Burke swings it for Loughrea
St Brigid's Loughrea 3-6 Athenry VS 1-10
Connacht vs sh final
Eanna Burke blasted home a goal in the final quarter to deny Athenry at Ballinasloe yesterday.
St Brigid's, who featured eight of the side that claimed the junior All-Ireland hurling title last week, got off to a great start when a Darragh Dolan ground-stroke found the net after just 51 seconds.
Athenry hit back with a goal from Darragh Burke, but Kevin Killilea responded to help St Brigid's into a 2-3 to 1-5 half-time lead.
Three consecutive points after the restart saw Athenry take control, but St Brigid's hit back to draw level before Burke netted the decisive score.
Scorers --St Brigid's: E Burke, D Burke (1-0f) 1-1 each, D Dolan 1-0, B Molloy 0-3 (3f), S Sweeney 0-1. Athenry VS: S Mannion, K Cullinane (3f, 1'65') 0-4 each, K Killilea 1-1, P Flaherty 0-1.
St Brigid's -- G Kelly; D O'Donoghue, S Flynn, C Kennedy; G Moylan, M Horan, P Kennedy; S Sweeney, T Spellman; S Cahalan, D Burke, E Burke; B Molloy, T Mitchell, D Dolan. Sub: S Shaughnessy for Kennedy (30).
Athenry VS -- D Keary; R Haverty, T Jakeman, J Raftery; P Tobin, C Morrissey, P Prendergast; B Keane, P Flaherty; P Kearns, K Cullinane, A Hurney; S Mannion, K Killilea, C Niland. Sub: S Linnane for Kearns (43).
Ref -- C Browne.