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Naas, Naomh Mairtín and Blessington progress in Leinster, Loman's retain Westmeath title

Kildare champions Naas stunned Tullamore at the death to set up a provincial quarter-final against Blessington of Wicklow.

Darragh Kirwan was the Naas hero against Tullamore with 2-4, including the late winning goal (file photo).
Darragh Kirwan was the Naas hero against Tullamore with 2-4, including the late winning goal (file photo).
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

Leinster SFC first round

  • Naas (Kildare) 2-11 Tullamore 3-7
  • Naomh Mairtín (Louth) 2-16 Rathvilly (Carlow) 1-5
  • Blessington (Wicklow) 1-7 Mullinalaghta St Columba’s (Longford) 1-5

Westmeath SFC final replay

  • St.Loman’s, Mullingar 1-16 Garrycastle 1-12 (after extra time)

DARRAGH KIRWAN WAS the Naas hero as his late goal saw them stun Offaly champions Tullamore at the death and book a place in quarter-finals of the Leinster club senior football championship.

Tullamore were in front 1-4 to 1-3 at half-time but the Kildare men forged ahead during the second half, with Eamonn Callaghan finishing with 0-5 for the day.

But two second-half goals had Tullamore on course for victory until Kirwan’s late strike, which brought his overall tally to 2-4 for the day.

Naas will now meet Blessington in the quarter-finals after the Wicklow champions defeated 2018 Leinster champions Mullinalaghta St Columba’s today by 1-7 to 1-5

Elsewhere, Naomh Mairtín of Louth impressed with a 14-point victory over Carlow’s Rathvilly in Drogheda and will play Wexford’s Shelmaliers in their quarter-final.

In Westmeath, there was another instalment of drama in Sunday’s football final replay before St Loman’s beat Garrycastle to clinch back-to-back county crowns.

Loman’s led by three points heading into the last five minutes of normal time but Garrycastle reeled off the final three scores to make it 1-10 apiece and force extra time — goalkeeper Sean Brennan kicking the equaliser in injury time.

Loman’s were unfazed, however, and had pushed back in front by 1-15 to 1-12 at half time in extra time before going on to lift their ninth county crown.

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