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Late Penalty Sinks Kilmacud Crokes As Mullinalaghta Crowned Kings Of Leinster

Overall it was a poor game, however, St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta won’t care one iota as they travel home to Longford as Leinster champions having overcome Dublin powerhouse, Kilmacud Crokes.

The game won’t be remembered for its free-flowing football, and it looked as though the Dublin champions were going to labour to victory over the Longford minnows, until the 58th minute of the game when five-time All-Ireland winner, Cian O’Sullivan tumbled Aidan McElligott in the box leaving David Gough with no option but to award a penalty.

In truth, Mullinalaghta fully deserved their victory having outfought their Dublin counterparts from the first minute onwards, and had it not been for a Pat Burke goal in the fourth minute, Mullinalaghta would have been in total control.

They were first to every ball throughout the entirety fo the first half, making a statement of intent clear that they weren’t in O’Connor Park just to make up the numbers.

Half-time score Kilmacud Crokes 1-02 to 0-05 St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta

Mullinalaghta were the better team in the first half, but the second proved more difficult to control as Kilmacud Crokes chipped away at the scoreboard. Two beautiful kicks from Callum Pearson and Pat Burke but daylight between the sides as Kilmacud stretched their lead to three points with 10 minutes remaining.

From there it looked as though the Dublin champions were content with playing keeping ball, and would be happy to stumble over the line against the three in a row Longford champions.

A monster score from Mullinlaghta centre-forward, David McGivney brought it back to two points with four minutes remaining as the Longford champions battled to get back into the game.

The crucial moment came two minutes from the end when a lovely passage of play from the Longford champions put Aidan McElligott through on goal leaving Cian O’Sullivan with no choice but to bring him down.

Gary Rogers stepped up to kick the most important ball in Mullinlaghta’s history and send them one point in front and heading into injury time.

David Nestor attempted a quick, short kick out after the resulting penalty only to give away possession. The ball eventually found that man McElligott who fired over to put two points between the side and secure the miracle victory for the ‘half-parish’ boasting only 450 members.

Special mention must go to Mullinalaghta full-back, Patrick Fox who kept an in-form Paul Mannion quiet from start to finish. All the talk heading into today’s final was about Mannion and the scintillating form he has carried from the inter-county season into the club campaign, but the Dublin livewire was kept quiet today by Man of the Match, Fox.

It really is the stuff of fairytale’s, there will be some party in Mullinalaghta this week.

Full-time score Kilmacud Crokes 1-06 to 1-08 St. Columba’s Mullinalaghta

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