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Hayes the Portumna ace

Portumna 1-15 Ardrahan 1-14
Damien Hayes hit an injury-time winner for Portumna to send them into the Galway SHC semi-final after an epic tussle with Ardrahan at Loughrea last night.

A replay looked certain when Cormac Divney hit the equaliser for Ardrahan deep into added time, but Hayes stepped forward to hit his first score of the game to send the three-time All-Ireland champions into the last four, where they will now meet defending champions St Thomas.

After a dour opening half, Portumna led 0-7 to 0-5, Joe Canning missing four frees, but both sides failed to find their grove and hit seven wides each.

Six minutes after the restart Ardrahan took control when Brian Murtagh’s shot bounced past Joe Keane, but with veteran Ollie Canning in super form at centre-forward Portumna recovered. Six minutes from time Ronan O’Meara hit a critical goal for Portumna, and late points from Oisin Royston and Hayes gave them the victory.

PORTUMNA: J Keane; G Heagney, E Lynch, O Treacy; C O’Hara, E McEntee, M Dolphin; L Smith, D Hayes (0-1), K Hayes, O Canning (0-2), A Smith (0-3, 2f); J Canning (0-7, 4f), R O’Meara (1-0), N Hayes (0-1). Subs: M Ryan for Lynch h-t, O Royston (0-1) for N Hayes 55.

ARDRAHAN: C Callanan; C Whirskey, P Holland, C Diviney (0-1); D O’Shaughnessy, I Tannian, G Forde; D Kennedy (0-1), J O’Leary; B Murtagh (1-0), J Greene, J Kennedy (0-3); M Callanan (0-9, 7f, 1’65), J Glynn, G Bond. Subs: C Walsh for Bond 38.

Referee: John Keane.