Five second-half goals for last year’s runners-up saw them destroy Killanin as the Stars recovered from their loss to Corofin – the same side that defeated them in last year’s decider.
Tuam Stars, who haven’t won a county title since 1994, led 1-10 to 0-4 at half time after Jamie Murphy goaled to give them the upper hand. But, after the restart, the north Galway side tore into their opponents and once Murphy goaled again the result was never in doubt.
A Cathal Sweeney point gave Killanin slim hopes, but after Paul Doherty found the net for Tuam, back-to-back goals from Declan Byrne ended Killanin’s challenge.
Shane Gaffney added insult to injury with Tuam Stars’ sixth for a 6-11 to 0-6 win. The sharpshooting of Danny Cummins was not enough as Claregalway suffered an agonising 0-15 to 0-14 defeat to Caherlistrane.
Cummins hit nine of his side’s scores, but county colleague Cormac Bane kicked six points and Ronan Conneely bagged four to ensure Caherlistrane’s spot in the next round.
In a tie that was level on six occasions, the sides went in at the break at 0-8 each, but after the restart Caherlistrane held the upper hand and late points from Conneely, Bane and sub Luke O’Brien gave them the edge.
Cortoon Shamrocks had plenty to spare in their 3-18 to 2-7 win over Barna at Corofin. Indeed the scoreline was flattering on the Barna men as 12 first-half wides from Cortoon Shamrocks could have seen them suffer a heavier defeat.
Former Galway star Derek Savage pulled the strings for Cortoon from centre-forward and set up Brian Walsh for a crucial goal after 18 minutes as they held a 1-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Fergal Heverin bagged Shamrocks’ second goal midway through the second-half before a DD Flaherty penalty gave Bearna a chance at a comeback. However, substitute Brion Gilmore hit Cortoon’s third goal in the closing minutes as they qualified easily for the next round.
City side St Michael’s caused the shock of the round with a 2-9 to 1-11 victory over Moycullen at Pearse Stadium on Saturday.
Two goals from Conor Hoctor either side of Francis Kerrigan’s dispute penalty for Moycullen gave St Michael’s a deserved victory.
Declan Murphy’s bagged a brace of goals for Kilkerrin/Clonberne but a late Aintoine O Griofa goal gave Naomh Anna Leitir Mor the chance at saving their championship in extra time after the sides finished level at 2-11 to 1-14.
And they did just that and ran out 2-18 to 2-15 winners as Aonhhus O Flatharta’s late goal gave them the win two minutes from time.