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Mullinalaghta Manager Emotional After Magnificent Upset In Leinster Final

Mullinalaghta Manager Emotional After Magnificent Upset In Leinster Final
By Dylan Ryan

Mullinalaghta had already made history when they stepped onto the O'Connor Park pitch on Sunday afternoon, becoming the first ever Longford club to play in the Leinster senior club final.

The club, which has a membership of just 155 in a parish with a population of under 400, took their history-making a step further, defeating the might of Kilmacud Crokes in dramatic circumstances.

Two points adrift with the clock winding down, Gary Rogers stepped up to score a decisive penalty.

"I'm shocked, I'm just totally shocked," Mullinalaghta manager Mickey Graham told TG4 after the game.

The whole of Mullinalaghta is out there now. It just shows you that small teams, if they have the panel of players willing to make the sacrifices, this can be achieved.

This gives every little club throughout the country some hope that the underdog still has a chance.

Jaysus, the emotion, I just can't put it into words at the moment. It's unbelievable. I'm lost for words.

Them lads, what they've done out there today is phenomenal. Just the work ethic of them. Nobody gave us a chance coming in here today, everybody wrote us off bar the lads.

Oh my God, didn't they deliver in spades and spades and spades.

Graham revealed that regular penalty taker, Donal McElligott, was unable to fulfil his usual duties. Into the gap stepped Rogers.

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"We talked about this because Donal McElligott is our regular penalty taker and he was carrying a bit of a knock coming into the game so he said, 'Hands up, who wants to take it?' Gary put his hand up. In fairness to him, he showed great nerve. That was a cool, cool penalty."

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