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Early goals swing it for Ballinasloe

Ballinasloe 4-11
Oran 0-7

Published 12/11/2012 | 05:00

A couple of early goals put Ballinasloe in the driving seat as they cruised to the title in Kiltoom.

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Oran's Paul Kenny struck for the opening point, but goals from Darragh Burke and Darragh McCormack gave Ballinasloe a five-point lead after seven minutes.

The Roscommon champions managed to whittle the deficit back to just three points in the early stages of the second half, but the 47th-minute dismissal of Kenny, their most potent attacker, ended their hopes of a comeback.

And Ballinasloe ran riot in the closing quarter with goals from Gary Canavan and Paul Whelehan providing the icing on the cake.

Scorers -- Ballinasloe: K Kelly 0-5 (4f, 1'45'), D McCormack, P Whelehan (1f) 1-1 each, D Burke, G Canavan 1-0 each, L Lynch 0-2 (1f, 1 '45), P Cunningham, M Colohon 0-1 each. Oran: P Kenny 0-3 (1f), J Cassidy 0-2 (2f), M Dwyer, M Gunning 0-1 each.

Ballinasloe -- N King; S Kelly, J Shaughnessy, E Fenton; M Kelly, K Kelly, N Hynes; L Tierney, L Lynch; D Burke, P Cunningham, G Canavan; D McCormack, C Riddell, P Whelehan. Subs: P Ryan for C Riddell (12), M Colohan for P Ryan (h-t), R O'Healy for N Hynes (49), N Stack for E Fenton (57), S Kenny for M Kelly (57).

Oran -- M Monaghan; J Concannon, T Featherston, K Concannon; M Gunning, D McDermott, M Dwyer; D Leonard, R Varley; N Mullen, E McGreevey, E Kenny; P Kenny, D Harrington, J Cassidy. Subs: C Kenny for T Featherston (19), M Gunning for D Harrington (28), P Varley for K Concannon (55), C Mee for M Dwyer (55), I Conneely for N Mullen (55).

Ref -- J Henry (Mayo).

Irish Independent

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