialLDGAA faced the might of @Kerry_Official Even thought the result didn’t go the way of my home county, I’m so proud to see the huge traveling support and effort! pic.twitter.com/OwpgZb3Za0— Ray Kelleher (@RayKelleherCork) February 16, 2019
The Mullinalaghta lads can hold their heads up high. They did the county proud. Congrats to them on a brilliant run in the competition.— Benny O'Brien (@Benny0212) February 16, 2019
Watch the GAANOW Full-Time Highlights as Dr. Crokes have beaten Mullinalaghta / St. Columba’s in the AIB Club Championship Semi-Final pic.twitter.com/yH4J9t3qMq— The GAA (@officialgaa) February 16, 2019
Hard luck to the Mullinalaghta lads. No shame in losing to that Crokes team. When you see them bringing Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan off the bench you realise the scale of the challenge..— Colin O'Hara (@colinpohara) February 16, 2019
What a journey it has been following Mullinalaghta. They made their parish and county proud and gave belief to the underdog that dreams can come true.— Deniese O'Flaherty (@deniese_o) February 16, 2019
Some support there today but they thoroughly deserved it.
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Róise McElligott set for her first Mullinalaghta match. This lovely #MullinalaghtaOnTour photo was submitted by Deirdre McElligott.— Longford Leader (@Longford_Leader) February 16, 2019
Don't forget to send us your favourite 'Mullinalaghta on Tour' supporters photos#AIBGAA #TheToughest #longford https://t.co/Xe6OsOHKgW pic.twitter.com/kR9T13hHhU
What a great journey for the lads and supporter. They fought until the very end and never gave up. Lads yee can be proud of yourselves. Longford is proud of you. Best wishes to Mickey as he manages Cavan— Nicole O'Rothlain (@rowleynicole7) February 16, 2019
Why can’t county teams play like the four club teams did today? Just great entertaining football. Lovely foot passing and well taken long range scores. Some county managers seem to suffocate the natural talent out of players all in effort to win.— Desmond McGoldrick (@desmond820) February 16, 2019
The emotion shown by Mullinalaghta today spoke to a team which went to Thurles to win, not to just take part. That says a lot about them. Every thing about them and what they have done is to be admired ... the whole club.— John Greene (@johnjgreene) February 16, 2019
All good things have to come to an end! Huge congratulations to #mullinalaghta on their huge achievement and showing what a tiny community can achieve. It is what the #GAA is all about.— Eoghan O'Reilly (@Eoghan1997) February 16, 2019
Despite the crokes winning, nothing will scale that! pic.twitter.com/z2anNURmZE
The scene is set for the highly anticipated battle between @DrCrokesGAA and @TheLaurelsM here at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Who will earn the last spot in the AIB All-Ireland Senior Football Final. #TheToughest pic.twitter.com/0AP6XAVvBe— AIB_GAA (@AIB_GAA) February 16, 2019