Ballygalget coast to Ulster final
Ballygalget 2-26 Lisbellaw 0-8
Ballygalget strolled to their first Ulster senior club hurling final since 2008 with a 24-point win over Lisbellaw at Corrigan Park, Belfast.
The Down champions came into the game as strong favourites and fully justified that tag with seven different scorers accounting for their 0-17 half-time tally to lead by 13 points at the break.
Ryan Bogue cut the gap after the restart but Caolan Bailie's fine run at the Lisbellaw defence in the 38th minute produced the game's first goal and Declan McGarry was in superb form to deny him a second goal minutes later.
McGarry could do nothing about Danny Doran's strike to make the score 2-23 to 0-6, while substitute Gareth Johnston converted two late frees before Conor Doran and Bailie also tagged on late points for the Down men.
Ballygalget now face reigning champions Slaughtneil in the final on 22 October.
"We haven't talked about an Ulster final at all. I know it's a bit of a cliché but we're just taking it one game at a time," said Ballygalget manager Paddy Monan.
"It's going to be a huge step up. We scored 2-26 today. If we were lucky enough to score that against Slaughtneil, it still might not be enough to beat them."
SCORERS - Ballygalget: C Bailie 1-8 (2f), D Toner 0-6, M Fisher (2f), C Coulter (2f) 0-4 each, D Doran 1-0, G Johnston 0-2 (2f), J Doran & C Doran 0-1 each. Lisbellaw: R Bogue (1f, 0-1 s/l) 0-4, S Corrigan 0-3 (3f), D Bannon 0-1.
Ballygalget: J Crowe; B Byers, E Clarke, J Smyth; E Coulter, B Toner, Peter McManus; Declan McManus, J Doran; J McManus, G Roddy, M Fisher; C Coulter, C Bailie, D Toner Subs: D Doran for D McManus (ht), P McManus for M Fisher (39), R Watson for J McManus (41), C Doran for J Doran (49), G Johnston for G Roddy (51)
Lisbellaw: D McGarry; A Breslin, M SLevin, D Teague; T Cleary, K Kehoe, JP McGarry; R Bogue, C Corrigan; C McShea, D Bannon, R Porteous; S Corrigan, E Cleary, D Russell Subs: O Russell for E Cleary (39), C McTeague for K Kehoe (52), B Jones for D Bannon (54), M Martin for D Russell (58), J Gavin for D Teague (62)
Ref: B Winters (Tyrone)