McGivney brothers put boot in to deny St Loman's progress
With the McGivney brothers, James and David, in sparkling form, Longford champions St Columba's surprised their Westmeath counterparts St Loman's in a closely-fought Leinster encounter in Longford's Pearse Park yesterday.
Mullinalaghta 0-14 St Loman's 1-9
Stephen Gallagher's great early save from Aidan McElligott preceded the game's first point at the other end from the Westmeath side's most consistent threat, Shane Dempsey.
St Loman's had the wind advantage in what was a poor first half but they never managed to get more than two points in front against dogged opponents, and they led by 0-4 to 0-2 with 18 minutes on the clock.
However, the Longford men reeled off five unanswered points between the 22nd and 28th minutes, the last of these a fabulous score from play by James McGivney.
His opposite number, John Heslin then reduced the deficit with the final score of the half, leaving St Columba's ahead by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval.
Just 25 seconds after play resumed, Patrick Rogers pulled off a great save from Ciaran Kilmurray. The home team led by 0-9 to 0-5 when St Loman's centre-back Paddy Dowdall availed of a clever lay-off by Dempsey to rifle home a great goal in the 39th minute.
James McGivney responded with another excellent point and, try as they might, the visitors were unable to edge ahead.
Team captain Shane Mulligan put St Columba's 0-12 to 1-8 ahead with an inspirational point in the 54th minute and David McGivney soon doubled this advantage with his sixth successful placed ball of the afternoon.
The ever-reliable Heslin then superbly halved the deficit for St Loman's with three minutes of normal time remaining to set up a grandstand finish.
On the hour mark, a Heslin delivery was met by the fist of Ciaran Kilmurray, but Rogers reacted superbly to keep his goal intact.
Paul Sharry was short from the resultant '45' (the third such placed ball that his side missed in the second half).
Full-forward Aidan McElligott sealed St Columba's place in the last four with a neat point in the second minute of added-time.
More than 10 minutes of added-time was necessary because of an injury to Kilmurray, but the Longford champions deservedly held on to earn a crack at a highly-fancied St Vincent's outfit on Sunday week.
Scorers - St Columba's: D McGivney 0-6 (6f), J McGivney 0-5, S Mulligan, J Matthews, A McElligott 0-1 each.
St Loman's: J Heslin 0-4 (2f), P Dowdall 1-0, S Dempsey 0-3, P Sharry, C Kilmurray 0-1 each.
St Columba's: P Rogers; S Cadam, P Fox, R McElligott; C Brady, S Mulligan, D McElligott; D McGivney, J Keegan; G Rogers, J McGivney, M Cunningham; J Matthews, A McElligott, R Brady. Subs: C McElligott for Cunningham (46), J Mooney for Cadam (49), L Meehan for R McElligott (60 + 4).
St Loman's: S Gallagher; J O'Toole, S Flynn, G Grehan; G Glennon, P Dowdall, D Whelan; J Heslin, P Sharry; D Windsor, K Reilly, C Reilly; R O'Toole, C Kilmurray, S Dempsey. Subs: S Flanagan for R O'Toole (38), G Hickey for Windsor (56), B O'Loughlin for Kilmurray (inj., 60 + 7).
Ref: A Nolan (Wicklow).