Mannion helps Galway champs secure crown
Ahascragh Fohenagh created their own piece of history when they captured a provincial crown for the first time with a deserved victory in this final replay at Athleague.
Ahascr'-fohenagh 2-20 Ballyhaunis 0-13
Cathal Mannion, an All Star in 2015, was the star man as he shot a personal tally of 2-11 for the Galway champions, who led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break after playing into the breeze.
Cathal's brother Padraig excelled in defence in a sweeper role and with midfielder Laurence Tully also to the fore throughout, the Galway representatives got a grip on the game from the second quarter on.
Keith Higgins, from placed balls, and Adrian Phillips kept Ballyhaunis in touch in the opening period, before Ahascragh Fohenagh pulled away in the second-half.
The industrious Mannion shot his first goal of the game on 50 minutes to push his side eight points (1-16 to 0-11) ahead and he added a second goal four minutes later.
Ballyhaunis never gave up, but found their opponents to be too strong.
John Finnerty completed the scoring in injury-time as an impressive Ahascragh-Fohenagh added the Connacht crown to the Galway title they won for the first time three weeks ago.
Scorers - Ballyhaunis: K Higgins 0-8 (0-6 f, 0-1 '65), A Phillips 0-2, K McDermott, P Kiely, A Lyons 0-1 each. Ahascragh Fohenagh: C Mannion 2-11 (0-4 f 0-1 '65), S Smyth, R Kelly 0-2 each, F Donnellan, J Finnerty, S Kelly, L Tully, E Delaney 0-1 each.
Ballyhaunis: D O'Brien, A Brennan, P Healy, B Hunt, K Kiely, D Keadin, F Lyons, A Lyons, E Collins, A Phillips, K Higgins, K McDermott, P Higgins, S Hoban, P Kiely. Subs: J Coyne for A Lyons (40), J Lyons for P Kiely (49), T Buckley for K McDermott (53), M Phillips for F Lyons (60), L Cribben for P Higgins.
Ahascragh Fohenagh: D Kelly, B Kilroy, J Kelly, P Gavin, JP Egan, P Mannion, J Finnerty, S Kelly, L Tully, S. Conneely, R Kelly, E Delaney, C Mannion, S Smyth, F Donnellan. Subs: D Smyth for Egan (36), L Cosgrave for R Kelly (57), P Birch for S Smyth (57), C Delaney for E Delaney (60).
Ref: F Horgan (Tipperary)