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Rhode, O'Mahony's and Mullinalaghta seal places in Leinster football last four
They’ll be joined by St Vincent’s in the provincial semi-finals.

WE’RE DOWN TO the last four in the Leinster club SFC as Rhode, Sean O’Mahony’s and St Columba’s Mullinalaghta joined Dublin powerhouses St Vincent’s in the semi-finals.

Read: St Vincent’s overcome Connolly black card to reach Leinster semi-final as Diamond shines

Offaly champions Rhode are one game away from making a fifth provincial decider in their history, after they held off a late fightback from Simonstown.

Rhode were 1-12 to 1-9 victors over the Meath outfit, who finished with 14 men after losing Shane O’Rourke to a second yellow card with 20 minutes left.

Indeed it was a poor day all round for the O’Rourke family, as Shane’s father and manager Colm was sent by the referee from the sideline in the opening half.

Pascal Kelleghan’s side squeezed home thanks to a five-point display from Niall McNamee.

Sean O’Mahony’s were shock 1-8 to 0-8 winners over Kildare’s Sarsfields in a tight affair.

The Louth champions, who were in intermediate ranks just two years ago, found themselves 1-6 to 0-2 ahead after 37 minutes thanks to Stephen Fisher’s goal.

Six minutes later, Sarsfields’ Gary White was dismissed, but with Alan Smith arriving off the bench, they kicked into life and fought back into contention.

It took Sarsfields 45 minutes to get their first score from play, and despite a late rally, a couple of late scores from Ben McLaughlin and Stephen Kilcoyne saw O’Mahony’s over the line in a fiery encounter.

Finally, Longford club St Columba’s Mullinalaghta saw off St Loman’s by 0-14 to 1-9. Mullinalaghta now face the daunting task of  beating St Vincent’s to book a place in the Leinster final.

Loman’s led by 0-4 to 0-2 after the opening quarter, but Mullinalaghta flipped that into two point advantage at the break.

A fantastic goal from Loman’s centre-back Paddy Dowdall brought the Westmeath champions to within a point on 38 minutes.

The sides were level a number of times heading down the stretch before Mullinalaghta eventually sealed a two-point victory.

Leinster SFC semi-finals
  • Rhode v Sean O’Mahony’s
  • St Vincent’s v St Columba’s Mullinalaghta

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