Galway SHC final: Goals boost Portumna to victory
October 28, 2013
Portumna are the holders.
Goals from Joe Canning (free), Andy Smith and Damien Hayes propelled Portumna to Galway SHC glory in Salthill today.
A closely contested first half finished with the sides all level but the winners outscored their opponents by 1-7 to 0-3 in the second half to reclaim their place at the summit of Galway hurling and capture the silverware for a sixth time since their inaugural success in 2003.
Canning (free) and Smith raised green flags in the first half but with Niall Keary accurate from placed balls, the scoreboard read 2-5 to 0-11 at the half-way stage.
There was only one team in it, however, in the second half and Portumna's dominance was rewarded when Hayes finished off a move involving Niall and Kevin Hayes.
Canning top scored for Portuma with 1-5, 1-3 of which came from placed balls, while Smith finished with 1-4 to his credit.
Loughrea's woes were compounded when Johnny Coen cleared the crossbar with a penalty attempt in the 56th minute.
A minute's silence was observed before throw-in as mark of respect to the late Niall Donohue.
Portumna - J Keane; M Ryan, E McEntee, G Heagney; C O'Hare, M Dolphin, E Lynch; L Smith, J Canning (1-5, 1-3f); K Hayes, D Hayes (1-1), O Canning (0-1); A Smith (1-5), R O'Meara, N Hayes. Subs: P Smith for L Smith, O Royston for O'Meara, O Treacy for Ryan.
Loughrea - N Murray; E Mahony, D McClearn, T Regan; S Sweeney, B Mahony, V Maher; E Mahony, G Keary (0-1); N Keary (0-5, 4f), P Hoban (0-1), J Coen (0-2, 0-1 pen); J O'Loughlin (0-2), J Maher (0-1), J Ryan (0-2). Sub: T Hoban for E Mahony.
Referee - J Keane.
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