Monday 23 October 2017

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Joe Canning (Portumna)

Alan Cuddihy, TJ and Eoin Reid were all excellent in a fine all-round Ballyhale performance, whereas Canning was essentially a one-man show for Portumna. He finished on 0-12, 0-5 of which came from open play.

Turning point

Ballyhale's lead was down to four points after 45 minutes, but Portumna's revival ran aground a minute later when an error by goalkeeper, Ivan Canning presented David Hoyne with a tap-in goal.

Talking point

Just how difficult it is to win the All-Ireland three-in-a-row. Portumna were the latest to fail in the attempt, which means that no club in either code has achieved it in the 40-year history of the competition.

Ref watch

A good performance by Cathal McAllister, except when it came to calling illegal hand passes. Several transfers from both sides looked to be blatant throws which went unpunished.

They said

"It's an amazing achievement for a club like ours to win the All-Ireland for the fifth time. The boys were hurt by what happened last year and were determined to get it right today" -- Ballyhale manager Michael Fennelly

"No complaints, no recriminations. Ballyhale were the better side this time. We'll take it on the chin and try and come back an even better team" -- Portumna manager Johnny Kelly

Match statistics

Wides: Ballyhale 12 (7); Portumna 7 (4)

Frees: Ballyhale 8 (5); Portumna 13 (5).

Yellow Cards: Ballyhale 2 (TJ Reid 36, A Cummins 47); Portumna 1 (Peter Smith 21)

Red Cards: Ballyhale 0; Portumna 0.

Attendance: 34,357

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