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Tuesday 21 February 2017

Butler sees off Athenry

Col Iognid, Galway 30
Athenry VS 5

Published 10/02/2011 | 05:00

Winger Robert Butler kicked 10 points as Colaiste Iognaid saw off the challenge of Athenry VS to reach their sixth final in seven years.

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Two penalties from Butler in the opening quarter gave the 'Jes' a firm foothold in the rain in Monivea, before No 8 Conor Murphy crossed for a try in the 17th minute, Butler converting from the sideline.

But Athenry upped the tempo and a series of quick-tap penalties saw them open up Iognaid and Colm Mannion touched down to leave it 13-5 at the break.

However, six minutes into the second-half, Fiachra Bourne finished off a break-away to make it 18-5.

Bryan Dixon crossed for Colaiste Iognaid's third try with 10 minutes left, before Robert Browne put the gloss on the win with an injury-time try, converted by Butler.

Colaiste Iognaid -- N Murphy (R Browne, 65); R Butler, F Bourne, B Dixon, S Knight (S Fahy, 67); D Cunnane, P Power; S Fallon (D Byrne, 68), R Murray, D Wilkinson (G Hanley, 66); J Healy, J O'Donnell; M Burke, J Kennedy (C Darcy, 67), C Murphy.

Athenry VS -- P Flaherty; M Hession, K Divilly, C Lane, C Mannion; K Blade, G Kennedy (D Hurney, 28); D Keary, D Fahy, M Burke (P Cooley, 67); C Dolan, J Joyce (C Morrisey, 50); B Keane, D Maher, J Connolly.

Ref -- D Connolly (CRIFRU).

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