Mimnagh on hand to kill off Slashers
Emmet Og captured their first Longford title in 17 years after they dethroned Longford Slashers in extra-time at Pearse Park.
The Killoe side showed tremendous heart in the final stages of extra-time and fired over three fantastic points, courtesy of Sean McCormack and Daniel Mimnagh, that secured them the Sean Connolly Cup.
Longford Slashers looked to have been heading for their third consecutive title in the final minutes of normal-time, but Emmet Og remained composed and a superb long-range point from Daniel Mimnagh forced the game into extra-time.
Slashers led for a short period in extra-time -- however, a youthful Emmet Og side dug deep in the latter stages and sealed a historic victory in splendid fashion.
Emmet Og had leaders all over the park throughout this enthralling encounter. Their full-back line was marshalled superbly by Padraig and Joe McCormack, while Daniel Mimnagh and Sean McCormack provided the firepower in attack. Former Aussie Rules player Michael Quinn also played a leading role as playmaker during the course of the day.
Both sides traded a number of points in the early exchanges. Quinn, who started the game at centre-back, registered their opening point from a '45' while Slashers' Colin Smith replied from a close range free minutes later.
Emmet Og were put under intense pressure in the opening minutes. However, their full-back Padraig McCormack mopped up a lot of the 50-50 possession.
The title challengers almost bagged the game's opening goal in the 17th minute. Sean McCormack played a cross-field ball into Ronan McGoldrick. McGoldrick then quickly offloaded to Eugene Clarke who bore down on goal and his effort went just wide of the posts.
Five minutes before the interval, gaps started to appear in the Emmet Og defence and Slashers took full advantage. They soon created a two-point lead thanks to two points from Colin Smith and Mark Smith.
Emmet Og, however, finished the brighter and excellent points from McCormack and Ronan McGoldrick meant that the sides were level at the turnover.
The Town side were dealt a major blow after the restart when they lost their main playmaker Paul Kelly to a hamstring injury and their woes continued to worsen when second-half substitute David Sheridan was forced to retire after he aggravated a long-term injury.
Slashers started the brighter in the first period of extra-time with two points without reply.
But Emmet Og soon found their mojo and completely dominated in the final quarter, hitting three points on the trot to secure them their first senior title since 1995.
Scorers -- Emmet Og: S McCormack 0-8 (4f), D Mimnagh 0-4, R McGoldrick, S Kiernan, M Quinn ('45) 0-1 each. Longford Slashers: C Smith 0-5 (4f), M Smith 0-4, S Phillips 0-2, N Mulligan 0-1.
Emmet Og -- C Burns; D Bennett, P McCormack, D Keogh; S Dowd, J McCormack, M Quinn; P Thompson, S Kiernan; D McGoldrick, R McGoldrick, D Mimnagh; E Clarke, M Hughes, S McCormack. Subs: R Keogh for R McGoldrick (59), P Hughes for D Keogh (61), P Kiernan for P Thompson (81).
Longford Slashers -- C Farrell; P Brady, B Gilleran, G Ghee; C Clarke, D Brady, P Kelly; M Brady, N Mulligan; S Flynn, C Smith, T Clendenning; M Nevin, S Phillips, M Smith.
Subs: R Barrins for P Brady (inj, h-t), B Farrell for P Kelly (inj, 37), M Tarmey for M Nevin (50), D Sheridan for P Flynn (47), P Devine for D Sheridan (73), S Flynn for B Farrell (68).
Ref -- P McGuire (St Mary's Granard)