Leinster Club SFC final: Mullinalaghta 1-8 Kilmacud Crokes 1-6
Kilmacud Crokes weren't looking for excuses after becoming victims of one of the biggest shocks in the history of club football.
The Dublin champions, 1/5 favourites before yesterday's AIB Leinster club SFC final, were stung by a stunning 1-2 salvo from Mullinalaghta in the home straight.
Gary Rogers' 59th minute penalty proved the key score in transforming a three-point lead for Crokes into a traumatic 1-8 to 1-6 defeat.
It meant that the three-in-a-row Longford champions became the first ever Leinster winners from the midland county, and manager Mickey Graham compared the outcome to a "fairytale".
The result sets up an All-Ireland semi-final date with Kerry heavyweights Dr Crokes in February.
There was some injury-time controversy when Mullinalaghta's James McGivney didn't immediately leave the field after receiving a second yellow card.
"There were two or three incidents, a black card situation … but look, I don't want to be blaming referees," said Kilmacud joint-manager Robbie Brennan.
"We had our opportunities, we didn't take them, it's back to the drawing board and let's go again for next year."