Dolan's points help Garrycastle ease to victory
Garrycastle (W'meath) 0-15 Emmet Óg Killoe (L'ford) 0-6, Leinster SFC
Garrycastle always looked the better team as they advanced with a surprising degree of ease to the quarter-finals with a nine-point win over a disappointing Emmet Óg Killoe side yesterday afternoon in Mullingar.
Garrycastle's marquee forward, 40-year-old Dessie Dolan, who had been anonymous in the Westmeath county final and was replaced at half-time in that game, was a different proposition in the first half and he accounted for the first five of his team's points.
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In the 21st minute his side led by 0-5 to 0-3, but the lead should have been bigger as James Dolan and Jason Nugent had goal attempts well saved.
Emmet Óg were reliant on Sean McCormack's scores from placed balls, but he was wide from a relatively straightforward free in the 24th minute.
Three minutes later, Alex Gardiner slotted over a 45 from a very difficult angle to increase the Westmeath champions' lead and he soon added a fine point from play.
A free from McCormack in injury time reduced the gap, but Garrycastle still led by 0-7 to 0-4 at the break.
Corner-back Mark McCallon increased the home team's lead with a point under pressure a little over a minute after the restart. A fabulous free from Gardiner and a fisted point from Eoin Monaghan put Garrycastle six points ahead by the end of the third quarter.
A great strike from a Michael Quinn '45 opened the Longford champions' second-half account, but they never looked like manufacturing the goal they needed.
Scorers - Garrycastle: D Dolan 0-5 (3f); A Gardiner 0-3 (1f, '45); J Sheerin, C Cosgrove (2f) 0-2 each; M McCallon, J Barrett, E Monaghan 0-1 each. Emmet Óg Killoe: S McCormack 0-3 (3f); M Quinn (45), C Dooner, R McGoldrick 0-1 each.
Garrycastle - S Brennan; M Guiheen, J Donohue, M McCallon; D Harte, J Gaffey, G McCallon; J Barrett, J Dolan; A Monaghan, E Monaghan, M Monaghan; J Nugent, A Gardiner, D Dolan. Subs: J Sheerin for Nugent (h-t), C Cosgrove for A Monaghan (45), G Heneghan for D Dolan (51), E Mulvihill for G McCallon (57), C Mannion for E Monaghan (60+1), M Greene for M Monaghan (60+1).
Emmet Óg Killoe - S Fitzpatrick; D Keogh, L Hughes, G Hughes; N Farrelly, M Quinn, R Moffett; R McGoldrick, S Kiernan; D McGoldrick, S McCormack, D Mimnagh; M Hughes, P Thompson, C Farrelly. Subs: C Dooner for D McGoldrick (34), E Keogh for Hughes (37), J Donnelly for R McGoldrick (45), R Keogh for G Hughes (55).
Ref - C Reilly (Meath).