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Thursday 18 January 2018

O'Brien steers Gaels to victory

Clonguish Gaels 1-10 Wolfe Tones 1-8 LONGFORD SHC FINAL

An eight-point haul from Man of the Match Joe O'Brien helped Clonguish Gaels to their first title since 2006.

O'Brien's accurate free-taking proved to be the deciding factor in this contest with Wolfe Tones at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Clonguish held a five-point cushion at half-time thanks to scores from Paddy Dowd and O'Brien. They bagged the game's first goal on the stroke of half-time. Stephen Connolly instigated the move when he found Brendan Burke lurking outside the small rectangle. Burke then swiftly offloaded the sliotar out to his corner-forward Karl Murray, who found the back of the net.

Wolfe Tones, however, dug deep midway through the second period and a well-taken Jimmy Connell goal in the 56th minute reduced the deficit back to three.

A final point from Eoin Donnellan reduced the lead to two, but Clonguish had enough in reserve to claim their first Longford title in six years.

Scorers -- Clonguish: J O'Brien 0-8 (4f), K Murray 1-1, P Dowd 0-1. Wolfe Tones: E Donnellan 0-7, (5f, 1 '65') J Connell 1-0, B Stakem 0-1.

Clonguish Gaels -- J Minnock; S Connolly, B Burke, R Breslin; P Barden, J O'Brien, G Moore; A Watters, P Corcoran; P Dowd, T Prunty, C Finnucane; C Corcoran, J O'Brien, K Murray. Sub: R O'Brien for C Corcoran (29).

Wolfe Tones -- J Nolan; S McNally, T Sakem, S Browne; J Cullen, B Stakem J Gaffney; M Coyle, J Lynam; E Donnellan, J Lynn, L Kelly; P Cullen, M Cassidy, J Connell. Subs: K Cox for L Kelly (22), J Dempsey for J Gaffney (40).

Ref -- D Heffernan (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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