Harkin the Colmcille hero as late penalty snatches Longford SFC title from Mullinalaghta

October 09, 2022

Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Ruairi Harkin was the Colmcille hero as he held his nerve to convert an injury-time penalty and seal a dramatic 1-7 to 0-8 victory over holders Mullinalaghta St Columba's in this afternoon's Longford SFC final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

It was a dramatic climax to an entertaining Connolly Cup decider between the near neighbours - the first in 70 years. Mullinalaghta looked to have one hand on the trophy after two huge David McGivney frees put them into a 0-6 to 0-8 lead with five minutes of normal time remaining, but Harkin struck gold for Colmcille when netting from the spot after Rory Hawkins was fouled and Barry McKeon followed that up with a crucial free.

It was nip and tuck all the way to the final whistle, Donal McElligott and McKeon swapped points before the break to leave things level, 0-4 each. The Laurels fought valiantly in a bid to hold on to their title, but it's Colmcille who are celebrating a first in 14 years.

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