Clonguish succeed at second attempt

October 06, 2003
Clonguish........0-11 Ballymahon.......1-1 Clonguish regained the Longford senior football crown after a 22-year absence when they recorded a comfortable victory over holders Ballymahon in a wet and wind-swept replay at Pearse Park on Sunday, October 5. As the scoreline would suggest, the Newtownforbes side were far superior, even though Ballymahon briefly led thanks to a Mark O'Connor goal in the 20th minute. That left the champions 1-0 to 0-2 in front, but Clonguish replied with unanswered points from Paddy Dowd (two), Paul Barden and Enda Barden to lead by 0-6 to 1-0 at the interval. Clonguish completely dominated the second half, restricting their opponents to just one further score - a pointed free from Frankie Dolan. Clonguish's second half scores were accounted for by Enda Barden, Paddy Dowd and corner forward Joe O'Brien who notched two points from play. Clonguish - M McHugh, B Burke, S Prunty, G O'Malley, P Reilly, E Williams, T O'Malley, P Dowd 0-3, J Dowd, L McGuinness, P Barden 0-1, D Barden 0-1, D Quinn, E Barden 0-4, J O'Brien 0-2. Subs: P Cooney for Prunty, C Clarke for McGuinness, J Smith for Quinn Ballymahon - F Kelly, G Dooley, K Lovell, C Nally, R Forbes, K Cooney, J Nally, M Lennon, J O'Callaghan, E Nally, A Hudson, M Connor 1-0, N Grehan, T Smullen, F Dolan 0-1. Subs: J Lennon for Hudson, C Bawle for Grehan Referee - M Doherty (Legan Sarsfields)


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