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Butler goal settles Gallen nerves to seal final place

GALLEN CS will return to Croke Park for the schools final after they overcame a nervous third quarter to beat Davitt College of Castlebar in Strokestown on Saturday.

Gallen built up a comfortable 1-9 to 0-3 half-time lead, their goal coming from Eoghan Lowry.

Davitt College had recovered from four points down to win the Connacht final and they looked to be on track for a similar fightback here as two early goals for Conor Finnerty and Liam Irwin cut the deficit to two points.

However, Gallen responded with a Michael Butler goal and a string of points from Joe Maher and Lowry were enough to close out the win.

SCORERS -- Gallen CS: E Lowry 1-5 (1f, 1 '45'), J Maher 0-7 (3f), M Butler 1-0, S Wren, C Kenny 0-1 each; Davitt College: C Finnerty 1-3 (3f), L Irwin 1-1, D O'Connor 0-1.

GALLEN CS -- D Buckley; J Egan, J Nally, S Rourke; S Wren, D Corbett, R Delaney; L Fox, C Cahill; C Brazil, J Maher, M Butler; A McDonagh, C Kenny, E Lowry. Subs: B Gilligan for Brazil, D Hogan for Kenny.

DAVITT COLLEGE -- P Corcoran; J Staunton, J Geraghty, S Staunton; K Mulcrone, P Colleran, D Staunton; D Flannery, R Fadden; J Ivers, R Neary, D O'Connor; C Finnerty, L Irwin, S Finnerty. Subs: M Corcoran for P Corcoran, O Scully for S Finnerty, S Flynn for Ivers.

REF -- E O'Grady (Leitrim).

Irish Independent