Molloy breaks Banagher
St Brigid's, Loughrea 3-13
Banagher College 1-18
(After extra -time)
FULL-FORWARD Brian Molloy was the hero as St Brigid's, Loughrea beat defending champions Banagher after extra-time in a hard-fought encounter in Ballinasloe.
Molloy was awesome from start to finish, giving a masterclass in finishing and free-taking, as the Banagher defence struggled to contend with the high balls raining in on them.
Yet, Banagher will feel that this game slipped away from them as they were in the ascendancy for most of normal time.
Indeed, St Brigid's, for whom Daragh Dolan scored three fine points, needed two late points to force extra-time.
Scorers -- Loughrea: B Molloy 2-7 (5f), D Dolan 0-3, J Ryan 1-0, S Sweeney, D Burke, S Sweeney 0-1 each. Banagher College: T Moran 1-10 (7f, 1 '65'), J O'Connor, R Wynne 0-2 each, P Camon (1f), S Gardiner, D Hopkins, D Dwane 0-1 each.
Loughrea -- G Kelly; D O'Donoghue, S Flynn, C Kennedy; P Kennedy, M Hannon, G Moylan; S Sweeney, T Spellman; T Mitchell, D Dolan, D Burke; E Burke, B Molloy, S Cahalan. Subs: J Ryan for Thomas Mitchell (33), Brian Dolan for Stephen Cahalan (74).
Banagher College -- C Clancy; C Daly, S Og Lyons, N Wynne; S Dolan, P Camon, S Gardiner; A Camon, D Smith; D Hopkins, R Wynne, J Lewis; D Dwane, T Moran, J O'Connor. Subs: S Newcombe for Daniel Smith (h-t), J Madden for D Dwane (46), D Flynn for A Camon (56), M Maloney for C Daly (66).
Ref -- J Ryan (Tipperary).