Football: Leinster’s late show sees them past Connacht in a thriller
LEINSTER kicked the final six points of the game to beat Connacht in a thrilling M. Donnelly Interprovincial Football semi-final by 1-21 to 1-20 in Pearse Park, Longford.
Bernard Brogan was the star of the show with four of those late points as Pat Gilroy’s men won through to next weekend’s final in a great advertisement for the competition.
Leinster began brightly and by the time Redmond Barry’s pass found Meath Joe Sheridan to power to the net Pat Gilroy’s men led 1-2 to 0-2.
Connacht responded well through Mayo’s Michael Conroy and accurate free taking by Leitrim’s Emlin Mulligan and although the free-taking of Bernard Brogan kept the scoreboard ticking over the Westerner’s led 0-14 to 1-8 at the break.
Leinster began gradually eating into the Connacht advantage with the aid of the wind and a point from Louth’s Paddy Keenan had the sides level at 1-14 to 0-17 with 20 minutes remaining.
Paul Conroy then gave Connacht some breathing space by capitalising on a rare error by Stephen Cluxton to find the net.
Connacht led by five points with 10 minutes remaining but five on the trot for Gilroy’s men levelled up proceedings with just four minutes remaining and Brogan, who was Leinster most potent attacker, then fisted a point to put Leinster in front by 1-21 to 1-20 and held on for a one-point victory.