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James McGivney of St Columbas Mullinalaghta in action against  Eoin Buggie of Stradbally. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

James McGivney of St Columbas Mullinalaghta in action against Eoin Buggie of Stradbally. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Donal McElligott of St Columbas Mullinalaghta in action against Colin Beale of Stradbally. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Donal McElligott of St Columbas Mullinalaghta in action against Colin Beale of Stradbally. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Stephen Lawlor of Stradbally in action against Gary Rogers of St Columbas Mullinalaghta. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Stephen Lawlor of Stradbally in action against Gary Rogers of St Columbas Mullinalaghta. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

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James McGivney of St Columbas Mullinalaghta in action against Eoin Buggie of Stradbally. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile

Having secured their first Longford county title in 66 years, St Columba's/Mullinalaghta produced a magnificent second half display to progress to the provincial quarter-finals at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Trailing by two points at half-time, they regrouped after the break, thanks to terrific point-shooting from Rian Brady, James McGivney and Gary Rogers.

St Columba's got off to a blistering start and hit four points in quick succession. Aidan McElligott got their goal on 22 minutes, while corner-forward Brady had a terrific day and hit crucial scores.

Stradbally awoke from the slumber soon after and fired home two goals through Gary Comerford and Connor Delaney.

After the break, St Columba's quickly earned parity with two frees from David McGivney, and Stradbally's prospects got worse when midfield general Darren Maher was handed a straight red for a high tackle on James McGivney.

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This was the turning point as the home side took control, launching an all-out assault in the closing stages.

Brady fired over his fourth point and scores from Shane Mulligan, Aidan and Donal McElligott topped off an historic day for the north Longford club.

Scorers - St Columba's/Mullinalaghta: A McElligott 1-2, R Brady 0-4, D McGivney 0-3fs, J Matthews (1f), G Rogers 0-2 each , M Cunningham, J McGivney, D McElligott, S Mulligan 0-1each. Stradbally: G Comerford 1-1 (0-1f), C Delaney 1-0, J Dillon 0-3 (1 '45'), J Donohue, P Fitzpatrick 0-2 each, G Ramsbottom 0-1.

St Columba's/Mullinalaghta - P Rogers; S Cadam, P Fox, J Mooney; C Brady, S Mulligan, D McElligott; M Cunningham, A McElligott; J Keegan, J McGivney, D McGivney; J Matthews, G Rogers, R Brady. Subs: F Mulligan for C Brady (39), C McElligott for Cunningham (60), L Meehan for McGivney (62).

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Stradbally - D Beale; C Beale, L Knowles, J Kavanagh; S Lawlor, E Buggie, D Murphy; D Maher, C Begley; G Ramsbottom, G Comerford, C Delaney; P Fitzpatrick, J Dillon, J Donohue. Subs: C Kelly for Delaney (ht), D McEvoy for Fitzpatrick (37), Cormac Delaney for Murphy (42), I Heanue for Ramsbotton (42), E Caonlan for Buggie (61).

Ref - J Hickey (Carlow).


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