O'Donnell does the damage as Fullen Gaels show their mettle
FULLEN GAELS 1-8 BALLINAMERE 0-10
Manchester's Fullen Gaels sent Leinster champions Ballinamere crashing out in this war of attrition.
The exiles raced into a four-point lead within four minutes with corner-forward Peter Ryan's excellent strike past Kieran McLoughlin the only goal of the game.
The Offaly champions rallied through a couple of Stephen Weir points but Fullen Gaels struck back with four frees by wing-forward Robert O'Donnell.
Three points down at the restart, Ballinamere made the most of the wind at their backs to go level thanks to excellent long-distance efforts by Paddy Murphy and Jamie McKeogh. And it was midfielder McKeogh who blasted them into the lead midway through the half.
Martin Og Buggy tapped over a 10th point but last season's All-Ireland finalists fought back as wing-forward O'Donnell notched two vital scores to set up a January semi-final date with Antrim's Creggan Kickhams.
Scorers -- Fullen Gaels: R O'Donnell 0-6 (4fs), P Ryan 1-0, E Gleeson, G Jacob 0-1 each. Ballinamere: P Murphy 0-4 (1f); S Weir 0-3; J McKeogh 0-2; M Og Buggy 0-1.
Fullen Gaels -- T Goulding; R Wedel, L Knocker, S Wallace; E Gleeson, J O'Shaughnessy, C Maskey; S Lawless, R McEntee; R O'Donnell, G Jacob, V Morrissey; P Ryan, A O'Neill, P Duggan. Subs: E O'Brien for Wedel (19), J B O'Halloran for Morrissey (56), D Walsh for Ryan (63).
Ballinamere -- K McLoughlin; K Molloy, E Buggy, D Spollen; D Magner, G Spollen, P McDermott; K Mealiffe, J McKeogh; P Murphy, M Murphy, M Og Buggy; D Wyer, S Weir, N Minnock. Subs: A Scully for Minnock (56); R Buggy for M Murphy (60).
REF -- J Keane (Galway)