Sunday 26 January 2020

Smith seals crown for Slashers

Longford Slashers 1-11 Dromard 1-9 - Longford SFC Final

Longford Slashers reaffirmed their status as county kingpins as they captured the Connolly Cup in dramatic fashion at Pearse Park.

Longford Slashers reaffirmed their status as county kingpins as they captured the Connolly Cup in dramatic fashion at Pearse Park.

In front of 3,000 spectators, the match finally sprang into life in the last 10 minutes.

In the 55th minute, Dromard closed to within a point thanks to a brilliant goal from substitute Declan Mimnagh, but Slashers refused to wilt and a point from Mark Smith gave them their third title in four years.

In the opening five minutes, Slashers drew first blood. A close-range free converted by Colin Smith was followed by a goal from Peter Foy.

Dromard regrouped. A point from Ross McNerney settled the north Longford side's nerves and an effort from Cian Mimnagh put them back in contention.

Colin Smith and Foy put Slashers back in command, but after the break, the club cradling the Cavan border reduced the deficit to three points through Frankie McGee and Jamesie Martin.

Slashers upped the tempo again with points from Colin Smith and Marc Diffley.

Both teams came close to finding the net. Mark Smith's shot clipped the inside of the upright, while an effort from Ross McNerney was swallowed up by Slashers 'keeper Colm Farrell.

Mimnagh's goal left it on a knife-edge, but Slashers held on.

Scorers – Longford: P Foy 1-2, C Smith 0-5 (4fs), N Mulligan 0-1, D Sheridan 0-1, M Diffley 0-1, M Smith 0-1. Dromard: F McGee 0-4 (2fs), D Mimnagh 1-0, C Mimnagh, J Martin (2fs) 0-2 each, R McNerney 0-1.

Longford Slashers – C Farrell, D Glennon, B Gilleran, G Ghee, P Brady, D Brady, M Diffley, N Mulligan, D Sheridan, M Nevin, C Smith, T Clendenning, M Smith, P Foy, M Brady. Subs: A Dalton for T Clendenning (57).

Dromard – D Sheridan, P McGee, P Masterson, D Pettit, K Donohoe, J Sheridan, P McNerney, N Reynolds, B Sheridan, J Martin, R McEntire, E Masterson, R McNerney, F McGee, C Mimnagh. Subs: P Reynolds for P Masterson (30), D Mimnagh for E Masterson (45), G Maguire for N Reynolds (52), James Mimnagh for J Martin (52).

Ref – F Kelly (Ballymahon)

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