Leinster club SFC: Garrycastle into last four
November 09, 2009
Westmeath kingpins Garrycastle needed extra-time to get the better of their Longford counterparts Clonguish in a cracking Leinster club football quarter-final at Pearse Park.
Having led by 1-5 to 0-4 at half-time, Anthony Cunningham's charges looked like succumbing to a fine Clonguish second half rally, only for Enda Mulvihill to force extra-time with a last-gasp fisted point.
Clonguish regained the lead in extra-time when Joe O'Brien pointed, but Garrycastle then enjoyed a dominant spell that yielded four unanswered points per Stephen O'Reilly, James Duignan (two) and Dessie Dolan that gave them a 1-12 to 0-12 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period, Paul Barden, Colin Clarke and David Barden all found the target to bring Clonguish to within a point before Dessie Dolan sealed the issue with the last kick of the game.
The Athlone side looked set for a comfortable victory when Dolan's eighth minute goal helped them to a four-point interval advantage. But Clonguish came out for the second half with all guns blazing and scored six points on the trot through David Faughnan, Paddy Dowd (three) and David Barden (two) to take the lead for the first time.
But Mulvihill's late equaliser made it 1-8 to 0-11 at full-time and Garrycastle regained the upper hand in extra-time to set up a home semi-final against Dublin champions Ballyboden St. Enda's.
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